For months I've been wanting to write a series of Blogging Tips, to cover topics I'm asked and emailed about all the time, but I just haven't found the time. I think I'll devote a bunch of Wednesdays to some quick snippets and call it Blogging Tips that Work for Me. Hopefully they'll work for you too. Back when I did my reader survey (in January), it told me there were a LOT of bloggers who read MoneywiseMoms. Whether you're writing a personal blog or are trying to make some money with your blog, hopefully you'll find these tips helpful. And if you have questions, just leave them in the comments and we'll help each other out. So here we go!
Tip #1 is….Use blog memes as accountability for yourself, both personally and professionally.
For example, each week I post my Meal Plan Monday, which means that I have to take time over the weekend to plan out the week's meals and make a grocery list. I did this for over a year before I started blogging, but it wasn't until I had the accountability of that Monday post that I did it regularly. And, without fail, if I don't take the time to do the work, don't put up the post, our meals are helter-skelter all week (usually ends in take out or something expensive and/or unhealthy).
When you make a regular post on your blog, not only does it keep you accountable, but your cheerleaders step up and encourage you (readers making comments). It helps keep you motivated and feels great. That's why I'm telling you that I want to use WFMW to post these blogging tips (they're just sitting here in a notebook!); it will keep me accountable and I have a small goal each week. If you need ideas for a meme, check out this huge list of blog memes. You're sure to find one that matches your blog genre or writing style. You can set tiny goals for yourself personally–with cooking, organizing, or gardening–or choose one that helps you grow professionally in your posting and writing. You can also use blog memes to Increase Your Traffic/Subscribers.
For more Works for Me Wednesday tips (not just blogging–all types!), head over to We Are That Family.