Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:
"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."
This month's question is:
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog,
what three pieces of advice would you give them?”
The first thing I'd say is decide what your blog is going to be about, whether that is a narrow designation or a broad topic. It doesn't hurt to evolve or change but at the beginnig, I think it's a good idea to stick with one thing. Really work on that "thing."
This is a strange thing for me to say, as I've been robbin' Peter to pay Paul since last Fall, but get in a groove of writing, reading, and commenting...that creates your own community of blog buddies and it feels more friendly that way. Blogging alone is bleh.
Dont' put up with other people's junk. Delete rude posts; it's a free country and it's your blog-home. In truth, I've deleted one post and about three comments in total. Each time, I sent a message to the person that was friendly and explained my reason for doing so as nicely as I could; I'm not in the business of making enemies. I don't want to delete anything but I also want a certain level of civility, you know? I despise a blog where people are nitpicking and showing their hiney and in my experience, that is a slippery slide. There were two or three blogs I followed that I eventually abaondoned due to the unkind commentary. What fun is that for anyone? So, I do my part to keep it friendly and encourage others to do so. That's all I can do is try.
Great question, Michael! Check out some of the other posts on this topic: