Thursday * April 24th 2014

Successful Blogging – Seven Great Tips!

Recently, I wrote about what I didn’t like to see when I read a blog.  Some folks were “spot on” and “got it,” while some naysayers made hit-and-run comments in the dark.  That’s OK, it’s all in a day in the blog-o-sphere.

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Many years ago I read a book by Judith Rossner entitled “August.”  It was about a troubled girl who had a psychotherapist who had problems of her own.  In the end, they both address their individual issues and lived happily ever after in the land of fiction.

However, I loved reading that every time the girl had something significant to say, the therapist would begin with “tell me.”

As a side note, the book was so very descriptive of Cape Cod, and began my “several summer” love affair when I was living in Indianapolis.

I’ve blogged now since 2006…

Heaven’s no, I’m no authority (so please no snarky flames), but I “do” know what I like and dislike.  So, for what it’s worth – here are my seven “thoughts” on how to be an engaging and interesting blogger.

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Everyone has a story that’s waiting to be told.  Think about what you have (want) to say.  Yes, some issues are very personal – but they’re part of our lives that we live.

Sometimes we just need to be affirmed by another human being.

I had a comment recently that had touched a man who had lost his teacher wife to a heart attack.  She blew the whistle to the school district superintendent and it backfired.  He needed someone to “listen to his story” and I did.  I wrote him a long response, and wish him release from his apparent pain.

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“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32, English Standard Version

If you’re an honest person, you are sometimes going to put unpopular truths out to the blog-o-sphere.  There are always people who don’t like/ignore the truth because…

  1. They have developed an affinity/relationship with someone and ignore the truth.
  2. They are blinded by what they “think” is a good, sincere person who is good at masking the truth and chooses to side with that person no matter what.  (Also know as Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire)
  3. They’re jealous because you are competent, pretty, successful, “__________”.  (Fill in the blank.)

Insecure people love to attack people as a blogger, person, or writer because they are well – insecure.

My advice – ignore them!  You know the truth and obviously they didn’t “do their homework” to find out the real details.  You don’t need (or want) petty and rude people in your life anyway.

Seriously!

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Don’t be afraid to “play with your blog” and add interesting content.  Granted, some folks are more talented than others and take great photos which compliment what they have to say.  Al from “The Bayfield Bunch” knows his photography and takes amazing photographs.  Mark from “Box Canyon Blog” does the same.  Al is great at sharing his expertise in photography with the blogging community at large.

Practice makes perfect!  Smile

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Life is often serious.  Adding a little humor to the mix can ease our daily burdens and help us walk with a smile.

Dave from “Going RV Way,” often puts a smile on my face with his sense of humor.  (My terrier-poo mix Cali and his Skruffy are distant cousins!)  Additionally, Al from “The Bayfield Bunch” always add “The Daily Groaner” to the end of his blog post.

It goes without saying that life is too short to be taken too seriously!

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How could you ever fault anyone for being honest and speaking what is true?  Recently, Mark at “Box Canyon Blog” spoke about his struggles with living in lovely Ouray, Colorado and “taking it to the road” full-time.

Needless, to say I identified…

Perri Iezzoni publishes  “Adventures in Tango with Kayak Hombre and Captain Frog.”  I’m a relatively new reader, but he always pulls me in with his eloquent writing style and thoughtful posts.  He’s the author of RoseRiver TangoRose which has been recently published and is available for purchase.  Perri is also a serious tanguero, and I look forward to dancing a lovely tanda with him when I’m in the Durango, Colorado area.

So, if on a daily basis if you’re “just” going to tell me where you next campsite is, or if your dog rolled in the water today, or how many folks bought stuff from your affiliate ads…  OK, you “get” it!

At least, I hope you do…

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OK, yes the “teacher in me” know it’s supposed to be I’m,” but I downloaded it from the Internet…

Be yourself.  Be quirky.  I LIKE quirky.

However, be honest.  Don’t lie, and don’t point the finger at someone if you’re doing something equally wrong.  God, the Universe, or Karma will eventually catch up with you – just sayin’…

God/the Universe/and deep down inside YOU know your truest heart!

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Blogging is a vehicle to enter into conversation and relationship.

Sometimes, the relationship seems to be one-sided and uncaring.

At times, people in the blog-o-sphere will e-mail and ask me information about another blogger.  If I absolutely am sure of the information I answer honestly.  If  not, I say so.

