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Week 16: Tips for new bloggers. Get excited!

Posted in Let's Get Personal!,Topic of the Week by laurynwilliams on April 22, 2010

I really enjoy blogging. I know that sounds silly, but I see it as a way to get my opinion out and to talk about important PR issues. There a few things that students who are new to blogging should know:

1) Make your blog attractive through changing the theme of the blog from default to something that fits you. If your blog looks boring, your reader will get bored easily.

2) Make your blog easy to navigate. Create categories for each topic that you blog about, then provide a category cloud so that they are more accessible. Create a blogroll of interesting and similar blogs or blogs that you often visit. Provide a calendar so that he readers can keep up with when you are writing.

3) Use hyperlinks. If you simply write a post talking about another blog post, a video, or article, the reader can only read what you have to say. To allow them to create their own opinion as well as better understand what you have to say, link to the website or post. If you know of other posts that are similar to your and would be helpful to the reader, hyperlink to them.

4) Make sure you attribute any information retrieved from somewhere else to the correct source by citing their name, website, post, or article. Create a hyperlink to their page, the book, or put a statement in quotes and provide the speakers name. If you do no do this, it is plagiarism.

5) Use graphics. This creates an attractive appearance for each post. It gives the reader something to look at and identify the post with. Use photos as hyperlinks to original pages and post actual videos to your post instead of just the hyperlink.

6) Comment on other bloggers posts. This creates networking and allows you to get your opinion out.

7) Reply to comments on your own posts. Answer any questions readers might have. Doing this will create networking as well as allow the reader to know that you care about what he or she has to say.

8 ) Do not ramble. Treat a blog post as if you are writing an entry for a newspaper or perhaps a small opinion piece for a class. Be professional. It can be a bit conversational and informal, but keep your work neat, not sloppy.

9) Link to other social media websites that you are on. I linked to my Twitter account so that my readers could see all of my tweets. You can also link to your Facebook, YouTube, or another blog that you might have.

10) Keep up with your blog. It is your responsibility to your readers. I know plenty of PR bloggers as well as bloggers with other interests and professions that blog infrequently. This is a huge let down when the reader is really interested in everything you have written, but they visit your site for two weeks or so and there is no new information. You will loose readers and connections.

One additional tip: 

11) Avoid blogging about yourself. People are interested in topics that they can relate to or are interested in. A blog is not Facebook. Do not blog about your day unless it leads into something interesting that you can focus on and talk about. I would also suggest that you start talking about yourself as little as possible on Facebook as well. No one needs to know when you are going outside to get a breath of fresh air or when you have arrived back at your computer desk. No one cares.

I hope these tips are helpful and that you new bloggers get the same excited experience out of it as I did and will continue to do!

Keep in touch! 😉

Sign off from the PR Girl…

Lauryn Williams


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  1. These are all really good tips, I like the ones about using hyperlinks and graphics. Without those things to attract attention, it can be hard to get someone to take interest in your particular blog since there are so many that exist- its good to make yours stand out. Tip #11 has to be my favorite, it may be harsh but it’s true, whenever I’m searching for blogs to read and comment on I always skip the post on someones fun weekend or personal issue- I can see if it is relevant to the central topic of your blog, but some topics just aren’t easy to relate to.

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  3. sarahgricius said,

    All of your tips are true and helpful to people who are just entering the blogging world, so hopefully any new bloggers will come across these informative tips. I don’t think that people realize, your tip eleven about avoiding blogging about yourself. People can go on for days talking about themselves but instead need to tell others about possible experiences they have been through and provide helpful tips on whether to avoid a certain situation or if it was a good solution. Also another good tip that I think people forget about is on your blog website, provide your Twitter account or Facebook account so that people can use other ways besides blogging to communicate with you. And when dealing with your Facebook account, ALWAYS make sure that your pictures are clean and appropriate because you never know if a potential employer is stalking you to see what type of person you are.
    -Sarah Gricius

  4. ah01490 said,

    These were great tips that you gave us! I really do not like blogging, but I have to do it anyways for my public relations class. For the class that I am in, my best tip would be to keep up with your blog. This will prevent you from having to blog a million things at the end of the semester, when there are other things that I need to be focusing on! haha But I really so agree that to become a very good blogger, you need to comment on others blogs. This creates a network for you! Great job!

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