Blog Writing Tips?

Blog Writing Tips

Can I help inspire people in their blog writing? I’ve been mulling this over for a while, unable to make up my mind.

One of the things I love about blogging is that there aren’t any rules. It’s your space, to do what you like with. Hurrah! On the other hand, I’m aware that I have a lot of experience in publishing, have authored several books and am pleasantly surprised to find that I’ve been writing a sewing and knitting blog for five years now. Surely, I’ve learnt something in that time!

If you’re looking for a guide to such things as SEO, this probably won’t be the place for you. It’s good to be aware of Search Engine Optimisation, but I’m no expert. It’s also worth being reassured that I’m not a huge stickler for grammar. I come from the school of thought that language is a living, breathing animal and I’m all for enabling over ticking off. Apart from the obvious rules of check your spelling every now and then, I don’t care so much, as long as you entertain me.

If you are looking for essays on the importance of empathy, how a single word can make or break a blog post, ways to engage your readers, what to blog about when life is uber busy, general ramblings on the topic of blog writing … maybe I can write a few posts?

At its best, blog writing is the 21st century’s answer to the short story. It doesn’t take much to learn how to compose your own miniature narratives. All you need is a camera and a keyboard. Maybe the help of a friend?

Let me know what you think, and if there’s anything you’d particularly like me to cover.

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29 Responses to Blog Writing Tips?

  1. surreyjan says:

    Brilliant, yes help needed. I am getting dispondant because I don’t get many visitors to my blog and no one ever leaves comments so I don’t get feedback. How do you drive interested people to your blog?

    • Debbie says:

      I know you didn’t ask me but I had to chime in…I tried to look at your blog knowing how despondent it can be if nobody comments, but I couldn’t find it. Have you tried an easy link to your blog included in comments you make? Then don’t be shy to comment with link visible on blogs you like.I found people will often respond by visiting your blog and commenting. Hope this helps

  2. Great advice! I sometimes feel my lack of articulation could put people off my blog as my seizures make my thought process jumbled and with a speech impediment too i struggle to maybe get things across. As you say though it is your space to write what you like, if i even interest 1 person i am happy with that 🙂

  3. Bekki Hill says:

    Brilliant timing. Have just started blogging, so any info on picking up followers will be appreciated. I’m also wondering, are there any particular blogging faux pas you would be able to warn about?

  4. Ann says:

    YES!!! I love to learn for other people’s experiences about blogging (and sewing and and and).

  5. Jo says:

    “At its best, blog writing is the 21st century’s answer to the short story.” YES this! I feel like I finally hit my blogging stride once I realised I was writing posts as mini-stories. And it’s been wonderful to find myself deliberately doing some creative writing again! I don’t have any specific questions or ideas for you at the moment but I’d really love anything you have to say on the subject, I think your publisher’s approach is fascinating, and is one of the things that makes your blog uniquely good 🙂

  6. Rachel says:

    Yes, please do! It would be super interesting to read about what your process has been so far!

  7. Meg Kundert says:

    Oh please talk about “the photo shoot”. If I had the photos of my makes I could write many a post, but I “forget” or am too busy or can’t find the right spot or don’t have my make-up with me or haven’t washed my hair, etc. I need a kick in my handmade pants.

  8. Sarah says:

    Ohh yes please, I am just dipping my toe in to blogging and would like some hints and tips, that are not delivered like a math lesson (I have tried googling the subject but I allways get very business driven responses).

