Last week, Darren at Problogger.net held a group writing project asking people to write about the habits of effective blogger and submit them. He then posted the entries to his blog. The project is now closed, but 80 blog posts were selected.
I wrote the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers” back in February, which was accepted for entry. Since Darren linked to it, the traffic and the comments on the post have exploded.
If you are like me and want the cliff notes, Robert at the Retrospector blog summed up all of the posts by idea, number that recommended it and percentage. I have put the top 20 percent of ideas here, but you can see them all at Robert’s site in a handy table format, there are some good ideas in the bottom 80 percent that I found interesting, including ask questions, get help, drink caffeine and don’t do drugs. Thanks Robert for taking all the time to do this.
- Post often/regular schedule 55%
- Build a community/comment/respond/know readers 48%
- Read other blogs/research/newspapers/etc. 40%
- Be original/creative, add value 35%
- Relevant content/Find niche 33%
- Enjoy it/do what’s fun/passionate 29%
- Good quality communicator/writer 26%
- Have a purpose/goals, track milestones 23%
- Persistence/longevity/patience 23%
- Carry a notebook/store ideas & drafts for later 20%
- Learn new things/adapt/change 20%
- Link to others/give credit/trackbacks 20%
- Marketing/drive traffic/link to self 20%
- Show personality 20%
- Be honest 19%
I also recently interviewed several female PR bloggers for an article that will appear in the August issue of PRSA Tactics, and the following were the five tips they (and I) came up with.
5 Tips for a Successful Blog
- Participate in an online community by contributing original thinking (Susan Getgood)
- Have a passion for communicating with others about a topic (Andrea Weckerle)
- Have deep knowledge in a narrow niche (B.L. Ochman)
- Be consistent in posting quality content (Kami Watson Huyse)
- Know how to use the tools (Erin Caldwell)