In the same way that I once (still do) read anything that comes to hand (except porn) to give me an idea of how writers write, as a rank beginner in Blogland, you’d want to be checking out different blogs and analysing what makes them good.
Whether it’s novel writing or blog writing, there’s a lot to absorb and a variety of opinions to take on board for future reference. To consider one opinion only on any issue limits you as a writer and as a human being. Some things date. You’d want to take note of what and why so you can escape the same.
You might copy what others do at first, but as with the novel writing (or in my case article and short story writing) you soon develop your own style. That’s always best. When you’re imitating somebody else you are working a lot harder. People pick up on that.
Blogging is visual. I can’t be bothered with photos or cartoons or illustrations, and I know that this is my downfall. I did try for a while but it just isn’t me. But I do understand their worth and can appreciate them elsewhere. Illustrations are the pollen to your flowery words. So don’t do as I do, do as I say.
When I began this blogging lark I wanted lots of followers, still do (by that I mean regular visitors not those people who click ‘follow’ and hardly ever visit). The people who come regularly to see what I’m up to are also the people I visit. I try to find (new) like-minded people to add to my collection. That doesn’t mean I’m only bothered with other writers. I have a lot of recipe places that I visit and recipes that I try. I like the immediacy of it. You can go back and say it didn’t work and find out why or ask about the ingredients when you haven’t heard of them and get an immediate response. There are people who are cataloguing their journey through exotic places (for me because I’ve never been anywhere). They give me a chance to see the most interesting architecture and people and to be an armchair traveller.
Despite all this good advice, there are times I feel dispirited (as evidenced in my previous piece, ‘Looking for love in all the wrong places.’) That’s when I think I might just give it all up. But then I realise that I’m never going to give writing up, so it might as well be the blog rather than the bottom drawer of my desk or on file on my computer. If I get the occasional click, I’m okay with it. So, we’ve come full circle. Yes you want followers or visitors, and yes, do whatever you can to lure them over to you, but if it’s all too slow then ask yourself if it’s the writing that counts with you the most or not.
Today’s Prompt: Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.