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My Number One Blogging Tip

the-one-wordAlways…always…always…give to your readers.

When I started blogging seven years ago, I read this advice on a blog-guru’s site. I’ve forgotten the blog’s name, but not the writer’s sage words.

He said that in the first sentence of every blog post you should clearly state what you are giving the reader. He was talking specific business terms like: Read this post and you will increase your sales by fifty percent. He coached bloggers to be clear and specific

Another piece of advice, I grabbed early, was that you don’t want to waste cyberspace talking about something everyone else is talking about like the latest tweet by a Hollywood star, unless you truly have something to add to the blather. In other words, have something useful to say or shut up. I think that’s true in all forms of writing .

So what do genre fiction writers have to give away?

Lots

I think Leanne Dyck’s blog is a perfect example. She has it so figured out. An expert knitter, she gives away unique knitting patterns which draws a knitting audience who love her mysteries which of course have knitting themes. In addition to that, she shares her platform with guest bloggers once a week. There’s a reason she has over 270 thousand hits. She’s brilliant.

“But I’m not such a great knitter,” you say.

“Maybe not, but I bet you’re knowledgeable about something, and sharing that ‘something’ will make your blog come alive.”

The more you give…the higher your blog stats will rise.

Best of luck.

19 thoughts on “My Number One Blogging Tip

  1. I’m in awe of people who blog, let alone who blog regularly. You always have something interesting to say Jo-Ann. Keep up the good work!

    PS, Loved the photo of you and your trophy!

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  2. Wow! Thank you so much, Jo-Ann. I truly appreciate your kind words about my blog.

    You’re right I do write about knitting. Knitting and writing have been my two passions throughout my life–only relatively recently taking a backseat to my husband. Yet knitting is only one of my writing topics.

    I’m delighted by the wonderful supportive I’ve received for my blog. Thanks to this support my blog now has accumulated 173 thousand page views.

    I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog. And to echo Ros’ words, please keep up the good work.

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    1. Hi Leanne
      Welcome to my blog. I’m humbled by your appearance. As you can see above, I think you’re a blog guru.
      I apologize if I made it sound like your books are only about knitting. It’s not what I meant. Thank you for that correction.
      Thanks also for your praise. High praise coming from you. It makes me dance inside.
      Best Wishes
      Jo-Ann

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  3. Hey, Jo-Ann. Congrats again on your win! That is sooo fantastic!
    I’ve loved your blog since I first fell on to it about year and a half ago–whenever you went to Italy. Now, I’m not a big Italy fan–nobody come hit me–I don’t have anything against it. LOL So I’ve often wondered why I started following you. I figure it’s your voice and how you make people feel apart of your life. And that’s what I’ve heard a SM guru say: Blogs need to connect you to people and people to you.
    You do that whether you’re writing about writing (which I seldom do on my blog, figuring there are tons of folks out there who can do it better–like you :)) or whether you’re telling the story of getting lost in Italy. My goodness that story has to make it’s way to one of your books sometime. Even though I knew you made it back–you were after-all writing a blog about the experience–nevertheless I shared your visceral experience. Very scary. You have that ability to pick a person up and plunk them down where you want them. Certainly gave me a memorable read. Please keep up the wonderful work you do, and you yell it from the housetops when you get The Call from whomever is going to be smart enough to make you the offer.

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  4. I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now on Writers Who Kill. I agree with what you have to say. I blog about a lot of different topics, but almost always refer to ways it can help our writing.

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    1. Hi Gloria
      Love love…love the title of your blog! How cool is that, Writers Who Kill.
      Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.
      Best
      Jo-Ann

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    1. Jacqui
      Like all writing…we just make it look natural. But there are blood stains on the paper. lol.
      Thanks for the high praise.
      Best
      Jo-Ann

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  5. What do genre fiction writers have to give away? Well according to a workshop I attended recently, people read to see how others behave. As writers we perform a public service, making sense of this adventure called life, if only for the duration of the book. great blog, as always, Jo-Ann

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    1. Helena
      Brilliant comment. I think you’re so right. That’s what I read for.
      Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.
      Best
      Jo-Ann

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