Make Your Readers Famous – #31DBBBDay22

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Even if your blog is small, or hasn’t been online for very long, you will benefit from highlighting your readers, and other bloggers. People appreciate being valued, and are more likely to keep coming back to your blog. They may also tell others about your blog, which means more readers for you.

Highlighting your readers shows them you are interested in them, and it may make others who read your posts feel valued too — especially if you do this on a regular basis. [Read more…]

Conduct a Policy Review – #31DBBBDay21

copyrightThis will depend on what type of blog you have, the size of your blog, and whether you have guests posting on your blog. But you need to have these policies in place, whether you post them publicly on your blog, or keep them private for the time being.

In today’s podcast, Conduct a Policy Review, Darren Rowse mentions specific areas where ever blogger needs policies, and some questions to ask regarding each of them. [Read more…]

Leave Comments on Other Blogs – #31DBBBDay20

When you’ve been doing something for many years, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has come along the same route I have, and that commenting on other blogs may be a new concept.

No blogger wants his blog to be a lonely place where no one visits, or where people do visit, but never leave comments. [Read more…]

Your Opinion Matters! – #31DBBBDay19

I don’t like expressing my opinion, except with those I know well. I am naturally shy and reticent, and the bigger the group, the less likely I am to share. [Read more…]

Create a Sneeze Page for Your Blog – #31DBBBDay18

Little girl is blowing her noseCreate a — a what??? A sneeze page. It’s a term coined by Darren Rowse, and makes perfect sense once you know what it is.

Contrary to what I thought on seeing this title, a “sneeze page” is not a “squeeze page”.

A SQUEEZE page is [Read more…]

Time for a Little Talk

~ Fiction based firmly in fact…

The tree stood proudly in the corner, tiny lights casting a twinkly glow on glossy balls and finely detailed wooden decorations. The popcorn and cranberry strands had, despite the presence of half a dozen small children, miraculously remained intact. Donna’s swift glance took in the gifts under the tree, the music waiting on the piano, the couch, TV and bookshelves free of toys and books, the extra dining table set up in the middle of the room with another smaller one beside it for little people. Five-month-old Mikey was asleep in his baby seat at the end of the couch. Her husband, Jeff, was down in the basement, looking for more chairs.

“Mommy! Daddy! They’re here!” The chorus of excited voices came from the top of the stairs. [Read more…]

Watch a First Time Reader Use Your Blog – #31DBBBDay17

Have you ever wondered what someone thinks of your blog on seeing it for the first time? Today’s challenge allows you to do just that.

Find someone — doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, a friend, or a stranger — who has never been to your blog before. Have him sit down at a computer — not a phone or other device — give him your blog URL. Let him navigate around your blog however he wants to, without any guidance or comment on your part. Just observe how he navigates. [Read more…]

One Year Ago

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since we lost our son James… and 5 years since I wrote the following… [Read more…]

Solve a Problem for Your Readers – #31DBBBDay16

A WORTHY DAILY GOAL

Darren Rowse’s daily blogging goal is to solve at least one problem that might apply to multiple readers. [Read more…]

Find a Blogging Buddy – #31DBBBDay15

Blogging can be a solitary occupation. But it’s no fun if you’re trying to do it ALL alone. Having a blogging buddy, or a group of blogging friends can make it easier in so many ways.

WHY DO YOU NEED A BLOGGING BUDDY?

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