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6 Years of Blogging: 60 Tips and Ideas to Dazzle Readers.

March 28, 2016

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Happy Birthday, little blog! On March 26, this space turned 6. It’s seen a lot of changes in the last 6 years – different blog names, different hosts, hopefully better photography. Meanwhile, I’ve seen a lot of changes – grad school, wedding planning, marriage, job changes, moves, and parenting have all happened to me during this blog’s little life span.

A blog deserves a birthday party with lots of virtual confetti and cupcakes, so to celebrate, I’m going to do a birthday mini-series. First, I plan to share 60 blogging tips and ideas (the presents!). Then in a follow-up post, I’ll list 60 bloggers that I would invite to a real-life blogging party if I could (because every party needs guests!). Finally, I’ll share 60 blogging goodies that you should check out (the party favors!).

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Ready? Let’s party!

  1. Actually hit the “publish” button.
  2. Be yourself.
  3. Don’t blabber on about nothing – write something useful.
  4. Copy edit your posts.
  5. Proofread your posts.
  6. Post consistently.
  7. Produce content that readers want to share.
  8. Blog ABOUT SOMETHING besides yourself and your coffee cup.
  9. Be generous – with your content and the content of others.
  10. Don’t plagiarize.
  11. Write like a professional.
  12. Use images thoughtfully.
  13. Compose catchy headlines.
  14. Compose clear headlines.
  15. Post on Mondays.
  16. Post about parenting.
  17. Or your career.
  18. Create a course.
  19. Ask your readers questions.
  20. Tweet between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.
  21. Post lists like this one.
  22. Pin on Saturday afternoons.
  23. Instagram on Monday mornings.
  24. Use photos that are relevant and high-quality.
  25. Share posts on Facebook between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
  26. Write short paragraphs.
  27. Give something away.
  28. Write posts that are 1149 words in length.
  29. Make blogger friends.
  30. Do interviews.
  31. Create a free item to give to your readers.
  32. Or an entire resource library.
  33. Use a sans serif font.
  34. Use an image for every 350 words.
  35. Add watermarks to your images.
  36. Engage with your audience between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
  37. Compose a post series.
  38. Record a podcast.
  39. Drive traffic from Pinterest.
  40. Springboard off of journaling prompts (or create your own list of prompts!)
  41. Envision your ideal reader.
  42. Pay attention to your blog’s layout.
  43. Tell real people about your blog.
  44. Use a signature color scheme.
  45. Advertise your blog in the local coffee shop or use other guerrilla marketing techniques.
  46. Interact with your Instagram audience more effectively.
  47. Set out on a blog-centric networking challenge.
  48. Create inspiration boards connected to your blog’s themes.
  49. Engage your readers.
  50. Publish a newsletter.
  51. Guest-post.
  52. Leverage your popular posts.
  53. Share your posts with specific friends who have an interest in the content.
  54. Format your posts creatively.
  55. Comment on other blogs.
  56. Reformat the title images of older posts for Pinterest.
  57. Create a style guide for your blog.
  58. Publish a series.
  59. Use consistent filters to create a cohesive look for your blog’s images.
  60. Blog content that you would want to discover!

Want to learn more? Check out last year’s blog-birthday post, 50 Things I Learned from Blogging.

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