Five Blogging Tips From Martha Stewart

Sep 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Podcasting Software

She recommends WordPress and the TypePad, Blogger and Livejournal platforms. She also suggests that you consider these five things before you get started:

  1. Topic/Scope: What do you want to write about? Keep in mind that you are president and CEO of your blog, so there are no restrictions on what you wish to create. 
  2. Audience: Blogs at MSLO deal with specific interest groups. 
  3. Time Commitment: Blogging is very rewarding but, like all hobbies, you need to set aside a regular time for it. Your readers will respond more positively when you update your blog on a regular basis, if you are a busy working mother with many responsibilities, set a realistic goal for yourself and update twice a week. Communicate any schedule changes to your readers and they will thank you for it. For example: “We’re going on vacation, taking a break for two weeks. Check back then!”
  4. Content: Most blogs contain digital photographs of finished recipes, remodeling projects, or friends and family. Don’t worry if you’re not tech-savvy — you can always rely on the strength of your writing and allow your post titles draw readers’ attention.
  5. Linking: Blogs are a thriving online community, and it’s important to reach out to your fellow bloggers in order to gain more interest in your own blog, pick up tips and tricks and generally utilize the strength of this new medium to bring people together, adding them to your “blogroll.” Technorati is a great source for discovering other blogs that may cover similar topics as your blog, as well as a source of how-to information. 

If you’re involved in new media, you’ve heard this all before. You haven’t heard it from Martha Stewart, though.

If blogging wasn’t mainstream before, it is now.

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