Excuse me while I giggle behind my hand…
You’ve just succumbed to the first point in my Lovers’ Guide to Blogging. (see below…)
I hope you’ll add lots more titillating points in the Comments.
We could publish an Ebook!
The We Blog Better ‘Lover’s Guide To Blogging.’
Perhaps one of you would like to suggest it to Kiesha?
(Pause for more silly, girly giggles…)
Here it is…
Linda’s ‘Lovers’ Guide To Blogging’.
1. Find your perfect ‘Chat Up Line.’
I wonder how long those guys worked on these –
- Your eyes are like pools… I could drown in them.
- If I had one chance to rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.
- I lost my phone number, can I borrow yours?
Seducing a reader is all about the ‘Chat Up Line.
Get your Headline right and and who knows, they might even come back for coffee…
Some bloggers spend many hours working on their headline. I have to say that I do work hard at it, and here’s what I do.
I write down good headlines from everywhere – the press, TV ads, magazine covers, billboards.
Then I adapt them to fit my topic.
I’ve become a Headline Hoarder but it pays off.
Why not start collecting?
2. Remember – it’s all about them!
We girls like to feel special.
We love gifts, flowers and even chocolates.
And I love it when my OH opens doors for me. (I’m old-fashioned that way.)
In every post I write I try to make my reader feel special, the only person I’m writing for.
I take notice of Comments and use them as a basis for new posts.
Problems, questions and requests for help are the basis of much of my content on Positive Spin.
I try to open doors – to shed light on issues, encouraging the reader to think outside the box with me.
You could try to do this too.
3. Take your time.
First date? Holding hands is good.
Second date? Kissing is better!
Third date? I’ll leave you to fill that in…
It’s just the same with blogging.
No need to rush. There’s so much to learn at first and you want to get it right. One step at a time is best.
When I began I made a list of stuff I needed to know and tried to take it all slowly. It wasn’t easy as, naturally, I wanted to have the best blog in the world immediately. But the more I slowed down the more I progressed.
Look out for endorsed blogging courses and programmes, search for the most useful ‘How To’ sites. When you’re joining this new writing world of blogging, it’s like learning a new language.
It takes time, patience and practice.
4. Take them somewhere they’d like to go.
It’s a slow process getting to know a new partner.
It’s all about ‘finding out’ what they need and enjoy.
Cinema? Concerts? Classical? Rock? Galleries?
It’s all about listening.
Listen to your reader:
- in the comments
- in the questions they put in the google search, (Thesis theme lets you find this, I don’t know about the others)
- notice which of your posts get the most readers. Why was that post so popular? What need did it fulfill?
You can’t fulfill the needs of your reader unless you know what they are.
I’ve changed my own approach to my posts since I realised I must listen to what my reader is telling me they want to read.
The need to take my reader where they want to go is one of the most important lessons I have learned so far.
5. Be persistent.
- She doesn’t return your call.
- She didn’t seem so keen on the 2nd date.
- She doesn’t have much to say.
What do you do?
Well… if she’s worth it and you still fancy her, you’ll persist! At least until you’re satisfied that you’ve tried your best.
It’s the same with your new blog.
- There aren’t many comments yet.
- You don’t have many readers.
- It’s all a bit quiet.
Well… if you really want to do this, you’ll persist.
- evaluate where you can improve
- write more controversial posts to encourage comments and debate
- start leaving more comments on other people’s blogs so you become part of the party.
Before you know it, your blog will evolve.
You’ll stay the course,
and, most important of all, you and your blog will live happily ever after.
Your turn –
In the comments,
- What can you add to my Lovers’ Guide To Blogging?
- What do you do to seduce your reader?