I began blogging just over a year ago, but I had a little problem. I had no idea how to build a successful blog. So I turned to some experts—folks who knew a thing or two about this whole bloggy deal. I asked these people questions, then promptly shut up so I could hear their answers. And after a just a few weeks of implementing their advice, I noticed something.
It was working.
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, the first thing I would recommend you do is seek advice from experts. Oh, and guess what? I happen to have said advice, from said experts. Babble asked their Top 50 Mom Bloggers to chime in with their best blogging tip for new bloggers of the genre. I’ve read everyone’s input, and I must say, they are all excellent. I’ve highlighted the five that I found to be most helpful in no particular order.
1. Liz Gumbinner, Mom-101
I know it sounds nutty in an age of SEO-optimized headlines and giveaways and traffic-building link exchange schemes, but: write well.
2. Ellen Seidman, Love That Max
Try to make it to one of the blog conferences (BlogHer, Blissdom, Type-A Mom, Mom 2.0, Evo, Blogalicious, Bloggy Boot Camp); you’ll pick up really key info. You can also ask questions up the wazoo; everyone is incredibly accessible. If you can’t make it to a conference, toss out Qs on Twitter; try the hashtag #blogchat.
3. Monica Bielanko, The Girl Who
Think before you hit “Publish.” I try not to write anything about my daughter that will embarrass her later. I’ve written a lot about myself that will embarrass her for sure. I mean, who wants to read about their parents’ sex lives? Still, I like to think that she’ll develop a sense of humor and be able to laugh about most of what I’ve written. I hope. When she’s thirty. Maybe?
4. Karen Waldron, Chookooloonks
Learn quickly the difference between “intimacy” and “privacy.” Readers will come to your blog because they feel like they know you — so it’s important to cultivate a sense of intimacy on your blog. However, under no condition should you violate you or your family or friends’ privacy — don’t write anything about anyone on your blog that you wouldn’t say to their face in a crowded room. Because, you know, you are.
5. Stephanie Wilder-Taylor, Baby on Bored
Figure out why what you have to say is different than what every other mom blogger has to say and then focus on that. Basically, you need a hook. And a catchy title is everything!
I suggest you click on over to learn more great tips from Babble’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers.
And feel free to add any suggestions you might have!