After yesterday’s super charged post, I want to switch gears a little bit. When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t realize there was a community of ladies (and some men) who would support you no matter what. I just came here every day to write and didn’t really care what the “rules” were or how I did things.This is not a “rules” post. I truly believe that every blogger needs to figure out what works best for them when it comes to how often to pump out posts. You gotta figure out the balance of blogging and real life.
Today’s post is all about blogging don’ts. These are all things I wish I knew when I started blogging or what I have learned so far.
Don’t be a “no-reply” blogger.
The term “no-reply” blogger simply means that you can’t reply to comments via email. It’s really easy to fix, but Google can be weird some times. If you are on the Blogger platform and you reply directly to someone’s comment on your post, there is notification that is sent to the blogger that left the original comment. So your reply could just be sitting there and they would never know. Being a “reply” blogger allows you to easily reply to comments through your email account. So easy!
If you think you might be a no-reply blogger, please check out this tutorial from Sarah. She helps you get rid of the no-reply blogger thing even if you have Google+. So so good!
Don’t be private on social media.
I was guilty of this until very recently. If you are private, not everyone can see your tweets. I had no idea that I was even private until someone pointed it out to me. You want your tweets to be seen by as many people as possible so that they could retweet them or reply to them. You are really doing yourself a disservice if you are private.
If you are worried about spammers, you can just block any one that seems suspicious. I don’t follow anyone back that only posts giveaways. I just don’t like to see that junk in my feed. Thanks Lisette for pointing this out to me!
Don’t ignore social media.
A good amount of my time is spent on social media. I love interacting with other bloggers through Twitter and Facebook. You have to be social for other bloggers to interact with you. If you get bloggers interacting with you, then they can help you promote your blog posts. It’s hard to not be on Twitter all the time, but it is necessary to spend a bit of time on it to help get your name out there.
I ignored Twitter for a long time when I started blogging. I didn’t want to have anything to do with Twitter. I really think, looking back, that I actually hurt my blog by doing that. I didn’t understand how much Twitter helps connect you with other bloggers. It really is necessary.
What would you guys add to this list?