Dear Creatives, While I am gone I have Gina from My Chocolate Peaces sharing some blogging tips with you in a two part post! I hope you enjoy her tips along with meeting her! Take it away Gina!
Blogging. What a great journey. So many things to learn. So many things to do. So many people to meet. . . and always another post to write. These are some of the things that I have learned so far on my journey, part I.
Plan and Keep the Creativity
When I first started blogging I would come home from work with no post in mind, figure out something to write, photograph it and finally compose the post. This took hours every night and it was hard to come up with fresh material on the spot. I now use an electronic calendar to schedule my posts and I have a separate list of post ideas waiting to be scheduled. Once I have scheduled a post, I can either let it run as programed or I have the freedom to switch it out for something else if I am not ready or want to post about something else. Having a calendar and a continuous feed of ideas has worked together to improve post preparation and development and has translated into better content.
Do it in 5 Minutes
Make the most of 5 minutes. Learn what tasks you can do in 5 minutes and watch for those windows. I can get on my list of blog hops in the morning and place my link on at least one in 5 minutes. Later I can get on and at least check out another blog from that same hop in another 5 minutes. Sooner or later these 5 minute tasks add up and lead to productivity.
Pay attention to the little things
Aside from the stats you hear about Facebook and Pinterest returning the most traffic to a blog, pay attention to your own little statistics. For instance I noticed that despite the many blog hops I joined, I never had that many followers on social media. While mine is still a new blog and I am constantly looking for new followers, I noticed a peak in my social media followers when I moved the buttons from the bottom of the page to the top. Paying attention to these little things can make a huge difference in the long run.
Here’s to enjoying the journey. Hope you come back for part II!
Gina, a.k.a. Chocolate Mom blogs about artisan chocolate, culture and other sweet things at My Chocolate Peaces. She is married to Chocolate Dad and has one little boy. Together with their dog, Chocolate Puppy they enjoy playing in the outdoors and living life out loud. From My Chocolate Peaces to you, Peace, Love & Chocolate!