My Causerie

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~ Ronald Reagan

Blogging? Do this one thing August 17, 2016

Filed under: ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 7:00 am

I like lists. Lists typically give great advice in easy to grasp chunks. There are lists for everything including tips for

What will you build?

What will you build?

bloggers. Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been blogging for years, I have a list to share with you:

  1. Read others’ lists.

I know, I know, “You can’t have a No. 1 without a No. 2; you can’t have an “A” without a “B.” But this one time, I am going to veer from that rule and stick with my list of one.

Because within that one piece of advice, there are a multitude of other lists that I am going to share with you. These lists share tips ranging from four to 49. As you can see, there is no lack of support for those seeking to enter the world of blogging.

Here are just a few recommended lists to get you started.

  1. Four Tips from Seasoned Bloggers. The first list comes from WordPress, and it, along with many of the other resources provided by WordPress, could be helpful to new bloggers this semester. Coincidentally, tip No. 3 on this list is all about reading others’ content!
  2. 17 Things You Should Do to Every Blog Post Before + After You Hit Publish (Free Checklist). Nothing better than a checklist…except a free checklist. All 17 items on this list serve as great advice, but coming from a writing class perspective, I am going to advocate for No. 9. Be sure to proof before you publish!
  3. Top 20 Tips for Food Bloggers. Because I often have students who blog about recipes, I thought I would include this list. There are so many good tips within this list, and if you want to expand your food blog, you need to pay attention to all of them. However, no matter what the topic is, I always advise students regarding No. 12 and No. 14: cite your sources and blog regularly!
  4. 37 ideas for overcoming blogger’s block. Blogger’s block can happen to the best, but for students just beginning to blog, sometimes coming up with ideas for their weekly blog posts can seem impossible. I’ve even had students comment that I should “assign” a topic, but with resources like this, students can see that it isn’t impossible. It can actually be easy. Take a look at No. 1 on this list: Listicles!
  5. 49 Blogging Tips–A Blogger’s Checklist for 2016. Wow! Just a lot of great advice in this list. For students, I would recommend paying attention to the Content/Writing Tips section. Some of the previous lists shared the same tips, but that just points to their significance. From reading and researching for topics to basic writing and proofing tips, this can be a helpful list for students as they start their blogging. Of course, the bonus tip “The point is – blogging is like playing with Legos. It takes time, effort, consistency, and a long-term investment of your resources to build anything meaningful.”

How about you? What are you going to build this semester? Pull up a chair and let’s talk.

 

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