Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011
I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. I’m not an expert blogger and I don’t have a ton of followers, but I do have a faithful few that keep up with me and for that I am grateful and honestly honored that they enjoy my random thoughts enough to read them. I’ve had a few people to actually ask me about my blog setup and for advice on blogging. Can you believe it? People are looking to me for blog help. If I could I’d blush, but cocoa doesn’t blush so I’ll just grin really hard :-).
When my business partner returned to school to get her graduate degree, she no longer had time to write the blogs. So in order to keep the Laugh blogs going, I quickly had to learn to navigate WordPress. I originally wanted to use the blogs to give my business more exposure, but now I’ve fallen in love with the art of expressing myself through writing. So, with that being said, I always try to follow the following guidelines when writing my blogs. Now I can hear some of y’all whispering, “What makes her think she can tell anyone how to write a blog?” Again, I am not an expert! But through trial and error I have discovered what works best for me and makes my blog look more professional.
#1 Be Open and Honest
Depending on the type of blog you’re writing and your reason for writing, determines just how open and honest, and usually opinionated, you will be. For example, I often refer to my blog as the Laugh Blog. My business, Can I Laugh Now?, was created for people to be able to find the funny in their most painful and embarrassing experiences. I bring people together and show them that we all make mistakes, have been hurt, and even embarrassed, and YES we will overcome and even Laugh at our mishaps one day. If I expect people to open up and share their embarrassing stories, I myself have to be transparent and honest. I’ve transferred this concept over to my blog. I’ve been labeled crazy and delusional for some of my opinions displayed in my blog. But crazy and delusional is interesting right?
There is nothing more annoying than trying to read something with typos and bad grammar. I know when typing fast we can sometimes overlook a mistake in spelling and grammar, but that’s what spellcheck is for. I know when you have a new blog idea you’re anxious to get it typed up and published so the world can read your thoughts. But take the time to review and proofread before you post. I’m paranoid of looking STOOpid so I proofread at least 5 times before I publish my blogs. I still miss things sometime but that’s what the edit option is for. The more typos you have, especially if said typos show up in every blog, the less traffic you’ll see on your blog.
#3 Less Is More
Keep your blog design simple. There is no need for smoke machines and bright lights. You want people to read your blog, not be blinded by all the colors and different fonts that you’ve used. So start with a simple background, white or even a nice photo of yourself or something that represents the theme or purpose of your blog. It took me a year of playing around with templates and colors to get my blog the way I wanted it. So don’t be afraid to try out new templates and colors until you find something you’re satisfied with.
#4 Again, Less Is More
Don’t try to sound smart by using big words. There’s no need to try prove to everyone you have a college degree by using words you learned in your English, Philosophy, or African-American Studies class. Just have a regular conversation with your readers. No one likes a smarty pants. And throw in a photo or two…just to break up the monotony of reading.
#5 Support For Support
If you want people to support anything you are doing, you have to return that same support. For example, I want people to read and share my blog with others so I can gain more exposure. So I try to support other bloggers, especially those I know personally. The one thing that bothers me most is when you ask someone for advice or tips and they act stingy. If you have already gotten where I’m trying to go, why not help me get there too? I understand that some people are afraid that someone will come along and be better than them, but that’s why you have to perfect your craft and be irreplaceable.
I hope these few tips are helpful to you on your blogging journey. Again, I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned a few things from fellow bloggers and through the trial and error of my own blog.
Happy blogging! And as always…Keep Laughing