P stands for Posts in my A-Z of Blogging for the April A-Z Blog Challenge.
Posts. Posts are the individual entries that appear on your blog (like this one!). There are lots of guides and differing rules about writing posts online, many are really contradictory though so don’t feel that you have to stick to any rules that you read. I have read that a post should be a minimum of 250 words and not exceed 3000 but in reality, length doesn’t matter all that much. The main things that you should follow are that your post is well written in a clear and concise way, the post contains paragraphs, correct grammar and makes sense. If you are using affiliate links or it is a paid or sponsored post then it is the done thing to let your readers know, and if the post has lots of images I like to warn my readers that the post is image-heavy in case it takes a while to load for them. If the post is on the heavy side with text then consider adding sub-headings or images to break up the text, or if you can – bullet points work really well, anything that will make reading the text easier for the audience goes down really well.
Do you have any thoughts about posts at all? I’d love to hear about them so let me know in the comments!
Todays Blogging from A-Z letter is F and in my A-Z of Blogging, F stands for Facebook, Followers and Forward Planning.
Facebook. Facebook is a brilliant tool for promoting your blog posts to friends and family. It is also a useful tool to find other bloggers groups where you can share your blog posts or ask questions, find help and support or other like-minded bloggers to network with.
Followers. Followers are the readers who like your blog and want to keep up with all of your blog posts. Most blogging platforms have an option to follow a blog and new posts from the blogs that are followed will appear in a separate place along with other blogs that they follow. While followers are a brilliant thing to have, it is worth remembering not to get too hung up on how many followers you do or don’t have, many people may not use a blogging platform and just save your URL to their favourites on their computer and visit you that way.
Forward Planning. Forward planning is an essential part of blogging for many bloggers. Forward planning enables you to plan what you are going to write and when it will be published to your blog allowing you to spread your blog posts over the month. All you need is a diary or a spreadsheet that is set up like a calendar where you can jot down ideas for posts against the dates you would like them to appear. I like to use a spreadsheet as I can place ideas against dates and move them about if I decide to write something else for that day.
What are your thoughts on Facebook, followers and forward planning? I’d love to hear them so let me know in the comments!