Blogging is a fun but serious occupation. It’s enjoyable, social, and engaging, but it requires constancy and discipline. It must be treated with respect.
- Publish at least 3 posts every week.
- Keep posts short and to the point, 350-400 words at most.
- Write compelling headlines that include numbers, ‘you,’ ‘how to,’ or are ingenious.
- Never use the word very in posts.
- Ask a relevant question at the end of the every post to encourage readers to comment.
- Add a suitable image or painting to every post.
- Give a relevant title and Alt tag to every uploaded image to make it easier to find through search engines.
- Write catchy openings and then insert the [Read More] tag to entice readers.
- Link to older entries within new posts to remind readers of earlier content.
- Publish posts at the right time, which for me tends to be in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
- Republish occasionally noteworthy older posts.
- Respond to every question readers ask.
- Be democratic and unbiased – don’t skip comments left by bearded gentlemen in order to answer comments by girls with cute avatars.
- Schedule posts in advance before holidays or days of Internet abstinence.
- Read at least one blog post every day.
- Comment more on other blogs – commenting is the most effective way to meet other bloggers and encourage them to comment in their turn on your blog.
- Make friends with other bloggers, conversing with them through email and Twitter.
- Be useful to the community by sharing whatever worthwhile knowledge you may posses.
- Try not to sell your readers anything if you can help it.
- Give credit to the artists who create the images you use.
What blogging resolutions do you have?