Friday, 15 March 2013

Thing 4 - Do you Blog?

Again this week we are going to look at a few questions for "being out there" 

Do you host a blog?
What do you talk about?
How do you attract followers
Blogging platforms available

I obviously host a blog, your looking at one! When I started the Anglers Rest blog it was 2002. It was the early days of blogging. What exactly did one put on a blog? and how do they differ from web pages?

Anglers Rest was formed and was, and still is a reflection of MY world - books, genealogy, holiday and anything else that takes my fancy. Since those early days I have developed other blogs, those that relate to specific projects -

I also contribute to Historical Tapestry a blog devoted to historical fiction. 

I also write several columns -
Personally, my blog(s) are MY space. It is an opportunity to share whatever is on my mind. The wonderful thing is that over the course of the time I have written my blog I have received comments and built friendships from fellow readers. 

Where can you host a blog?

The most popular are Wordpress & Blogger which is linked to Google. I prefer the latter, although have a small project (Loose Ends) on Wordpress to see how I get on.

Blogging Tips
  • Be mindful of what to include on your blog. Remember about the sensible stuff, not writing about your boss or naming your employer and then having a whinge!
    • Personal & hobbies
    • Work related
  • Comment on other similiar blogs - develop blog friendships with likeminded bloggers
  • Blog Hops
    • This is where a topic is posted about on several blogs and the link on YOUR blog shared with the host - usually via a linky. An example of this is the Progressive Book Group
  • Writing Prompts
    • There is a whole series of blogging prompts for the genealogists located at Geneabloggers
Further words

Having a blog and writing regularly  - say twice a week or so along with reading and commenting on others will gain your place in the blogosphere. On the whole, it is a friendly, helpful, supportive and informative place and one that should be enjoyed.

So do you blog? 
Are you going to change your blogging habits?
Are you going to create a blog?

2 comments:

  1. Yes, I Blog! Just had my One Year Blogiversary. Don't know how you have time for all that you do!
    Thanks for the tips,
    Cheri

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    1. Hello Cheri, Grat to meet you! This is part of a wider project so I hope you keep reading and commenting!

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