Blogging Insights

Dr. Tanya hosts this weekly: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/blogging-insights-60-organising-your-blog/

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

How organised are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear? I used to have a sort of schedule. My mornings are usually the same…wake up, let the dog out, feed the dog, feed the guinea pigs, make coffee, then sit and blog. Most recently I have been sitting down to make miniatures before blogging, which has left me a little out of the loop. I went to bed last night telling myself that I would blog before anything else today. It feels good. Almost like I am at work with my coworkers…My WP Coworkers!

How often do you’ tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links etc.? I don’t really go through my drafts folder and all that because most of my blog posts either get posted or go directly to trash. Right now, I do have some items to sort through, but the only reason to do it now is because it has been brought up. Every other week maybe I go through and try to put posts under the correct headings in my menu. I figure that way if I want to find something I just click on the category, and voila! Other than that I try to keep things neat all the time. I can say that I finally found a “theme” that I actually like. Not sure how long that will last. Usually six months and I am ready for something new. I have wanted to ask people..Is there an easier way than going into “customize”, etc. to move posts under their related categories? I do put the tags and all that, but I have to manually move them if I want them to pop up when I click on the menu.

Blogging Insights # 58 — Family and Friends

Check out Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/blogging-insights-58-family-and-friends/

TODAY’S QUESTIONS:

How supportive are your family(or friends) of your blog? I think that most people, friends and family, support my blogging. I appreciate when people make some acknowledgement that they have read something. I sometimes see that someone “likes” a post that has gone directly to Facebook or one of the other sites, and I am surprised that it was read or seen. I do know there are a handful of friends and family that never check out my blog and that bothers me a little because I feel like they don’t really care to look. But, that being said, I don’t know how often I would even expect someone to check it out. If they aren’t interested, then I understand that.

Do they do anything to help with your blogging efforts? I don’t think that I really ask for any help. Once in a while I will appreciate someone sharing something that I hadn’t expected.

Do they read your work and offer a critique, if so, how do you react to it? I know that David reads most of my blogging. He doesn’t really critique as much as just lets me know which posts he really liked. If I make any errors he will gently let me know. I love feedback. I also don’t blog to impress anyone so I don’t necessarily worry about what other people think.

©2020 CBialczak

Blogging Insights #54

Find this at https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/blogging-insights-54-evergreen-vs-topical-content/

TODAY’S QUESTIONS:

Evergreen or Topical content, which do you prefer writing? I think I like both. I believe there are things that if they have a deep meaning for me, if they are “evergreen” then they may help someone someday, it doesn’t have to be immediate. I also like topical content for two reasons. The first is because some things are time relevant and lose their importance. The other reason is sometimes posts are just for fun or only fit that moment, no need to drag it out. If I had to pick one or the other I would pick evergreen because I like to think that I write things that may help someone down the road as well as today.

Which do you write most often? I think I write both equally. Many of the challenges are topical as are some of my “From my desk” posts. On the other hand I have written about losing my son and have written poetry regarding my feelings that I don’t want to go away. Maybe one day someone who is hurting will run across what I have written and they won’t feel so alone after seeing what I have also been through.

Which of these adds more value or engagement to your blog? Again, they both add different types of value. Topical content is fun or moving, it may be relevant to something that is going on right now. Topical content can also be just writing and not have a specific purpose, just recreational pastime stuff. On the other hand, evergreen content may have more information that is more universal to help more people than just a small group. This type of writing seems for me, to be backed by facts or have just such a topic that people may always relate.

©2020 CBialczak

Blogging Insights

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya has turned to Sadje, of Keep It Alive, for the questions. Sadje has asked these questions:(https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/blogging-insights-51-blogging-etiquette-questions-from-sadje/)

How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while.
I think saying thank you can be the end. A lot of times when people thank me or say you are welcome I “like” the comment so that I am acknowledging that I received it. It is awkward sometimes because you don’t know what the other person is expecting. Do they want you to say “you’re welcome”? Does it have to be the same with every blogger or every post?
I think another part that gets tricky is when you say that you enjoyed someone’s writing but you don’t necessarily have a specific comment. I sometimes think, “Do they believe that I really read their post?” I guess what it all comes down to is getting to know the people you correspond with and what they either expect or would appreciate.

What is the acceptable protocol for reblogging?
I think reblogging is a great idea when you want to share something that someone else has posted. My biggest problem is that I think many times, even though I put a comment before reblogging, that people think the post is mine. I don’t know if they don’t notice it was reblogged. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want the original blogger to think I am taking credit for their work.

