10 Tips for Writing a Daily Blog

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I started writing this blog on March 20th 2017.

I’d set myself the challenge of writing a blogpost every day about something that interested me to do with gardening, healthy eating, books, music and history.

After my cancer diagnosis I stopped writing the blog for a while but resumed on November 3rd 2017. I’d found that my chemotherapy left me mentally alert but physically exhausted for several days; I needed things to do that would occupy my mind while confined to the sofa.

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I’ve posted every day since November 3rd last year although some posts have been short and few have been more than 500 words.

I really enjoy researching and writing my blogposts. Receiving views, likes and comments is a real bonus and I thank anyone who’s read any of my posts and especially readers who’ve liked and commented. My blog averages 30 – 40 views each day but what really pleases me is that each day some visitors read several posts. And a very select group of readers – and you know who you are – read my posts every day. And I thank you for your support and encouragement.

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Here are my Ten Top Tips for anyone planning to write a daily blog.

  1. Decide what you’re going to write about and stick to it.
  2. If you start to struggle to create content, extend your topic areas.
  3. Write a monthly blog plan.
  4. Post at the same time every day. This is discipline for you and your readers know when to expect your post to be available. I post at 10.30am every day which gives me time to write a post in the morning if I haven’t prepared in advance.
  5. Use the scheduler.
  6. Prepare a few posts in advance that you can use if you’re feeling under the weather or for those times when you need thirty six hours in every day.
  7. Collect ideas for posts. I use post-its and stick them onto my monthly planner and move them around as my ideas evolve.
  8. Reply to comments. According to this fascinating article there are way over 440 million blogs in the world. If someone actually reads one of your posts and is so engaged they leave a comment, they deserve a response.
  9. Be delighted if readers stay on your blog and read several posts. 8 visitors who read 46 pages are showing better engagement than 100 visitors who read 1 page each.
  10. Enjoy writing your blogposts. If it becomes a chore, stop and post once or twice a week until you get back into it. Unless you’re writing for profit and it’s your day-job; in which case grab another coffee and get on with it – you’re at work!
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Thanks for reading my blog today.

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How does your blog or website look on different devices?

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How disappointing

when after all your hard work crafting a new blogpost or improving your website you realise that it doesn’t look so good on a device different to the one you used for its creation.

I read somewhere

that over half of all published blogposts are read on mobile phones so you really need to ensure that you’ve enabled the mobile phone version of your blog or website.

I use

Blogger blogs

WordPress blogs

and Weebly websites.

This is what I’ve discovered.

Blogger Blogs

You need to go to
Theme and enable the mobile version offered at the top of the page in addition to the web version.
But did you know that on an Apple iPad the web version is the one displayed? At least it is on my iPad Mini. And the web version is very difficult to read and navigate on such a small screen.
Also, with the mobile phone version of Blogger you lose all your sidebars so any useful information you’ve got in the sidebar of the web version isn’t displayed.
If you’ve enabled a Google Plus profile in the sidebar this is displayed below your blogposts but that seems to be the only gadget included with the mobile version.
You might need to review the information you’re trying to share via the sidebar and have a re-think if potentially over half your readers aren’t getting that info.

WordPress Blogs

To enable the mobile version of your WordPress Blog go to
your Admin Dashboard
Appearance
Mobile
Enable mobile theme.
However this version doesn’t display any of your sidebar information either.
On your mobile phone, if you go to the web version the sidebar gadgets are displayed after all the blogposts so a great deal of scrolling is needed to get to them.
Again, you might need to think again about any important information in your sidebar which your readers could be missing.
The iPad displays the sidebar gadgets after the blogposts too.

Weebly Websites

On Weebly websites the home page seems to be displayed the same on all devices except that the pages that are clearly visible in the menu bar on the PC version go into a dropdown menu on the mobile phone and iPad versions. This could necessitate a re-think about what’s on your landing page to point your readers in the direction you want them to go.

It’s well worth checking the appearance of your blog or website on all devices to ensure you’ve maximised all your opportunities to capture your audience!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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5 great websites to help improve your headline writing skills.

