Summer Blog Social 2011 Conference

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How are you today?  Whatcha doin’?  I’m lounging in my cutoff sweats, without make-up, barefooted, haven’t showered since I worked out this morning AND I’m at a conference.  Crazy, huh?!  I happen to stumble onto the Summer Blog Social 2011 hosted by FourPlusAnAngel and a Belle, a Bean & a Chicago dog.  The idea is to create a conference like atmosphere, but from home – pretty sweet.  We are provided different writing prompts.  Our mission: To complete as many prompts as possible by Aug. 5th..I’m a little behind.  I’ve listed my first prompt below.

If a real life friend approached you and said, “I want to start a blog. Can you give me a list of helpful tips?“, what 10 (or more) things would you tell your friend?

I actually have this happen quite often and here’s some of the things you might hear me ramble off…

1.  Don’t become overwhelmed.  If you feel as though your head is about to burst, remember that sometimes the best step to take is a step back.

2. Begin by utilizing WordPress.com’s free service.

3. Resist the urge of becoming frustrated due to low readership. You only have one way to go and that’s UP!

4. Begin writing about what is in your heart and include your family

5. Determine the purpose of your blog – this is very important and may save you considerable time down the road

6. Fork out the $10 bucks for your own domain name – people will take you more seriously

7. In my mind, bloggers can be compared to musicians…if your ball of motivation stops, so will your increase in readership, followers, fans, etc…

8. Set three goals you would like to accomplish by your first blogiversary.

9. As with any type of marketing, you need to express your mission and vision through a short, brief tagline. (my rule of thumb is no more than eight words)

10. Remember that the minute you recognize other bloggers as competition, is the minute you shut yourself down. Network, network, network!!!  In my experience, if you support others they will support you!

Bonus tips…

11. Sit down with a pencil and paper – or your favorite word processor – and hammer out your profile.  Use this across the board on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc… Then KISS it! (aka Keep It Short Sweetie!)

12. When you write, whether it be on your blog or other social media, be your genuine self.

Here is what I would like to know from you, my loyal readers ~

what other tips would you add to this list?

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