A few weeks ago I ran a giveaway of the new book, Blog Blazers. I asked you, dear readers, to leave a comment sharing one lesson you had learned about blogging. There were 29 excellent responses (including a few I received via email). Using the Randomizer tool, I randomly chose 6 winners to receive copies of the book.
Here are the 6 winners and the lessons they shared about what they have learned about blogging:
“Love what you do! Otherwise don’t do it. Why? Because most of the time it shows. Blogging is a great way to establish a rep and build a business however, blogging without enthusiasm won’t bring out the best in you. And readers are pretty good at realizing what blogs come from the heart. Yeah, this may be difficult if you blog about a stale business topic or something with little glamor however I can assure you that loving what you do makes even the most boring of industries stand out. And when you love what you do, you will be the enthusiastic expert in your field. So put a little heart into your blog. Or put a lot of heart into it, as a matter of fact!”
“The one thing I have learned about blogging is:
Building relationships is vital to building a successful blog. The relationships between you and your readers, the relationships between you and other bloggers in your niche, and the relationships between you and other experts in your field are all necessary and vital for a blog to live.”
“What I learned personally was that I actually like writing & am pretty good at it. And I absolutely love to blog.
With blogging, I learned to invite your readers to participate as much as possible. Ask questions, get them to vote on something, ask for advice, etc.
I also learned that you need to be consistent (which because of my work volume, I haven’t been lately). It’s best if you can blog on the same days of the week (preferably every day if possible but I know we all need a break). By being consistent, the readers come to expect your posts on those days.”
“The most important thing I’ve learned about blogging?
Blog is a verb.
You’ve got to tend to your blog regularly. Ideally, daily. Add to the conversation. Create entries that move the larger conversation forward. It’s okay to do quick entries just passing along an interesting tidbit you’ve seen elsewhere, but you’ve also got to create original content that others will want to link back to. Analyze some stats. Write an essay with a strong point of view. Compare and contrast two opposing views. Make a phone call or two to get some original quotes. Try to create something that will inform, entertain or persuade.
Blog is a verb.”
“The best thing I’ve learned is that blogging from your heart, about things you love, is the way to go. Don’t blog about something just to make money or hit good SEO. Blog about what you know.”
“Just like voting:
Do your research before pulling the lever.”
Thanks to all who participated. If you’d like to read the rest of the tips left by readers, visit the original giveaway post.