There’s no doubt that if you want to catch more readers for your blog you have to write great headlines for the posts.

Well, I’ve been trying to improve my headline writing skills and have found these websites very helpful.

How to Write Catchy Headlines and Blog Titles Your Readers Can’t Resist is an 8 minute read from Hubspot filled with fascinating insights and practical advice.

Marko Saric of the How To Make My Blog website has loads of advice and some really useful infographics on this page: How To Write Catchy Blog Post Headlines.

5 Easy Tricks to Help You Write Catchy Headlines by Jeff Goins is a quick read which includes two useful word lists and a simple headline writing formula.

This guest post by Nick Marquet for the Grammarly Blog includes a link to a really fun website: Portent’s Content Idea Generator which throws up some unusual and occasionally hilarious headlines and ideas for content.

And in The Ultimate Guide to Writing More Effective Headlines, Lilach Bullock generously offers several lists of useful headline suggestions.

When I searched “how to write headlines”, Google offered 36 million responses. I think these five websites are enough for now. When I’ve put all the advice into practice hopefully my blog traffic will go into the stratosphere!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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Well, here we are again!

A few months ago I published my final post on this blog and signed off.

I’d been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t think there was any way I could sustain a daily blog.

My cancer treatment is palliative and I didn’t think I would be around for too much longer to be writing blog posts or anything else for that matter.

I decided to try and keep my Cabbage and Semolina Blog going for as long as I was able and I’ve been writing a long blogpost each month since my diagnosis.

However, I’m now in a chemotherapy regime which requires me to rest regularly and I find myself with an active mind, a weary body and time on my hands. So, I’ve come back to 3sixtyfiveblog and am going to continue with the challenge I set myself on March 20th 2017 and try to write a daily blog for a year.

I’m learning to live with cancer and I suspect many of my future posts will be about these changes in my  life. But I haven’t lost interest in all the other aspects of life in my third age bubble so there’ll be more of that too. So, I do hope you’ll keep coming back to see if I can keep up with my daily blog challenge.

Thanks for reading today and hope you have a great weekend.

You might also like Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining on Cabbage and Semolina Blog.

How many words in a blogpost? And after extensive research, the jury’s still out!

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As you may have noticed some of my blogposts are not very long.

Some might even call them short.

But is that a problem?

Well, it is for some experts. I’ve been reading several blogs recently which offer advice on the best word count for blogposts.

There seems to be general agreement that a blogpost should have at least 300 words and after that opinions are mixed.

This helpful blogpost from Joe Bunting offers the pros and cons for writing blogposts of various lengths ranging from a couple of hundred words to a word count of more than two thousand.

Another interesting piece is Why 3000+ word blogposts get more traffic  which is stuffed with reasons to write long (very long!!) blogposts and advice how to set about doing it.

Although written a couple of years ago, I particularly like this blogpost from Hubspot.com. In a nutshell the advice is to write what you need to say what you want. The writer references a college professor’s response to  a student question about the length of a coursework paper. “As long as it needs to be”. That was the advice given decades ago when I was studying and I think it remains good to this day.

Of course, there’s a huge difference between those who are blogging commercially and hobby bloggers like myself. Sometimes people read my blogposts and quite often they don’t. (Well, if Google Analytics is correct, they don’t!) Obviously I’d prefer someone to read my efforts but I don’t have to meet any readership targets as presumably is expected of professional bloggers. I don’t have any advertisers seeking multiple hits on their websites and an increase in their products’ sales as a consequence of appearing on my blog.

When I started writing this blog I hadn’t realised that lifestyle bloggers actually give up their day jobs because they can make so much cash from their blogging. Hmmm. Nice work!

So, to answer my own question: how many words in a blogpost?

  1. My priority will continue to be to write as many words as are needed to say what I want to say.
  2. I’m going to try and write a long-form blogpost occasionally to see if I can.
  3. My target when I started this blog was to write a post everyday. So far, I’ve more or less managed to stick with this. But some days I’m really pushed for time so, of necessity, my blogposts will have to be short (very short) on those days. My frequency of posting target is more important to me than conforming to the best practice norms of professional bloggers.
  4. I write because I love writing and now I have time to do just that. And that’s that!

