Things I Learned from
When someone’s 2 hour talk inspires 4 blog posts you realize they’ve made a huge impact on your life. For me, it’s an impact on my business as well as a refreshing reminder that there are good and honest people out there who are living their dreams and ready to help the rest of us do the same. Thank you, Jon Acuff, for being one of those people.
Blogging is something I’ve been plugging away at for over 8 years, but never been very regular at. I see myself as a web developer and I spend most of my time coding. So, while I’ve been blogging way longer than most, I feel like I still have a lot to learn! Jon Acuff’s #5club meetup and closing keynote speech at BlissDom inspired me and taught me more about blogging.
Jon Acuff Talks About Blogging
There are Three Types of Blogs
- Passion (Niche)
Know what yours is and stick to it. This goes back to the ‘Don’t break the unwritten social contract’ we talked about in the first post.
Find multiple uses for a piece of content.
Can a blog post idea also be a great vlog on YouTube? Can a quote from your post be made into a great image for Instagram and Pinterest? Use snippits of your post for Twitter and Facebook updates and use small sections and ideas from your post to create great guest posts for other blogs or delve deeper into those areas for additional posts on your own blog.
Repeat Popular Ideas
Let’s say your post on knitting Easter crafts went over fabulously in 2011. Why not create another post on the same topic just before Easter each year. Gather up more ideas, post about them, and link back to the previous years’ posts. This works especially well with evergreen content.
Blog When You Have Something to Say
Jon Acuff talked about this last year, and mentioned it again and I’m so glad that he did. For years I’ve beat myself up about my lack of schedule. I’ve never promised to post twice a week or every other day, but I appreciate it when other people do. However, I don’t have the time to come up with something to write about when I’m not feeling inspired and I don’t participate in a lot of memes and photo based posts. So, I like this idea that you don’t have to be like everyone else.
The Post You Pour Your Soul Into…
…and no one comments. We’ve all been there. We’ve stressed, maybe even agonized, over a post and we know it’s good. We bite our nails as we hit Publish and we wait for the world to appreciate or brilliance or connect with our passion. And when no one comments we wonder what went wrong? The next day our inspiration is gone, so we publish a photo of a tree or re-post an old humorous quote and the comments come rolling in from people who say, That was just what I needed! Or, I connect with that, I feel the same way!
Short Posts are the New Black
In days past, a good blog post was 500-800 words. These days people don’t want to read a long post. They want quick easy content they can skim.
- Write Shorter Posts
- Break Up Posts/Create a Series
- List Posts Rock.
What are your best tips for blogging?
I’d love to know how you market your blog, keep up with content creation and use a blog post idea more than once!