Here are a few more blogging tips I've been thinking about lately. They are just my opinion and what I have seen work for me and others...
1) It's not uncommon for all writers to lose touch with why they write. Reminding yourself why you write/blog will help you retain your focus and keep you going, even when you might have writers block. Take a moment and mentally jot down why you do what you do. Let it inspire you.Why do you blog? Is it to connect with other moms? Is it to promote your business? Is it to chronicle the life of your family and keeping an online journal of your activities? Is it to make money? For some of you it might be just one of these reasons. For others, it might be all of them.
2) Try to include an image in every post. People like to look at pictures. They just do. The photo doesn't have to always be on topic, but it needs to be close. When I don't have a photo of my own to use, I use the photos from Flickr's Creative Commons. There are some incredible photographers out there, sharing their photos. Be sure to give the photographer credit (usually in the form of a link to the photo stream).
3)Don't apologize for absences/lack of posting. Well, I take that back. It's okay to apologize. It's better to inform your readers ahead of time that you'll be away from the blogosphere for awhile. For a well written example, read Rocks In My Dryer. Leave. Rest. And tell your readers when you'll be back.
4) Try not to combine a lot of activities/topics in one post. I know many of you do this and for the most part it's not a big deal. I don't mind reading Muffin Tin Monday posts that include a super cute activity, but typically I only link to posts that have one fun activity or idea per post. I will often do two separate posts in one day, rather than combine the info into one post.
5) Stay away from the Mama Drama. Don't start it. Don't comment on it. Even if what you have to say is valid. Support other moms through positive encouragement.