Keely, over at Unmom, does this thing.
You post Random Thoughts on Tuesday. That’s it. Try it – it’s addicting. Then link back to Unmom and see what other people are randomly thinking.
As all of three people everyone who reads my blog knows, I’ve had this thing lately about comments. In other words, I suck generally only get about three comments per post. Obviously I need to get more readers.
I’ve been doing (some) online research lately to learn how to improve my blog writing skills, in a lame attempt to make this (more) interesting. The theory is that better writing will get more people to read. Did y’all know that there are entire blogs devoted to this subject, “How to Drive More traffic To Your Blog”?
One I’m addicted to is Copyblogger. The advice over there is (very) fascinating and (a little) entertaining.
1. Get rid of vampire words.
I know. I was thinking “What the hell?” too. Vampire words are words that drain the blood out of your rubbish fine writing. These are all those unnecessary, overused, boring words that water down your text and make your readers’ eyes glaze over. Words like little, only, sort of, very, more and some. You have to be bold and concise. Don’t beat around the bush. Things are either fascinating and entertaining, or they’re not.
2. Write the title first.
Evidently, (only) 20% of folks who read your title actually read your post. You have to give people a good reason to read your drivel fine writing. The title is what you use to reel them in. I thought this was an interesting concept. I know I’m guilty of skimming the titles, aren’t you?
The theory here is you make your promise first, then you are forced to deliver. This is like delivering the punch line first, if you ask me. I usually write my piece and then figure out what would work as a title. Now I see that my titles must suck be pretty lame utterly useless.
3. Devote the first ten minutes of every day to your writing.
This means don’t check your email, don’t check your son’s plethora of friends’ Facebook statuses, and don’t harvest your crops on Farmville! Ten minutes of non-stop writing is supposed to make your creative juices start flowing.
OK, there’s (only) one problem. It took me fifteen minutes to think up my snazzy title. Just sayin’.
4. Don’t be “that guy.”
You know, the one at the party that you think you want to talk to until he starts telling you all about how he crushed his hand at work inside of a huge piece of equipment and now he has no feeling in his ring finger and he has to go see a cute little physical therapist every Thursday but his wife has to drive him because he lost his license in the DUI he got from speeding to pick up his bosses dry cleaning and…..yawn.
You get the idea. People like short sentences.
After you write your piece take a (little) break. Presumably, this would be a good time to harvest your crops on Farmville, or whatever you do. Then come back refreshed and edit. Edit means you now cut out everything you wrote that you really like. Seriously. In other words, everything that makes you sound like “that guy.”
6. Ask, “Would my mother read this?”
This is an important question. Chances are, if your mother wouldn’t take time to read it, no one else will either. Or, if you are like me, your mother will never read it because she thinks, “I don’t have time to sit in front of a dumb computer and read a bunch of silly emails from foolish perverts that are just trying to give me a free sample of Viagra.”
Love you, mom.
7. Don’t wrap up your ending.
Meaning, if you’ve already said everything there is to say on the subject, your readers will not feel compelled to leave a comment. This is another bad habit of mine.
Better blogging demands that you leave some room for discussion. Invite your readers to finish saying what you haven’t.
So, let me ask y’all: What inspires you to blog? What tips do you have for dummies newbies like me to help me build a bigger readership? How do you get ideas for your posts? Do you believe in editing? Do you write you titles first?
Was any of this drivel inspiring advice useful to you?
Now leave me a comment, dammit (pretty) please!