Blogging 101- 4 Tips to Improve the Appearance your Blog

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Blogging can be a very individual and unique experience for writers but there are several common threads that tie everyone together, no matter what subjects they write about. Here are a few really simple steps that everyone can take to make their blog more appealing and user-friendly.

1. Spend more time on your about me section. I can’t emphasize this enough. Post your photo on the top of the page opposed to the bottom. Keep the page current and explain what your site is about within the first couple of sentences. People come to your about me section to find out what the site is all about. Explain what you write about. Here is part of my about me section-

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2. Use more pictures/graphics and name them appropriately. People are visual and a picture is truly worth a thousand words. I look at images like I do the packaging of a product. If your post looks boring many people will assume that the content is too. Naming your pictures correctly can help you gain traffic through image searches. For example, if you post a picture of a beagle title it something like, “BeagleDogPicture.jpeg”. This way, when people image search for “beagle picture” or “dog picture” they can find you. Below is a DIY post on my website. Notice the pictures? You immediately know you need Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, a cheese grater, and Fels-Naptha soap. The brain processes images much faster than text which makes this page easier to read.

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3. Link to your own posts. At the end of all of my posts I have links to similar posts and to my social media sites. If I’m on a page and there aren’t any links on it I don’t end up searching the entire site. No links is like a dead-end. Most people won’t keep going back to your home page to find more of your content. Lead them to it.

Below is an example of how I link people to my Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages as well as to other similar posts.

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4. Stay away from busy backgrounds and white or colored text. If a background or font makes a page difficult to look at people aren’t going to stick around to see all of your fabulous posts. Keep your page clean and let your photos do the work. If you HAVE to have a busy background make sure it’s not behind your text.

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Thoughts about blogging

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I’ve been writing since I was a kid but having the world see your every thought and emotion on screen is on a whole other level. Blogging has been such a multifaceted world for me, it has been a great way for me to help people who are in the beginning stages of their journey with autism, which I expected, but it has also helped me in a way that never occurred to me. It has been a form of therapy for all of this crazy! I think I have probably been helped as much as I’ve helped others so for that, I thank you! I’ve been thinkin’ a lot about how my life has changed since I started the website and I decided I’d do what i always do and dissect it all. So here we gooooo!

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-I am very honest with myself and others sometimes to a fault. I didn’t realize how much so until I started the website. Sometimes I need to learn to hold back, although that probably makes for a boring ass blog…and I have THE hardest time biting my tongue.

-It’s difficult for me to divide my attention equally between my website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. I don’t get as much feedback on here so I tend to spend a bit more time on Facebook but Facebook doesn’t show your posts to all of your followers. My Facebook posts go straight to Twitter so I check it fairly often because I get a lot of feedback there as well. When you post things on social networks they are seen by a lot of people but they often get lost in the feed. I feel it’s important to keep the site going because it’s my home-base for a lot of the resources I have accumulated over the years. ( the resources list) It makes me happy to be able to help people who are looking for answers.

-I haven’t had too many trolls but I learned quickly they aren’t even worth responding to. It’s a huge waste of time and precious energy.

– I struggle with whether or not I should be anonymous. On. The. Daily.

-I love having a place to share my never-ending, ever-changing projects and an outlet to make some revenue without having a boss :)

-Going to school for graphic design wasn’t a waste of money! Hear that neigh-sayers? :)

-I’m creative in nearly every part of my life but writing is just not one of them. I can’t sit here and write you a fictional story to read, the words just don’t come. I write about the things that I feel and the things that I know.

-I don’t run a typical “blog”. I’ve actually had people telling me I’m doing it wrong. To that I say, Piss off!! Haha  just kiddin! To that I say, to each his own. This is more of a website with a blog section, if it really needs a title. I do blog but I also tend to write about whatever happens to pop into my brain..and it’s a crazy busy place up in there!

Just some bloggy thoughts that have been floating through my head tryin’ to get out :)

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10 ways to grow your Blog

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What is a BLOG anyways??

: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site
— blog verb
— blog·ger noun
— blog·ging noun

People are always asking me how I got started with my blog and the truth is, I dove right in head first, just a mom with computer skills & something to say. All you really need to create a great blog is a blog host, some basic computer skills, good grammar, and interesting, engaging content. WordPress.com and Blogger.com both are great options for hosts to choose from and are fairly easy to navigate. If you are lacking in computer skills I’d go with Blogger.com. Post about the things that you would want to read.

I am far from being a five star blogger but these tips would have been of great use to me when I was in the beginning stages with Uninspired Revolution so I’d like to take the opportunity to share!

1. Blog as much as you possibly can- The more quality content you put out there, the higher the chance that people will see your blog.

2. Make your content interesting- Try to start by picking a main topic for your blog. You can expand into more topics later but in the beginning it is easy to get overwhelmed so try to stick to one main theme. Add pictures, video, links, and audio. Write about things that are relatable to your target audience.

3. Take advantage of social media- Pinterest, FacebookTwitter, and Sulia are a bloggers best friends! Share share share! Use all of the available free resources to get your posts out there. Once people start clicking that share button your page could possibly turn into an overnight success!

4. Tag your posts appropriately and research seo- If you tag your posts with the correct tags you will get the audience you are looking to attract.

5. Be nice to other bloggers- Stop by other blogs and say hello! Being nice goes a LONG way in the blogging world. Try to find blogs that you like and link to them from your page. There are a lot of bloggers who are happy to do link swaps.

6. Guest Blogging- Pretty much self explanatory. Ask other bloggers to guest blog on your blog in exchange for a chance to guest blog on their page. Keeping connected will serve you well.

7. Be you- Being authentic is so much better than trying to be something you’re not..in life AND blogging! :)

8. Share your content and blog address with everyone you know- Word of mouth goes fast on the internet! You have to put yourself out there to get found.

9. Answer comments and questions- If people are interested and asking questions, answer them!! I know that sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it.

10. Submit your blog to search engines- Get on all the popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo by submitting your URL to them. Check your blog host for details on how to go about it.

There is a lot more to blogging but this is a great place to get started. It can be very overwhelming at times so having a little direction is a great asset. Best of luck fellow bloggers!

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