3 questions to ask before reviving your blog

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If you follow our blogging series then you’d know how we advocate for writers to have their own blog. Blogging is fun and when done the right way, it can yield amazing results. However, if your blog has been dormant for a while there are a few questions you may need to ask yourself. 

Do I still enjoy blogging?

Why devote time and energy trying to revive a blog when you do not enjoy blogging? Maybe you did it because you liked what other bloggers were doing but you need to be honest with yourself. 

Patiently allow your true motives to arise. If you genuinely love blogging then you can consider reviving it. 

What commitment can you make?

Depending on your schedule, you have to ask yourself the kind of attention and energy you can devote to your blog.

Some bloggers run successful businesses currently and simply cannot take on new projects. Other bloggers work full time and cannot give the proper attention and energy to blogging in order to grow a thriving, full time venture.

Be honest. There’s no need resurrecting a blog you cannot commit to 100%.

Does the niche still exist?

Assess it, is your niche still relevant or do you need to evaluate things? 

Imagine trying to resurrect a blog focused on typewriting for businesses. There’s no way that blog can succeed Niches like personal development, writing, and travel pretty much work now, and forever, as long as human beings exist. People want help improving their lives by improving themselves.

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#GrammarSeries – Grammar mistakes you should avoid

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Grammar is truly an important part of our work as writers and the better we get with it, the better our writing will become. Although no one is perfect, it is important to keep improving. 

Grammar Girl wrote this awesome post on common grammar mistakes writers tend to make and we love it. Let us know what mistake you’d stop making from now on. 

Accidental repeats

You know that feeling of telling a friend a story and then realizing you’ve already shared it? It happens in writing, too. When you’re not paying close attention, you might repeat a phrase, a story, or a point without realizing it. One good way to catch these accidental repeats is by reading your content aloud; often your ears catch mistakes that your eyes don’t.

Empty adverbs. 

Let’s be honest. When you add “really” to a verb, what are you really adding? Is calling something “very” cold better than calling it frosty, frigid, or icy? The truth is, many common adverbs are empty. They add little or nothing to the meaning of a sentence and only clutter your copy. Cut them out.

Common misspellings. 

Most writers understand the difference between “your” and “you’re,” but it’s all too easy to accidentally type one when you mean the other, especially if your spell-check program doesn’t pick up the error. Be on guard for common misspellings such as these:

  • They’re/Their/There
  • Lose/Loose
  • It’s/Its
  • Weather/Whether

Interesting facts about Blogger you never knew!

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Most bloggers are either hosting their blogs on WordPress or Blogger. How much do you know about these sites?  Today’s post is dedicated to interesting facts about blogger.com. It’s always good to know what you can or cannot do on these platforms. Do you agree? Here we go.

Do you know that blogger.com cannot create unlimited blogs using a single account.? You can only create a 100 different blogs. Crossing this limit would mean that Google will restrict your access and can delete your blogger account as well. We don’t think anyone would really want to create 100 blogs though. 

You can publish 50 posts per day. However, after crossing the 50 mark post per day you would have to enter captcha which is a verification process of Google used to check if it is a human being doing the post or a machine. Even Google doesn’t trust you to be that efficient! 

Google never deletes your post. You can create as many posts as you want.

Your blog can contain an unlimited amount of comments.

Using custom domains like .com, .org, gives room for flexibility. It also enables movement of your blog from Blogger to WordPress if Google deletes your blog without any reason.

Google can suspend your account if there is any violation of the terms and conditions of their services. If Google suspends your blog, the chances of recovering the blog are almost non-existent. Be warned! 

Culled from www.geteverything.org

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#GrammarSeries – Pronouns are more important than you think

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Can you imagine a world without pronouns? It sure will be full of repetitions.

Pronouns are words that stand in place of nouns like “Sola” in the example below.

Imagine reading a book completely devoid of pronouns. It will sound like this:

Sola went home from school this afternoon. After Sola got home, Sola quickly raced up the stairs to greet Sola’s mother before stepping into Sola’s room.

