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Improving your blog

Do you have a jewelry blog? If so, you already know that it's not a matter of "if you write it, they will come." While it might depend upon your goals whether or not you care whether they come, if you'd like to have more than just your closest circle of friends (online or off) reading your blog, you really have to pay attention to your content.

Only a very few people can manage to build an audience by just free associating or ranting. The rest of us need good solid content. But that content can vary a lot: a picture journal of your projects, information on how you actually create your pieces, industry news. It all depends upon what your goals are for your blog. Are you trying to build a circle of friends, or are you trying to get a book deal? Something in between?

Here are some articles that may help you to either nail down your goals, or to improve what you're already doing:

Rajesh Setty has written about the 9 ways people respond to your content online. It's really good to think this through if you are trying to build repeat visitors.

Craftzine reports on an e-book by Diane Gilleland called Creating a blog audience. Diane already has a book out called Making a Great Blog. You can find links to both on the Craftzine link.

A guest post on Problogger discusses 10 Little-known ways to get traffic to your blog.  Very helpful!

When you are feeling less than inspired, Alyson Stanfield's post Steal these blog post formulas may nudge you back in the direction of good writing. 

If you are interested in monetizing your blog, take a look at Problogger's One month crash guide to money blogging.  It's not everything you need to know, but it's a really good start to see if you are interested. 

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Anonymous said…
Awesome links! Thanks so much for gathering these, can't wait to read them!
sue said…
Thank you! I hope this is what I need to learn how to do this blogging! While most are already doing this, I am still back at old school: lotus 1-2-3; basic, fortran, etc. The http coding is something that I must learn. Just need to take the time; you simplified this process for us! Thanks again and we love your blog!
WindyRiver said…
Thank you for sharing this info - very useful!
Cyndi L said…
Sue, if you mastered all that computer stuff "back in the day", you can certainly create a killer blog! One piece and one post at a time :-)
How often do people thank the teacher for giving them so much homework?

Thanks, teach, I have my work cut out for me!
Mary Ann said…
Thanks for all those great links. I tend to ignore my blog for long spans of time and then go back to it. This makes me want to keep up with it.