10 Tips For a Better Blogging Experience


I’ve been blogging off and on for about 5 years.  During that time, I did not take advantage of the amazing community that WordPress has become to me until this past year.  Don’t make the same mistake.  I would like to share some of what I’ve learned with you.  If you would like to expand your readership or enhance your WordPress experience, these points might be helpful.  I do not claim to be any kind of expert.  I just want to share my experience and possibly spare you some of the mistakes I’ve made.

  1. SHARE–The biggest lesson I’ve learned here is to share your knowledge.  It will come back to you 10-fold.   The bloggers on WordPress are incredibly generous with their knowledge.  You should be just as generous.
  2. GIVE CREDIT–Be sure to give credit where credit is due.  If you are copying an idea or using a photo, give credit to that person.  They deserve it for their hard work!
  3. CONNECT–Step out and connect with other bloggers.  As you develop relationships with these people, you will learn from them.
  4. ASK QUESTIONS–If you have questions about blogging or writing, ASK!  If your recipe for bread dough is falling flat and you want help, ASK!  Your fellow bloggers are more than willing to help!
  5. DO THE WORK–Your blog will flourish, depending on the amount of work you are willing to put into it.  This is a mistake I made for a long time.  Not only do you need to write and post here, but get around to other blogs.  Read, comment, follow!
  6. SPREAD THE JOY–If you see a post that makes you laugh, or expands your knowledge, tell that person.  Leave a comment!  Reblog!  It’s important!
  7. USE WORDPRESS–Wordpress has a ton of tutorials.  There are also awesome WordPress blogs that will give you ongoing information if you follow them.  Take advantage of this free information.  WordPress wants to help you!
  8. BE ACTIVE–Be sure to respond to comments.  Visit other’s blogs.  Read, follow and comment.
  9. BE THANKFUL–Be gracious.  Thank those that help you.  Return the favor.  Spread the love!
  10. BE ACTIVE–This was probably the biggest mistake I made.  I do not post on a set-in-stone routine.  I try to post a few times a week.  If you do not post often enough, people will lose interest.

If you are not following the people on the list below, you should be.  Please check out their blogs and Share the Love.  In No Particular Order, this is a PARTIAL list of bloggers that have been incredibly helpful, supportive and encouraging during my journey on WordPress.  (I say this is a partial list because I’m sure I will forget someone and for that oversight, I am truly sorry!)

Trent’s World (the blog)

Harsh Reality

Poesy plus Polemics

Booknvolume

Robbie’s Inspiration

Minnesota Prairie Roots

Everyone Else Has the Best Titles

Jessica Bakkers

THANK YOU to each of you and those that I missed!!

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

61 thoughts on “10 Tips For a Better Blogging Experience

  1. Really great post, thanks for sharing your experience and being so honest. I think you’re point about being generous really is so important! Some of the most successful bloggers I’ve seen have been so because they give so much to their community and are generous with their knowledge. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Good Evening, Penny. I wanted to thank you for the great advice. I will check out the tutorials, because of all the help I actually need. I am having one heck of a time. I was nominated for an award, but have no idea how to link to other bloggers, even though I have gone into visual mode.
    One question… Is it proper blog etiquette to reblog another work if you do mention them being the one that has impacted you, and wanted to share their blog?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! The BEST way to Reblog someone’s post is to hit the Reblog button below the post. It’s right there with the Like button.
      For your nominations, you should do a pingback. Hugh has a wonderful tutorial here: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/01/23/how-to-become-a-successful-blogger-part-2-how-to-create-a-pingback/

      I was doing it wrong until I found Hugh’s tutorial! Be sure to follow him too, that way you never miss out on his wisdom!
      I hope this helps. If you have more questions I will be glad to answer what I can.

      Good luck Becky and thank you again!

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      1. I guess I misunderstood. I was answering this: “Is it proper blog etiquette to reblog another work if you do mention them being the one that has impacted you, and wanted to share their blog?”
        If you quote or copy & paste, that person may never know about it unless you do that pingback. Does that help?
        Thanks! Penny

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  3. Great tips, even for those who have been blogging for a while, Penny. They act as a reminder. As already said, the blogging community is a wonderful place, so read, like and comment as often as you can. The rewards for doing so will soon come. However, the most important thing is to keep blogging fun. 😀

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  4. Hello Penny thank you so much for posting I got you through harsh reality. Hope to see you again I think I’m going to follow your blog here sound very interesting maybe we can come blog in friends. He he he he ha ha: )

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    1. I hear that! The way I got the ball rolling for myself was back in May, I challenged myself to post something EVERY day. I didn’t quite make it every day and what I wrote was certainly NOT Shakespeare. BUT it loosened up my writing skills and pretty soon I couldn’t wait to get to the keyboard! At least that’s what it did for me. Thank you for the comment Linda! Hang in there! 🙂

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  5. [ Smiles ] Great advice, Penny.

    However, in regards to blogging platforms anyone will do; especially if it is a personal blog.

    Now, if it is a business-related blog, WordPress is the way to go (And, I am referring to the self-hosted version).

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