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What is the #1 piece of ADVICE you would give to someone who has just started blogging?

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35 Responses

  1. Get to know good people. My blogging experience has been the best imaginable because of people like you Doraz.

  2. Eric, what a very nice thing to say. I feel the same way about you! You have a clever and insightful way with people and I love your take on life! Anyone who can laugh as much as I do…is A-OK, in my book!

  3. Well, I can only give advice from what I learned from you….HAVE FUN!

  4. My advice would be to be yourself and go with it!

  5. I would say to put what YOU want on your blog and not what you think OTHERS will like. Put another way, do what YOU want and not what others want. It’s YOUR blog. 😀

  6. I would give this advice: “Whatever you do DON’T DELETE your blog. NEVER EVER delete your blog. The worst thing of all time you could do to your blog would be to DELETE it!!!!”
    Now I have to practice what I preach so I’m not a hypocrite…

    I agree with Gary, put what YOU want on your blog. As well as make it all your own stuff you write yourself. I started off way back on my 1st ever MSN Spaces space with mostly stuff I found on interesting web sites, funny pics from Google images etc. I now enjoy it much more writing about stuff that happens & things that I see & photograph myself.

    Oh & another bit of advice, BEWARE The Noz/Nooch guys….

  7. BTW Did you send Eric money to get him to say the nice stuff. I can be bought too you know & I also have a Paypal account for ease of payment. Just sayin’

  8. Visit other peoples Blogs, people who you like and who you would like to be friends with! After awhile the people you visit and the people that visit you become your good friends. Enjoy Blogging is a Wonderful Adventure a learning Experience as well.;+).

    • I agree, that is important too read other people’s blogs & leave a comment to let them kow you were there. I sometimes hit the random blog button & I come across blogs with post after post with no comments & I can’t help but wonder if they themselves ever comment on other blogs. Can’t expect people to visit your blog if you don’t respond the same

  9. Have fun!

  10. Starla, I agree…blogging is an adventure where you get to know some REALLY NICE folks!

  11. Well, I have a few “peeves” but that’s just my opinion so I shouldn’t really say any of those because like Gary said, it’s your blog and you should do what you want to do. I personally don’t go to any blogs that moderate comments though. I feel it stops the flow of conversation if that person isn’t there to “approve” them.

    I think the #1 piece of advice I would give is don’t spread yourself to thin. You really should go to everyones blog that comes to yours. Or try to. If someone takes the time to come to mine, I will return the courtesy. If you start spreading yourself to thin and can’t give each blog your full attention and are only going and making comments because “you have to,” it shows and you will lose people to your own blog. Do you know what I mean? What I’m saying is I’ve had people in the past who were only coming to my blog so I’d go to theirs and their comments were one word answers or just flip remarks that kind of showed they didn’t really read what was written, just to say they “commented” and you can tell. My advice is if you don’t really have anything worthwhile to say, don’t say anything on that post because it’s really a slap in the face if something serious is being talked about and someone just makes a smart aleck comment, just to say they did. When you spread yourself to thin, you can’t give each person’s blog the attention that they deserve. You would be better off having a smaller blogroll if you can’t make it to each person’s each day.

    I also don’t have all my blogs marked as “open to the public” just because not every blog I go to publishes each day. You can have “hidden” ones or ones that maybe you don’t want other people to know about. My shown blogroll is is only half the size it is just because some of them are more private in nature and I don’t necessarily want everyone else going to them.

    One more, don’t copy what other people do.

    • Joy, that is one thing I love about you. You always have very interesting things to say! I wish I were able to comment longer on my friends blogs, but some days I am SO pressed for time! My kids keep me driving them around all over the place! I do like to visit and read what my blogging friends are doing and let them know by a quick comment or a smiley face. It does not mean anything when I do that, other than I am in a hurry! Days I have time, I try to write more! I also like to help encourage new bloggers by commenting on their blogs. I also have
      “other” blogs I go to..more private! It is so fun to do this, but it does require dedication! Thanks Joy!

  12. Be aware that you have to use your fingers a lot!

    note: blog about what you want to because … why else would you want to blog.

    double note: never do contests with prizes.

  13. BLOG WITH A CAPITAL B . ACKNOWLEDGE ALL COMMENTS.

  14. Really a good question. I started blogging mostly for myself. I was just coming out of a deep depression and I thought it would be good for me to write whatever I think. I started doing that and before I knew it I had met so many wonderful people who I now consider dear friends. I have to be honest and say that lately I have not acknowledged all comments left on my blog. Since I have moved my computer situation has changed but I am working on that. I do try to visit everyone’s blog every few days.

    I think it is very important to be honest on your blog. A while back a blogger who portrayed herself as a very ill young teenager finally came forth and told us she wasn’t sick at all. It really upset a lot of bloggers because she had really pulled all our heart strings.

    OK this is turning into a post rather than a comment so I will just say Have fun.

  15. Joan, thank you for sharing that information with us. It is sad when a person feels they can not be themselves and that people will like them for who they are. It is sad when you need to make up a persona. I agree, be honest and have fun! Oh, and quit being so slow in commenting on your friends blogs….ok? LOL 🙂 (You have been a bit busy, girl!)

  16. hello doraz its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmmm first i wood tel them to be aware that blogging might mayk them targets of the ninja hedjhogs and/or the gofers wot choo up furnitcher and also i wood tel them not to ekspekt to git rich even if they ar yoozing there blog to sell fabyoolus products sutch as pig powders and finally they shud be kayrful that they do not get repeetedly upstayjd on there own blogs by bit supporting players i am luking at yoo tucker the other vizsla dog!!! ok bye

    oh ps a gud dikshunerry is also a wize investment ok bye agin

  17. Not only is this a great question, but the comments are fabulous!!! I’ve learned a lot.

    You’ve inspired me to do a post. I had this comment box filled to the rim, but realized you would have to charge me rent if the comment was that long.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  18. By the way, is it OK if I link to this page when I publish my post?

  19. Visit other blogs and leave sincere, thoughtful comments.

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