I’ve been thinking a lot about houses lately. Houses and blogs. And, how blogs are kind of like houses…
Bear with me hear for a minute…
Have you ever noticed that some spaces never feel right, no matter how they’ve been upgraded, rearranged or remodeled? I think everyone has spent at least a moment or two considering the elusive qualities that make a an area comfortable. Welcoming.
It seems to be that the things that make a house a home are the same things that make a blog simply wonderful…
- Home is where your heart is. You’ve heard it so many times…The most successful bloggers share their passion.
- Remember even an ordinary apartment can look like a million-bucks with a little planning and some style. Though many bloggers have moved to WordPress (and I think it’s fabulous), you can be just as successful utilizing a free blogging platform like Blogger. Work with what is in your means. Who’s with me on this one?
- Decorate with white and neutrals. Neutrals never go out of style and they make things look clean. The most modern, easy to read sites contain a lot of white space. (They also don’t blast music. Just sayin’.)
- Flaunt your photographs. Nothing tells the story of your family (or blog) more than well placed photos. Though you may be tempted to only put out the professional shots, a snap shot here and there of something silly may be the most endearing. I love when Char’s kids are occasionally hanging out in pjs…Don’t you think it shows a little personality?
- Throw out the welcome mat and invite people in. Nothing makes a place more inviting people in than an invitation. Provide your readers with an invitation to comment.
- Smaller, more reasonably sized homes tend to be the most inviting. Does anyone really NEED 15,000 square feet or four million followers? And how easy is it to manage all that? I get lost on many of the “bigger” sites. Do you? Be happy with what you have. Your guests will love you for it.
- A big house requires help. There may come a point where your blog will grow to the point that you need to bring on some help. It happens. Hire blog help.
- Quality matters. There’s a reason that couch I invested in back in 1998 still looks like a million bucks. When you “remodel” be willing to pay for a quality job. Trust me. Whether you’ve got slow loading pages or broken code, poor quality will show.
- Know when to DIY and when to hire out the work. Seriously, would you consider re-plumbing your house? Blech. Me neither. Yet I used to think I could tinker with code…Hire a professional.
- Spring Cleaning. A couple of times a year make sure you step back and do a little housekeeping. Check those broken links, determine if you’re in need of an upgrade.
- There is always something that needs tweaking or fixing up. Enough said.
- Know your neighborhood. Your house is not an entity unto itself. You live next to other houses, and together, they create a neighborhood with character. And so it is with blogs. Get to know the other bloggers in your niche. Include them, share with them, credit them.