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?

A Simple Hello.

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This is my very first blog, so why not explain what struck my interest in creating one. I currently attend Western Carolina University where I major in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I am involved with Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and this semester I am PR Jobs and Internships Director. I am also involved with Catamount Communications (Cat Comm), which is the student-run public relations firm on campus. This semester I am working on teams with two of our clients: Fundred and Good Samaritan Clinic.

Seeing that I am majoring in what is becoming a very competitive field, I have decided to become hands-on with all social media that I can. With Facebook and Twitter down, blogging is my next endeavor. The purpose of my blog is simple: share with you guys what I learn as I learn it. Along with that I will be posting experience I gain as I work on my very first campaigns. This is my first semester working on a campaign, and I am lucky to have two clients to work with! This is a great opportunity to obtain hands-on experience of writing press releases, helping maintain a newsletter, event planning, working with an organizations social media, and many other things. I will also be posting updates about my research of jobs available in public relations.