07.04.10

iBlog

Posted in Writing at 12:51 pm by Natalie

My quest to become a more tech-savvy writer has sent me in many directions this week, none of which were actually to the keyboard to write. But I have learned a lot about tweeting, blogging, commenting and following.

And this helps you how? Because now it is time to share what I have learned, to help build your online following;

  • You need to blog at least twice a week. (My Freecell game will surely suffer).
  • You need to keep posts under 500 words, unless about a technical subject where people need more in-depth information.
  • Put your blog/twitter links in your email address signature. (Yes, seems blindingly obvious now eh?)
  • Comment on other people’s blogs. (But try to make intelligent comments, you don’t want people going to your blog to see if you really are as silly as you seem)
  • Edit your blog copy, edit it again, then put it away for a while and come back to it, and then edit it again. Only then is it ready to publish.
  • Take time to write your post (at least an hour, but ideally over two).
  • Include pictures, links and videos, but only when relevant. (So don’t post your cat pictures –unless they are doing something silly, but not cute, no one is interested in cute, but funny cat photos never get old. Or is that just me?)
  • Use dot-points

I’m not sold on the last point, but I think it is wise to pay attention to those who have gone before me, so I included it. This list is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot of great information out there and you can be as active as you like in building your profile.

If you would like more advice on blogging specifically, or online writing in general, check out Copyblogger. While this was not my only source, I did find that I ate up huge chunks of writing time (and even a little work time) reading some of the articles.

So I guess from now on you will be seeing me mid-week. I’ll have to come up with a Wednesday theme… Any suggestions?

Happy writing!

Nat

Find me on Twitter @nataliejepotts

2 Comments »

  1. Ellen said,

    July 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    on the 2 posts per week rule – I try to adhere to this, but it is hard when you’re working full-time and you’re spending an hour per post (2h is crazy-talk, unless you want to say something really profound) and you’re trying to write fiction as well… I think in your case we all know you blog on Sundays, so we know when to check you out! Having said that, an extra midweek post would be most welcome :-)

  2. Administrator said,

    July 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, I’m wondering if I’m being a bit ambitious trying for two posts, but I’m not getting a lot of writing done during the weekdays anyway, so it might get me back in the habit. I’ll let you know!

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