Monday, November 14, 2011
Twelve Big Blog Booboos by Award winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson
I am thrilled to have a guest post today by talented author Carolyn Howard-Johnson. She is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter among other great titles. Her post today is for blogger-authors and offers great ideas for making your blog shine. I appreciate her time and I know you will enjoy this post. It will also get you thinking about how to improve your blog. What a great way to start off the week.
TWELVE Big Blog Booboos
Or How to Make Your Blogging Efforts a Big Waste of Time
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging is easy. Blogging is fun. That's both good and bad. The downside is that the ease and fun of it often obscure the need to take it seriously enough to make it worth an author's time.
I often coach authors with their blogging projects. To look at their blogs, you might think these are rules they are following, when they should be doing just the opposite.
1. Never type “labels” or keywords into that little window-like form located under your blog post window. It's just an extra step and it certainly doesn't feel creative!
2. Treat your blog like a diary. Talk about anything that occurs to you. To heck with focusing so you can attract a following.
3. Oh, sure. Spend a lot of money getting someone to design your blog page. No one cares what you have to say. Everyone is there for the artistic experience.
4. Bury your blog on the most obscure service you can find and never, never use Real Simple Syndication (RSS Feeds) to send it anywhere else.
5. Choose a blog service that assures you it plans to censure and censor what you write. (Wordpress is one of those.)
6. Forget you have a voice. Keep your blog sounding like the driest text you ever read. Hey, write it just like a business letter or one of your hated high school assignments.
7. Don’t encourage comments. Turn off the comment button. Never ask a question.
8. Don't ever get any new ideas from someone else. Don’t read. Don’t invite guest bloggers. Don’t link to others’ blogs.
9. Don't ever leave comments on anyone else’s blogs—especially if they relate to yours. And don’t ever leave a link when you do. Or sign your post. In other words, forget all the manners your mother taught you.
10.Don’t add images, widgets, or ads. We don’t care if our readers get a visual. And we certainly don’t care if we ever make a little money from our blogs.
11.Don’t use a service like Google’s Analytics that will help you assess where your readers are coming from and which of your blogs attract the most readers.
12.Don’t ever, ever, ever mention any of the other things you do on the Web, like your Web site, your Facebook Like page, and your Twitter stream.
13.A baker’s dozen bonus here! Don’t read what Phyllis Zimbler Miller and I have written on blogging for fiction writers (http://www.fictionmarketing.blogspot.com/). Whatever you do, don’t! And don’t read all the blogging and other tried and true (tried by me!) promotion tips in The Frugal Book Promoter (http://www.budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo). Instead flail around on the web in hundreds of different places collecting tips from people with little or no experience.
Effective blogging involves others--writers, readers, and other bloggers. Effective blogging connects with your other online entities. You can have fun with it. You should have fun with it. But blogging effectively adds to the joy. Think of how much more fun it will be when you look at those stats and see that your blogging efforts are in fact a viable way to market your book.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of Your Blog, Your Business (www.budurl.com/Blogging4Retailers), and a new edition of the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo.com) which has been Expanded! Updated! And is now a USA Book News winner in its own right! Follow her resources for writers at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo and, of course!, her blog at http://www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/