I visit and comment on many blogs.  I honor and respect the friendship/relationships I’ve made.  However, sometimes it seems like there is a “good old boy” network with people who have been in contact with one another for quite some time.

No matter how any comments I leave on those blogs, how friendly I try to be, etc… sometimes it’s a mute point.  No visits, no comments, and no relationship.

However, I’m gratified by the people that are “willing and able” to see through smoke screens and attempt to know me for the person I really am.  When someone paints themselves in a favorable light that is untrue it’s discouraging to say the least.  However, I KNOW who I am and the people are intelligent enough to discern “right from wrong,” and care about me are all the affirmation I really need.   Heart

So, tell me.  Pull up a chair and have some Coffee.  I’m always happy to develop and explore new friendships. 

Talk to me in the comments when you have time, and please put me on your blogroll.

I’ll do the same for you…  Rainbow

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  1. Sue bidniak CANADA says:

    nice post today and so very true..there are some out there in the blog o sphere who are sometimes not so nice! you said it well, as to what your blogging ideas are..keep on writing and we will keep on reading!

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Sue!

      Whoops, I think I got my comments mixed up and had another name when I wrote the original reply to your comment. Mea culpa!

      Thank you for your kind words, and I sincerely appreciate your comment and visit. Now if I just pay more attention to who I’m replying to!

      Thanks for stopping by… Smile
      Cheryl

  2. Gaelyn says:

    All excellent suggestions and you’re already on my blog roll.

    I read a Lot of blogs, and usually leave a comment but don’t expect all bloggers to read and comment back. Though I have to admit, I’ve made a whole bunch of great virtual blogger friends that has extended to face to face meetings. Always a good stroke to get comments and interaction.
    Gaelyn´s last blog post ..Yarnell Hill Fire takes lives of 19 firefighers

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Gaelyn,

      I appreciate your “blogging friendship.” and am sincerely jealous of the wonderful photos you’ve taken on your travels.

      The Yarnell fire has hit you personally – is your home base “gone?” Around this time last year I went on a hike near Glendale, Colorado. It was the anniversary of fourteen firefighters who lost their lives in the Storm Mountain fire. There were “hotshot teams” hiking the mountain as a memory to their brothers and sisters (Hotshots from Oregon) who lost their lives. It was a moving experience. May they rest in peace…

      Cheryl

  3. Dave UNITED STATES says:

    Dave blushes….thanks for the comment Cheryl. I might be able to put a smile on your face, and on others I hope, but don’t forget Al (aforementioned in your blog, Bayfleld Bunch) who makes you, me and I am sure others laugh with his “GROANER’S CORNER” section of his blog. Frankly, I am not sure how Kelly puts up with all the Blonde Jokes that her husband includes, on purpose I’m sure, in the Groaner’s Corner. Just the other day I went through Al’s blog and shared about twenty jokes with my dad, who found many of them very funny.

    Unfortunately, today’s blog, Prescott Mourns, only brings tears….but our nation has recovered from this type of tragedy before, and we will do it again in the future. Tomorrow is another day…. Dave (GoingRvWay.com)
    Dave´s last blog post ..Prescott Mourns

    • Desert Diva says:

      Aw Dave,

      You’re welcome – you ARE funny at times and bring a smile to my face. (Loved the picture of the dog “melting” on the rug.)

      Thanks for reminding me – I forgot Al’s “Groaner Corner” and updated the post. Smile

      Sometimes life is so sad. Almost a year ago to this day I hiked “Storm Mountain Memorial Trail” near Glenwood Springs, Colorado where a hotshot crew of fourteen lost their lives in 1994. It was the anniversary and other hotshot crews were doing the hike as a memorial to their fellow firefighters. It was a sobering event.

      In situations like this, all one can do is be thankful for the ultimate contribution of those who lost their lives, and pray for their families…

      Give some hugs and pats to the furry ones…
      Cheryl

  4. Merikay UNITED STATES says:

    Good advice. I am in a blog slump lately, mostly because we are hard at work on the house and my husband doesn’t want me to post about it. Says it might turn off a possible buyer or cause problems in the future.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Merikay,

      Thanks for your vote of confidence! Smile

      Getting a house ready to sell is definitely hard work. However, I hope your hard work pays off and you sell your home quickly and for the price your want.

