What You Could Do To Make Your Blog Outstanding

So you have purchased your own domain name, subscribed to a web hosting package, and have WordPress up and running.

You then began to write your posts and publishing them for the whole world to see. You began to get some drive by comments, and saying to yourself, “Yes! I’m being read!”. Soon, you have a few people who are regularly commenting on your blog.

Now how do you make your blog stand out more and increase readership?

Mingle With The Crowd

Quite a lot of those who comment on blog posts are themselves bloggers. Every now and then, visit their blogs in return.

If you have something meaningful to contribute in the topic(s) being discussed in a particular post; do it! You know you’d like it if someone commented on your posts… so why not do the same?

If there’s someone who provides meaningful insights in his comments in your blog, why not include his blog in your blogroll? If you really like what he writes about there, why not subscribe to his feeds?

Surely you’d like your blog to be linked and subscribed to… well, in order to get some loving, you need to give some too.

Improve Your Command Of Language

Regardless of the language you use in your blog, you should always put in effort to improve your command of that language.

Brush up on your spelling, grammar and general language usage skills. Diversify your writing style and don’t be afraid to experiment linguistically.

Remember that blogging is a text-intensive communication medium; if people can’t understand what you’re trying to communicate to them, chances are, they won’t return to your blog… and losing readership is one thing you should avoid.

Add A Dash Of Multimedia

Even if your blog’s content consist mainly of text, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore visuals completely. Every now and then, add some images to your posts if they can help drive the message home.

You don’t need to be an expert in photography or CGI to spice up your posts with images. Resources such as Flickr and stock.xchng would be useful first stops when you’re hunting for images to be used in your posts. Just be sure that you understand the licensing terms of your chosen images.

Getting acquainted with an image editing software would be beneficial as well. At the very least you could perform some minor touchups to your images as well as do basic functions such as resizing, cropping and rotating them.

Some people like to ember videos in their posts, personally I’m not really keen on this idea. If I were to share an interesting video I found in YouTube or VideoJug, I’d prefer to link to the video rather than embed it in my posts.

Get Under The Hood Once In A While

Not many people really understand how their blog works. For example, WordPress has an excellent array of plugins and themes available for anyone to wants to extend the looks as well as functions of their blogs.

However, quite a number of themes and plugins will require the user to perform minor modifications in some files in order to make it work properly. Some people get intimidated by this, and will abandon the endeavour completely.

I understand that XHTML, CSS and PHP might look scary for the unfamiliar. Believe me, I’ve gone through that phase too myself. However, when I really needed a plugin to work and found that there are no other worthy alternatives, like it or not, I must get my hands dirty.

Same thing with themes; sometimes a theme is almost perfect… but there’s just one or two things that irritate you quite a bit and you start thinking; “Now if only I know how to change this to…”.

Now don’t get me wrong; programming skills are definitely not a requirement to have an outstanding blog. A huge majority of top bloggers haven’t written a line of code in their life.

I’m merely saying that if you have the basic tweaking skills, it’ll definitely help you understand your blogging “engine” a bit more. Just like basic mechanical skills might help you to change a dead battery or flat tyre on your car.

Teach And Learn

There’s a saying by Confucius that goes:

Tell me and I forget,
Show me and I see,
Involve me and I understand

One thing that I’ve learned is that if you keep what you’ve learned to yourself, you’ll just know something. However, if you teach others, then you’ll master what you’ve learned.

Teaching others is actually more beneficial to the teacher rather than the “students”. Therefore, if you learn something new, don’t forget to spread this knowledge. What better platform to do this than blogging?

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. By the time you’re reading this, I’d be on my way to Malacca and probably couldn’t respond to any comments as quickly as I’d like (I’d be totally offline and would be back on Monday). You can keep track of what I’m posting by subscribing to my RSS feed… you know you want to 🙂

6 responses to “What You Could Do To Make Your Blog Outstanding”.

  1. Kay Kastum Says:

    That’s why blogs are so unique. You get to learn new things from bloggers veteran or new. It’s like Reader’s Digest.?

  2. papajoneh Says:

    It’s like reader’s digest indeed 😉
    I like this kind of posting. Informative. Thanks Azmeen.

  3. mooiness Says:

    Great tips! I really agree with “Mingle with the Crowd” – it’s a form of advertising for your blog, whether it’d be by commenting or by linking to other blogs. And once you get ppl to come, then that’s where the rest of your tips come in handy. 🙂

  4. Criz Lai Says:

    Great sharing. I agreed with all your points up there. Sometimes mingling with the crowd can be quite tiring and time consuming. People like me visits everyone in my blogroll daily until recently when I have some family emergencies to perform. Most readers tend to forget me when they do not see me in their blogs even I’m in their blogroll. It happened so frequent that again I have to stress myself out to bound back that relationship.

    I’m a person who do not simply give comment lightly and would like to give the best solution to other bloggers. As you can see, this length is about 50% of what I normally reply in other’s blog. Don’t you think replying such a long comment in about 50 plus blogs can stress you up?

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    My oh my oh my… probably due to my “car-lag” I’ve almost forgotten about this post. My sincerest apologies!

    Kay: Agreed. Reader’s Digest is one of those light reading material. Light here is referring to how physically portable it is. The content is very much a healthy balance of light reading as well as more serious content.

    Striking the right balance with our blogs is a skill worth developing.

    Joneh: No… thank you, and other readers of HTNet! Without you guys, this post wouldn’t exist 🙂

    mooiness: I prefer the word “marketing” instead of “advertising”. There’s a difference 😉

    Criz Lai: Well, I never let blogging and/or commenting become a chore. Believe it or not, there was a phase in the life of HTNet where I didn’t post anything for more than a month. I was simply not inspired at all then.

    Personally, I’d stop doing whatever stresses me… at least temporarily 🙂

  6. HÆ°Æ¡ng Trang Says:

    I’d love to ur post bcz its usefulness for my blog. However i get difficulties in using strange code lines, i become dizzy with them