All posts tagged: Blogging

The Three Types of Bloggers (Almost) Every Blogger Will Always Have In Their Blogging Experience

You’ve probably heard that one of the smartest things a good blogger should do is to network with other bloggers, especially those in their niche. This is something most essential in the growth of a blog and the blogger, and cannot be done away with. On that note, let’s take a look at the types of bloggers almost every blogger will always come across in their blogging experience. Believe it or not, you fit into one, two or all three! The Mentor Blogger. This blogger has been in the business for a while and has come a long way. S/he has picked up a few good tricks along the way and has something to teach any beginner. They are well established and represent a standard that you hope to one day measure up to. They may not necessarily be the biggest bloggers out there, but they are a source of inspiration that you constantly draw from—in short, they are your mentors. It is good to admire their work, but what’s most important is that you …

How Awesome Is Your About Page? (Part IV)

By now, with part I, II and III of this topic, we are savvy about ‘about’ pages. Thankfully, this is the last of the series. Our concern today, are the methods of presentation. Without much ado, here they are: Text. This is by far the most common way to present an ‘about’ page. It is the easiest and most familiar. At least, a good seven out of ten people prefer to introduce and express their image in this form. That’s because it is the least risky of all the others. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with the written language (outside grammatical errors ;))? That’s not to say it is not an art in itself. In fact, I’ve come across a good number of pages where even with text, it is not done right. When managed well, it does draw a reader to a blog and even the blogger. It is usually accompanied by a picture. Video. This is not very common, but it is second in familiarity to text among web users. The …

How Awesome Is Your ‘About’ Page? (Part 2)

It is important you choose what kind of ‘about’ page your blog will have, right after you decide what your blog is about. This helps in attracting the interest of the kind of readers you seek. What are the types of ‘about’ pages, you ask? Come with me below. The Bio ‘About’ Page. This kind is straight and easy. You state your full name, degrees/certificates, achievements and what your blog offers. You may or not work with your first name. Nothing much more. If done right, it comes off formal enough but with a touch of your humanity sprinkled all over. I would recommend this type to bloggers who strictly want to make money with their blog. In other words, you’re a professional of some sort offering a product or some kind of service. Keep this in mind though: your readers will likely share a lot of your posts on social media but may not take the time to get personal with you. Expect more questions than leisure comments. Your blog is a business, and …

How Awesome Is Your ‘About’ Page?

I’ve been discouraged from subscribing to a blog/website simply because of an ‘about page’ in the past. Why? I couldn’t connect with the blog/blogger. Does that mean the blog isn’t interesting or the blogger doesn’t have something good to offer? Perhaps not. What didn’t come across as interesting was the way the ‘about page’ was put together. Believe it or not, what your about page says about you or what your blog has to offer, is important. What you are about and the message of your blog should be made clear in the simplest language possible. People may stumble across a post or an article you wrote and decide to check out your home base. Many times, one click on your about page will decide if they subcribe or become just another passer-by. And that goes to say, that leaving your about page blank is completely out of the question. In case you’re wondering, yes, it’s been known to happen. Only two kinds of blogs have successfully won me over without me checking out their …

Life Without Fiction? … Tagged by a Blogger

I was tagged by Shannah at Book Reviews by Shannah. Thank you! What To Do: This is a “make you think” tag. List three to five things that would be different in your life without fictional books/characters. … I’m supposed to tag three other people afterwards, but I beg to break the cycle. Without fictional books/characters, well … I certainly wouldn’t be reviewing books, which is something I love. Connecting with other writers, authors and bloggers have been such an awesome experience that I gasp (horrifically) at the thought that it wouldn’t have been a part of my life. I’m presently putting finishing touches on my manuscript and soon to hand it over to my editor, Amber Stokes ( it’s about time!). And yes, you guessed right, it is a work of fiction. To think that I wouldn’t have been a writer … no, no!! I wouldn’t have watched those lovely movies adapted from books/characters of fiction. You all know what I’m talking about! My personal favorites include: Love Come Softly series, Man of Steel, …

My Blog’s Sparkling Personality

Your blog is an extension of your mind, your personality—believe it or not. You cannot place on your blog what doesn’t exist inside you. Your blog is a creation spun from your creativity, an ability of the mind. I’ve come to discover that the best and most successful of blogs are those in which the bloggers know how to channel what they want to offer their readers, and wrap it into a beautiful gift and offer it to them and the rest of the world. Think about it. The blogs you love to visit most, and the posts you love to read are those that pull you in, teach you, entertain you, warm your heart—offer you a gift. Every time you walk away from such a blog or post, you take away something refreshing with you that puts a smile on your face, or a new idea in your heart. There’s only one reason this would happen—the writer did a good job of wrapping something wonderful and presenting it to you as a gift. I’ve …

The Blogging Experience Unplugged

I remember when I first decided to have my own blog. I had been around the internet long enough and seen how the pros did it and I wanted mine to be as perfect from the start. I tried out themes and shuffled widgets but never releasing any post—I just had to be sure it looked perfect first. This was my routine for weeks. Eventually I posted something but didn’t announce it. I kept it all to myself. As far as I was concerned, my blog didn’t have that perfect look yet. That became my new routine. Until someone stumbled across it, liked it, and started to follow it. Imagine my first reaction: shock, joy and then panic. In that order. A dozen questions plagued my mind. What if my posts are not impressive enough? What if I disappoint? What if I can’t be consistent? What if I don’t sound professional enough?—and the questions could go on. In the end, I had to calm down and toddle on in my baby steps. Let me tell …