For a long time now, a collaborative idea for Finding
Wonderland has been bubbling. The problem was I hadn’t sat down to put
words to paper sharing said idea. The idea isn’t so much inventive as it
is an event that will hopefully offer interested readers a chance to ask some
questions, and my fellow blogging friends a chance to offer their expertise
(and more importantly to this girl) allowing me to advertise their amazing
creativeness. Submit your questions,
and find out more in the Introduction post.
Today, the Blogging 101 series continues with another awesome guest
contribution. I’m really excited about this because our guest is Miranda Uyeh.
Miranda is not only a talented blogger at To Be A Person, she’s also the author
of To Die Once.
As is the case with nearly all of the blogger’s I’ve met or formed friendships
with, I don’t know when or how I met Miranda, but I’m glad to know her. She’s a
lovely blogger who has a heart for introducing new authors to the blogging
world to say nothing of the Christian entertainment world which she supports
with graceful aplomb. This includes everything from music to movies.
Miranda, thank you so much for joining the
Blogging 101 series! I so appreciate your well written and concise
Without further ado, read on for Miranda’s insightful post and advice. You
don’t want to miss it!
101 | How to Start a Blog
initially intended to be—an online journal to
document personal thoughts. From topics on food to sport/entertainment and
everything in-between, the blogosphere is one massive network and communication
hub that vibrates with excitement! Through blogging, you ‘meet’ wonderful
people who will journey with you, and who you can learn tons of beautiful
things from. You’ll grow in ways you never thought was possible, and may even
achieve heights that were only a dream a time ago! I know folks who turned
successful authors because they were first, bloggers.
noise, how do you create a neat spot on the web that you can call your own?
blog if you’ve never had one before. Take your time to consider the points
below so that they can help you make certain that your answers to the questions
fit what you hope to accomplish with a blog.
What will you blog about? | The biggest mistake you can make in blogging is
to blog about random topics. Blogs may have been initially set up to be online
journals, you can write down your random thoughts—but the blogosphere has
changed so much, and so have the rules of successful blogging. When readers
don’t know exactly what to expect from you, they are less inclined to follow
your posts. With so much information and people fighting for attention these
days, readers have become more specific in what they search for, both on a
shelf and online. Having a specific topic helps a reader choose to follow your
blog because they are interested in the topic you’re blogging about. For
instance, I blog about Inspirational
Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment. My readers know that every time I
release a post, it falls within these three topics.
solid idea of what your blog’s tagline should be. Inspirational
Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment is my website’s tagline.
bottom-line message? | Similar to the above point, you need a specific theme
that you can pass across to your readers as a direct message or subtly, as an
undertone for your posts. For instance, the undertone of my posts is: encouraging people to
be exactly who God has called them to be. Every article is prepared in a
manner to encourage Christians to not be afraid of who God has created them to
be, even in a secular world where Christianity is near hated. Within the frame
Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment, my posts appear as
Book/Music/Movie Reviews, Interviews of professionals in the Christian
literary/entertainment industries, guest posts, and inspirational musings for
lifestyle articles. Imbedded in each of these posts is my bottom-line message.
name will best represent your blog’s impression/message? | This is simple.
However, take your time to think about a name you believe will best represent
what you hope to portray. Now that you know your topic, and you’ve defined your
underlying message, combine these two into one element and put a name on it.
For instance the name of my website/blog is To Be A Person
(TBAP). To me, To
Be A Person represents my topics and message perfectly.
How often will you post? So you’ve laid out your topics, defined your
theme, and picked a name; it’s time to decide how often readers should expect
posts from you. This is essential, especially for beginners who have no loyal
followers yet. A new blogger on the block with an awesome topic/message and an
interesting name, who posts periodically, is sure to garner some positive
attention. It could be as often as three times a week or as occasional as once
a month. This may be difficult to keep up (and I’m guilty here, too), but don’t
worry about it so much if you slack at first. Over time, you’ll get used to it
and develop the discipline to handle it. Don’t be afraid to go on a hiatus if
you need to. Letting your readers know that you’re on break puts you in the
clear. Another way to help keep up is to create a calendar and then stick to
it; this helps your reading schedule, too. Also, writing a post ahead of time
and scheduling its release via your blog’s admin is another way to win.
an awesome ‘About Page.’ | When a visitor finds your blog, the first thing
to pique their interest is your front page, which could be static or a post
page. The second is your posts. If they like what they see, they move on to
your ‘About Page’—in that order. After viewing your front page, taking note of
your blog’s name, and reading a few of your articles, the reader has some idea
of what your blog is about. Your ‘About Page’ seals the deal. In other words,
it plays a vital/final role in helping a prospective reader become a devoted
follower. Whatever you do, do not write your ‘About Page’ shabbily. In concise
and clear language, introduce yourself by name so that the reader knows that
it’s a human being behind the blog. Tell a bit about yourself, your
interests/passions, and more importantly, what it is you have to offer on your
blog. And, finally, invite them to join the party! An ‘About Page’ full of
confidence, excitement, and cheerfulness is always a winner.
Put a picture to the words. | While this is not a strict requirement, it’s
a huge booster. When a reader knows what the author of a blog looks like, it
creates a connection that is superbly organic. Imagine if you had no idea what
any of your favorite book authors looked like; the experience would not be the
same. The fun activities between authors and readers online today are helped much
by readers knowing their favorite authors on an organic level. A blog with no
picture of its author creates a scenario similar to speaking to a person behind
a curtain constantly, but never knowing what they look like. There will be a
disconnect, and the experience will not be the same as with a blog that has a
picture to its name.
experience. May you make many, many friends and find no trolls! *wink*
TBAP’s editor, the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1,
a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a professional blurb/tagline writer. I’m a
one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, precisely in
2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense
her valuable #BloggingTips on starting a blog!
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