The sign said,
"Keep this door to remain closed
at all times."
Correct me if I'm wrong
But doesn't that defeat the purpose
of a 'door'?
What is a door means to you?
As a life artist,
me and you would probably answer this question easily.
Door mean opportunities
Door mean hopes
Door mean a way for wonderful journey
Have you ever think your blog as a door?
Think about that.
Such a simple comparison
but sounds realistic to me to assume
that my blog IS my door.
Whenever I want someone to know me better,
I invite her to my door.
Whenever I want to know someone else better,
I go to her door.
I'll be celebrating 3 years of making this door.
3 years of an awesome journey
that change me and my world completely.
I have many plans in hands to celebrate that....
(Does the word 'celebrate' means cakes,
parties, give aways, goody bags, to you?
Then keep thinking about those nice things
when you come back here next month...LOL)
but that will be another story for another post. *wink
Now, what you read at the title of this post is true.
Something scares me this month,
but I want to do it anyway.
I want to give you some tips on blogging.
I said it.
Oh, I am certainly not the expert of this.
And you can get much much better tips out there.
And I am still bitting my nail while I type this.
there are some who asked me, How can you create
such a nice blog?
And for this month, while I am still shivering inside
(WHO do you think you are, girl?)
I try to give you some tips that I personally learns
from 3 years being on blogging world.
- Blogging is a social activity, so the same basic principals that govern any social interaction should apply. Be thoughtful (Leave comment on other person's post to let her know that you came to visit her. No bloggers who don't love getting comments, trust me. Besides, when you are not leaving any comment, it's like you stalking someone's home and do not want to be caught. Imagine that in real life. You come to someone's home, take a look around, take pictures as your own record later - that would be clicking 'save as' in the blogging world - then leave without saying anything to the owner. Uh, scary.) Be kind (You only want to hanging out with kind people, right?) Be courteous (When people leave comment on your blog, imagine that someone who is very nice is giving you a nice cake and put it in front of your door. Then, you thought you are being a polite person, and give her other cake back (another comment), but you are just too lazy to go to her home to give it, you just put it in front of your own door and hope some day she will come again to get it. Not quite right, eh? So, since this is a social activity, to get as many cakes as you like, you should go around to your neighborhood-which is spread until US and Australia if I must say) and deliver your cakes personally to their door. Sound fair enough?) You may skip this tips only after you are as famous as Ali Edwards or Donna Downey.
- By now, the tips above should eliminate your thinking "Why should I blog? No one is coming to see my post, anyway." You know what's wrong now, I hope. And just for your information, no one leave comments on my blog until about a year after I start it. But I keep posting. And posting. And posting.
- You should be able to answer the question, why you need your blog. You cannot do it just because other people do it as a trend. It must become your voice, your main necessity. It is like building your own company profile, but now, the company is yourself. When you can say to someone who ask, "What do you do right now?" , just go to my blog and find out....then it will be right. You are on the right track of recording your own life in your blog.
- Your blog becomes attractive to people not only because the design of it. You can change the design weekly and still you wonder why not many people come. It must have a soul. An attractive story. A breathtaking image. A tip on parenthood. A recipe. A step by step project. An honest perspective. Anything you think will be useful for the reader. What you expect from the blogs you see all the times, those are exactly what you should have in your blog.
- How many hours in a day could you spend blog-hopping?(Sometimes being on facebook for several hours a day is already enough for us, right? LOL) Let's say, you can have one hour each day to do the blog-hopping. How many blogs do you wish to visit in that precious time spread? As many as you can, of course. And what happen to a blog, that once you click open, (imagine you are opening a door), you still looking at three months away's post on the top. Not interesting, eh? You can't even imagine looking at last night's dinner that being left on the table for two days! And no matter you like and adore that blog person, slowly, but sure, you are not going to open that particular door anymore. You only have such little time! So.....my tips is simple.....post regularly. Twice in a month's post is certainly not enough (that's me on the first year, by the way). Every day's post is certainly driving you nuts. So, choose in between, and you will be alright.
- In the click of a mouse, you can open a door far far away, London, Melbourne, knock..knock....in a click. When you don't like being judged on the first meeting, sadly, your blog will be judged in a few minutes time by the guest who stop at the door. In order to keep the guest staying a little bit more (hip hip horray if they decide to bookmark your blog so they can come back later), the guest should be able to : find your profile easily and informative (Explain what you do or what your interest in couple of lines, so they know what to expect in your posts), know what you talk about mostly in a single post (I like to keep my post short. I don't like reading other people's post about the parties, or vacation, or their today's menu if that post is taking me more than 5 minutes to read. So I assume they will not have that much time to read my rambling either- except for this particular post, sorry -, so again, keep it short), know that your blog is an artful blog (How? By having an artful image. I hardly post a story without an image now. And learning how to make a beautiful images is already an art itself. So, learn about that, and many people will stop at your blog longer, I promise).
- As frustrated as you, that's how I feel about HTML code. My blog is even harder to be modified since it is a personal design, not a template. A single comma accidentally deleted will change the entire look of my blog and I didn't know how to turn it back cause I didn't know what the hell was I deleting just now. Don't get me wrong. After 3 years, I still experience that kind of situation even though my knowledge in this blogging thing is already make my husband proud. So my tips is, get someone who knows it better than you. And no, for me it is not my husband, since blogging is alien to him. Ask question. Ask other bloggers. It certainly takes times, months, years, but don't let the obstacles of this unknown code world make you reluctant to post.
Hope you find those tips help you in a way or two.
And to anyone who read these incredible long post,
please, please, PLEASE.....
don't take any of these tips as a personal critique
for your blog.
I am not capable for that
and certainly not my intention too.
If you know me from the beginning,
I have only listed 4 friends as Indonesian scrappers
that have blog of their own.
Now as the community is growing fast,
there are more than 15 scrappers I put here,
(imagine my joy)
and these tips hopefully will make that number
if you excuse me,
I should really come back to my project in hand,
week in the life's album.
And preparing the 'celebrate' word
as I mention before,
is taking most of my time too.*chuckle
But I'll be back soon.
Post regularly, remember?
I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door -
or I'll make a door.