There are important things that every blogger should consider — the types of things that will make their blog stand out in the blogosphere.
Hey, I know that I have piqued your curiosity with this title. So, without further ado, it is time to find out what those important things are.
1.) Being In Love With The Blogging Process
Dear friend, it really makes no sense of engaging yourself in blogging if you lack the passion for it.
Because if you lack the passion for blogging, the entire blogging process would end up feeling like a severe form of punishment.
People who are in love with the blogging process usually stick with their blogs (They are known to fill their blogs with the types of blog posts that they love on a regular basis).
So, for your sake, I hope that you are in love with the blogging process.
2.) Creating A Friendly Atmosphere
Creating a friendly atmosphere will make your blog better. As a matter of fact, a blog with a friendly atmosphere encourages people:
- To bravely share their thoughts based on a topic that they read (This has to do with the fact that they are not intimidated by the owner of the blog).
- To interact with each other via the comments section.
- To pay frequent visits to the blog that has a friendly atmosphere.
Does your blog exude a high level of friendliness?
3.) Proofreading Your Content
I can never stress enough about the importance of proofreading your content before pressing the Publish button.
One of the worst (and highly regrettable) things that any blogger can do is to publish a blog post that contains typographical and grammatical errors.
Unfortunately, some of the personal bloggers are not fully committed to proofreading their blog posts (They take the proofreading process for granted because they believe that their blog posts will be seen by no one or a very small percentage of people).
Whereas, business-related bloggers go out of their way to make sure that their blog posts are devoid of any typographical or grammatical errors (They know for a fact that their blog posts would be perused by a large percentage of people).
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that all bloggers should take the proofreading process seriously (It is not something that only professional bloggers should do).
4.) Creating An “About” Page For Your Blog
A lot of personal bloggers are guilty of not creating an About page for their blogs.
An About page is an important section of one’s blog because it provides the reader with information about themself and information that pertains to what their blog is all about.
Now, personal bloggers are in no way obligated to provide their phone numbers or are obligated to mention their address on their blog’s About page.
However, personal bloggers can provide a moderate amount of information.
What you choose to reveal on your About page is entirely up to you.
One of the things that I like to do before following a blogger is to check out their blog’s About page.
5.) Crafting An Eye-Catching Headline
It is no secret that your headlines have a lot to do with people reading (or not reading) your blog posts.
If it attracts their attention, they will end up reading your blog posts.
And, if the headlines fail to attract their attention, they will not bother to read your blog posts.
Corey Wainwright’s article, How to Write Catchy Headlines and Blog Titles Your Readers Can’t Resist, is a must-read for any blogger who has a keen interest in creating eye-catching headlines for their blog posts.
Are the headlines for your blog posts attention-grabbing?
6.) Using A Clutter-Free Design
The last thing that any blogger wants is for their readers to be distracted by the theme that they have chosen for their blog or for their readers to be distracted by their blog’s layout.
I have seen my fair share of blogs with cluttered sidebars.
It is okay to have the following things included in your blog’s sidebar:
- Your list of categories.
- Your blog’s archives.
- Your subscription or follow widget.
As a matter of fact, you are free to add anything to your blog’s sidebar (The important thing is not to go overboard by adding everything that you can think of).
Or you can follow my path — a path that involves not using any sidebar with your blog.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Renard, why is it that you do not use sidebars?”
I do not use sidebars with my blog because it has a much cleaner look without them; it helps the reader to focus solely on my blog posts.
Also, the mobile version of blogging themes does not use sidebars.
I enjoy keeping things simple and I am a firm believer in always using a clutter-free design.
I would also like to state for the record, that using a sidebar on one’s blog (or not using a sidebar on one’s blog) is optional.
7.) Allowing Your Personality To Shine Like The Sun On A Hot Day
Blog posts that are devoid of the blogger’s personality are boring to read.
We are not emotionless robots; we are human beings.
Therefore, allowing our personality to shine via our writing should be encouraged (It makes our writing appear more interesting in the eyes of the reader).
Do you ever allow your personality to shine via your blog posts?
8.) Creating Your Own Images For Your Blog
Creating images for your blog adds that personal touch to it.
Creating images for your blog saves a lot of time too!
There are those moments when you will spend a lot of your time looking for the right image for your blog on those free stock photo sites and come up empty-handed (Ironically, you could have spent way less time creating your own image).
Luckily, for you and I, there are websites that can help greatly in the area of creating unique-looking graphical designs for our blog; such as:
Have you created any images for your own blog?
Every blogger should strive to make their blog better; they can accomplish that goal of theirs by:
- Being in love with the blogging process.
- Creating a friendly atmosphere.
- Proofreading their content.
- Creating an About page for their own blog.
- Crafting an eye-catching headline.
- Using a clutter-free design.
- Allowing their personality to shine like the Sun on a hot day.
- Creating their own images for their blog.
You are more than welcome to share the link to this blog post via your favourite social media accounts (The newcomers to blogging will certainly find this information helpful).
And, I hereby invite you to follow Renard’s World.
Thank you for reading!