Friday, August 5, 2011

What NOT To Do On Your Blog

Since I have not been a blog writer for very long, I don't have any words of wisdom to share about how to get other people to follow your blog or how to make money from it. But, Kelly at http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/ is asking us to share blogging tips, so I will try. Since I have been a blog reader for years, I will share what I think you should NOT do on your blog, from a reader's viewpoint. I look forward to reading all of your responses about this subject!

* Don't choose a heavily decorated background, and then write your words on top of it. It is just too hard to read, and with so many blogs out there to choose from, if yours is too hard to read....I'm not going to read it.

* Don't write in other colors. It hurts my eyes.

* Don't write in long, rambling paragraphs. Same reason.

* Don't write like you are writing a paper. Yes, I know that is the "proper" way to do it, but it is not pleasant to read. Be sure to space often!

* Don't write things in detail that you wouldn't want read in public. Remember, your blog can be read WORLD WIDE, unless you have it private. If you are writing about what a crazy old bat your dear Aunt Suzie is, and Aunt Suzie reads it....that could be bad.

* Don't write things to purposely embarrass your family and friends. Would you want them to write that about you? Think before you type!

* Don't keep your pictures turned sideways. It is too hard to see them.

* Don't post what you are doing or going to do every single minute of the day. Some people may care about that, but that is certainly not why I would want to read your blog. It is OK to do an occasional post about your day, but when that is the only you thing you do, it gets rather tedious to read.

* Don't only post about reviews or give aways, unless that is the main purpose of your blog.

* Do make your site as easy to see and read as possible.

* Do comment on other blogs. Other people like to get comments as much as you do!

* Do post pictures, and not just words. It is interesting to look at pictures.

* Do try to post at least once a week. If I am following your blog, and you don't post for a while, I will get tired of following you and seeing.....nothing.

* Do try to be kind when you are posting a comment on a blog. If you have something to say that is not kind, send them a private message. No need to be nasty! Remember, if you don't agree with what someone is saying, you are not being forced to read them. *Smile*

Hope this helps!


26 comments:

  1. Loved reading your parenting tips! And what a fun 'hodgepodge' idea :)

    You're a braver woman than I to do homeschooling. :D I'd always planned on it after I finished teaching to be a stay at home mom, but then I had 3 kids 3 and under before I knew it! I wouldn't even know where to BEGIN in relation to changing diapers, wiping bums, and teaching the alphabet-so YES....MY most feared moment of a parent is coming up this fall w/my oldest starting Kindergarten AWAY from me. I will be brave, and most definatley trust God's hand on him, as that's all I've got :) Hopefully in the future when they're all a bit older-I can attempt it!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower :)

    You should join the Hodgepodge, it's fun!

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  3. I have done the sideways picture before. It really looks odd.

    Wonderful tips! I agree with everyone single one.

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  4. amiee....i was totally thinking of writing the SAME post after seeing kelly's SUYL today!

    i totally agree! i also think it's annoying when people make each word in their blog post a different font, size, or color...it hurts my eyes!

    anyways, i'm your newest follower! :)

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  5. amiee, i hope it's okay, but i linked to your blog on mine. i thought of a few more 'what not to do' points :)

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  6. Thanks, Jill! I don't mind at all :)

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  7. I totally agree with all of your points (and I appreciate that you displayed them in a well-spelled and grammatically correct manner, haha). I especially agree about using more spacing...it's so overwhelming to see huge chunks of text!!

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  8. LOL, Erika ;) I try my best, but sometimes, something slips in there that is not right. I check, and re-check, and then check some more, and then....well, you get the picture!

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  9. I'm also fairly new to blogging and I so appreciate your advice on what NOT to do. Great post!

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  10. Very good tips! I agree whole-heartedly!

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  11. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I totally agree with the frequent paragraph spacing. If I wanted to read an essay I would have been an English teacher :-) Great post!

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  12. Thanks for reading my blog and I enjoyed reading all your helpful tips! Very good points.

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  13. Thank you Aimee for your tips!! I totally agree with your tip about the busy backgrounds!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Lauren

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  14. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Stephanie, what is your blog address? When I clicked on your pic, it didn't tell me. I would love to read yours :)

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  16. As a fellow blogger just starting out,you have given me some very good tips here.
    ~Anne
    www.anne-heartandsoul.blogspot.com

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  17. Glad I could help :)

    Feel free to stop over, Anne, and design the interior of my house anytime you want to. I sure could use some help in that area! Maybe that is something you could write about once in a while on your blog?

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  18. Thanks for the great tips! I'm following you now!

    ~Robin

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  19. Great tips! I like all different types of blogs, but never-ending paragraphs with small print are my least favorite. I loose my place and I'm not as likely to go back.

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  20. Great tips, Amiee!

    Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog & for the sweet comments you left! It always brightens my day to get a note from a new blogland friend! =)

    Also, I am so excited to read more about your homeschooling journey. Homeschooling is something that God JUST recently laid on my heart so I am really praying about it to see if it is something He desires for me to do or not. Looking forward to getting to know you more!

    ~Holly

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  21. Holly, I'm going to be doing a post on homeschooling in the near future. Stay tuned!

    I would love to chat with you about any questions you may have. I can't figure out how to get an "email me" button put on here, but my email is: amieeogden@yahoo.com

    Thanks for becoming a follower :)

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  22. Robin, thanks for following me :)

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  23. I agree. I just found your blog today. From your profile picture, I would have never guessed that you have three kids, and I love the way you spell your name!

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  24. Madison, aren't you just the sweetest person! You made my day :)

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