6 tips for a bad blog

May 17, 2012 by Lauren

6 tips for a bad blog:  
1. Always write really long posts. Don’t use any photos
2. Write about things that you think others may like… but you actually think are kinda boring.
3. Have your main goal be to try to sell your products. Have every post lead to that.
4. Never reply to comments.
5. Create an online persona that’s totally different from the real you.
6. Only include pictures of your cats.

Ok, please tell me you caught on that those are terrible ideas. BUT, I have seen people do all those things. And some I’m guilty of! Here’s how to switch those around and make your blog more reader-friendly.
6 tips for a better blog! 
1. Have great photos! Mine aren’t always, but I’m always trying to get better. If people like a picture, they will pin it, facebook it, email it to friends, etc. Also, please write! But… people don’t usually want to read a super long play-by-play of your day.
2. Write about things you think are awesome! If you think they are sweet, chances are, others will think they are great too.
3. Post about lots of things. Food, projects, personal stuff, kids, what you make, etc.  If SOME posts lead to you talking about your product, that’s fine! Just don’t make every post point to selling yourself.
4. Reply to comments! People love it when you interact and *gasp* even use their names!
5. BE YOURSELF! I’m my snarky, sarcastic self. It makes it more fun for me to actually write, and (maybe) people enjoy reading it. (who am I kidding, I’m sure people think I’m too sarcastic. But hey, I have fun!)
6. Include a variety of photos of you, kids, cats, friends, food, garden, kitchen, the city, whatever. Not just your cats (ummm yeah, i’m guilty of the cat one.)
above all else, just enjoy blogging. 
Now. I’m not claiming to have an amazing blog. Or even a good blog! But – I enjoy what I do. And I’m always striving to be better! I think these tips will help improve your blog! (just make sure you do the ones for a better blog… not a bad blog.)

10 Comments

  1. Jennie says:

    wonderful tips! thanks for sharing

  2. Susanne says:

    One of the most creative how to improve your blog posts I’ve read. I just started blogging back at the begining of the year. I have to admit it’s a fun hobby. While I am sure my blog will never be a money maker, I am always looking for a way to bring in new readers. After all it would seem silly to have a blog no one wants to read.

    Susanne
    http://asusiehomemaker.blogspot.com/

  3. Alicia says:

    LOL thanks. And I LOVE the title of your blog…I found you on Pinterest and visited just because of your title. I love burlap too :)
    Keep Austin Weird
    A

  4. Arianne says:

    I love your snarky snark self. Don’t evah change.

  5. Lauren says:

    Jennie, Susanne, Alicia, and Arianne, thank you for your comments. (using tip #4 here. haha :) )
    Arianne, couldn’t be unsnarky even if I tried! ha.

  6. Liana Weitz says:

    Def keep the snark and sarcasm… that’s my favorite :)

  7. Cassie says:

    I’m sorry, I didn’t get to the tips. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the most adorable otter.

  8. ALLISON says:

    YOU DO HAVE A GOOD BLOG!!

  9. Lauren says:

    haha thanks allison. :)

  10. Laura Lane says:

    Thanks for the tips. I just found your blog today and I love the variety.

    I’m coming back.

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