Books will be all shades of awkward if this is how they are being written. Thank God for pronouns.

We would be looking at Possessive pronouns today.

Possessive pronouns, like the name suggests, are used to show possession or ownership of properties, things as well as people. Examples are; yours, mine, hers, theirs, his, ours, its.

It is very vital to note here that these possessive pronouns do not have apostrophes like her’s or our’s.

Here are a few examples:

The lady is mine.

That dog is ours.

The field belongs to Ogunleyes. Therefore, it is theirs.

Its cage was beyond redemption.

My name is Precious. What is yours?

That lovely dress is hers.

The leather belt is his.

 

How responsive is your blog design?

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Hey Sparkle Writers, did you know that mobile users spend more than 63 percent of their time on their phones accessing mobile websites and apps? 

So what do you think this means to you as a blogger? Your blog design must be responsive enough to accommodate all kind of users. 

Mobiles and tablets are now a primary source of web traffic all over the world.

If your theme doesn’t respond well to the smaller mobile screens there is a good chance you will be losing valuable traffic as people click away to find something easier to navigate

If you want to keep these people there’s only one way to do it, make your blog design responsive. 

You can use this to test to find out if it is responsive or not.

We’ve checked ours and its very responsive! 

 

 

 

 

Your blog should not look like this…

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There are a few mistakes we have noticed on some blogs overtime and because we don’t want you to make the same mistakes, we are going to talk about them today.

Your blog should not look like or have any of the things we will highlight today. If you are already making such mistakes, you know you need to correct it as quickly as possible.

No centralized theme

No matter how random your reason for starting your blog, don’t make the mistake of putting any and everything on your blog. It confuses not only you but your readers. In fact, there is a high probability that you will not get many followers because people don’t know what solution your blog offers. Is it a personal blog, music blog or travel blog? Decide on what centralized theme you want your blog to have and do all you can to stick with it.

No social media handle information 

In this day and age we don’t need too many words to tell you that your social media handles need to be connected to your blog. This way you can make sure that the conversation continues even outside your blog. Linking your social media accounts to your blog also helps you in building a stronger online community.

Abandoned Project

This is always a sore sight. No one will take you seriously if your blog looks like an abandoned project. Wondering what we mean? When last dd you update your blog? What about your ‘About Me’ information? When last did you update that? Are you married and your about me information is still reading ‘single and searching’ ? You need to check that too.

Are there changes you need to make after reading this post. Please do so now. 

Improve your blog right now with these tips

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Blogging is not easy but it can be really rewarding if you take the right measures. On today’s episode of the Blogging Series, we are giving you tips on how to improve your blog almost immediately. Sounds too good to be true? Well keep reading and see for yourself.

Here are three tips that can help you improve your blog almost immediately.

Ask questions

At one time or the other in your journey as a blogger, you are going to have questions. It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or an expert in blogging. You will have questions about what design templates to use, how many times a week you need to blog and many more. Chances are you will never get answers to these questions if you don’t ask. There are many bloggers who are willing to help or answer your questions. Connect with as many as you can and stop suffering in silence.  You can also ask Google if you can’t always talk to someone. Bottom line is, don’t keep your questions to yourself. Look for answers and get clarity.

Avoid Distractions

Admit it, it’s very easy to get distracted especially when you are working on social media and if things continue like that you won’t get much work done on your blog.  Posts that should take only two hours to write may take a whole day.  This is why you should turn off notifications on your phone and your computer when you are working. This will help you to be more productive as a blogger. You get to write more articles, respond to more emails and create more engaging content. Why won’t your blog improve?

  • Grade Your Website

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Do you know that there are sites that can grade your blog and point out what’s wrong with it? The sites also give you recommendations on how to improve the look and feel, speed of the blog and many other features. There’s Website Grader, Pingdom and a host of others. Each does something different, so if you want expert advice they will come in handy. Do you know what’s even better? It’s free.

We hope you find these tips useful. If you enjoyed today’s post, share it with your friends and don’t forget to leave us a comment.