Follow-Up to What I Wish I Knew Then
Instead of posting an update to this post and making it longer than it is already, I thought maybe I’d just post a follow-up. First I have a question for you.
Do you usually go back to a blog post you’ve already read and commented on to see the follow-up comments in case anyone responded to you?
If you’ve hung around my blog for long, you probably know that I answer a lot of your comments through personal email. But there are times when I also copy and paste that reply into a comment on the respective blog post.
I do this when it’s a comment that helps clarify my post and I think other readers might be interested to hear. I’m not sure if this is typical procedure for any other bloggers, but it’s a habit I’ve developed, and I was wondering what yall think and what you do if you’re a blogger.
Okay, then. Moving on.
Sarah asked what a carnival is. I’m going to defer to my good friends over at Blogging Basics 101 to answer this one.
Some webrings host collaborations called carnivals. The ring
owner decides on a topic and invites members of the ring to write on
that topic. The owner then provides links to each of those sites that
submit links. BlogCarnival.com provides a list of several carnivals ongoing in the blogosphere.
Sarah also said:
And is a post considered more interesting or better if it has a link in it to somewhere or someone else?
Not necessarily. In fact, too much linking will send people away from your site. We all know how easy it is to get lost on that bloggity rabbit trail and not remember from whence you came. So you don’t want to sabotage yourself by linking too much.
On the other hand, link love is a reciprocal thing, meaning that if you give the love, you’ll get it back tenfold. Well, maybe just twofold. But the point is, linking is a good thing as long as you don’t go overboard. It’s all about finding the right balance.
Stephanie had a few good points to add.
Write regularly. If there isn’t fresh content at least once a week (and that’s minimum!), I usually don’t go back to a blog.
Yes. I was thinking of mentioning regular posting, but I was trying to keep my tips to 10. I was also going to say, "Keep it brief." But then I realized that I break that rule almost every day. Brevity is not my gift, as I’m sure you’re aware. And if you weren’t aware, this post is quickly becoming a case in point.
But I digress.
The point is, if you want to maintain the interest of your readers, you’ll need to post regularly. And if your goal is to make some pocket change through ads, you should try to post every day. I usually keep several "works in progress" in my draft folder so that on the days I don’t have something fresh to post, I can use one of those.
Both Stephanie and Holly mentioned using pictures — another great point.
More from Stephanie:
I’d love for you to post a more in-depth discussion about the pros
and cons of divulging personal information and publishing family photos.
Hm. Yeah. I waffle on this one, as you can probably tell. I used to post tons of pictures, but then I decided to back off. I took down all the pictures of my children and began posting only pictures that didn’t show their entire faces or were taken from a considerable distance. This post contains my reasons and links to several articles that cemented my decision.
Recently I’ve become lax on this policy, although I do take most pictures down after several days. I have no idea if that does any good, but it makes me feel better.
If you do post pictures, it’s a good idea to "watermark" them so that they are more difficult to steal. Chris explains this in greater detail.
As far as personal information is concerned, I have chosen not to divulge our exact location, and I try to be vague about our whereabouts. Also, you have probably noticed that I don’t use our first names although I have in the past. I’ve NEVER used our last name. I just feel safer this way, but some very popular bloggers have their full names on their sites. Again, it’s a personal decision that every blogger has to make for him/herself.
If you are keeping your name private, make sure your email address doesn’t contain your last name!! When you reply to comments from your family email account, you may be divulging more information than you intended. Personally, I have a separate email account for all blog related communications. It’s just easier that way.
Half-Past Kissin’ Time had this to say.