Lynnette has a very successful blog. I believe it's because she is a very giving blogger. She gives of her Internet space and encourages others to do the same. I receive emails each week from people who want to know how to create a blog readership. After talking with Lynnette, it got me to thinking, is my blog a resource or a me-source?
What about your site? Is your blog all about you? Or, is it a place where people can go to learn or grow in some way or another?
If you're looking to create a blog that's more of a resource, here are a few tips:
- Blog about other bloggers. When you share the Internet spotlight, it helps create relationships between others. I make sure to help out every author I know. Who can you shine some light on?
- Include links back to articles or webistes besides your own. Let's face it, you're not the end all to be all. Hope that didn't smart, but it's the truth. Make sure to point your readers to helpful articles, tips, or websites that have inspired you.
- How does this help me? Each reader wants to leave with some take-away. When you write a blog post, remember to ask yourself this question, because it's the very question your readers will be asking themselves when they arrive and when they leave.
- Create a resource list. Whatever your blog-flavor, gather and create a list on your sidebar of sites that speak directly to whatever it is you blog about. This way, your blog will be the resource where other bloggers visit to find links in one place.
Some bloggers ooze daily comedic-wit and charm, - while other bloggers inspire, or create works of art in their home with a toothpick, a stick of gum, and a piece of twine.
I don't share all of those talents.
But, what I do share is a voice that loves to share her love of God, enjoys being transparent about her journey to authorship and about raising her brood of four. To sum it up, I love to encourage women-one heart at a time.
So, I've created an author-page over on Facebook that is chock-full of articles and tips on parenting. Click on my sidebar to Like the page and follow along. Or, if you're the Twitter-type, and you're not following me arleady, click on my Twitter button with the cute lil' bird, to learn more about parenting and writing for publication.
I think you'll be proud of me. I'm becoming much more of a resource and much less of a me-source.