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For the Love of Blogging

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since I last posted on this little blog over here. You know how it is, work and family and life and stuff have a way of taking up time. And it’s funny because, you know, I’m a writer-slash-editor and all. There’s a mild case of the shoemaker’s children over here.

Then on Monday night I was lucky to attend a chat put on by CRAVE Toronto called “In a Relationship with My Blog.” The room was packed full of eager and generous women entrepreneurs and the panel was fabulous. I’ve been thinking about that chat since I left, so I thought I’d share a bit about it here with you.

The Perfect Blogger Panel for Small Biz

First of all, if you’ve never been to a CRAVE chat, you should. It’s a super-positive environment to network, learn and have a good time along with a crew of positive and motivated women entrepreneurs. Kudos go to Brooke Milne for putting together a perfectly balanced panel. Trisha Evelyn  is a professional writer who writes blogs for a living. Marina Cortese of Nour-ish is a holistic nutritionist who uses her blog to support and promote her business. And for Nicole Wilson of Dainty Girl her blog is her business. Each approaches blogging from a different angle, and having them all there at once to share their experiences and answer questions made for a pretty inspiring night.

Tips from the Blog Lovers

I find that any time I attend a class or a talk, no matter the subject, I always leave learning something new or being reminded of something I really need to know. Monday night was no different. Here are some of my favourite points that came up during the night:

  1. It all starts with the content. Take the time to write well and research. You’re readers deserve it.
  2. Have an editorial calendar. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be a white board with the ideas for the next month’s posts or it can be a spreadsheet with details to help you track keywords, status and outcomes. It’s really up to you. The point is to plan ahead so the idea of blogging isn’t as daunting.
  3. When you have a great idea for a post, rather than writing it on a little piece of paper you’ll later lose, start a post in WordPress and save it as a draft, then go back to it later. You can set up a basic structure for the post and then fill in the details when you get back to it. I love this idea. (That’s how I wrote this post.) If you have an inner editor who holds you back from getting started, this can be a great technique.
  4. If you’re just getting started, pick 3 to 5 categories to focus on and build your posts from there. It’s much easier to brainstorm ideas and then stay consistent when you have a few topics to guide you.
  5. Use good quality photos on your blog to accompany your great words. If photos aren’t your strength, you can find them from other sources online. Just be sure to always provide a source. (Thanks again, Brooke, for the photo for this post.)

I could add many more tips. The overall take away is get inspired and just go for it. And with the support of other positive women in the blogging community, you can fall in love with your blog, too.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tamara. I design and build WordPress websites for solo entrepreneurs. I love nothing more than connecting people who are passionate about what they do with exactly the people who need to know them. I believe that technology can work with us so we can find fulfillment in our work.
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  • Erica February 27, 2013, 9:42 am

    Thanks so much for the tips ladies! I was wondering, I’m not getting a lot of feeb back from my readers, I was wondering how to incorporate them into my posts …suggestions ?

    • Tamara February 27, 2013, 9:59 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Erica. Can you include a link to your blog so we can all take a look. (The one you provided is broken.) It helps if you come right out and ask people to comment. Leave a question at the end of your post, for example, or invite them to ask their own. Let them know you want to hear from them. Also, be sure your readers don’t have to jump through too many hoops to leave a comment. If they have to log in, they might be less likely to leave a comment. Try a plugin like Comment Luv, which adds a link to the commenter’s most recent blog post to their comment.

    • Delia February 27, 2013, 11:20 pm

      Erica, I have a Blog Commenting Weekend event every week on my Facebook page, you are welcome to check it out and see if you’d like to participate to get more comments for your blog and, more importantly, network with a bunch of great lady bloggers 🙂

  • Maria February 27, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Great tips, Tamara! I have definitely found every single one of them useful – couldn’t have put it better myself.

    Just discovered your blog and I adore your content!

    • Tamara February 27, 2013, 12:33 pm

      Thank you, Maria. Feel free to add any of your own tips.

  • Nicole February 27, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Thanks for including me in your fantastic recap! I had such a wonderful time sharing my blogger insights, challenges and goals with you! It was lovely to meet so many inspiring local entrepreneurs under one roof! Keep up the fabulous blogging 🙂

    Nicole

    • Tamara February 27, 2013, 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. I loved your tip about storing your ideas in WordPress. It was a light bulb moment for me.

  • Delia February 27, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Love your tips, Tamara! And I’d add one more: don’t stress too much if you haven’t blogged in a while. Just pick up from where you were and go on. Just as you did with this post.

    This meet up sounded wonderful, thank you for sharing about it in your blog! I’m extremely happy when I hear about many people “seeing” how great blogging is!

    • Tamara February 28, 2013, 8:21 am

      Thank you, Delia. That’s an important tip. Thanks for adding it. There’s no need to stress. Have fun with it. See you this weekend on Facebook 😉

  • Caroline J March 1, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Hi Tamara – I loved your idea about having a Blogging editorial – I’ve seen the term before but have not been sure what it means. I guess it just means have a monthly plan on what you are going to write?

    I clicked on your link to leave my email for your spreadsheet, but I think there’s something funky going on with the opt in box as I failed to do this 🙁

    • Tamara March 1, 2013, 12:22 pm

      That’s right, Caroline. It’s really a plan of what you’re going to blog about when. It can be simple, like a list on a white board. Or you can track all kinds of details in a spreadsheet. The bonus of keeping the calendar is that you can look back and see what you’ve already written about and find older posts you can re purpose.

      Thanks for letting me know about the download. Did you check your email to verify your email adress? That might be the problem. If it’s still not working, let me know.

    • Tamara March 1, 2013, 12:24 pm

      I see the problem. The first box is for your email address, the second box is for your first name. It’s bit confusing with the spacing. Sorry about that. Try it again.

  • Sue March 3, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips that you came away with! Every time I go to live events I always get a new excitement for blogging and so many great ideas.

    • Tamara March 3, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Sue. I agree. There’s something special about connecting in person.

  • Phoebe March 5, 2013, 3:00 am

    I love the idea of going to a live event to network and share stories about blogging. I’ve never been to one so this is the next best thing…to read the notes from your event. I think point 2 and 3 are great little tips. I’ll definitely start the editorial calendar (probably the low tech whiteboard version) and I really must stop writing ideas down on little scraps of paper which I leave lying around driving my husband crazy! Thanks Tamara!

    • Tamara March 5, 2013, 6:24 am

      Thanks, Phoebe. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips. Let me know how the editorial calendar works out.

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