What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment?
I don’t necessarily mind if people do or do not respond to my comments, unless it is a question. I think sometimes people have a limited amount of time to blog and you go through and read the comments but if you responded to each separately, you would get no actual blogging done on your end. I continue to comment on future things but not over and over about the same post.

Award posts: these are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation?
My biggest question is where do they come from? and are they real? What I mean is, I have gotten nominated before and it is a nice gesture but it seems more like a chain-letter type of situation. You acknowledge who nominated you, then you nominate 10 more. Does anyone ever win? What do you win (I don’t mean real prizes – more like recognition) ? Do you get something to put on your blog to acknowledge you won?
Defined broadly as messages designed to be passed on for alternatively self-serving, altruistic or nefarious purposes, chain letters have taken an array of forms over the centuries. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarizing mode of communication is enjoying a renaissance, with individuals stuck at home forwarding recipe chains, inspirational quotes, photo challenges and other ostensibly comforting prompts to their friends and family.Still, even seemingly benign chains come with a catch. As one popular recipe exchange warns, “Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas.” The implication is clear: Participation—while not required—is strongly suggested. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chain-letters-swept-internet-they-raised-funds-orphans-and-conveyed-messages-god-180975005/

©2020 CBialczak

Blogging Insights # 50 Distraction

Dr. Tanya from Salted Caramel wants to know – What distracts you from blogging? Apart from family and work (unless yours is a business blogwhat factors or forces prevent you from creating content? https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/12/blogging-insights-50-distraction/

My biggest distraction is wanting to do so many different things that I sometimes get preoccupied.

What are these things that I do?

Miniatures: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/StineWriting/tools/listings/876245229
https://christinebialczak.com/2020/08/21/welcome-to-santorini-island/(opens in a new tab)

Journals: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/StineWriting/tools/listings/815853473
https://christinebialczak.com/2020/07/30/handbound-journals-on-etsy/

Drawing: https://christinebialczak.com/2020/09/22/practice-practice-practice/(opens in a new tab)

Writing: http://amazon.com/author/christinebialczak

Blogging Insights 43 # Inspiring Others

TODAY’S QUESTION: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/blogging-insights-43-inspiring-others/

How do you think a blogger can inspire others in the blogosphere?
I think the best inspiration is commenting on someone’s post, whether it is to talk about the subject of the post or the way it is written. When one gets a comment it gives you more inspiration to do it again. It is hard to keep the enthusiasm when you write and the feel like no one is looking at your work. That is what blogging is for, right? Showcasing interests and talents, connecting with others through common hobbies or goals?
I don’t think it is necessary to “like” everything you read but it is important to let the bloggers know that you are reading their work. Something made it catch your eye. You don’t have to say that you love it, you can comment on the topic in common or about an experience you had that they may be familiar with.

I think blogging is about connecting with others. If it wasn’t we would all walk around with a pad of paper or Word documents on the computer. People like to share the things they feel they did well. Acknowledging the effort is such an uplifting gesture!

Questions from: Blogging Insights — Sizing Up Your Blog

For: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/03/09/blogging-insights-20-long-form-vs-short-form-content/

1. Do you prefer writing long form or short form content? 

I prefer to write in a short form content. I find that when I start explaining too much or going into a topic too deeply, I run the risk of boring someone and/or divulging more information than originally planned.  

2. How long, in your opinion, is the ideal blog post? 

The ideal post can be any amount of words, I think some of it is the visual layout and spacial layout. If a post is just one long piece with no interruption it looks too wordy for someone to bother with. I think people read blogs to find connections. If you must read through an entire article to find the topic, you’ll lose people. I think that if someone shows interest then that might be a good time to elaborate further.  

3. What do you prefer reading, shorter or longer posts? 

I prefer shorter posts, however that being said, if the post has enough in it to keep my attention, I will read it no matter what it is about. Some people can get right to the topic, whereas, others drag it out. Unfortunately, blogging and suspense don’t work for me.  

4. What are the topics on which you would like to read longer posts (say, more than 1000 words)? 

I have read longer posts on topics that are more universal rather than personal. I think there are a lot of ways people can connect and through blogging, you are given an anonymous place to do so. I like to hear stories about real events, things that people have experienced.  

For: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/03/09/blogging-insights-20-long-form-vs-short-form-content/