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.
Introducing : ??? Could it be you?
I’m taking a different approach over the next few weeks and inviting new bloggers to drop me an email (through the contact me page) to apply to be featured here. Tell me how long you’ve been blogging and why you should be featured in a future post. Please see the information at the end of the post explaining my criteria for featuring bloggers.
This is a chance for new bloggers to be showcased to a wider community.
Welcome to the community 😁
Last time, in #8, I wrote about using prompts as an entry route into blogging for our newer friends. I’ve also written on Wise and Shine about the arguments for and against the use of prompts. They can be beneficial, but they need to be used effectively. Today, I’m going to provide advice to new bloggers on how to get the most from the prompts.
Using prompts is a good way to get started as a new blogger. The WP Daily Prompts provide questions for you to answer. It provides a good framework to start blogging, but you want to ensure that you write a good post. One that’s going to attract and retain readers.
Take time to think about what you want to say. Consider different perspectives, and cover them all. You want to produce something worthwhile.
Review posts shared by others responding to the prompts
Generally there are hundreds of responses to each prompts. It is worthwhile looking at them – which ones are well written? What makes them good? What can you learn from them? How can you copy or adapt what they are doing?
Conversely, there are also some responses that are poor. Some are really just repeating the question/prompt, but others are not engaging. It will also be useful to study them. If you dislike something, can you identify why? Why did you reject a post? Try to understand what’s putting you off. This way you can learn about the mistakes others are making to help you avoid making the same mistakes.
The responses that I dislike are very brief. Bloggers try to answer the question, but with a very basic answer. For example, the prompt from yesterday asked for our favourite time of day. A poor post that won’t attract readers might simply respond saying “my favourite time of day is morning”. There is no discussion, no explanation or reflection. To be meaningful, we’re looking for more information. Enough discussion that might encourage others to like and leave comments – to engage with us.
Good luck to our new bloggers, and have fun with the prompts. Having fun should be our #1 priority.
It’s important to me that this series really reflects the needs of the community, and new bloggers, so please let me know what would help you.
What I’m looking for in new bloggers I feature
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. 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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