While I was at HLS 13, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel presentation with Alicia from The Wannabe Foodie and Marissa from Where I Need To Be.
We talked about Blogs in Transition: Embracing your blog. . .
This was our panel description. . .
As we all go through our blogging journeys, we realize that blogging has its ups and downs. Though we are all in different seasons of our own blogging journeys, you’ve probably felt the difficult yet exciting challenges blog growth of any sort can add to your plate. How do you deal with the changes you face as your blog changes without starting to resent your blog and throwing in the towel? This panel will focus on finding (and keeping!) your blogger voice, how to develop a consistent blog schedule, how to stay active and engaged with your blog readers, as well as review a few of the best apps and tools that will help you stay on top of your game. The panel will also offer simple ways to give your blog and brand some TLC and re-engage your readers and followers.
If you are interested this is the link to our Prezi presentation.
Also, Mindy from Just a One Girl Revolution did a great job live blogging during our panel. . . so you can check out her post as well!!
Alicia started us out by talking about how bloggers can find their unique voice:
Write a blogging mission statement
The voice and personality you use is your brand
Be authentic, not perfect
Write the way you speak
Coin your own phrases
Think beyond your writing and make sure your design and everything on your blog is an accurate reflection of you and your brand
Then, Marissa took over and talked about staying consistent with blogging and posting without feeling overwhelmed.
Spend time brainstorming each month/week
Create a calendar
If you have a busy week coming up, think ahead and plan for it.
Utilize guest posting
Then, my turn! I started out talking about approaching companies. . .
Approach companies you want to work with
It’s ok if they say no
Don’t put out too many requests at one time
Don’t forget to say thank you!
And then I chatted about some simple tips for updating/re-designing your blog
Header from Pic Monkey –> super easy to design and do on your own. You can also pay a designer as well.
Social Media Buttons –> link to my how to make your own post!!
Add/update Pages – utilize your Top Posts to figure out what people are searching for and looking at on your blog to make it more user friendly and easier to find things.
Update your sidebar: add badges, plugins, etc.
And finally, I went through a list of some plugins that I use and love. . .
About Me 3000 –> about me widget on your sidebar
Akismet –> for spam
Alpine Photo Tile for Instagram
Broken Link Checker
Comment Luv –> posts a link to the most recent post when a person comments on your post, a great way to spread the blog love.
Comment Reply Notification –> a good reminder to check and make sure that your plugins are working!! Check out my post for step by step details here.
Google Analytics –> my post on how to set up this plugin and why you should have it!
Gravatar Widget –> displays your gravatar
nrelate Related Content –> displays other posts your readers might be interested related to that post. . .
Tweetily –> Tweets old posts for you. A good way to be 1. active on twitter without having to actually be on Twitter and 2. promotes old posts that readers might have missed the first time around.
Twitter Follow me box
Ultimate Follow me plugin by Free Blog Factory
Thanks ladies for a great panel presentation/discussion. And a special thanks to Melanie for introducing us and getting HLS started!!
Check out my other HLS recap posts if you are interested–> HLS13 – the swag, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.