Improving Your Blog

The more blogs I read, the more I want to educate people how to improve them.  Consider these few tips to make your blog even better:

  1. Update your blog regularly.  Don’t blog if you are not going to commit to regular updates.  If I happen to stumble upon your blog and the last post is two weeks old or more, I am going to skip it.  If you have a hard time deciding what to blog about, keep a notebook and jot down ideas when they come to you.  Also it helps if you decide how often to write a new blog post and stick to your schedule.  I try to post at least twice per week.
  2. Consider a blog header.  You can’t feel inspired by your blog if you are using a standard blogging template with a boring blog header.  Consider hiring a Web design company or graphic designer to create a unique blog header to inspire you and your readers.  The Write Gal was created by my fabulous Web designer, Billie, the owner of Molto Bella Designs.  Custom blog headers are an affordable alternative to companies out there who will customize your entire blog design.  Just make sure you select a template that allows you to download a unique header and doesn’t constrict you to the one that comes with that particular template. 
  3. Use pictures.  Insert pictures into your blog posts that are appropriate for your topic.  A site I like that allows you to download free photos is Stock.XCHNG.  Always make sure you check the image’s licensing agreement before you download.  While many of their photos are free, some require a small fee to use.  Just because a picture is on the Internet doesn’t give you free reign to copy it.  Doing so is considered copyright infringement and is illegal.  Make sure if you are going to post a picture of a product on a Web site you like that you obtain the owner’s permission first. 
  4. Include links.  Links are a helpful way to give your readers useful information and add variety to your blog posts.  As I have stated earlier, just make sure your links work by testing them out prior to publishing your post. 

 Happy Blogging!


1 Response to “Improving Your Blog”

  1. 1 Mary July 29, 2008 at 9:23 am

    These are great tips, Christy. Thanks for the info. I decided to check out your blog because I’m a beginning freelance writer. It was a nice surprise to see my other favorite past time, shopping, here. Great site.

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