Blogging is YOU in Words – Three Steps to Help People Know You Better

RESOLVED in 2015:  Update my blog.  I spent two days cleaning up my three year-old blog and incorporating what I’ve learned over the years.

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  1. Create Pages That Work
    1. Only use a few (3-7) Main Pages, and create sub pages if you have lots of information. Examples might be: About, Start Here, Resources, (I had about 10 pages showing.)
    2. Main Pages are short, but highlight your purpose.
    3. Spend the most time refining your About page because people will go there first to see if they want to spend any time with you.
    4. Don’t be afraid to borrow ideas from other people’s pages YOU liked, and revise them to make them your ideas.  Did someone mention their dog, and you adore yours?  Reinvent and include.20130915_0618171R
    5. Invite viewers to your social media on your About page
    6. Include contact information for readers to fill out, if your purpose is to build readership and/or sell products.

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      I got sucked into SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, Path, Pinterest, Instagram. I’ve been through it all!  Anything to get my face out there!
  2. Publish with Social Media
    1. Social media, even if you don’t understand it, builds statistics, and may build long-term readers. Establish social media accounts, such as Facebook Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and invite your email contacts to build each platform. Set WordPress to link automatically to social media.
    2. To build readership and relationships check your social media often and learn how to use it.
    3. Join social media groups so you can send posts and pages to specific groups who would be interested in those topics.Manny's Trip to Spain
  3. Revise and Repost
    1. After a few months, or years depending on how much you blog, reorganize your blog.
    2. Update information on pages. Refer readers to search specific categories. Include lists of helpful blogs, books, and posts.
    3. Revise your writing based on what you have learned about that skill from blogging. For example eliminate passive verbs and pointless adverbs like quite or really.
    4. Copy the link of your revision and repost them on social media.  Assuming that your social media presence has grown, it’s amazing how many people didn’t see it the first time, but now know you, and will visit it now.

Most of the photos above are compliments of my blogging friend, Ralph who entertained my teddy bear Manny for a month in Spain.  Manny knows more about blogging than I do!

I'm going in again!
But her blog still need some cleaning up. I’m up for it! 🙂 Manny 🙂

What are your plans for your blog this year?

 

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

20 thoughts on “Blogging is YOU in Words – Three Steps to Help People Know You Better”

  1. I’m brand new to this world and enjoying reading some of your blogs with blogging tips. It is quite overwhelming seeing and understanding how this all works. Your blogs are so full of useful nuggets! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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    1. Thanks! I was overwhelmed at first. It’s always a growing process, but to connect with people all over the world is a thrill! Blogging gives you more room to write than Twitter or Facebook. It becomes who you are, and you can share the link rather than writing all over the social media world. When I’m not in the middle of a project I start with the blog, and branch from there. You already have the social media, so just connect them to your blog. If you need help, let me know. 🙂

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  2. It’s lovely to see those two old photos of Manny when he was here in Spain. I forgot about him being sucked into the Dyson and the other looking at mom on my laptop. Great memories !
    I keep everything; ie.WP post files with photos, passwords, bloggers names etc. on a memory stick. I have very little on my laptop; only apps, work in progress, mail and games.
    Organisation is paramount for easier blogging and laptop work. Got to keep on top of it !
    Great post MVBFM ! xox ❤

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  3. How did you go about saving your posts to an external drive? Can you just do the whole darn thing at once, or do you need to do it one post at a time? I guess I’d better do some experimenting.

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    1. I save them on my computer as I do them, then save all my documents onto my hard drive at one time. I don’t save the entire post altogether. Sometimes I also post them on my Blogspot account, if they have to do with Woodlake or history. But WP is my default account. I’m sure I’m not as organized as Ralphie. 🙂

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    1. I hardly do anything with it. It was hard to figure it out, but once I did, there are enough similarities that I can post fairly easily. I don’t find any community with Blogger, though. I love the WP community. 🙂

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