The following tips are re-printed, with permission, from BrandonACox.com…
- Write often. Daily if possible, but you’re bound to go through dry spells.
- Write well. Words are our tools, so use them wisely.
- Be open and honest about your life, but reserve some privacy too, especially for your family.
- Comment on issues, but don’t take up every issue – some hills aren’t worth dying on.
- Dialog and discuss. As Paul put it, open, allege, reason. A blog isn’t about shouting through a megaphone, it’s about discussing issues with a community.
- Accept comments that are respectfully written, even when they disagree.
- Write good, simple titles – search engines will love you for it.
- Link out often – the web is a… web. Point people in the right direction.
- Don’t do it for the money. Do it for the influence.
- Network. Read other blogs. Tweet.
- Speak to your people. My primary audience is my own church family, but I often address the world at large too.
- Respect privacy. I sometimes pass along prayer requests, but only when they are public knowledge.
- Be ethical. Don’t steal content or post photos without giving credit.
- Use WordPress. (I’m biased.)
- Have fun. Don’t turn it into another duty.
- Change the world. Simple enough, right?
Feel free to reach out to Brandon for advice on blogging, blog design, etc. It’s a hobby that borders on obsession, but it’s also opened some amazing doors to converse with all kinds of people about crucial life issues.