Welcome back to Introductions over Coffee, where I provide some guidance and insights for new bloggers and maybe as a refresher for us all. I also introduce a new blogger to the community. Please make them feel welcome (as I know you will).
For any new bloggers who want to raise their profile, please follow the guidance in my posts and do not spam my comments section.
I’ve changed the layout this week, so we have our new blogger, followed by my tips. I’m wondering if I should start getting our new bloggers to introduce themselves. What do you think?
Introducing : Tom Crossley’s Journal
This week I want to introduce Tom Crossley of Tom Crossley’s Journal. Tom started posting to his blog in mid-April. He has a variety of journal writing (he has a good post about a coffee shop), he also writes some poetry and flash fiction so I know he’s going to appeal to many. Please pop over and have a look at his website for his posts. But to get you started, here are a few of his posts:
Welcome to the community Tom 😁
I was wondering what I’d write about today. What do I think will help people without overwhelming new bloggers? So this week we’re going to think about our identity and being authentic.
Last week I talked about the importance of having a working gravatar as its our digital business card. However it’s also important to think about what message it sends out about you. You don’t need to have a picture of yourself although some people might prefer that. I would say pick something that reflects the image you want to portray. Mine was chosen as it signifies hope, new beginnings and opportunities – at least I hope that’s what it says.
In the beginning, some bloggers worry about sounding good as a blogger, but the best way to be successful is just to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone else or something you’re not. Generally people, your readers, will pick up if you’re not being genuine. As I’m writing this, I imagine I’m talking to you, the reader, personally and write what I’d say to you.
Write using structure, vocabulary etc that you are comfortable with. I’ve written a couple of blogs about writing that might help you. Ive shared the link to one at the end of this post. The most important thing is that you are comfortable.
Remember no one is perfect, we all make mistakes and would want to make things better, and we get better with practice – so writing – and publishing your posts is great practice. Also, if you read other posts, you will begin to understand what you like and don’t like in writing style, which will help you too.
Some people may choose to be anonymous, and that’s fine, but if you use your blog site name, people won’t know what to call you. Think about how you might want people to address you if you don’t want to use your real name. It makes a difference in comments and chatting. It comes back to what I said above about identity. What is your blog and blogger identity?
I invite and encourage suggestions of topics to cover in future posts, so please let me know if there’s something you’d like to see covered, or if there’s something you’re struggling with.
I review the new bloggers I come across to decide who to highlight in this post on a weekly basis, and some have been asking what I’m looking for. I would say the following are my criteria:
- a blogger who interacts with their readers and responds to comments
- Are they posting regularly – if someone posts weekly, that’s fine, but I’d probably observe for a few weeks to see how they’re getting on
- Do they produce quality work – if its text, is it full of spelling/grammar mistakes
- is there sufficient information to encourage conversation through the comments section
- If someone regularly spams, they will not be featured. I accept that people can make mistakes at the outset, but they should learn and adapt what they do
I accept that this process is subjective, based on my opinions. Equally if you spot an interesting new blogger, send me a message through the Contact Me part of my site with their details.
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