This is my year of teamwork. It’s the year that I lay fears aside, share my strengths and struggles, build others up, and grow myself. In his book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, author John Maxwell states:
I’ve certainly found this to be true in my life. Blogging is all about community. The more that I connect with others, the more I grow, the more this site grows, and the more fun blogging becomes. This is why today, I want to ask for your help. What are the some important tips that every blogger needs to know?
What Every Blogger Needs to Know
I discovered linky parties about a month ago. As a result, I’ve made more blogging friends in the last month, than I did in the previous year–leading me to wish that I had known about these sooner. Today, I’m wondering what other awesome tools, strategies, and ideas I’m missing out on. The goal of this post is twofold:
- First, it’s to share my best blogging wisdom with you.
- Second, it’s to ask you to leave your favorite tips, tricks, and ideas in the comments below, so that I can learn from you.
My Best Blogging Advice
Here are four of the most important things that I have learned in my year-and-a-half of blogging.
1. Be quotable!
This advice comes from my friend Adam Smith. I wrote about the impact Adam’s words had on my life in a post entitled Two Words That Helped Me Grow as a Speaker. This article ended up being one of Adam’s top-ten posts of 2015.
Learning to write in short, memorable, statements has improved my writing and speaking significantly. Taking the time to eliminate wordiness, and craft a finely tuned sentence is well worth the effort.
Make your words easy to remember, and even easier to share. This is by far, the best blogging wisdom I know.
2. Get consistent.
I do my best to post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. I’m not 100% consistent yet, but I am improving. The more consistent I get, the easier writing becomes. Write daily. Block off uninterrupted time. Put together a schedule and stick with it.
3. Team up with others.
Teamwork works. The more that I engage with others, the more they engage back. I remember the first time a left a comment on someone else site. I read, and re-read what I wrote many times over, before pushing that horrendous, “submit button.” Thinking about permanently engraving my words in cyber-space was intimidating. Fortunately, engagement becomes easier with practice.
4. Relentlessly add value to the lives of others.
When I visit other blogs, one of my goals is to add value in some way. This might happen by leaving a comment, using the “click to tweet,” button, or sharing the post on one of my favorite social media sites. I add value to the lives of others because of the joy of serving. I also do it out of selfish motives. I’ve noticed that the more I give, the more others return the favor. Thus, my motives are not always 100% pure. Nevertheless, engaging with others works, it’s fun, and in the end, everybody wins.
These are four of the most important things I’ve learned about blogging over the past year. But I know that there is much more to be said. What am I missing? I look forward to hearing your best blogging wisdom in the comments below!
Family, Friendship, and Faith Link-Up
This link-up is an excellent place to meet new friends, network, and share your posts. Please feel free to include any family, friendship, and faith related posts. If you have time, please visit some of the other submissions, leave a comment, and make some new connections–after all, this is what teaming-up is all about!
Finally, I’d love it if you would grab a button for your site, or link back to the Family Friendship and Faith Fridays, link-up, in order to make it easy for others to join in!