Hi everyone! It’s day 9 for me on the Freaking Fantastic Blog and List Building Challenge. I cancelled my doctor’s appointment because Scarlett’s home sick so I wanted to take care of her and not have her running around all day. I do have to go to the store but I’ll do that in a bit.
No vlog today as I just feel too sleepy to even push the button. LOL! Not going to wear makeup, do a single thing to hair – nothing. So it’s text city, baby.
I did my entry for day 9 here: You’re Pregnant. Congratulations!
I wanted to talk about blog steps today. Just giving you my process. I’d love it if you shared your too – because remember, many people feel new or awkward at blogging and they might prefer to FrankenTiff or FrankenYourName their system and follow something that helps them blog better and more efficiently.
Here are my steps:
1. Figure out what I want to blog about. This could come from an email someone sends me, a book I’m reading, a forum post I read, my own head – whatever.
2. Create a title for it. I try to be somewhat catchy here and there – I don’t waste time on it because I’m not real witty but I’m sure not going to name it, “Product Creation.”
3. Jot down the main points I want to make. I’m not fancy here. I just know if there are a few points that I might forget one as I get into writing it, so I want a quick and sloppy outline.
4. Flesh it out with content and as I go, have my DepositPhotos.com tab open to find images that relate to the main points.
5. Post it, add the images, and make sure I add my Read More tag. I add keyword tags and categorize it. Then hit publish.
6. Double check to make sure it looks okay (no image too wide, etc). If I have time, I’ll proof read it.
7. Tweet it.
8. Google Plus it.
9. Facebook Fan Page it.
10. Add a link to it in my “Today’s Email” document where I compile everything I want to email my list about.
11. Check back continually to approve comments. I never wait until the next day to approve them all because you want social proof to help create a community feel – and you want interaction among your readers to grow. If there’s one thing I’ve found to be true, it’s that your comments here are equally, if not more powerful in affecting each other than my post alone.
IE: People posted about how they wouldn’t have been able to post positive things about themselves if they hadn’t already read the other people’s posts. My urging alone isn’t enough.
I wonder how many of you have done #s 7-10?
Do you just wait for visitors to socially share your content? Are you timid about emailing your readers? Because I’ve already told you and a few others did too – that we don’t subscribe to RSS feeds – we need to hear about your blog post via email.
Alright hope you all have a great day today! I feel happy – going to make some cozy Manicotti and a Wacky cake tonight to enjoy over this nice long weekend now that Spring Break is here!