BDK’s advise for blog credPosted: October 9, 2008
I am still a newbie in blogging, especially about chess. So i was pleasantly surprised to find the entry “getting-people-to-read-your-blog” in the archives of the superb blog of Blue Devil Knight. With that entry he launched a new fashion two word namely blog cred. The funny thing is that after a few hours BDK was already tired of his own created fashion two word: “I’m already starting to get sick of the term ‘blog cred.’ And I was so excited about it at first”.
In this entry our beloved and highly appreciated chess blogger BDK gives 8 points to get people to your blog. I will list them all and will comment those that i want more explanation on, want to know your thoughts. So lets get started.
“1. Be patient. It will take a few months, most likely, to get to levels of readership you want.”
A blogger does it indeed to get comments on what he has written. Otherwise he could just keep a paper journal or diary. But i am not sure if its good to go for a big pool of commentators. Afterall one wants insightfull and explanatory comments on how other people see what you have written down. So for a specialized blog, for example about chess, many commentators i dont find usefull, 15 to 20 people, with the same intrests as you, who write down their thoughts on what you have written down is more then enough in my eyes.
“2. Post frequently. At least once a week. Of course, if you have nothing to say, don’t publish scat (see #3).”
I agree that one must post frequently will one be able to have a blog where people return to after the first few visits. Afterall, a blog that isn’t updated at a regular interval will lose visitors and eventually will be described/declared death.
“3.Provide consistently good content. It will get you noticed. In an ideal world, this would be number 1. “
I wonder what ‘good content’ is. Afterall what one finds good another one finds complete garbage. So could somebody give me the definition of what good content is, especially chesswise.
“4. Let people know about you, but not with the pathetic ‘Hey check out my new blog; hey why didn’t you cross link to me?’ Rather, post helpful comments at well-established blogs, comments that make people want to find out who you are.”
True, if you are invisible people will not come look for you. You have to knock on the door and hope they let you in.
“5. Do something original that involves other people. Review other blogs. Post about other blogs. The first-and-only axiom of blogger-psychology is bloggers are pathologically narcissistic.”
“6. Respond promptly to comments. When someone posts a comment on your blog, especially a substantive comment that obviously took some time to write, respond quickly. Don’t wait two days, as it will be taken as a snub.”
I agree but then there are people like me who dont have internet in the weekend so if somebody comments they will have to wait a few days to get a response and that has nothing to do with the owner of the blog being snub. But all by all one must respond as quickly as possible so that the commentator knows his effort of leaving a comment was appreciated by the blog owner.
“7. Don’t have intrusive ads. Nobody is reading your blog anyway. Consider putting in ads once you get more than 500 readers a day.”
To many clicks of the mouse to get to the real stuff makes most people click on the red x in the right hand corner real quick. Adds, using to much color and other fancy things that makes the blog hard to load and let the reader have to organize a search to the content that matters makes visitors put a cross over your blog and they will not visit again. The content, for which the reader visited the blog in the first place, must be easy accessable.
“8. Submit your best material to carnivals. If the entries are good, the well-established bloggers will see this, and bring you into the loop, where we want you anyway. “
I know of the carnival of Rio in Brazil but a blog carnival? What is that? A blog in Halloween style?
That’s it. I hope i will get some excitment comments that will let me learn much more about this thing that we call blogging. See you all after the weekend which for me is OTB chess time!