The Complete A-Z of Blogging

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Here is the full series of the A-Z of Blogging which I wrote for the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge, please click on the images to take you to the relevant posts!

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Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – Z

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It’s the last day in the Blogging from April A-Z Challenge and as always, Z is a pretty difficult letter to find words for.  I found it pretty hard to come up with anything for my A-Z of Blogging but found one thing that Z could stand for, and so I bring you Z for Zip files.

Zip Files.  A zip file can be used for many things, compressing files, archiving and sending large files online to another person.  The main thing that zip files can be useful for in the blogging world is to archive your blog – posts, data etc as the data from your blog can be saved into a file that is compressed, saving you space on your pc.  Zip files are widely recognised and can be opened by most operating systems which can be useful if you are upgrading your pc and still need access to information that you have saved elsewhere.  Most blogging platforms will offer a way for you to download your blog and save the information in case anything should ever happen to your blog and the option can usually be found in the blog settings menu.  I recommend archiving your posts and saving them to a zip file before you make any big changes to your blog (such as changing the theme or layout) and regularly making backups of your blog, once every 3-6 months depending on how often you blog.  You never know what could happen to your blog and having a backup saved means you always have access to things you have written and can re-post them should they disappear from the internet at some point.

What do you think of Zip files?  Do you have any other blogging terms that begin with Z?  I’d love to hear your thoughts so let me know in the comments!

 

Blogging From A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – Y

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Todays Blogging from A-Z April Challenge brings us the letter Y and in my A-Z of Blogging this stands for YouTube.

YouTube.  Blogging via video is known as Vlogging and can be used on its own as a blogging channel or, you can amalgamate traditional blogging with a vlog, gaining other followers from different places.  Vlogging is a useful medium for showing your audience things such as how to’s, reviews, general chat and letting your audience get to know you in a different way.

Do you have a YouTube channel?  What sort of things do you put up or watch on a vlog?  I’d love to hear your comments!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – X

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We are nearing the end of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge and in today’s A-Z of Blogging we are covering the letter X which stands for X-Posting.

X-Posting.  X-Posting, also known as Cross posting is where you publish the same post to other sites or blogs.  X-Posting used to be the done thing with bloggers sharing their posts to several different groups or sites in order to gain readers or followers but generally, now, is not such a good idea.  SEO tends to frown upon posts that are shared elsewhere (links are fine, so ccarrying on sharing links via social media won’t do any harm) but sharing a full post to other sites means that your post could become unserchable and harm your chances of being found as it is hard to determine the original work and one that has been plagarised or copy and could have been copied and pasted from another source and is not an original work.  Best practice as a blogger is to never copy and paste an article to other sites but provide links that will send readers to that post instead.

What are your thoughts on X-Posting?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – P

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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!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – O

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge brings us the letter O and in my A-Z of Blogging O is for Outsourcing.

Outsourcing.  There are many reasons you may be considering outsourcing from having a lack of time to not knowing fully how to implement something and any other reason in between which is where you look for another person to delegate certain tasks to.  In the blogging world, there are lots of different things you could outsource, from writing certain blog posts, photography and images, managing social media feed to email subscription lists.  Outsourcing is not a good idea for all bloggers though and unless you are already making money from your blog it can be pretty costly to do.  If you are thinking of outsourcing certain blogging tasks, think about the reason you want to outsource and see if you can come up with a different strategy such as re-thinking your time schedule or learning a new skill first.

Have you thought about or do you outsource any blog task?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on outourcing so let me know in the comments!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – L

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge letter is “L” which, in my A-Z of Blogging stands for Layout, Learning and Links.

Layout.  Layout refers to the appearance of your blog and includes where things are placed and the overall presentation of the site to external* users (*you can see the external view of your blog by typing in the blog URL into a new tab or window on your computer).  There are no strict rules when it comes to your blog layout but it should be easy to read with clear fonts and font sizes, easy to navigate with menus and sidebars clearly labelled, and it should be uncluttered so avoid placing anything unnecessary into sidebars if possible.  If you add or take-away any items that could effect how your blog appears should be checked by viewing as an external user.

Learning.  With advances being made in technology almost daily, and new software, social media apps or additions to social media being introduced it is helpful to learn how to use these things even if you may never use them in the future.  There are so many useful learning resources, many aimed at teaching blogging and blogging platforms as well as others that can teach more about the social media elements that run alongside.  I found the “For Dummies” books to be a brilliant resource but there are lots of other ways to learn – Youtube, Google, Skillshare, podcasts (I highly recommend Pete McPherson’s Do You Even Blog podcast and the website – some really useful resources on both!).  Learning from other bloggers is useful too, I have learned so much from being part of groups dedicated to blogging and even on Twitter too.

Links.  Links connect one web page to another and, from a blogging standpoint, act as a way of showing your reader extra information about what you may be writing about.  For example, I have used links in this post that direct you, the reader to the Dummies book webpage, Skillshare and the Do You Even Blog site which, when clicked will open the relevant page (hopefully) in a new tab or window for you to view.  Links are not always necessary depending upon what you write about but, if you do use links, it is worth checking every now and again that they still work and take the reader to the right sites.  There are a few ways to check if links you have used are broken or still valid and would recommend searching Google for link checkers and find one that you like using.

Do you have any thoughts on Layout, Learning or Links?  I’d love to hear your comments so let me know below!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – K

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z letter is the letter K which stands for Keywords in my A-Z of Blogging.

Keywords.  A keyword is part of S.E.O (Search Engine Optimisation) and is a word or a string of words that enables internet searches to find your post when those words are entered into a search.  Keywords will vary from post to post, topic to topic and from blogger to blogger.  One way of incorporating keywords or keyword strings into your posts is to think about the topic you are writing about and make a list of search terms that you would enter into a search engine to find related posts.  For example, if you are writing a post about an outfit, where would you wear the outfit? Keywords related to that could be “smart, office wear”, “business casual suit”, “green pleated skirt”, you could name the brand and be super specific about that item of clothing.  Once you have a list of different keywords you can then build your post around those words and mention them in the body of the text.  There are no hard and fast rules around how many keyword/keyword strings you use in a post but make sure that the post is well written and cohesive and that it makes sense.  There is nothing worse than reading a badly written post that is peppered with really obvious keyword strings.

What are your thoughts on Keywords?  Do you use them at all?  I’d love to hear about any thoughts you have so let me know in the comments!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – J

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z letter is J.  J in my A-Z of Blogging stands for Join In and JPEG.

Join In.  As a blogger, it is easy to feel alone in what you do so to combat this “aloneness” it is worth joining in with things that are happening in the blogging community, whether it is a challenge, a meetup or by leaving comments and joining in with chats that take place on Twitter or other social media sites.  There is always something going on that you can join in with and can help you to develop networks and relationships with other bloggers, gain new followers or even help you to develop your blog and generate ideas for your blog.  I find Facebook blogging groups and Twitter chats to be really helpful tools as a place to start.

JPEG.  JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group and is a file that is common to images.  Most cameras and other image capturing devices use JPEG as the standard format for image files but it might not always be the best option.  JPEG is a fairly low-resolution format and can pixelate when the image is blown up or definition can be lost when viewing on some devices.  I always try to use TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) where photos are concerned, especially when taking images with a digital camera as the clarity is much better and tend to use PNG (Portable Network Graphics) when I have created my own blog banners or other graphics.  In all honesty though, so long as your images are well lit and of good quality from a viewing standpoint it shouldn’t matter too much which kind of format you use.

Can you think of any other blogging terms beginning with J?  Or do you have any opinions on Join In or JPEG?  I’d love to hear your thoughts so let me know in the comments!