Blogging is fun. It takes work and discipline, but it can be a lot of fun. Recently, a friend who is beginning a new blog asked me for some blogging advice. I thought I would pass along my advice to him. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Choose a WordPress Theme that has two or three columns.
It will help your readers if you have a sidebar with some important information in it. For example, at Kingdom People, the sidebar offers ways for people to connect with me, find out more about the blog, see other bloggers I like, and so on.
Most importantly, the top ten most visited posts for any given day are listed down the side. This feature helps first-time visitors find some good material.
(I only have two columns because I don’t like the “crammed” feeling I get when I visit some three or four column blogs.)
2. Include pictures if possible.
I don’t include a photograph with every post, but I try to when I can. The post should stand on its own merit, but a picture can help it make a greater impact.
3. Don’t worry too much about the name of your blog.
More than likely, people are going to search for ”Your Name” and not the blog name you have. Some link to me as “Kingdom People,” but the majority use my name. Whichever is fine. I know some guys who change up their blog names every now and then for fun.
4. Be personal, but not always personal.
Some blogs are running journals. Whatever is going through the writer’s head makes it way onto the site. While this is a good discipline for someone to get into, I don’t blog this way. I try to vary my posts from day to day, and I will usually take an hour or two a week to lay out the structure for my posts the following week.
For example, this Saturday, the post that will drop (it’s already time-stamped, so I don’t have to actually go in and make it appear – WordPress will do that automatically) is a thought-provoking quote for the week.
Sunday’s post is always a prayer.
Monday’s post is the continuation of a series on the Prodigal Son that will take up 17 Mondays.
Wednesday is my day for book reviews. Two new book reviews will show up on Wednesday. (I’m a big proponent of including book reviews on a blog.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually reserved for a variety of personal insights on the church, culture, or my experiences in Romania.
And then Friday is the day I link to everything I came across that I found worthwhile that week.
I’m not suggesting that everyone work a blog the same way… but adding a structure to your blog will increase variety.
Plus… if you’re in a writing mood and write three or four posts in an afternoon, don’t feel like you have to publish them all the same day. Stretch them out. Let them breathe. Let each one get the emphasis it deserves.
I have found the following sites helpful: they are from some “successful” bloggers on what it takes to be a good Christian blogger:
written by Trevin Wax © 2007 Kingdom People blog