Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tips to Keep in Mind



The A to Z blogging challenge, April 1 - 30, is a blog hop I participated in last year. Precious Monsters was a new blog, and I figured joining the annual Blogging from A to Z would be good exposure for a new blog.

I was right. The process catapulted my blog to the next level, and today, my blog receives 8,000 hits a month and growing.

I strongly encourage anyone with a new blog to participate in the A to Z fun. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Keep it simple

Make your A to Z topics unique, but not too complicated. I remember last year when I read the blog posts. It's okay to tackle complicated topics, but don't write your posts in a complicated way. A to Z involves a heck of a lot of blogs. A person is not likely to stick with your blog post if it's complicated or if there is too much to read. There's a popular phrase out on the Internet now - "Ain't nobody got time for that."

Don't miss a day

From A to Z blogging involves a blog post for all 26 letters of the alphabet. If you miss a letter, or a day, try not to make it a habit. The hop is a great way for you to increase your readership AFTER A to Z is done. If everyone has come to your blog to read a blog post focused on the letter K, for example, but you haven't updated your blog since E, that sends a message that you're not consistent. People will quickly leave your blog, regardless of your other blog posts, to seek out the next K blog post.

Respond to your readers' comments

You're receiving comments for your A to Z posts, yet, you haven't acknowledged any of them. Even if a person does not come back to your blog to see if you saw the comment, no responses to comments at your blog gives the impression you don't care about the visitors who come to your blog. Unless you're a celebrity blogger with hundreds and hundreds of comments, take the time to acknowledge each and every one of your comments in your comment section. It's a great way to say "thanks." There are blogs I've visited where the owner never acknowledges any of the comments. I've either stopped visiting those blogs, or I don't visit as much. Writers tend to be very ME oriented. So take the focus off yourself and thank your readers.

Let the reader know some personal info about you

I need to work on this, and I'll try to do it more in the 2013 A to Z. Not every blog post has to be a personal one, but sneak in a few along the way so that your readers know you're a real person. My blog posts will focus on monsters, but along the way I'll write a couple of personal posts that correspond with whatever letter I'm using. After all, I'm a monster sometimes too. LOL!

So keep these tips in mind as you enter A to Z. Last year there were over a thousand people who signed-up to participate. This year there will be lots more. To be honest, I can't visit all of the blogs at the hop, but I will be reading as many posts as I can, and I hope to read yours!

The sign-up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2013 is open now.  (Precious Monsters is number #127)





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20 comments:

Dr. Theda said...

A Happy Valentines Day to you dear Lady Jolie...

Whole Foods Living said...

Great tips for new bloggers and seasoned veterans! Adding a personal touch and responding to comments is key! ~Angela

Jolie du Pre said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Jolie du Pre said...

I agree, and thanks for stopping by Angela!!

Tina said...

Awesome ad for us! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You're advice is spot-on. I only know of two bloggers on the planet who got to all 1700+ last year, and none of them were the co-hosts. They were magical beings of some sort...

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Arlee Bird said...

Very nice! You were right about being a good promoter for the A to Z. I'll link to this post on the post on the A to Z Blog on February 25th. In the meantime I've tweeted and Facebooked this.

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Jolie du Pre said...

Thanks Tina!

Jolie du Pre said...

Thanks Lee!!

Sean Rasmussen said...

Just visited the A-Z blog a few hours ago. I highly suggest this site for new bloggers out there! Keep up the good work!

Regards,
Sean Rasmussen

Jolie du Pre said...

Cool beans, and thanks!

michelle said...

Hi Jolie.
I'm popping in via the A to Z Challenge blog.
Nice to meet you fellow volunteer! *waving* I'm on Team Ninja Minions!
These are excellent tips!
A new follower via Networked blogs!

http://writer-in-transit.co.za/

J.L. Campbell said...

Hopped over from the A-Z blog. Good tips. Very nice to 'meet' you.

Jolie du Pre said...

Thanks Michelle! Followed you back.

Jolie du Pre said...

Nice to meet you too, J.L.!

Connie Gruning said...

I signed up and I'm busy working on my posts. This year is my first year it's a little (A lot!) intimidating! I think I'm ready!
New GFC follower to your blog.
Connie
Peanut Butter and Whine

Jolie du Pre said...

It's a lot of hard work, Connie, but it's worth it. Thanks for stopping by.

Marie said...

Hi Jolie. Thanks for stopping by my blog to leave a comment. This post is helpful, as it will be my first year with the A to Z Challenge. I knew I would like you when I read your post on the Liebster Award, and the following comment: "3. I strongly dislike racists, bigots, sexists, and homophobes." I'm totally with you on that! In fact, I could probably say that I discriminate against those kinds of people myself, but they deserve it!

Jolie du Pre said...

Hey Marie! Thanks for stopping by. You seem cool!

Rebeccah Giltrow said...

Hi. Just thought I'd stop by and give you a wave *wave* and wish you luck with the challenge. Some great tips there, especially the one about not making things too complicated. I couldn't agree more with that one :)

Jolie du Pre said...

Hey Rebeccah,

Yeah, for example, it's recommended to write posts beforehand, but I'm not. I prefer to write mine the day before each day. In other words, do what works for you and don't worry about what others do.