Last night I spent some time tweaking some settings in WordPress. At some point I will move my blog to my own domain, but for now, some adjustments were needed. This made me think perhaps it was time to share some of my own blogging tips and some tools I use to make my blogging life easier.
Who Are You?
- Create or update your Gravatar using your WordPress login. Link your blog or other online platforms or social media pages you wish to share.
- Invest some time in an ‘about me’ page. Readers like to know a little about you.
- Be consistent in your writing and be earnest and authentic in what you write.
Learn Your Blogging Platform (I will focus on WordPress here)
- Don’t be afraid to ask. The WordPress blogging community is made up of generous people.
- Search YouTube or bookmark sites like WPBeginner. There is a ton of information there.
- If you are not using the WPAdmin dashboard, you are missing access to a great deal of functionality.
- Experiment with settings. Learn how to handle comments, adjust sharing parameters, check your spam folder and alter the appearance of your blog.
- Learn how to add media, and adjust settings for alignment, captions, and slideshows.
- Learn how to reblog or create links to other blogs or to your own older posts.
Be Part of the Community
- Read other blogs.
- Leave thoughtful comments.
- If you leave a comment that says “follow my blog” most likely the reader will not.
- If you choose to monetize your blog, understand it may affect your readership.
- Respond to the comments others leave on your posts.
- Be respectful.
- Do not plagiarize.
- Link to blogs outside of WP Reader. It helps reveal the personality and creativity of the writer.
- We all love Wikipedia, but if you use their photos, attribute them properly. I frequently use this link: Wikipedia Attribution Generator.
- There are many free suppliers of stock photos. Be kind and attribute when requested to do so.
- Find a photo editing app for your computer or mobile device. They make it easy to add copyright or captions to your photos and allow you to merge photos together. I use the free version of Over to create banners or create memes or photo quotes. There are a lot of free options out there. Find one that works for you.
Yesterday was hubby’s mom’s birthday. It was the first since her passing. Different members of the family react differently to her active social media accounts. To some they bring comfort and to some despair. Have you thought how you want your social media footprint to be handled?
- Most social media companies have policies about the handling of accounts when the owner passes. WordPress has a policy but just who do you want to act in your behalf once you pass?
- Here is a recent article out of Canada discussing other social media policies around handling of accounts posthumously: The Walrus.
I hope this has been helpful. As much as we might like to complain from time to time, we are fortunate to have such a robust platform at our disposal.
Do you have tips to share? Feel free to share in the comments.