- Read the post, 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do. (This is a guest post by Onibalusi Bamidele on Daily Blog Tips.)
- Rate yourself (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being muy excellente) on each point. How are you doing?
- Brainstorm examples of what you can/will do to improve your ratings in those areas that could use improvement. And/or:
- If you feel you’re doing particularly great in one area, share examples of how you’ve reached such excellence.
Points 1-2 get a rating of N/A, as I don’t blog for others, therefore it doesn’t make sense that I expect any success. And, also, as I blog for fun (meaning for myself), that means that I don’t really have to “write for my readers”. I try to reply to comments people leave, but that’s about it.
3. You Must Not Scrape Another Bloggers Content
3/5 because I do take some things from others, but I give credit where credit is due. I don’t copy often, but when I do it tends to come from Michelle’s My Books. My Life. blog. And what I copy are more or less organizational things rather than content. I hardly ever read the same book as what I see in current posts on other book blogs, so that sort of content doesn’t even make sense for me to copy. And, luckily, Michelle so far hasn’t minded that I borrow stuff, as I give her credit.
Points 4-5 also get a rating of N/A. I don’t need to promote because I don’t need any sort of success. As for being “another blogger”, what would be the point of my writing about my thoughts and feelings towards books and bookish things if I pretended to be someone else?!
6. You Must Not Fail To Update Your Blog Regularly
5/5 because, and I don’t like to brag, I probably post at minimum 3 posts a week, even if those are just weekly memes. If I’m reading quickly and getting through lots of books, those reviews get posted before I even start another book. But, I’m sure this will all change when I find a job and don’t just sit at home reading/blogging while the hubby is at work
Points 7-8 again get a “N/A” rating. I don’t need networking, although I do love seeing a link to my blog on other bookish friend’s blogrolls And I don’t care if my blog becomes popular, so SEO isn’t important to me.
9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site
4/5 because I’d like to think that my blog is pretty navigable. I try to not clutter it and I only have the one sidebar with different widgets on it, arranged in a manner that seems good to me. And my blog doesn’t have background images. Except for a few pictures on the sidebar, there are just plain colors–no patterns or anything. I don’t know what it’s called when you have the background image stay still and when you scroll down, only the text moves, but I hate that! It makes me feel sick when I scroll down and some stuff moves, but other stuff doesn’t. And while that might not have anything to do with a readable or navigable site, it still bugs me But I give myself a 4 because there might be aspects of my blog that others don’t like–obviously I like it
10. You Must Not Throw Mud Around
5/5 because I don’t do that. Yes, I will be honest if I don’t like a book and I’ll say as much. But I don’t do it for attention–I do it so if someone else reads my blog, they know my honest feelings about a book.