Are you a blogger? The Old Soldier is a blogger. This is my blog. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette went online September 2008. In those days, I was happy to get 50 hits in one day. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette now gets over 300 hits every day. (As of 11 January 2013 it gets around 900 hits every day.) This blog got over 10,000 hits in April 2012. What has the Old Soldier learned about blogging?
- Give your readers useful information.
- Blog consistently. You should probably put up at least four posts of at least 150 words every week.
- Blog for a definite target audience and then stay on message.
- The headline that you give every post is very important. It should entice readers to read the post. It must also give the reader a good idea of what the post is about. Then deliver.
- Proofread your content at least twice before you publish it.
- Pick one or more topics that you are or can become knowledgeable about.
- Pick topics that you can be passionate about.
- Pursue knowledge about how to be a better blogger.
- Remember that your blog should not be about you. It should really be about your target audience.
- You have to make a real commitment to your blog and your audience.
That’s it. Now let me emphasize that these 10 points are guidelines. They are not gospel. They worked for the Old Soldier. Will they work for you?
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