8 Things I’ve Learned While Blogging

This is a guest post by Jolene B. Perry.Jolene lives in Wasilla, Alaska with her husband and two kids. Her first book, The Next Door Boys, comes out October 6, 2011. She taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French, and now writes in every spare moment she has.

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These are a few random things that I’ve slowly learned by being online, building a blog following, and maintaining two fairly successfulblogs.

1.BE YOURSELF

2.KEEP IT BRIEF ““ seriously, I know my posts ramble once in a while, but sometimes I go to a blog, and I think ““ this post could have been broken into like three to five different posts. Don’t be afraid to spread a topic over a week, instead of cramming everything about editing in one post.

3.If you share snippets of your writing ““ again ““KEEP IT BRIEF! My favorite is to just share a few random lines. That’s WAY more interesting than sharing a CHAPTER.

4.When you’re in the mood to write blog posts, write a TON of them. A TON. I’ll sometimes sit down and write ten rough drafts of blog posts, and then just let them sit.

5.If you’ve offered to take part in a blogfest, booktour, or ANYTHING along those lines. Get it written and done ASAP and then schedule the thing so you don’t forget.

6.I write about writing sometimes, but I TRY to do it in a way that’s not just showing or telling. I do write up a “real” lesson on writing once in a while, but not often.

7.If you want to share all your happy moments, you’d better be willing to share some of your sad ones as well ““ otherwise it’ll feel like your blog is simply another avenue to gain praise.

8.Humility wins every time. People love it when I make fun of myself. And . . . I create plenty of opportunities for that kind of thing, so it works out pretty well.

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What are your favorite parts about blogging?

Any tips or tricks you’d like to add?

4 thoughts on “8 Things I’ve Learned While Blogging

  • October 15, 2011 at 2:53 am
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    Jolene’s definitely a good person to write a post on blogging. I love her blog! It’s hilarious and I follow it a little obsessively 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your tips, Jolene. I am learning a ton from reading your blog too. And, yeah, I’m one of those authors who has my whole first chapter as a page, so I guess I’ll put that on my list of stuff to change.

    • November 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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      Put chapters on PAGES, just maybe not as a POST.
      I’m totally lame and will probably almost never read the whole thing, lol.

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