Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blog Addict

Blog Addict? I know I am and I'm finding that with less time I'm looking for the perfect blogging style!!!

Several of you have been emailing me on what it takes to be a better blogger. How I've gained so many bloggers and how I always have something to talk about, so I've decided that a post is in order.

Tips for the making's of a better blogger:

Super long posts suck!

Keep it fun!

Stalk until you drop!

Commenting is a must!

Stay Organized!

Whining is for babies!

Just a quick elaboration on all of what I wrote. No one has time to read a super long post, especially those with a huge following! The shorter the posts the more time to read and actually comment. If you want comments YOU MUST comment, nothing is free! Make sure they are heartfelt, you want to show the blog author you actually read their stuff. Keep a good schedule, if you're sporadic with posting your bloggers will be sporadic in visiting. Keep your blog positive! If you whine to much no one will want to listen.

So there you have it! This is what it takes to be a better blogger! I hope I helped inspire your journey to continue to make the blogging world a happier place :)

Feel free to add extra thoughts!

Tomorrow is the blogfest!!!! Hooray! If you've yet to sign up you still can!! Just visit HERE! Next week is Featured Writer's Week and the following week will be the continuation of In Their Own Words!!!

60 comments:

Mina Carlisle said...

Great tips! I'm really excited for the blogfest! I've had fun scrounging around Google Images looking for reveal pictures!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great tips Jen. I agree, it's a hard to find that perfect blogging style. But you are right...whining is for babies. :)

Looking forward to the blogfest. It's gonna be awesome!

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are really good tips...All are on my must list too..I think its so important to read the post and be personal with the answer:)
...Love this:)

Hugs and kisses,sweetie

Kittie Howard said...

Hey, Jen, missed ya, too! Getting back into the groove, lost a pound from not eating olives (but they were sooo good), and love your new look. Yep, it's you! Also loved your blogging tips. Next to a gal named Iva Massey in So. Calif., you have the most followers among the blogs I know. Gonna check out your blogfest!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

But what if you're announcing an uber contest like me and can't make it short? Does that mean you won't read it :o( Looking forward to the Blogfest! I'm all prepared too! Whoo-hoo!

Are you a writer? Then you MUST enter this CONTEST!

Angie said...

Really cool blogging tips. I think I'm guilty of the super long posts. I'll have to work on that. But I completely agree on the commenting thing. I usually try to make an extra effort to check the blogs of people who post on mine.

Candyland said...

Haha whining is for babies, lol. I love your blog!

Christine Fonseca said...

Great tips!

Creepy Query Girl said...

great list and i LOVE your new blog look! Can't wait for your blogfest tomorrow- thanks for the reminder!

Cassandra Frear said...

How funny! You've got a cute and sassy writers voice that's easy to love.

Okay, so how many posts can you read and comment on in an hour? How much time (approximately) do you spend reading posts each day or each week?

I'm finding it very time consuming, even though I enjoy taking a swing around the neighborhood. So I want to know what's reasonable and even more, what's effective!

Matthew Rush said...

Well I follow all of those exactly, except for occasional long posts. Still your success (and the speed with which you built your following) is amazing and inspiring. I can't wait for Rose and I to help you with your query so that we can watch you begin submitting and then get to witness you having equal success with that!

Go Jen!

Rachel Roushey said...

I love the six rules you came up with! They are all so true! If a post gets too long or someone is whinnying too much I will often not finish reading the post!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Great tips! I'm loving that new header of yours :)

Laura Pauling said...

and it's so true on all accounts - I skim over posts that have several long paragraphs (with not a lot of voice, just info). It's just too much!

Summer Ross said...

I'm so excited for your blogfest tomorrow. These tips are good ones, I specially like the no whining one.

Tammy P. said...

Great tips! Thanks. :)

Lenny said...

hi miss jen! yep long posts are really hard to stay with. i like fun posts the most and stuff i can learn more from about being a good writer. im all ready for the blog fest. cant wait!
...hugs from lenny

j.leigh.bailey said...

I think I'm guilty of the long-post problem. :( I try to keep it short, I swear, but I can't even send an e-mail at work that's less than two paragraphs. I'll have to work on that.

Looking forward to tomorrow's blog fest!

Teenage Bride said...

Jen awesome tips and awesome post!

I adore reading your blog and your comments are always heartfelt.

I hope to become a better blogger and one day gain a larger following like you have done.

Much love

Jill

Melissa said...

perfect tips haha I find that a day off every week is in order, as well :)

beth said...

Quick ? about the blogfest--We leave the characters description as a comment on your blog or we post in on our blogs?

Summer said...

Love the new header--very fun!!

The best thing to remember about blogging is you get what you give.

Jen said...

Beth - Both posts will be on your blog! Part One (Thursday) and Part Two (Friday)

I tried to email you and/or find your blog but for some reason none of my links are working! If you need anything shoot me an email!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

All good tips! I'd also suggest:

Paragraph breaks are easier on the eyes. Just my 2 cents!

Can't wait for tomorrow's blogfest. I'll be in the mountains on a 2 day vacation w/ the family, but I don't plan on letting that stop me from hitting as many participating blogs tomorrow as possible ...

Christina Lee said...

Yep right on the money!

YAY for tomorrow!

Amy Saia said...

Jen, great tips and advice. You are always so positive and I'm amazed by how consistent you are. Very inspiring!

Bish Denham said...

