About four years ago, a boy I went to primary (elementary) school with, contacted me online. As a designer, a foodie and a better photographer than I could hope to be, we have a few things in common. We’re a breed of people who have to continuously “make stuff” (and eat stuff). We were classmates over 20 years ago and while we have never met as adults, it’s due to his encouragement that I started this blog. I can’t blame it squarely on this encounter, but it wasn’t until that moment I realised that I too, could have a blog.
I’ve always kept diaries or written my thoughts online in forums and lengthy emails (just ask my friends). This blog has helped me focus that energy. Blog about something you are passionate about. Otherwise it’s just work.
A blog should inspire, inform or entertain. I sincerely hope that this blog does all three. I love the open dialogue with readers and bloggers all over the world. It’s like meeting kindred spirits when you get to read through someone else’s thoughts and inspirations. I am a normal (slightly ambitious) girl that loves food. I have no foodie training or expertise but I hope this blog is accessible to any one. I try to write it as an open letter to a friend or family member.
Keep it bite sized. Break up your text with images and organise information into sections. Make your blog enjoyable to read. Make use of the text styles and formatting options available to you.
Being a better writer takes a lot of editing and focus. I’m one those people that have no trouble writing pages (and pages) of text. Restraint and editing is much harder for me.
Sometimes I worry about how this blog is multi-faceted. Maybe I should have started three blogs rather than putting everything into one. But you know what? I don’t think it matters. As long as you are passionate about what you write about and your blog is searchable, your readers can find the posts they are looking for.
Work out which are your favourite and most popular posts and what makes them successful. I don’t write by formula, but a formula can be good inspiration when you are stuck.
Most of all, write in your own voice. Maybe it’s shouty. Maybe it’s a whisper. Write as yourself.
Oh, dear Lord, I ramble!!! With no time to edit I often present warts and all, but this post is a great reminder of why we do what we do. I love the diversity of your blog!
If its any consolation D, you have lovely warts and your style and honesty plays a big part of your blog. I always feel like I’m reading an email from a close friend when I read your blog. I’m not usually a mummy-blog follower, but you make mummy stories palatable (or non-palatable, a bit gross and just downright hilarious).
As someone who works with words (mostly other peoples) all day, it is great to see these tips so clearly spelled out. I may have to steal some of them! I am also thinking of blogging … Thanks for a little more inspiration!
Thanks Felicity. I’m not a writer, but I like to write. You are welcome to share these tips and any you have learned yourself.
Cool post, I agree to the lot, but I have to say that the first poster really made me smile, a lot!!! I may pin it!!
lol. Glad you liked it. I didn’t want the whole post to be so serious. I think bloggers shouldn’t take themselves so seriously all the time. If anything, it should be more fun and games 🙂
Good tips! My cousin just started a blog, and I’ve used your blog as an example of nice clean design!
Awww. Thanks for the encouragement Drewpan.
I like the variety in your blog Genie, particularly the Tofu posts. I was just thinking the same thing about my blog but I just answered my own question!
I think variety is good to a degree. If we were to blog about everything under the sun that strikes our fancy then we would both be stretched too thin and our blog would lose cohesiveness and it’s voice.
True Genie. I’ve kept mine to food, travel and restaurants and some reno’s but they usually have food in them!
I think all those things are related.
I completely agree. And as for the 3 blogs idea, I like having it all in one convenient location. You brighten up my day and I love that there is a crazy bunny lady out there like me. Even if you are across the sea. Yeah, I called you crazy, lady.
You’re as crazy as I am miss! I think my blog would be less interesting if I didn’t have all my interests in there. I bet you can’t wait for Tofu Tuesday tomorrow 🙂
Tofu Tuesday makes me wish every day is Tuesday. I feel like I should be wishing for Saturday instead?
Great post Genie, I really enjoy the mix of your blog topics 🙂
I love your ‘three things in one blog’ approach! Sometimes I think I should really be more concise, and include more images…but it never happens. Oh well.
Thanks Hayley. I usually have to stop myself from posting too many images. Or cheat and put them all in one panel so you see a montage rather than having to scroll through too many photos. This post is a scroll, scroll, scroll post.