Friday, June 25, 2010

Blogging 101

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Publishing Your First Blog

You’ve spent so much time searching for just the right theme for your blog, as well as getting your first post written. Now all is ready to go. You’re finally ready to publish your very first blog post and you’re most likely so excited that you can’t sit still! It’s that excitement that has carried you this far and will keep your blog interesting and well-read for a long time to come.

The blog software that you have chosen will most likely be quite clear in its instructions that will show you where to add a new post. That’s the first thing you’re going to be doing. So you will need to go to that part of your blog administrative section.

Now that you’re at the page to insert your blog, enter the title of your post. Keep it enticing and to the point. You want your readers to be drawn in by the title and be dying to know what you have to say on that particular subject.

When you’re writing your post, you should write in small paragraphs rather than long drawn out ones. Make them at least 3 sentences long but there’s no need to make them a half page in length. People tend to stay with your posts longer when they are short and quickly read.

Add in any pictures or images that you have to enhance this particular post. (Next month, we’ll discuss finding images and photos.) A picture is definitely worth a thousand words especially if it’s an image that will draw your reader to the post. This is an important part of the overall post. Something else to keep in mind is that you must save your post regularly while you’re writing it. Some people decide to do a copy/paste where they will write out their post in something such as Microsoft Word, and then transfer it to the blog page. However you choose to do that is up to you.

Don’t forget to add categories and tags to your post. The categories are a great way to group together things to find them easier. The tags will let people find you through many separate words that your post is about. The more tags you can put in, the better.

Save your draft and then have a look at how it appears so far. This is where you will see if there are any glaring errors or something needs to be changed around. When you’re 100 percent happy with the way your post and accompanying images appear, it’s time to hit that Publish button. Don’t be afraid! You’ve done everything just right and you’re READY!

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve just published your very first blog post!

Next week: Using Photos and Images for your Blog
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