I know a lot of you (okay, most of you) (all right, all but a small handful of you, and that’s my final offer) are bloggers. And if you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for stuff to help improve your blogging skills.
Bloggers do this for so many reasons—for fun, for money, because they’re dedicated to a cause, because they love writing or want to be better writers—but most of us find that one of the great benefits is that bloggers are so incredibly friendly and helpful toward one another. We’re always trading ideas, thoughts, suggestions…and resources.
So for today’s Saturday List, I’ve found you 9 great websites that will help you: find inspiration, talk to your readers, make pretty pictures to enhance your words and make your blog look awesome, and deal with the ever-shifting world of social media. You’ll get hints on how to put Twitter and Facebook to better use, and who knows, you might learn a thing or three!
I’ve turned the sites into a clickable Listly list, so you can hop right on over to the bits that interest you.
And don’t forget: you can click on the little left-side arrows to vote your own favourites up or down; you can add comments; and you can suggest resources you like, that I might have overlooked. Keep in mind that this is just a tiny sample of the stuff that’s out there to help bloggers. I’d love to see your suggestions!
Hope you enjoy them—and I’ll look forward to any and all input.
Julie Deneen shares how she manages to keep all her juggling balls in the air--and Julie's got a lot of balls! Wait, that came out wrong. But she really is a busy lady, and a wonderful resource person for anyone who wants to get a handle on this blogging thing. IFTTT (If This Then That) is a site where you can set up "recipes" to help curate content to your social streams...without annoying your followers. Always a good idea.
The Blogging Betties are chock-full of excellent information, from "finding your social share stats" (say what?!) to blog monetization. You really want to check them out. Seriously, you do.
On Wednesday, June 11, Buffer kicked off a new weekly Twitter chat called #Bufferchat. I use Buffer to keep my social media under control, and I found the information from this chat invaluable. (If you have trouble keeping up with Twitter chats, try using the Tweetchat app to keep it all straight.)
I am a completely unabashed Canva fan. And the Canva blog is a fantastic resource for anyone who's interested in adding excellent graphics to their posts or social media shares. This article on "increasing conversions" with graphics is helpful, even if you're not sure what a "conversion" is (outside of religion or football, that is).
So you think you can Twitter? Sure, anyone can slap up a 140-word tweet...but there's more to it than squishing your thought into a tiny space. Passion Digital shows us how it's done!
You've been there. We've been there. That horribly moment when you think, "ACK!! MY BRAIN IS EMPTY!!" Copyblogger to the rescue, with a list of places where you can find stuff to write about. And if you really get stuck, there's always the old standby, the post about your cat(s).
Okay, I admit it. I wrote this. But if you're a blogger who's run up against Facebook's new sharing algorithm for its Pages, you'll want to know: there's a fix. It's quick, it's dirty, and it works...at least until they shift their algorithm again. So use this one while it's hot.
More from the Buffer blog. Yep, I love this blog. They're constantly sharing information that helps me hone my blogging and social media sharing skills, and their ideas are the kind you can put into action right here, right now.
Whether you blog on Wordpress.com or not, the Wordpress Daily Post has excellent tips for bloggers, along with prompts and ideas for those days when you can't think of anything to write.
Promoting a blog can be harder than writing it. Here's a checklist to help keep you on track!
Have a great weekend, and see you tomorrow for our weekly video roundup!