Everything Wrong with My Blog and Maybe Yours Too: Part I

I’m on an “improve things in my life” binge, and one of those things I want to better is my blog. Being away from it for so long (see “Newfound Ignorance and a New Beginning” for more) means that I’ve missed a lot and I need to catch up with the blogging universe. Plus, I kind of feel like my blog could use a “glow up.” That’s the right phrase, isn’t it?

So, I have been searching the WordPress world for posts about blogs, because who better to tell you how to improve your blog than actual bloggers? Maybe what I’ve found can help you too, or maybe you’ve already put the advice into practice.

If you have a post that you think could help my blog, or if you have a blog that you are particularly proud of, please let me know in the comments below and I will check them out. Also, if you’re a blogger that I have mentioned, and you want off of this post, then please let me know and thy will shall be done.

Without further ado, here are some tips for blogging.

Aiming for Higher Peaks
I’m looking to build a better foundation so that I can climb to that high peak of blogging. Hehehe, get it? High peak of blogging? And this is a picture of a mountain. Yeah . . . even I know that that pun is bad. Photo By: Elizabeth Preston

1.  Your posts should aim to help people in solving a problem. Cristian Mihai in her The Art of Blogging gives this advice in her post “Lessons Learned After One Year of The Art of Blogging.” I really do love this writer’s posts. I find that they inspire me to write and blog better. She has a list of 23 tips in this post, but I don’t want to put all of them here because that would be plagiarizing. So, go check out her post if you want to see all 23 tips.

I like her suggestion that posts should try to solve a problem. I can see how that would draw in readers, because readers have something to gain from your post other than just entertainment. Okay. I can do more of the problem-solving posts.  This is kind of a problem-solving post, isn’t it?  Kind of?  Sort of?  Maybe?

You can check out Cristian’s post here: “Lessons Learned After One Year of The Art of Blogging”

2.  Interact with other bloggers. Sascha Darlington of Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored writes that to increase activity on your blog, you should interact with other bloggers.

I can definitely do that. I’ve always loved interacting with other bloggers, and I’ve found the blogging community to be very kind and supportive. I’ve heard of bloggers who put down others and criticize (rather than constructively critique) others’ writing, but I haven’t experienced that yet. I stay away from the dark side of blogging . . . .

You can check out Sascha’s post here: “The Best Piece of Blogging Advice I’ve Read (So Far)”

Looking for Improvement
I’m looking to improve many aspects of my life, including blogging. But one aspect that is already perfect is this little dog right here. Isn’t she adorable? Photo By: Elizabeth Preston

3.  Post “valuable content.” Renard Moreau of Renard’s World writes that successful bloggers often post what he calls “valuable content.” He defines “valuable content” as that which aims to solve a problem (ooo, this further verifies what Cristian Mihai said in #1), educates, is inspirational, is current, is trustworthy, is engaging, and that “is relevant to a particular niche.”

That last one is a toughie for me. I like posting not only things having to do with education tricks, tips, and advice, but that also deal with photography, life, creative writing, etc. Here are some examples of my beloved randomness: “This is So Gucci: Bringing Back Literary Allusions,” “A Caregiver’s Guide to The Zombie Plague from Hell,” “Who’s a Stranger You Still Remember,” and “I Wish I’d Had a Cupcake in My Purse: How Do You Show Compassion?” .

Maybe it’s because I’m stuck writing in a very specific way (scholarly writing) at school that I enjoy letting my creativity run amuck on my blog. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing scholarly pieces, but I also need a space to try out and explore other kinds of writing and topics. I find that I’m a happier person that way. How weird is that?

Luckily, Renard does say in that same post that “personal bloggers can make the best of blogging by posting various topics” that fit a certain theme, arise from prompts, etc. Okay . . . I can work with that and do something along those lines. I’m probably still going to have an all-over-the-place element to my blog, but I can minimize that a little more.

You can check out Renard’s post here: “7 Things that Great Bloggers Have in Common”

4.  Make use of the scheduling tool. Christina Reid of Chrikaru Reads suggests that bloggers make use of WordPress’s scheduling feature to help schedule out posts and have them ready to go weeks in advance. Smart. Smart. Smart.

You can check out Christina’s post here: “5 Things I’ve Learnt from a Year (and a Bit!) of Blogging”

5.  Up your tag game. Queenie from Written in the Ink encourages bloggers to up their tag games because that is how your posts get posted and categorized in the WordPress Reader. Queenie gives a list of some of the most popular tags, which is quite helpful. Thanks, Queenie.

I’m okay on tags, but not great. When I first started blogging, WordPress seemed to have a rule where if you exceeded more than 10 or 11 tags (it might have even been 8 tags), then your post wouldn’t show up in the reader. I’m not sure if that rule still stands, but I’ve been trying to stick to it. Maybe the rule is that you get even fewer tags. I’m not sure. I should probably research that. If you know the answer, please let me know by commenting below.

Edit: I asked Queenie herself, and she said that you cannot exceed 13 tags AND categories (meaning tags and categories combined), or else you do not show up in the reader.  Harsh, WordPress.  Harsh.

You can check out Queenie’s post here: “My 7 Basic Tips for Blogging”

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20 thoughts on “Everything Wrong with My Blog and Maybe Yours Too: Part I

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  1. Thanks for linking to my post! I feel like I am still learning lots of things about blogging, but I’m enjoying the journey even if it involves making lots of mistakes along the way!

  2. I found your post on the wordpress reader. I struggle with randomness. I wonder if it is better to respond to story prompts and link parties or try to create a coherent blog?

  3. Neat! Thank you for reading! Do you mind if I ask what you typed in the search bar that brought you to my blog?

    I’m not sure. I think that part of the answer lies in what you need as a writer. Do you need a space to be free? Do you want to make a lot of money off of your blog? I think that those who make a lot of money off of blogging tend to stick to one subject.

  4. Oh no, I would seriously doubt that. You gave really logical and sound advice. You’ll probably look back in a year and think, “My gosh, I was so wise!”

  5. I found your story in the reader also. I didn’t type anything in. somehow it was just recommended for me. I’m glad I read it.

  6. I’d forgotten about the tag limit rule – I wonder if that’s still true. I was just thinking that my blog needs a bit of a visual overhaul. Great tips – I think interacting with other bloggers is the most rewarding part of blogging and it definitely makes you feel like your blog is meaningful.

  7. I don’t know, but I don’t want to test it, lol. There was some blogger I read who talk about visual design, but for the life of me I can’t find her post again. She has some good tips.

    Visual design is so hard. You want to make something unique, easy to read, that fits your aesthetic, and that you like, but I haven’t found that magical combination yet.

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

  8. Your post is so helpful and I really love to read other bloggers’ experience in growing their blog.

    For me making great content and interacting with the community are a must if you want to improve your stats or attract more readers.

  9. Thank you for reading! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

    I think that that’s one of the things that makes blogging so much fun too. 🙂

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