Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Blogging Tips

Do you like how long it has taken me to answer my own question???

What is one thing you wish you knew about blogging when you started or what advice would you give a newbie blogger?

Your blog name is your power, choose it carefully, take time to think about it, and try to match it to your url.
How many times this week did I read...My Friend Amy (well, she's not really my friend)
This name happened because I was trying to think of something my friends could easily remember. Then, people start finding you that you don't know...and I didn't want to lose anyone. :) I'm not very clever with names, though, so chances are I wouldn't have been able to come up with anything else.

What is your best blogging tip?

You get out of your blog what you put into it. Big name bloggers work relatively hard, it doesn't happen overnight. If you dash off a post in three minutes and don't turn the computer on for a day afterwards, you can't expect that you'll have 70comments. If you're looking for a community for your blog, you have to go out and find the community that's already there and become a part of it.

I also have written a few other posts with tips that can be found here and here on how to be a good community blogger.


Heather J. said...

FYI, I DO now consider you "My Friend" Amy. :)

raych said...

Hear hear! My husband's always telling people about my blog, and then they'll turn to me and be all, What's your blog called? And I can tell they're only politely interested, but I still have to hang my head a bit and sort of mumble 'books i done read.' When I started up, I didn't think anyone was going to read it so it didn't matter. *sigh*

JenniferY said...

Great responses and I definitely agree! And now, I think you are everyone's friend Amy.

As for the blog name thing, mine (Jennifer's Random Musings) was something I just came up with when I needed something to call the blog. My friends and family were used to my random comments, questions, or stories so it seemed to fit. I didn't think it would become a book blog or I would have added something about books in it is a loooong name to type.

And I definitely agree that you get out of your blog what you put into it. I have only been blogging regularly for about a year and while it can be a lot of work, I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have discovered new authors, readers, and books. I try to keep things fun and interesting so people want to return or tell others about it...word-of-mouth has been my biggest help in getting visitors. But it doesn't really matter to me how many people are visiting the is mostly something I do for is something I can look at proudly and say, "Look at what I have done."

Serena said...

Great tips amy. It took me like a month to come up with the name of my blog.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Well, I am not clever with names either, but I think yours is perfect. I like it. :)

blueviolet said...

I guess you're right about the blog name. I want to start one but I'll have to really think the title thing over.

Suey said...

I've gotten a kick out of the "well she's not really my friend" that's every where this week too! I've just been leaving off the "my friend" part when I link to you because I do have a "real life" friend Amy that reads my blogs and I didn't want her to freak out thinking was talking about her like crazy all of a sudden!

I wish I would have thought longer about my name too... I still like it, but I spent NO time at all brainstorming a book blog name.

Ruth said...

Anyone who loves books as much as you do is someone I am proud to call my friend.

I got lucky in the naming department, I think. I was blessed with an unusual first name (at least, for a woman of my age -- I can't tell you how many times someone has said, "That's my grandmother's name!" after I introduced myself) that I knew I wanted to incorporate into my blog's name. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be bookish, so Bookish Ruth was the natural choice. It's simple, rather self-explanatory and it's easy to remember. (Which is great considering how forgetful I tend to be!)

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