7 Resources for Bloggers

Blogging-woman 7 Resources for Bloggers

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I already posted today but I have been noticing things on my wanderings on the web.

If you are a blogger or a wanna-be blogger, there are lots of resources on the web for great advice. This post is just my personal advice list and a bit of a rant.

I know some really great writers whose blog posts are not getting either traction or comments.

Here are some fixes:

If you write great content and no one seems to be reading it, are you making it visible and easy to comment on?

  1. Are you tweeting it or Facebooking it or posting it on LinkedIn? On its own, your wonderful writing is competing with multiple great writers who know the clues to getting read. No one hears you unless you tell them. Once a day is not enough either.
  2. Are you building community on Facebook and Twitter so people share your posts?
  3. Are you making it easy for others to tweet for you? I use the Tweetmeme button because I can see how many times a given post is tweeted. If you don’t use this plug-in, or you don’t know how to install the plug-in, engage the services of Kim Woodbridge (my WordPress Expert) or Corey Freeman (the 17 year-old Headway designer and tutor.) Jim Connolly alternates between Tweetmeme and Topsy.You don’t have to have the button if you are very visible on Twitter but it just makes it easier. Danny Brown is using the Digg-Digg plug-in which floats down the page with you as you scroll down and saves the reader from having to go back to the top when he or she wants to share your post.
  4. This is a Headway blog / site. Headway was created by Clay Griffiths and is marketed by the Co-Founder, who is also his father, Grant Griffiths and  Headway won me over very early in the game. Custom themes and hosted platforms make a blog more eye-appealing and easier to work with and change. When you try to stay on a free platform, you limit your choices. With the changes in themes like Headway and Thesis, you can have a powerful blog that doubles as your website, thus optimizing your online time.
  5. Make it easy to comment. Everyone is afraid of spam but they wonder why no one comments on their blogs. If I have to subscribe, jump through hoops with a third-party application, or wait for days until you approve my comment, I’m going to visit blogs that make it easy to talk to the blogger and express my opinion.
  6. Talk back to your commentors. If you allow comments but don’t build community or selectively only talk to the people who you think could take you the furthest or build the most business, you are missing the chance to engage with some very fun and bright people.
  7. Think about using the CommentLuv plug-in. The CommentLuv Plug-in lets your commentors have an identity. Their last posts titles are recorded when they comment. People like visiting blogs with CommentLuv.

Enough said…

This is your bonus post of the day. If you are a job seeker thinking about blogging, read this carefully before you start and have someone help you start off right. If you are a job seeker thinking about changing careers, read the rest of my blog carefully to see how to get your job search off right and call me to schedule an appointment to get going.

4 Comments

  1. Bridget (Weide) Brooks on June 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Nice post!

    Your comment on the need to *promote* what you write reminds me of a slogan I read on the back of a Kraft sugar packet many years ago:

    He who whispers down a well About the goods he has to sell Will never reap the golden dollars Like the man who stands and hollers!

    – Bridget



    • Julie Walraven on June 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for the visit, Bridget! I just see such good stuff out there and it is work to share it and I stumble on it rather than being led to it. There is obviously too much for anyone to read and enjoy out there anyway but some people have the talent and should be read.

      How’s Nebraska? Wet out there? I heard there was flooding.



  2. Barb Poole on June 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Timely and appreciated counsel, Julie! Perceptive. It’s a sincere dance with community, isn’t it? I am devouring this content.
    Grasshopper
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    • Julie Walraven on June 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      It is always about community and tricky to build it sometimes even when you do everything right but even harder if you try to do it all yourself without the right tools… sounds like what we teach job seekers, huh?