Great post Jen. I have had to cut way back on my reading and commenting of blogs. I realized it was cutting too deeply into my writing life.

Sitting Behind Homeplate said...

The best whine is wine in a glass! LOL I'm so sporadic going from long to short blogs but I also said I write for myself so that's my justification. :)

I know I can always come here for a smile. I'm liking the 60/70ish style flowers in the background.

And lastly, last night I dreamed about your fairy or I assume it was your fairy because I haven't read anything about fairies in a year. I like her.

connie

Robert Guthrie said...

Short rocks. Less is more.

LTM said...

HEY! Where'd you get that SUPERcool header there? I love it!

OK, you are very right. I hope everyone internalizes your "short posts" message. I've been trying to be better about it myself...

And yes, I was blogging to MYSELF until I finally got out of the box and started visiting/commenting/finding other bloggers I connected with...

Now I have even LESS time in the day! LOL! :D good stuff, Jen~

Ashley Stone said...

great tips, I always enjoy reading your blog! : )

Laura Marcella said...

I think it also helps if you're full of awesome like Jen Daiker!!!

Jessica Hill said...

These are great tips, Jen! I'd also add knowing your audience. I think it's important to keep your posts on target to the audience you're trying to attract. While I think the ocassional venture into something else is just fine, it's not something you should do too often or you might lose readers.

Ellie said...

A great post! Thank you.

Crystal Cook said...

At last! The super fantastic secrets revealed! You're such an awesome blogger Jen :) I love the new look of your blog, I think it suits you so much!

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

I don’t mind the occasional long post, but if every post takes me 5 scolls to read I’ll start passing the blog up so I can visit more blogs.

aspiring_x said...

comment. comment. comment.
does that count?
seriously, i agree most long posts totally suck, and no frowny faces!!!

Janna Qualman said...

Great tips! And I *love* your new blog look.

Talli Roland said...

Fantastic tips, Jen. With a such a great blog and so many followers, they definitely have weight coming from you. :)

Looking forward to the blogfest!

Jds said...

I like your blog, very original.

Rose Cooper said...

First of all, LOVE your header! I hadn't replied to your email yet because I was still trying to remember how to do it. Since Crissy designed my blog I've suddenly become all blog-stupid about all this stuff. But yours. looks. fab!!

Great tips. Making my posts too long is one of the things i'm always worried about. I tend to ramble a lot. Kinda like what i'm doing now!

Dory N said...

Great blogs. I have actually been reading for a few weeks, but for whatever reason (probably a mild form of insanity) I haven't been able to post comments. I enjoy reading your stuff. So, thanks

Carolyn V. said...

Great tips Jen! I totally agree and need to work on some of those. I'm running out of cheese to go with my whine. hee hee. Thanks Jen! Can't wait for tomorrow! =)

Elizabeth Briggs said...

First of all, I love your new layout.
I def need to work on some of these...mainly scheduling. I am terrible about that and post whenever I have an idea or feel like it. I should get more organized.

Vicki Rocho said...

I agree...only it's really hard for me to keep things short. I THINK I am until I see it posted on the screen and I just shake my head.

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I agree that you have to give love to get love.

I know that as soon as I stopped making it through my google reader every day that my comments dropped off significantly.

I love that you comment on my blog on days when I don't comment on yours. It lets me know you still care, and makes me want to come back to YOUR blog more often to leave a comment.

It's the circle: the circle of blogging life. (Harharspice.)

p.s. I like the new layout!

Jai Joshi said...

Great advice, Jen!

Jai

Terry Stonecrop said...

Great tips! Thanks:) I load mine with so many pix, they look longer. But I'm so visual, I can't seem to help it.

The Words Crafter said...

I think Summer summed it up pretty well, you get what you give. Loving the new header, way cool!!!

Christine Danek said...

Great tips, Jen. Love the new look. I do know my entry is going to be way longer than I want it to be. Bad blogger on my part. I'm ashamed. **head down** Forgive me.

Samantha Bennett said...

I love the new vintage look! So cute! Great tips--you definitely practice what you preach. :)

Damyanti said...

Love the layout, reminds me to do something about mine.

Also, posted my Blogfest entry: Once you skin a cat

Renae said...

Great tips Jenn! I can't wait for your blogfest!

Messy mommy said...

Stalking? Hmm, may have to try that tip next. I think I may be doing all the rest. My posts are very short and positive and I post a reply each time someone comments. So, is it stalking if I came over here becuase of Rose Cooper? LOL.

Jenny Rose Creatively Loving Kids

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

excellent post, especially the part about keeping it short! so many times I've hopped on a blog, taken a look at the length of the post, and hopped right back off!

Amy Holder said...

These are fabulous tips! You hit all the important points.

Love your layout, btw! The top banner letters are very cool.

Olive said...

Some good tips:) I need to be a little more frequent with my own blog posts, it can be one of my New Year's resolutions, lol. Also, it looks like your tips are paying off for you big time, 56 comments, wow!

Misery said...

Fantastic tips. Just straight to the point without any unnecessary blabbing :) As for me, I have to admit, the most dificult part is not whining. I feel SO tempted to whine & cry in every single post, but I'm doing my best to overcome this temptation :)

Susan Fields said...

Excellent tips, very succinctly put! Thanks, Jen!

Stephanie said...

Spot on advice!!! There are so many times I come across long posts and I just kinda skim. Sometimes my posts do get a bit winded, but I strive to keep them brief!