Deb wrote a post last week called, Top 10 Things Freelance Writing Blogs Tell You That You Already Know. Not that this was news to me. In fact Deb and I were discussing this on Skype recently and it pops up with other freelance writer pals too.
Deb’s post got me thinking. IS there anything I can say that you don’t already honestly know about when it comes to professional blogging? It does seem like bloggers who blog about blogging re-hash the same old stuff over and over. Although, just to play devil’s advocate…
There are plenty of posts here at Blogging For A Living along with every other blogging/writing blog out there that explain the same useful tips over and over. Yet, people don’t always listen.
I still see people using the wrong version of you’re or your in posts. I see blog images aligned so poorly that it makes me want to run screaming from the blog. Worst of all I come across way too many bloggers who consistently fail to quote their sources.
I darn well know that Deb, myself and hundreds of other bloggers write advice posts about how to get started in blogging all the time but the number one email question I get from new bloggers is… “How do I get started in blogging?” Um?
Why do you think that is? Personally I’m very curious about folks who email, “How do I get started in blogging” but didn’t yet do a simple Google search for, “How to get started in blogging,” a search that would no doubt bring up thousands of advice posts.
My theory? I guess I want to believe that people like reminders – I know I do. I’ll read something at a blogging blog that I already knew but haven’t acted on, so it’s a good reminder. Another theory is that some people don’t read and/or retain blog posts very well. But really I have no idea.
With this in mind: I went searching for some blogging advice I’d never heard before. Or at least blogging advice with a slant I’d never heard before.
- 6 Powerful Life Hacks for Bloggers – had not heard of any of these hacks.
- Are Facebook Like Buttons Wrong or Right For Your Site? – something I’ve sort of considered, but not much and since I’m in the middle of the big Facebook Saga I found this post to be a good read.
- 7 Tips for Freelancing at Starbucks (and Borders, and B&N) – Not that I’d go to Starbucks. But I might try a local organic coffee place if I wasn’t notoriously bad about working out of the house. I’m easily distracted and so I read this post to get some tips. The post did help, if only for the advice about how NOT to be a weirdo magnet.
- One of the best posts I’ve read in the last few months is – Have You Lost the Human Element in Your Blog? I always feel like this. Paid blogging is not the same as when I was blogging for fun and I often feel like I was more human back in the day. Reminders like this are good.
Above are some new ideas/reminders to me, but maybe not to you. What have you seen that’s unique lately. OR go ahead and tell me this – is there anything that any blogger could tell you that would be new and useful?