Here are some of the posts I’ve enjoyed reading recently on the theme of blogging. I’m trying a new layout with a summary of the article or what I found interesting, and I hope this helps you find some posts to read. I’d love to know which of these posts you found interesting so I can find more posts to share with you in the future.
Kate talks about the importance of keeping our blogs authentic and places where we enjoy spending time writing by not taking every offer that arrives in our inbox
I have learned (the hard way!) that the very best thing you can do, for yourself AND your blog, right now, is to get choosy.
If you look at your Moz score you’ve probably noticed the spam ranking, Sally explains what it is and when it is worth worrying about.
To some extent, your Spam Score doesn’t matter – it won’t trigger a penalty, and it’s not a guarantee you will be penalised. But… if you earn money via sponsored posts and paid links on your site, then your Spam Score could be very important indeed.
I’m always curious to know how other people work and this is a great post focussed on tools that help bloggers write more easily and productively.
From helping generate topics to helping improve your focus, to even helping you catch all your grammar mistakes, writing tools can be your secret blogging ally.
Aby discusses how to know how you are ready and what you need to become a professional blogger.
I really believe that no-one becomes a full-time pro blogger without working really hard to get there.
This post resonated with me as I’m trying to improve my blogging by more planning. I particularly like her example of writing a post in advance and using the time to collect extra information so the post was more informative for readers.
I am now working on posts which won’t be published for a while, which is great – it’s organised, but it also allows ideas to evolve.
I think it has happened to all bloggers at some point that you don’t have a post idea you want to write at the moment you sit down. Emma suggests seven methods to help you think of new ideas.
I find it’s always helpful having a notepad and something to write with easily accessible for when inspiration strikes.
I agree with Elizabeth that we all do better when we work together, and we should be looking to collaborate instead of compete.
Instead of your peers being competitors, they become collaborators. Instead of threats, they become allies. Instead of being secretive we become giving. Instead of building sides, team or armies we are building communities.
I completely understand Suzie’s point as it is one I’ve wondered. This blog is not about blogging so I’ve wondered if I should include the topic in my goodread posts, however I’ve decided to continue with them because I know some bloggers follow me, I like highlighting posts I’ve enjoyed reading and many of these are about working more efficiently. Plus, you never know this post may inspire someone to start a blog.
Of course, some posts are incredibly useful (and I’ve found some level of success myself after reading them and following their instructions) but unless somebody says ‘here’s a button that you can press to make your post go viral’ there is nothing new to say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times before, in a thousand different ways.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog and wondering what to call it, Jennifer has lots of suggestions of how other bloggers choose their name. If you’re wondering, my blog name is from a domain we already had when I chose to test this blogging thing.
I love hearing stories about how other bloggers chose their blog names, so I asked around to find out how they were chosen.
Reading blogs is a great way to be informed and inspired. Seth explains although it is getting harder to read blogs efficiently it is possible with RSS readers; he explains how to use Feedly which is the reader I use as well.
Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.