Today’s letter for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge is G. G in my series for this challenge, the A – Z of Blogging stands for Goals, Graphics and Guest Posts.
Goals. Goals differ from blogger to blogger and can depend on many different factors including how long you have been blogging for. If you are setting yourself any kind of goal it is useful to follow the “SMART” rules – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely. Breaking down your goal like this gives you an idea of how you will meet that goal. There is no point in saying, for example, that you want to reach 1000 followers and then do nothing about it aside from post to your blog once in a while, you need to think about what you can do to make that goal reality, how you will get there when you want to reach that goal and if you can do it in that timeframe that you want. Getting 1000 followers in a month maybe attainable if you have been blogging for years and gain a few hundred followers a week, but as a new blogger, you need to be realistic and set a goal of maybe 10 followers in a month then increase the number of followers you would like month on month. My advice is to be realistic and re-assess each month how your goals are going and re-adjust the figures and your strategies accordingly.
Graphics. Graphics are images that are added into a blog post or to parts of your blog, such as your blog banner and should always be legible and fit with the theme of your blog or the post you are writing. You can use images you have taken, create graphics using software or add in stock images. Most bloggers will add at least one graphic to a block of text to draw in the reader’s interest, illustrate what the post is about and to add in a break in between a lot of text. There are a few simple rules when using graphics, that they are relevant, good quality and add to the text. If the graphics don’t make sense to the text, don’t use them, graphics are not always necessary.
Guest Post. A guest post is a post that you write for someone elses blog or that you invite other bloggers to write for your blog. This kind of post is usually asked for by the person who owns the blog and, should you be asked or chosen to write a post will usually follow a topic of the blog owners choice. If you want to find bloggers who are looking for guest posters I would search for tags such as #guestposterswanted on Twitter or other social media sites. Guest posts are a brilliant way to build backlinks (Which I spoke about here), reach new audiences, build connections and networks.
Do you have any other blogging terms for the letter G? Or do you have any thoughts on Goals, Graphics or Guest Posts? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!