Dancing with Fireflies is a growing project of love that has given me the opportunity and inspiration to do what I love, write. Blogging is a growing community and a lot of you here are bloggers yourselves or thinking of starting a blog. In the last year, Dancing with Fireflies has grown from a few hundred readers to a few thousand readers, still small by internet standards but still a success by my own.
Thank you to all of you who allow me to share my thoughts with you!
I want to share a few things I have learned about blogging so that maybe today you can take your blog writing from a daily diary to a new place on the web.
Write as much as you can.
Don't feel as if you need to write a novel every day. Take a few minutes each day and write something new. Not everything will get published, but not everything will be deleted. Sometimes I find that I can take those small pieces that didn't mean much to me at the time and combine them with others and it flows really well. Stressing over content is the best way to build a Writer's Block
Read other blogs and comment.
I love reading other blogs. I try to randomly find a new blog every week. Sometimes I have a topic I would like to learn more about, sometimes I see a comment here on DWF that inspires me to check out the blog, and other times I just hop around. But reading other blogs gives me insight on what I like, what I would like to do better, what NOT to do, and gives me inspiration. Commenting on other blogs lets the writer know that their work is appreciated. And well.. it feels good to see those comments!
Take good advice.
There are so many sites dedicated to making money blogging, sharing the exciting world of blogging, and even sites that give helpful hints. There is an abundance of good advice out there on how to write a better blog. I am often overwhelmed with the amount of information about blogging that I have to make a list of the good advice out there and try to implement one good change on DWF each week. Even if it is just to keep your blog updated and looking fresh, making changes to your blog is keeping it healthy. I really liked these articles this week about blogging.
- The Lazy Blogger’s Guide to Blogging Consistently
- 5 Benefits of Being an Early Riser
- Ways to develop your brand, and generate interest in your site.
- 13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough