Recently I’ve seen a lot of different commentary about blogs and figured now is as good a time as any to put in my thoughts. Here are my tips/random musings about blogging. Maybe they will help you. Maybe you’ll think they are stupid. Regardless, here they are:
- Keep it simple: To me, blogs should be an easy read. I shouldn’t have to stumble through complicated prose to understand a blog post. I want a post to be conversational and simple in style not necessarily in content. This doesn’t mean you should create short simple posts, but that your writing should be clear and concise.
- Do it for yourself: One of the most asked questions I see is how to get started. If you are blogging for yourself, then just set one up and start. When I started this blog, I didn’t care if a single person read it. I wanted a place to share my thoughts, and if someone was interested in what I said, that was just an added bonus.
- Set your own rules: To the same effect as my previous thought, don’t look at someone else’s blog and copy it. I don’t necessarily mean content, although your posts should be your thoughts, but in structure. I know people who blog every single day. I know people who have schedules and post regularly on specified days. I know others who just post when they feel like they have something to post about. Don’t box yourself into anything that doesn’t feel right, just because you see others are doing it.
Those are my thoughts/tips on blogging. If you want some more opinions/advice, I would recommend reading I Gotcher Blog-Writin’ Advice Right Here by Chuck Wendig.
Featured image by Christian Schnettelker.
One thing I’ve been pretty bad with when it comes to writing my novel is organization. I have a sweet TARDIS journal I got for secret santa a couple years back that I tried to use. Only it was hard to keep flipping back and forth between pages, and my character list/chapter organization changed so much that it was all over the place. It came to the point where I just didn’t use it anymore. Now it’s proof of how much my WIP has grown. But I still need a way to keep everything organized…
Recently, I’ve been thinking about “experts” in various fields. When do you become an expert in anything? What makes me ask this, is because the fields that I enjoy (writing & digital marketing) are always evolving. Can you call yourself an expert when at some point in time you do not know all that you can about a subject?
Today I merged my two sites I had going together. If you are seeing this, that means you were subscribed to my blog over at lesimonis.wordpress.com and have been transferred over to the new domain (lesimonis.com).
Everything will be the same – same posts about writing and all that goodness. Only difference is a bit more of my digital marketing love might trickle in, and that my digital marketing side is a bit more evident in the pages.
Any questions? Go ahead and ask!
Featured image by Criana on Flickr.