Three Tips for Blogging

Blogging is not always as easy as it looks, especially if you want to keep your blogging consistent. Last night we discussed “How and When We Find Time For Blogging” during #blogchat on Twitter. Below are some tips I have for finding time to blog.

  • Make a plan. I feel like it is very important to have a plan for your blog. It gives it structure, along with helping you narrow down topics to write about. I have never really had structure to my blog before, but last Sunday I sat down for a few hours to revamp my website and plan out my blog. I came up with categories to write about each day of the week to narrow down what my blog post for the day would be. For instance, Monday’s are general topics, Tuesday’s are Twitterquette Tuesday’s and Friday’s are Friday Faves.
  • Pick a time. What time of the day works best for you? Early morning or late at night seemed to be the most popular responses from bloggers during the chat last night. Personally I tend to write my post at night and schedule it to post the next morning around 9am. I try to be consistent with the time I post so my blog followers know when to expect a post from me for the day. The main reason I do this is because I work from 7am- 3pm five days a week, and I want my post published in the morning. It will be different for everyone!
  • Get inspired. If you are like me, or most other bloggers, you will probably have an inspiration for a blog post pop up at any time of day. Always write it down! Find a method that works for you. I personally use the notes app on my iPhone or write the idea down in a notebook I keep on my desk. If you are having a hard time getting inspired read news articles, blog posts, or hashtags on Twitter to see if you can find something that inspires you. I try to have three blog posts up a week, however there may be a week where I have no inspiration to write a post that day. If this happens to you don’t force the post! Always remember, quality over quantity.
I will leave you with this quote from the chat last night: “The biggest secret to blogging productivity is not some cool app, but good habits & self-discipline. #blogchat” –@DanBlank

What other tips would you add to the list? How do you find time to blog? 

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So You Are New to the Blogosphere…

So you are new to the blogosphere, now what?

Everyone is new to blogging at some point or other, but how do you get started? I started my blog a little more than a year ago and I never imagined I would ever get any hits on it. That has changed and it has a lot to do with things I have learned through my own experiences and reading other blogs.

The following are some tips I have for those of you who are new to blogging or want to jumpstart your blog again.

  • Make a plan. The first year I started my blog I did not really have a plan for it. My goal was to get a few posts up a month, but nothing far beyond that. When I decided to buy my domain name and attended Real World PR for the second year in a row, I decided to make a plan and be more serious with my blog. Maybe it took spending money on a domain name, or attending a conference two years in a row where they stress the importance of social media, but I now have a plan for my blog. In your plan, decide what you want to base your blog on and create topics you would like to write about. I suggest this to anyone starting out. It really helps!
  • Research. As PR students we already know the importance of research. When it come to blogging this is no different. See what other PR students and professionals are doing with their blogs and what they are writing. Along with this research you will create a list of blogs you will read daily or weekly.
  • Network in the blog world! Almost everyone is on Twitter, and there are Twitter chats for almost everything. One of the first few chats I was ever in is #blogchat. This Twitter chat has helped me network with other bloggers and get a lot of questions I had about blogging answered. While there are a wide range of bloggers that participate in this chat, you can still find a lot of useful help by participating. If you really want to network with bloggers that are interested in the same topic as you, find a hashtag that fits you. #PRStudChat introduces me to a lot of PR students who are interested in the same field as me and blog about similar topics.
  • Comment on other blogs and share posts. To me, this is very important. Read other blogs and join in on the discussion in the comments. This is a great way to get your name out there and show that you are not just promoting your blog, but other blogs as well.

What are other tips you have for starting bloggers?

One Year Later

Exactly one year ago today I started this blog. At the time I had no idea if people would actually read any post I wrote or even how to promote it. Needless to say, I quickly discovered that Twitter is a powerful, and helpful, source to getting the word out about your blog. While my first couple of posts may not have been PR related at all, it was one way for me to start writing more and discover where exactly I wanted to go with my blog. Writing is something I am very passionate about. Growing up I used to keep journals to write about my day and of course I had a LiveJournal account at one point (which I forgot the password to or deleted… not really sure what happened to it).

Blogging, to me and I am sure a lot of other people, is a lot different than a personal journal. Over the past year I have grown my blog to be focused on different aspects of public relations that I love. I will be the first to admit that I am definitely growing and learning more and more about blogging all of the time. I feel like social media is something that everyone always has room to grow and improve on. For me, it is a new project I am going to start at some point this year (hopefully sooner than later!) with my blog. I did not have this idea until I was chatting with Kerry this past Friday when I decided to finally buy my domain name: fortheloveofpr.com. Be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for the new project I am starting! I would give you a hint, but I am still in the planning process of where I would like to take this.

So here we are, 3,441 views on my blog later: another year of my blog. My promise to you for this coming year is that I will post at least once a week. I always have a lot to say and I like to share with everyone that follows my blog, but I slacked off this past year. I am also full of goals and new aspects of things I would like to blog about. Hope you are ready for this! I know I am. I am ready to bring it on this year, full force!

Thanks to all of you who take the time to read my blog! You guys inspire me to keep writing. You are all great!