Since I am new to blogging, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the subject and there is just so much information out there. For this week’s module, I am supposed to research best practices for blogging and describe how my industry employs those best practices. Well, I did research best practices and it seems like there are hundreds of articles on the subject, and most of those articles are written by bloggers! Go figure. Are these all industry experts? Am I an industry expert because I have a blog? Any Joe Schmoe can have a blog and call himself an expert. How do I determine whose best practices are the best, best practices?
Well, I ended up finding a few tips that weren’t on a blog that seemed worthy to share and one that was from a blog that I liked so I’ll share that too.
Here’s one- Ask questions and seek opinions (Jantsch, n.d.). As a recruiter, I really like this one. It’s what I do. I ask A LOT of questions. I feel like I interview everyone I meet. Ask my husband, that poor soul. Sometimes I ask so many questions when we’re watching a show that he finally has to say, “I just don’t know! Stop asking me so many questions!!” It’s kind of funny, actually. As you’re blogging, asking someone for their opinion and feedback is only going to enhance your content and open up the dialogue. So I give this one a major thumbs up.
Here’s another- Credit Your Sources ( Amber, 2014). Now this is obviously a common sense point. You want to give credit where credit is due and also make sure you’re not plagiarizing. Thumbs up on this one too.
This brings me to my third and favorite best practice. This one made me chuckle. It’s from The Tao of Twitter by Mark Schaefer. He’s obviously referring to a Twitter best practice but the same can be applied to blogs as well. He suggests that you Be Yourself. He said, “There is no reason you can’t be yourself, unless you are a naturally mean and sucky person. If you are in that category, you have to either not be mean and sucky or not use Twitter” (Schaefer, 2012). How true and funny is that? You can’t be mean and blog. Well, technically you can, but you probably won’t get that many followers, unless…. they’re also “mean and sucky”. I guess that if you find a lot of “mean and sucky” people to follow you, your blog could potentially be very successful. Hhmmm…Funny how some things can really make you think. Things that make you go, Hhmmm. (flashback to the early 90’s).
I think all of these tips should be employed by everyone and not just one particular industry. As I continue with my blog and research and learn from others, I’ll be sure to incorporate as many best practices as I can find and really try to not be “mean and sucky”. What are some of your favorite best practices you employ?
A. (2014, October 26). Blog Series | Blogging Etiquette and Best Practices ⋆ Forever Amber. Retrieved July 15, 2016, from http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/2014/10/blogging-etiquette-best-practises.html
Jantsch, J. (n.d.). Let’s Talk. Social Media For Small Business. Retrieved July 15, 2016, from https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/socialmediaforbusiness.pdf