Thursday, 30 October 2014

Things To Consider When Blogging


Blogging is so personal & subjective. I hate to think there are 'rules' when it comes to what I write.

However, in reality, there are things I 'consider' when piecing together a post, so I thought I would share them with anyone that's interested. I do enjoy being nosy and seeing other peoples creative process, so here's my two cents on how I do things...

Title : In a nutshell, I like to keep my titles short and to the point. That isn't always possible, of course, but I try to be as consistent as possible. I sometimes think that keeping that in mind often helps me create a more concise & interesting title than if I just tried to sum up what the post is about. Obviously it's down to personal preference, but snappy, to the point titles always draw me in. 

First Image : This is essentially related to Bloglovin' more than anything else, however I always try to put my best image at the top of the post, if there are numerous to choose from (my 'best foot forward' if you like). This will obviously be the first thing everyone sees, but also the image associated to your text when published on Bloglovin'. I've definitely noticed certain patterns on BL, as I sometimes think it's seen in a Pinterest visual way and that people like to collate posts that look pretty, rather than perhaps what the post says. So it's something I always keep in mind. 

Opening sentence : One of the things I also like to do is create a subtitle at the beginning of every post. Just something short and interesting that sets the tone for the rest of the text. Again, if you look at posts on Bloglovin', you only see the first few sentences, so it's nice to be able to get a feel for what you're about to read before you've even clicked the link.

Working links : Speaking of links, if I'm going to include them in a post, I always check that they work. This applies to sharing on social media & when leaving comments on other blogs, if you like to leave your blog link (here's a basic HTML trick for doing so). I also try make sure I click the 'open in new window' box, so that anyone reading can stay on the page, while checking out something else. 

Proof read : I sometimes think the reason I can end up spending hours writing a single post is because I'm forever checking & previewing what it looks like. It's almost bordering on an obsession. Of course there are always going to be spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (we're only human, after all) but I like to get it as well put together as possible, before pressing publish. Even then, I will always check links and proof read again once it has gone to live to check that I'm happy with it!

Ending : Again, just something I like doing, possibly because I'm forever chatting away, is to ask a question at the end of my posts. I think it encourages conversation and I love hearing from people, so I always include one. I could be wrong though...

What do you think?
(Do you see what I did there?)
xo


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22 comments

  1. great tips, i also try to consider most of these when uploading a post! :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  2. Such great tips, I always try to go by these too!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  3. This is a great post Sam! I didn't even know about the first image thing! Thanks for sharing your tips :) xx

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    1. Not a problem at all! :) glad they could be of some use xx

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  4. I have never considered adding a subtitle but it makes a lot of sense! Thanks for sharing these Sam! Great tips! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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  5. I obsessively check my links before I post something!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, I'm so bad for it! I can spend hours just trying to get things right! Xx

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  6. I think all these tips are really great! I agree with you, blogging doesn't really seem like something where any rules should apply. There are simply little things that draw me to blogs instantly, or will push me away if not present (i.e. grammar, or a messy template). A blog is a personal space, but you want others to read it & enjoy your posts, so these tips are all fabulous.
    I always tend to have a hard time with titles, & really not much else. While my entire post comes pretty naturally, the title always seems to stump me a bit. It's pretty silly :D

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Sofia :) I agree - a nice template always helps. I'm the same too, I'll often change a title a few times before I'm happy! Xx

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  7. I agree. Especially with the two bloglovin related points. If the first picture is "meh" I'm less likely to read the post.

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. Definitely! Although, to be fair, there can sometimes be a nice pinterest worthy picture but the content will be a bit bland... Always great to find a well balanced blog :) xx

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  8. Great tips, I enjoy looking at lots of photos on a blog so I try to contain quite a few in my posts. I suppose everyone is different!

    www.ramblesandbramblesblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh definitely! I normally do add more and ironically that first picture isn't my best, haha. But, that's life! Glad you liked the post :) xx

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  9. Ah, definitely agree with these! Although I don't tend to do a subtitle or a question at the end, but I can see how they work well. I definitely check over my posts waaay too many times before publishing! And I do wish everyone would adopt the whole 'open in a new window' thing with links!

    Ceri
    October Eleven

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  10. Lovely! I haven't been blogging long & am still learning the tricks of the trade. Thanks for the info!

    xoxo fallon.
    www.la-vie-en-lavande.blogspot.com

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  11. I do most of the same of these myself! I don't really make a subtitle, but I do try to one to two sentences of a hook at the beginning of my posts!
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  12. really good post, im obsessed with proof reading also! x

    dontcrycowboy

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  13. I can see from this post how blogging can become a full time job, it's so important to make sure everything works efficiently and that you are being consistent! Fantastic tips and thanks for sharing!

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