I found out something very interesting the other day.

Being ranked 9,783,626th is an achievement!

If you install a Google extension called Alexa Traffic Rank you can find out the ranking of a blog / website compared with all the others.

The top ranked are sites like Facebook, Amazon, etc and the rankings gradually go down to about 9,783,626th. And that is an achievement because after that come all the blogs / websites that don’t get a ranking at all.

I’ve been amazed at how many blogs I follow written by people I “know” on Twitter which don’t get a ranking. This was very heartening because my blogs / websites don’t get a ranking either. As I said, my Google Analytics only shows on average about 10 visitors daily to each blog so I wasn’t surprised that Alexa didn’t recognise me.

The websites I referred to earlier in this piece all received good rankings as you would expect as they’re clearly in the business of offering serious advice to the professional blogging community.

If you want to get the Alexa Traffic Rank extension go into the Manager part of your Google Chrome browser > Extensions and look for Alexa. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to download. I expect it harvests loads of personal data whenever you use it but it’s very informative and interesting.

Well, if you’re still here you’ve read almost 700 words. So thank you for being interested and hope you find something else you’d like to read here on my 3sixtyfive lifestyle blog!

Hope you had a great weekend.

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If you’ve read my About page you’ll know why  I’m writing this blog.

I’m talking to my friend in the coffee shop and …….. you!

I’ve passed two milestones: 5 Likes and 10 posts!

And acquired two followers.

Today I’m going to tell you about their blogs because they’re both really interesting.

The first is Flash 365

Obviously, I’m interested in anyone who is trying to write a daily post and these look good. Each blogpost is an example of flash fiction headed with a striking illustration. I read Waiting for a Kill and emailed the link to my husband and sister. My husband emailed the link to his friend as well. I’m looking forward to reading some more on this blog.

The second blog is Darly – Lifestyle Blog

which is way outside my age-range but I enjoyed reading it anyway especially The Walk in Madrid . I’ve never been to Madrid so it was interesting to see some of the places visited by the blogger.

I told you I enjoy writing my blogs but I love reading blogs written by others too. Problem: I also like reading books and on-line News. There is not enough time in each day to read everything I want to read and  write everything I want to write.

Must dash – got a lawn needing cutting!

Thanks for stopping by today. You might also like Stately Homes in Fiction and Films posted today on one of my other blogs.

Have you checked the appearance of your blog on different devices?

How disappointing

if after all your hard work crafting a new blogpost you find that it doesn’t look so good on a different device to the one you used for its creation.

I read somewhere that over half of all published blogposts are read on mobile phones so you really need to ensure that you’ve enabled the mobile phone version of your blog.

As well as WordPress I use Blogger and Weebly for blog writing and this is what I’ve discovered.

Blogger

On an Apple iPad the web version of Blogger is what’s displayed.
At least it is on my iPad Mini. And the web version is very difficult to read and navigate on such a small screen.
With the mobile phone version of Blogger you appear to lose all your sidebars so any useful information you’ve got in the sidebar of the web version isn’t displayed.
If you’ve enabled a Google Plus profile in the sidebar this is displayed below your blogposts but that seems to be the only gadget included with the mobile version.
You might need to review the information you’re trying to share via the sidebar and have a re-think if potentially over half your readers aren’t getting that info.

WordPress

The mobile version doesn’t appear to display any of your sidebar information.
On your mobile phone, if you go to the web version the sidebar gadgets are displayed after all the blogposts so a great deal of scrolling is needed to get to them.
Again, you might need to think again about any important information in your sidebar which your readers could be missing.
The iPad displays the sidebar gadgets after the blogposts too.

Weebly

On Weebly the home page seems to be displayed the same on all devices;
except that the pages that are clearly visible in the menu bar on the PC version go into a dropdown menu on the mobile phone and iPad versions.
This could necessitate a re-think about what’s on your landing page to point your readers in the direction you want them to go.

It’s well worth checking the appearance of your blog on all devices to ensure it’s presenting exactly how you want it to!