Hail fellow Catholic Writers! I want to use my first post in February to call attention to your best blog posts from January. (email me the link to your favorite January post by Feb 5: charoster ‘at’ yahoo ‘dot’ com) Don’t email other people’s posts…..your favorite from your own blog!!
Let’s start the New Year getting to know each others’ blogs and see how much we can develop the cross-linking and pinging and liking and sharing that are the life-blood of mutually supportive social and professional networks! I am watching Guild blogs to find leaders in best-practices so that newbies can learn from the top Guild bloggers, and so that great blogging can get some extra buzz. I’ve noticed we are a shy bunch about promoting our work, but here you are being asked to share some of your best. For the sake of your fellow Guild members, please cough up a post!
About those best practices.
Is your name prominent? (I frequently find myself wondering whose blog I’m on! I see the cute name, but not the blogger’s name and feel lost. If your name isn’t on the landing page, is there an ‘About You’ page handy?)
What’s your blog about? Is it clear from your tagline, or from a sticky post, or from your About page what your theme, or genre, or primary focus is?
Are you updating regularly? (I sometimes feel I’ve entered a ghost town. All the posts are home, but the person behind them has disappeared.)
Can I subscribe easily? (The Guild blog is guilty of being hard to subscribe to, but we’re working on it!)
Is there a Guild shield somewhere to let your followers know the Catholic Writers Guild exists??
Can I see a picture of you? Please?!?!?
Are your posts tightly written, well-edited, with great first-paragraph hookiness?
Are your titles interesting?
Have you cross-linked your posts and/or tagged and/or categorized them?
Can I search your site for key words?
Are you using visuals well with your posts? Is your blog visually clean and attractive?
We’re all in this together, learning, trying to find time for our own and other peoples’ blogs, improving as we go, and wishing we could just be writers and have great big cozy publishing companies do all the PR for us! It’s not every day someone begs for you to link up your post to theirs, so please, please take advantage of this chance to showcase your favorite January post!