Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The First "Ask Jac"--Best Practices for Blogging

The term BLOG is commonly used now a days and it seems as though everyone within my immediate circles and networks are Blogging . While I feel there is no real right or wrong way to blog, there are some helpful tips that can ensure you don't just waste space (or more importantly your time writing something that isn't of any interest or help to the public.)

My first "Ask Jac" question pertains to this. Aaron Mandelbaum from Sales Benchmark Index maintains a blog,

His question is as follows: "Do you know of a best practices for blogging reference point? Or even a blogger who discusses this kind of thing?"

My answer for Aaron and all of my fellow bloggers out there is:
  1. Before you Blog, do some research . I utilize particularly PROBLOGGER TIPS and COPYBLOGGER for tips on promoting my blog, organizing it, keeping up with best blogging practices as well as engaging my audience. As important as it is for you to write your blog, it also important to read up on the current "Blogspace" to ensure you wedge your way in then stay put and grow.
  2. Identify the purpose of your blog. What does your blog provide to the end user? It can be entertainment, it can be self-help or in my case, a mix of subject matter. However, you don't want to ramble. You want to have sticking power so that your blog is credible and gains popularity. Hone in on what you would like your blog to be about so that you have quality of content, not just quantity.
  3. Support other Bloggers. Read other blogs, follow other blogs. I have found that exploring other people's creativity and humor inspires my own. Also, the more support you give, the more likely you are to get support (and exposure in return.)
Be sure to check out Aaron's blog, you can contact him to learn all about his "Virtual Coffee" concept.

In the meantime, keep the "Ask Jac" questions coming!

I am excited to have this creative outlet and look forward to growing this blog in 2011. Feel free to follow me here, connect with me on Linkedin or become my friend on Twitter.

Signing off,
The Jaclyn of All Trades

***Photo of Jaclyn Mullen taken by Tiger Tiger Photography

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jaclyn - hello from a blast from the past! :) I'm just a few months into my attempt at blogging as sort of a precursor to a book idea I have. I am finally checking out your blog and love it. I plan to site some of your posts in mine as I talk about what I learn about writing, blogging, etc. Anyway, just wanted to say "hi" as well as congrats on your continuing creativity. I admire your artistic talents.
    Take very good care :)
    Sarah Plummer
    PS if you'd like to check out my blog, it's at