When I first started this blog I wasn't sure how often to post or how to find an audience. I would read other blogs out there and wonder how they had built up their readership. So, since I am feeling totally uninspired today, here are my blogging tips, for what they are worth.
Try to post regularly. It doesn't need to be every day but I aim for at least four times a week if possible.
Have a theme to your blog. You don't have to stick to it all the time of course, but it will help to find the right audience.
Try to regularly put pictures and links on your blog to add extra interest. Don't forget the sidebar too...explore available gadgets.
A free hit counter wil give you all sorts of interesting visitor statistics. I have two, though they aren't consistent with each other!
Just remember that if your blog is open for anyone to read, you need to exercise some caution in what you write. Think before posting.
Be aware of copyright issues and what is deemed to be web publication, if you are posting your actual creative writing on your blog.
Comment often on other blogs you find interesting. Look at who else is commenting there and click through to their blogs if there is a link, as they may well do the same to yours.
Build up a blogroll of your favourite reads and you might even get reciprocal links.
By joining groups of other bloggers, such as Novel Racers, you will find a ready made audience.
If you are happy for your blog to be very public, put the URL on your emails, Facebook or MySpace pages, forum postings etc and join a blog directory.
Three notable things:
1. Beverley is out of the X Factor. A shame, as she seemed a lovely lady. At least they seem to have taken note of what we all said last week!
2. I've tackled some of the towering ironing pile this afternoon. It was a good excuse not to work on my OU assignments...
3. We are into the last week of the Your Messages blog project. I'm still on target to post a piece of writing every day of the month. Today's piece is here.