I read a blog post – Inquiring minds want to know#16 over at 100word anime. Even though she has been around for 3 years. She did raise pretty quickly. Organically and through the traditional way. And it has paid off for her. And she gave some solid advice.
Now, since this is my own post, I’ll toot my own damn horn as much as I like (well not too much). For those that aren’t aware, I’ve been around the blogging scene for a good long time, 10 yrs or so. Yeah, old timer. So connecting up to the last sentence above, yeah I’d give the same advice, in fact some of the stuff she mentions. I’m already aware of quite a few of them, even try tied them out before most. Difference is, I tend to do them half arsed and mostly ineffectual. Anyway by being in the blogging sphere for a long time, I picked up a few things.
There are 3 things that I find that don’t get mentioned as often. So I’ll go over them. Also I’ll preface this by saying:
There is no exact science as to what makes a successful blog. You make the blog a success.
So here they are.
Scheduling your posts, having an editorial calendar
This is a pretty important one, I feel. Scheduling a post has so many benefits, to not use it. You’re doing a disservice to yourself as a blogger.
As for an editorial calendar, it’s is basically when a post is scheduled to be posted on a specific date. Simple as that. It’s basically the process of your post; drafts, rewrites if need be before the final date. The negative side to this is; you can’t be always be consistent with it – you don’t have the time to double check your posts etc, or just can’t be asked with it like myself. If pressure is something you don’t like, then don’t have an editorial calendar. Don’t pressure yourself.
Minimum; always schedule your post(s). To create an editorial calendar; your email calendar, or phone calendar will do just fine.
Post as often – posting on certain days or aiming to reach a certain number (quota) of posts per month
This one ties in directly to the above advice. Have an idea as to how often you can or will post. Is it once a week, 2x, 3x times a week on specific days or can you do what Karandi does and post everyday. Have a simple, yet clear goal as to how often you can post. This can be a building block for you and your blog. As it shows consistent content coming out.
The next one is for half arsed posters like me. For the most part, you don’t have a schedule for a specific date. On my old blog, I had a quota, each month I would write at least 10 posts a month, with 20 being max. You decided on how many posts you can write up. So you can post say 5 or 6 times a month depending for example. So long you stick to or try to at least. You’ll be fine.
The whole point these are two are making is to try and get new bloggers to be consistent in the early days. Far too many quit within 6 months or less. You won’t see numbers large numbers (at first), but you can build your blog up. It takes work to get it where you want it to be.
DO NOT DELETE POSTS. You’re taking potential traffic away from your blog. I learnt this the hard way.
Now here is my last advice. This one gets over looked A LOT. However it’s nothing major, it’s more aesthetics for your blog.
Changing the font types of your blog
Yup, you read that right. It’s not mandatory, it’s to add that little bit of customisation to your blog. So, how to change your font types for your blog. It’s not that difficult and it’s really straight forward.
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You want to go to customisation. Where it says Fonts, go there.
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Once you’ve chosen fonts, you get to choose what font you want for your headings, titles. The base font is the body of text. The next two screen caps are examples of what font are available.
The font types will be previewed live, so you can see what font work well with each other and compliment your blog theme. Once you’ve chosen your font types. Hit the published button above to make the change.
And there you have it, a quick little customisation trick for your blog.
There you have it, my 3 advice for new bloggers. Check out Karandi’s blog post as well.