      Don’t work TOO hard now…
      Cheryl

  5. Gracious, Miss Desert Diva
    Apparently my photos and angst are not wasted on you Smile
    Box Canyon Mark´s last blog post ..Bullion King, With Lisa and Hans…Then, Going Off On “Beautiful Day”

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Mark,

      Your photos aren’t wasted on anyone – they’re spectacular. As for angst – I’m experiencing the same. It’s good to know I’m not alone in my feelings, so thanks for sharing.

      I’ll be anxious to know how you come to a resolution of your feeling about going and staying…

      Take care,
      Cheryl

  6. You are totally correct about keeping our blog posts on the light and lively side of life but what many people fail to realize is this is a form of a diary. It’s a diary that we can look back on to see what we managed to achieve with our time even if it does occasionally become Mundane. Yes there are ways to inject a little humor even if you use a little shock therapy to accomplish it.

    As you also pointed out there are many people that wish they could be as active as we are even on our trying days because of health restrictions. Also there are the Nay Sayers who are totally capable of enjoying the RV Lifestyle but are too scared to give up the American Dream (Commercialism) Big home, multiple vehicles and all the toys rather than seeing natures beauty around us.

    Great Post. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.
    Rick and Kathy Rousseau´s last blog post ..Busy Rainy Day and Talking With Friends.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Rick and Kathy!

      You are exactly correct – it IS a diary. I’ve personally looked back to see where I’ve been, how far I’ve come, and to point me in the right direction to where I’m going.

      As for injecting humor, isn’t shock therapy a little painful! Wink

      Thanks for your kind words – I’m getting ready myself (after a host of RV issues) to venture out and enjoy adventures and nature.

      Thanks!
      Cheryl

  7. Carolyn says:

    Hi Cheryl, I added you to my blogroll as you requested on my blog… but I don’t see me on yours! lol?

    I think blogging is a personal thing. If someone wants to make money off it… then a lot more effort goes into their blog than just someone like me who TMI’s way too much. But that’s who I am and I started mine as a place to air my thoughts … had no idea that anyone would ever give a rat’s ass … It’s been two years as of June 20th.

    I love going back and reading where I was and what I was thinking. That’s why I blog. The readers are the proverbial icing on the cake. really amazes me.

    Some people just scan and will comment accordingly which shows that they just scan. ~!^

    I also like to comment on blogs where I just comment and don’t have to fill in word verification stuff or have to fill in my email address and all that stuff. When I see that, I usually just read and not comment.

    However, when someone comments on my blog, I will wade through the extra stuff to comment on theirs because I appreciate it. Word Press is soooooo tedious to comment on ~ especially from my iPhone.

    When I traveled non stop, I bookmarked my favorite blogs but didn’t comment much because it’s no fun doing so on that little tee tiny keyboard. I bought a bluetooth keyboard which helped tremendously. But you still have to contend with the tee tiny screen.

    So, the least amount of todoing with someone’s blog makes it easier to comment. One reason I won’t read someone’s blog is small font sizes and coloring. Neon writing on black background hurts these old eyes.

    If anyone wanted more readers … I would suggest no curly cue fonts and weird colors. man, that’s hard to read…. especially, again on iPhone or smart phone screens. But then if someone blogs for their own pleasure … do what ya want.. Wink

    And, I don’t blame you for waiting until after the Fourth! I was in Washington State last year … Mt. Vernon? think so. PNW was so cool both weather wise and stuff wise. I don’t do touristy stuff much anyway but when it’s a holiday time? … I really don’t go to the touristy things. I wait and do those when it’s of season.

    I’m a social kind of person but not a crowd type person… anxious to see where you go! some place cool, I bet … Wink
    Carolyn´s last blog post ..Happy New Month! half the year is gone… and it just got here

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      I’ve had to do some adding and deleting people to my blogroll and your addition was an oversight – thanks for calling my attention to it dearie!

      Your feelings about going back and reading are “right on the money” for me. It’s interesting and (worthwhile for me) to go back and see where I’ve been and where I’m going. I’ve learned a lot about myself that way.

      I don’t like crowds either, and am content to stay at home over the holiday. My plan is to travel up through Durango, Colorado and then make a beeline for the Oregon Coast. Smile

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Cheryl

  8. Rick Doyle CANADA says:

    I agree with you completely on the over-reporting of medical ills. A lot of bloggers go into more detail than even close family members want to know. It must be to encourage some kind of sympathy because I can’t think of any other reason to get so detailed.

