Two conversations inspired this Weekly Geeks. First, during Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, Amy asked us to write about our blogging goals. I noticed many people’s goal was to acquire a larger readership*. Then during a Twitter conversation Natasha from Maw Books said she was told by a non-book blogger that book blogs were confusing. Which brings me to our topic.
Take a look at your blog as if you were someone who has never seen a blog before. Imagine they are looking for something specific. Could they find it? Could they find YOU again? Be able to contact you? Would they understand your jargon?
With these questions in mind, start making your blog more reader friendly. You can do as much as upload a new template to adding a subscription button. Here are some ideas:
*Add meta tags to help people find your blog.
*Add a RSS feed button.
*Add a contact page.
*Make sure as many people as possible can comment on your posts.
*Make your blog searchable.
*Check your links.
*Explain your rating system, if you have one.
*Create a glossary if you use a lot of blogger acronyms ie- BBAW, BTT, ARC.
These are just suggestions. There are probably a million more. Check out Blogging Tips on the Book Blogger’s Ning for more ideas and advice.
After you’ve accomplished all you can, write a post telling us what you did or even what you plan to do down the road on your blog to help your readers.
Now if you haven’t thought about your goals, it’s a good time to do so. Maybe you haven’t thought about readership, maybe you could care less! Then where do you see your blog in a year. How do you plan to accomplish that? Write a post about it.
I have no idea how user friendly my blog is. I have practically zero technical knowledge, so my blog is pretty simple when compared with others. I hope by just immersing myself in the book blogging sphere will help me to gain at least some of that knowledge, and so far it’s working. Perhaps a little slowly, but I’m getting there. Honestly, I don’t even know what a meta tag is!
I would have said when I started this blog that readership wasn’t all that important to me, but at this point that is not true. I would love to have a lot of readers, so gaining readership is an important goal for me. I attempt to network as much as possible by commenting on other blogs and participating in memes.
Really though, I don’t have an concrete plans for improving my blog. I just plan on continuing on with what I’m doing and picking up some tips and ideas along the way.