Laughs, Info, & Male Musculature: Three Things To Brighten Your Blog
A huge THANK YOU! to everyone who visited Writing in the Buff from Kristan Higgins’ FB page and left a comment, signed up for notification of new Writing in the Buff posts (every Wednesday, rain or shine), and/or gave me a “like” on my FB author page. I sincerely appreciate your time and effort to reach out.
For those who don’t know what happened, last week’s post regarding my encounter with my favorite author, Kristan Higgins, found its way to Ms. Higgins herself, who reposted it on her FB page. The result was a deluge of likes, followers, and wonderful comments. I have to be honest, y’all, at first I thought I’d been hacked and spammed. (Gak! Sounds like something a gynecologist might do to test for some dread disease.) But no, it was just Kristan Higgins’ wonderful tribe spreading the love (which, honestly, sounded way better before I added that gynecologist remark).
Anyway, I’d like to point out that I had no way of knowing this lovely event would occur. It qualifies as true serendipity, a happy accident, and one I’m grateful for. Still, it allows me to segue into a topic that I think is important for all the writers out there who have made the decision to maintain a blog. If you’re a reader, but not a writer, and don’t give two figs about blogging, please bear with me. I plan to compliment you later! 🙂
Don’t worry. I’m not going to detail the rules of blogging and why you need a platform and brand, what meta tags are and why they matter, or how posting a photo of male musculature will increase your female readership. Nope, I’m not talking about those things because—Naked Truth—although I’ve been blogging for years, I’m still no expert. I have learned some important stuff along the way, though, and that’s what I’d like to share.
Your Blog is an Online Résumé
If you’re a writer seeking serious publication, do not stamp your name on a blog if you’re going to be half-assed about it. Half-assedness will hurt you in the long run for this simple reason: Your blog is your online résumé, and you never know who might pop in for a read. Over the last few years, I’ve landed several writing gigs because editors stumbled upon Writing in the Buff and liked what they saw. What will editors and unexpected visitors (Kristan Higgins!) see when they visit your blog? Here’s what they should see:
- Writing samples (your posts) that have been edited and proofed.
- Your voice! Every writer has a unique voice. Let your blog showcase yours.
- A consistent posting schedule, proving you respect schedules and deadlines.
- Your writing credits if you have any, and if you don’t, no worries. Just add them as they come.
- Anything else you believe will interest your readers (like male musculature, because, well . . . male musculature. See above if you need convincing.)
Do your best to post your best, but don’t panic if something isn’t perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Example (another Naked Truth, and damn that whole Naked Truth thing. I can never get away with anything!): Last week’s blog post contained a blaring error. In the paragraph above the four things I should have said to Kristan Higgins, I promised a list of five things. Oops. See, I planned on five, but after I thought up four my hubby bribed me away from my laptop with the promise of wine and shenanigans, so I rushed the final proofing. I posted an error because I was too busy with . . . er, well, that’s enough of the Naked Truth right now. The point is, mistakes will be made. Don’t sweat it, just own it and be more careful next time—which, when you think about it, is actually pretty great advice for just about everything, except for maybe if you’re working on a nuclear reactor.
Okay, here are the compliments I promised for you readers:
Readers are smart.
Readers are discerning.
Readers deserve respect.
Final Naked Truth of the day: Readers are smart, discerning, and deserve your respect, and that means if you commit to blogging, don’t do it half-assed (this bears repeating). Offer the best you can to your readers, every single time, and have a schedule so they know when to visit, understanding some posts will hit, some will miss, and not every one is going to be perfect (i.e. see above re: wine and shenanigans). Ultimately, blogging is about connecting with people and offering them something of value they didn’t have before they dropped by to see you. Here at Writing in the Buff I hope that’s a smile for the day, a little bit of info to chew on for the week, and most important, friendship. Without the friendships that blossom, blogging is just so much inane chatter.
Please be in the Buff! Leave a comment about your views on blogging and blog reading (and male musculature, if you’re so inclined). What do you think makes a great blog? If you’re a blogger, do you agree with my take on blogging? If you’re a reader, what do you look for in a blog and what brings you back for more? Only the Naked Truth will do, Buttercup!
Thanks for hanging out with me! See you next week for more of the Naked Truth.
Happy Wednesday, y’all!