It's the final day of Armchair BEA. Today's topic is Ask the Experts: Ask your burning questions of your fellow participants or share your own personal tips about blogging. I've been blogging for just over 2 1/2 years and I've developed my own system, so can't say I really have any burning questions. Not sure I have any tips for a successful blog either, but since when does not having anything helpful to say stop me?
First, define "successful" If your definition involves fame, fortune and free stuff - I can't help you. Not that those are bad goals, they're just not mine. I blog to have a place to write, to have someone to talk to - about books and about life - and to make friends. If I'm accomplishing those things, I consider my blogging a success. If that's your goal then here are my tips:
1. Be yourself - don't try to sound like anyone but you. If, like me, your normal speech contains sarcasm and obscure references, include them in your blog.
2. Don't check your stats - they'll drive you nuts.
3. Write about what interests you - it will interest someone else, too.
4. Respond to every comment - the only way to make friends and start conversations.
5. Don't worry about posting every day - that will also drive you nuts. And your readers don't mind if you skip a day - less stuff in their reader.
6. Do what makes you happy. Just to pick a totally random example - if you like to create puzzles about books, tv and movies, do it. If you had fun making them - that's enough. If you like memes - join memes. If you want to post nothing but reviews of mystery books by female authors with an R in their name - go for it. It's your blog - be happy!