    One thing I do watch out for on a blog is overly long posts. I try to remember when blogging that it’s just a ‘daily’ event and is not supposed to be a book. When a blog goes over 1,000 words I usually drift off to the ‘back button’.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Rick!

      I think we must have personal barometers of what is personal to us. Believe it or not, I have a genetic syndrome that I don’t share to the world at large. However, a few years back when I broke my right wrist I was depressed and traumatized.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/56918103@N00/2433245712

      Thanks for the suggestion of the “over 1,000 words.” If that happens, I’ll shorten and/or split up the content.

      Thanks for stopping by… Smile
      Cheryl

  9. Thanks for the mention Cheryl. Blogging about blogging can be a sticky bit of business at times but I have found the majority of readers & fellow Bloggers are understanding to the trials & tribulations Bloggers face. Each individual has their own reasons for why they write the way they do or what it is they chose to write about. Each one of us sets our blogs up in ways that are appealing to us. Some post their thoughts & feelings. Others give running accounts of their days. Some philosophize, some criticize & it is all those human traits at the end of the day which make us who we are to others. My reasons for blogging have changed over the years & every once & awhile I get into those reasons in my posts. For me it’s not the length of a post, it’s the content. I have a tendency to express my thoughts & feelings honestly & that is what I look for in others. At one time I read many blogs & left many comments, but that too has changed. For whatever personal reasons each one of us has we are all at different stages in our lives & depending on what stage we are at our blogs again reflect that to others. Keep up the good posts Cheryl & allow you & your blog to evolve together with your thoughts………….
    AL FROM THE BAYFIELD BUNCHBig Smile´s last blog post ..REMEMBERING YARNELL ARIZONA

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Al,

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. I look for honesty and sincerity in others also. Thanks for the encouragement – I have a great mentor in you…

      Cheryl

  10. Lynn says:

    Blogging is a lot of work. So when someone takes the time to blog everyday, I am always amazed. I do agree that it takes a bit of experience to develop an interesting blog. I tend to read many different kinds of blogs, not just RV blogs. The ones I read usually involve someone traveling or living in another country. I just finished a blog about a woman that bought an old house in Portugal and was refurbishing it herself. Wow, that was really interesting but she was also an excellent writer and photographer and I loved watching her house change and develop.

    Blogging should be fun for both the writer and the reader.
    Lynn´s last blog post ..RV School – Part 1

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Lynn,

      Please don’t tell me you live in Italy. If so, I’m extremely jealous. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your comments and observations. I hope you’ll come back again!

      Cheryl

  11. cozygirl says:

    Do you create the comic style artwork on your blogs? Just curious and had a thought to add some drawings as I journal on the road? My blog has mostly been about the planning and WAITING. But soon I can transfer over to travel, be free and have more time to find my direction, and offer more on road travel and all that’s it’s cracked up to be, from my perspective. As well as my personal journal for family and friends.

    • Desert Diva says:

      I wish I were creative enough to create interesting artwork, but I just alter non-copyrighted work to fit my needs. I do like what I call “glamming up” by blog, and try to make the content as well as the visual aspect interesting.

      I’m going to put you on my blogroll so I can see your posts and look forward to your being “on the road.”

  12. Judy UNITED STATES says:

    I think it also has to do with why a person blogs in the first place. Me?, it’s my journal of my travels. Instead of putting it on paper, I put it out there with notes and pictures. Then my family, friends, etc., can see where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Along the way, others have “found” my blog and tapped into it. But in the end, my blog is for me and no one else. It’s something I can come back to later and refresh my memories of that time.
    Judy´s last blog post ..A week with the Grandkids

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Judy!

      I’m so glad you came to visit and comment. Where are you and Max this summer?

      You’re right, the first reason one should blog is for themselves. However, it’s nice to meet new people and form new friends.

      Take care, and I hope you’re enjoying your summer! Smile

  13. Sheila UNITED STATES says:

    Cheryl, I had posted a response on my blog to one of your comments asking if you still blogged. For whatever reason I had reached one of your pages that had a 2011 date and wondered if your were still writing. Well, this morning I followed a link from Wheeling It and found your lovely blog. You four-legged best friend looks adorable! They sure make the best traveling companion don’t they?

    I enjoyed reading this post and the comments. I started my blog almost a year ago just to see if I could and wanted to use it as a vehicle of expression. For me personally this is a first and I have found I truly enjoy it.

    I have found similar experiences with leaving posts on blogs with like hobbies, like interests, etc.mostly without a response.

    Sheila

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