USEFUL TIPS FOR YOUR BLOG
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i get a LOT of emails from new bloggers. looking for tips on how to create a blog people want to read.
while there are lots of ways to achieve this, i do encourage you to get your tweet on. stay involved, show support and don’t be afraid to let the world know what you are up to. people want to see what you are wearin’, where you are eating and the fun things you are buying on the weekends.
two years ago i was saying “dude twitter is so lame. i don’t get what the hype is…” and then i got roped into it and i can really say it significantly grew my blog. here are a few important rules.
1. keep your voice: be genuine when talking to people through social media. don’t spam your readers and only post things you believe in. (sometimes I get emails from companies asking me to retweet their tweet for $50 bucks. no, i am not going to tell my readers to buy your vaccum cleaner. it’s not my voice and doesn’t align with my blog. keep your brand in mind always)
2. keep it simple: you want to draw people in to what you are tweeting about, and there is no better way than to keep it simple. don’t clutter it up with a bunch of @ # * symbols. this is one reason that I feel like #FF (follow fridays) would be much more effective if it was just a tweet about one or two people. large groups of twitter handles just blend in and are usually quickly read over. here is an example of how to show support on fridays: “you should really follow @joeshmo because he has wonderful taste and a killer sense of humor.” get personal with it.
3. be creative: while we are allllll guilty of overusing common words (love that! so cute! adorable! swoon!) I encourage you to stand out and just write the first thing that comes to mind. draw people in with your down to earth nature and your ability to keep it reeeeal.
4. tweet your posts, yo!: i try to always tweet every post at least once. there is nothing wrong with letting people know you have new goodies for them to look at. in fact, they want to know. it takes the work out of it for them. keeping your readers aware of your posting schedule!
5. consistency is key: while i don’t love to follow allll the rules, i do know that consistency is important. people can tell when something sounds salesy or pushy. this dilutes your brand and makes your tweets less valuable when you do have something important to say. here is an example:
a normal tweet for me would be: “this dress is giving me full body goosebumps: (link)
a fishy, not so normal tweet from me would be: “make sure to check out @thiscompany’s sale. it has #somany great deals and get 15% off all shirts till thursday april 15th! (link) and retweet it! #shopping #sales”
while that tweet is totally fine. it’s just not ME. and people would be confused. ya feel me?
you can follow me here. and i encourage you, if you haven’t already, to get in on the twitter action. OH! and try TWEETIE. it’s a super cool widget for your desktop that is quite an addicting way to keep up.
hope this helped! – bri