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The Art of Notebook: 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners
Write a Short Story and Win a Lenovo 320GB hard disk.
When I first started my blog back in 2005, I didn’t know what to do. Blogging is relatively new to Malaysians and I spend most of my time searching for blogging tips online. Over the years, I’ve picked up some really useful blogging tips and it changed my life forever.
As Lenovo’s Book of DO ambassador and representing the Art of Notebook, it’s only right for me to pay-it-forward by sharing some blogging tips with all of you budding bloggers out there. Whether you’re new to blogging or wish to start a blog, follow these 10 blogging tips and you’ll be rolling like a pro in no time.
1. Define Your Goals
Just like every other decisions you made in life, decide what you want and go for it. But before you even start, you need to know what you want. Different people have different reasons to start a blog. Whether it’s for personal use of for your organisation, you need to define its purpose. I started my blog because I wanted to improve my writing. I find a reason to put in an entry everyday and eventually, I got my blog running. So know what you want, define your goals and move ahead.
2. Know Your Audience
When I started my blog, I find myself blogging about anything and everything under the sun. Eventually, I found myself writing more on interesting gadgets and food that I eat every day. I soon realized that I begin to get readers who share similar interest commenting on my blog. That’s when I decided that I’m going to be a gadget and lifestyle blogger. When you have a blog, you will eventually have readers. Your blog reflects who you are and whom you’re attracting. So know who you are attracting and give them what they want to read (usually it’s what you want to blog about).
3. Be Consistent
Once you’ve established your blog, your blog is a brand. And like any other brands, you need to have an identity. The only way to build an identity is to be consistent. You need to be consistent throughout your blog. Be it your design or how you write your blog. KEEP AWAY from using multi-coloured fonts in your postings unless you’re trying to attract younger age readers.
4. Be Persistent
The best way to keep readers coming back is to always have something new (and meaningful) for them to see. Nobody likes old news. So, try your very best to keep your blog updated as frequent as possible.
5. Be Inviting
Perhaps the most important part about having a blog is the social aspect of it. Most blogging platforms such as Blogger.com and WordPress do have a comment tool. It’s a platform for two-way conversation between readers and yourself. Readers will read your post and leave their comments. So try to reply their comments if possible. Even a short one liner will do.
6. Be Visible
Unless you know SEO (Search Engine Optimization), your blog will not go anywhere if you don’t do anything besides blogging. Much of your blog’s success relies on your efforts outside your blog. The best way to get your blog known is to visit and to share comments on other blogs. NO, never advertise your blog on another person’s blog. Instead, try contributing your thoughts and share comments on their blog. When commenting on their blog, you will need to fill in your name and blog URL, that’s when you start getting visible.
7. Take Risks
There are plenty of blogging tools available out there. Dare to take risk with these tools and make full use of it. Exclusivity is the key to attract more readers and it won’t come easy. Be ready to sacrifice some precious time digging into certain topic that may be interesting to your readers.
8. Ask for Help
The Internet and especially the blogosphere are forever changing. Even the most experienced bloggers may find themselves entangled in the World Wide Web at times. So do not be afraid and be ashamed to ask for help. I’m many experienced bloggers are willing to share their knowledge if you ask nicely. I’m lucky enough to have a number of close friends whom are bloggers too. So whenever I’m stuck with something technical regarding my WordPress blog, I will ask for their help.
9. Keep Learning
A wise man once told me that learning is a never ending cycle. You will never stop learning. The moment you stop learning is the moment you are buried six feet underground. Even though I’ve been blogging for the past 6 years, I never stop learning. Or else, I wouldn’t be writing this post.
10. Be Yourself
At the end of the day, your blog is an extension of who you are. What you write is what you’ve perceived. So write as you wish and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Even if you’re not good at writing, try and keep trying. Eventually, you’ll get things right.
Just to make things fun, I will be giving away a Lenovo 320GB Hard Disk. All you need to do is to write a three-paragraph SHORT STORY based on the title ‘HOW I BECAME A SUPERHERO’.
Now there’s a catch to it, you short story have to include these words as listed here:
- Kangkung Belacan
Here’s what you need to do:
- Submit a three-paragraphed story based on the topic provided by you to win a Lenovo 320GB Hard Disk.
- Submit your creative short story on this comment box by 11.59pm, 30 July 2012.
Terms and condition of the contest:
- This contest is open to all Malaysians residing in Kuala Lumpur and to those who are aged 12 and above.
- Winners will be selected based on creativity, originality and relevance to the topic.
- Each winner will be entitled to one (1) Lenovo 320 GB Hard Disk.
- The contest judges reserve the right to disqualify any participant or winner and may refuse to award any prize to a person who is ineligible or violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means.
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