  9. Lou says:

    Yes yes yes!!! I’m with surreyjan. How do I get people to my blog??! (I know I need to jazz it up a bit, looks a bit dull atm…)

  10. Looking at posts like a short story is an interesting thought! Although English and essays were my least favourite part of school. I preferred Art and Maths – which translate well into making and creativity. Stringing words together to explain the process can be a struggle at times, so any help there would be helpful 🙂

  11. I suppose what I’d really like to know is how to get more people to want to read your blog posts. My head is buzzing with ideas and I enjoy the writing process when I get around to it. How do you organize your thoughts and ideas for blog posts? How do we get our blog posts ‘out there’ in the big wide blogosphere?! Any suggestions gratefully received 🙂
    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

  12. James says:

    Id surely appreciate advice on blogging. Being new to blogging its been a challenge just figuring out how to navigate and post things to blogger. I’m thinking about taking a class on it if one is even available. Organizing my thoughts and the pictures to convey what I’m trying to blog about can be challenging.

  13. susan says:

    I’ve just started blogging too so any tips would be great!

  14. DavyMade says:

    I’d love advice on how to balance my blog between being a space for myself but also being a space for others.

  15. Debra says:

    I like blogging, as it gives me a chance to breathe out my ideas out of my creative and crafty mind and an opportunity to just talk about something I find interesting and write about it.
    I keep 3 blogs: one for my sewing creativeness, one for my jewellery and accessories makes and one for myself interest, like when I am out and about and again for ‘stuff’ that I am interested in mostly: art and crafts related and the odd random post thrown in for luck :). Someone once said to me “Blogging is like keeping an Open Diary” and in a way I think they were right.
    Before I use to be really concerned about how many followers/email subscribers I had or who had seen my blog post or why I did not always get comments left for me on each post and then I started to get some strange comments (thankfully you can safe screen your comments before posting them) then I stopped worrying and asked myself what was the real reason I kept my Blog?
    Well I just like to blog, because I can and I enjoy it – it’s another level and way of chatting about something I found out about on a creative level or about something I made or I am just interested in. It’s a Blog (S) and for the last few years it’s been a great filing system for me for my crafts and other interests as sometimes even I can forget what I have been up to creatively or what sometimes has been an exciting creative journey for me down to what I making 5 years ago if I do not blog about. Happy Blogging Everyone! Debs*

    • Nayla says:

      I’m the same way. I focus more on enjoying the blogging process than how many followers or comments I have. I hate the idea of “marketing” my blog. I’d continue blogging even if nobody read it because I enjoy looking back at my sewing adventures and what I’ve learned. Also, I feel like I’m putting my ideas out there into the blog universe. I do love the idea of inspiring other people though. If they happen to find my blog inspiring, that’s great but it’s better not to be too fixated on worrying how others perceive it. Go with the flow.

  16. I need tips on pictures please as I think this is the weakest area on my blog. I’ve been blogging over a year now and it is still as exciting for me as it was when I started.

  17. Words of wisdom are always gratefully received! Yes, please.

  18. A.K. says:

    This is my second, no, third attempt at blogging. Had some visitors but not many. This one is a journal of my journey to the Paleo lifestyle and it’s health benefits, etc. I get credit to several of the paleo blogs that post recipes and have published cookbooks. My question is concerning photos. For last week, I posted one of my own of a plate of food. Yesterday I used the photos from the sites of the recipes, but included the links in the narrative. I did not give the recipes; readers would have to click on the links to get them. Is this something that is considered taboo, even if I am not taking any credit, but more promotion to send readers to those other blog sites?

  19. Elle says:

    The importance of empathy, blogging as story-telling–yes! The blogs I follow are those that have a genuine expertise that is generously shared. I especially enjoy those that seem to be the expression of a person I would enjoy getting to know face-to-face. These folks seem to write/take photos in a way that comes across as both engaging and genuine. Yours is a prime example! Any guidance you can share would be great–not only for bloggers but for the many others of us who could benefit by improving our communication. And thanks for your lovely blog!

  20. hannah frost says:

    I’d like to know how to get good photos of clothing, and how to get people to read your blog! I also have an etsy shop, and sometimes I worry if I blog too much about my new makes that I’m selling, people will think I’m just advertising and then they’ll stop reading. But I do need more traffic to my shop too!

    http://whydidimakethat.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WhyDidIMakeThat

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