I first thought it might be odd for a relatively new blogger(March 15, 2007) to post about blogging tips. Then I decided, "No Way!" Knee deep in learning is the time when the lessons are fresh. Earlier is better than later. Learning from the mistakes of others is better than learning them yourself.
- Realty Blogging by Richard Nacht and Paul Chaney(both Rainers) is a must read in the first days of blogging - before if it's possible. There are quite a few great reviews on this book right here on AR. These guys do a fanatastic job of explaining the entire process, including setting up a brand new blog. After reading the book, I had to go back and tweak what I had already done. Rework is never fun, but it was worth the effort.
- Content, Content, Content. Via Lorelle on Wordpress, I found the "20 Blogging Commandments" written by Letters Home to You. While the entire post is great reading, number 1 is the most important (which is probably why it is number 1). Don't post for the sake of posting. While it is good to blog on a regular basis, people will quit coming back if your content is lacking (or if you continually forget to hit the "spell/grammar check button).
- Answer your comments. If your blog is receiving comments, comment back. Anything else is rude. Blogging is successful because it is relational. It is a virtual conversation. Readers who talk to you expect to be talked back to.
- Visit other blogs. This is a fantastic way to mold your craft. Don't stop at RE blogs either. There is a wealth of information and inspiration in the blogosphere. Leave comments, get to know the other bloggers, learn what you like and don't like and use that knowledge to better yourself.
- Have fun! Blogging is work - there is no doubt about it. Many don't succeed. Some stats out there say there are as many as 200 million abandoned blogs. Combat that statistic by simply enjoying yourself. Remember, blogging is relational - write like you speak. Blogging, while it has the need to be effective and professional, is not rocket science.