Recipe for Creating a Delicious Blog

I have someone pretty special here today.

Someone who took the blogging world by storm when she started writing.

Her encouragement, support, and delicious treats are known literally world wide.

She not only writes for her blog but for two others! Contributing her stories to help women realize they are Enough and mothers around the globe know they have someone to relate to.

It doesn’t hurt that she has an adorable child either.

Please welcome Alison from Mama Wants This and love on her!

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I had no idea what I was getting myself into the day I decided to start a blog. One moment I was toying with the idea of starting a blog to guide mothers on all things baby and maternity, the next moment, I was coming up with blog names. Before I knew it, I’d registered Mama Wants This! on Blogspot.

I was swimming in a sea of unknown. I had a vague idea that in order for the blog to take off, I needed readers. Where do I find them? How do I engage them? Why would they read my blog? Why wouldn’t they? WHAT THE HELL DO I DO NOW?

If only I had a recipe (you see, I bake). So after 6 months of bobbing around in the vast ocean of blogging, here’s my recipe on ‘How To Make A Good Blogger’.

Ingredients

One good blog name. It shouldn’t be too long, or spelled strangely. Preferably, it should be the same as your URL so it’s easy to remember. For you AND your readers.

One decent design. Try not to do white text on a dark background. It really messes with your eyes.

One header. It can be simple to start with. You can always play around with it as you go along, but do think about your header. It’s one of the first impressions a reader makes when they first visit your blog.

One  direction you want to take your blog. Is it a mommy blog? A photography blog? A food blog? You can adjust your focus and goals as you go along, but do start with something you know.

Method

Write something. Regularly. It could be daily if that’s what you like, or 3 to 4 times a week, but do it regularly.

Read other blogs. Regularly. You can start with 5, then 10, then 20, and so on.

Comment on other blogs. Regularly. Blogging is give and take. Don’t sit back and wait for comments, be generous, and give some.

Interact with your readers. Regularly. If you get any early on, respond to your commenters. Build a dialogue, and subsequently a relationship/ friendship. It’s a two-way street.

Join a community. There are so many out there. Take your pick. Put your blog out there. Look for like-minded bloggers.

Join Twitter. Get tweeting.

Participate in writing prompts and linkys. Writing prompts exercise your writing muscles. Linkys, well, they link you to other bloggers.

This is just a simple getting-you-off-to-a-start-recipe to be a good blogger. As your blog grows and you finally think of yourself as a blogger, there are many more ways to improve on your writing, blog design, growing your readership, building your own community, engaging in the various forms of social media – but hey, that’s another recipe for another day, eh?

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Leighann, thank you so much for having me here today, it’s an honour!!

THANK YOU Alison! You are always welcome!!

 

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74 Responses to Recipe for Creating a Delicious Blog
  1. […] Click on over to my post and see what I mean! Comments are closed, please head over to Multitasking Mumma to show me some […]

  2. Julie @ mamamash
    September 29, 2011 | 9:32 pm

    Very well-proportioned recipe. 🙂

  3. Lady Estrogen
    September 29, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    Sounds like it’s making something fabulous 😉

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 29, 2011 | 10:03 pm

      Mmm yes, like your delicious naughty blog!

      • Lady Estrogen
        September 30, 2011 | 9:20 am

        I write what I know… and I know NOTHING about parenting, so I stick with smut 🙂

        • multitaskingmumma
          October 2, 2011 | 8:43 am

          I don’t think any of us know about parenting… we just go with it.

          Smut works for you, keep it up! xo

  4. Kiddothings
    September 29, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    I liked how you put it into a recipe like that – very creative. And I agree with the methods. Great recipe Alison.

  5. Rach (DonutsMama)
    September 29, 2011 | 9:49 pm

    All those are very important ingredients. It takes a while to get it all together, but once you do, it’s great.

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 29, 2011 | 10:04 pm

      Yes indeed it does. I should have added patience and persistence in the mix right?

  6. Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 29, 2011 | 10:02 pm

    Thank you for having me here today!

  7. Jessica
    September 29, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    Such great tips, Alison! I definitely agree with the commenting. I find its the best way to gain more readers, and more so LOYAL readers!

  8. Julie
    September 29, 2011 | 10:13 pm

    That’s a great list! I wish I had concentrated more on the “what type of blog” thing that I have. Maybe someday I’ll start one that has a real true purpose. 🙂

  9. Kyla
    September 29, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    Great advice. I have often thought that I need to change my blog name from my “name” to my blog name. Thoughts?

  10. Sweaty
    September 29, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    Well, you got that right, Leighann. I know Alison took (at the very least) my twitter world by storm. lol.

    Alison, you know how I love your advice and tips. I still think you should publish a guide book. Blogging tips for idiots like Sweaty 🙂

  11. Kimberly
    September 29, 2011 | 10:55 pm

    Great tips! I wish I had known more when I started.

  12. Kimberly
    September 29, 2011 | 11:11 pm

    Wonderful tips…and welcome to Canada!!! We don’t bite…just our pet polar bears do 😉

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 30, 2011 | 3:55 am

      Canadians are lovely!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 2, 2011 | 8:44 am

      and the caribou that we let walk the streets.

  13. Ann
    September 30, 2011 | 12:04 am

    As always – GREAT information Alison! Some of it is common sense – but it’s easy to overlook!

  14. Bits of Bee
    September 30, 2011 | 12:06 am

    Simply delicious recipe. Will there be a dessert? I love blogging tips, there’s always more to learn!

  15. Jen @WorldMomsBlog
    September 30, 2011 | 12:18 am

    Love this!! I’m so glad we met early on in your blogging career! 🙂

    Jen:)

  16. Carri
    September 30, 2011 | 12:33 am

    Very original! We’ve all seen a zillion “how to” articles, but this one takes the cake! hehehe Get it? Waa waa waaaaaaa.

  17. Sharmila Dabare
    September 30, 2011 | 6:42 am

    This is great thank you so much for posting this…

  18. Kir
    September 30, 2011 | 6:55 am

    Yes, every one of these are the KEY to being a good Blogger. When I tell people who don’t blog, that I blog, I am met with blank stares…but they don’t understand how organized (As if I was…LOL) and focused you have to be to blog (and work, and raise twins, and come up with snappy ideas for the blog).

    you always do a great job with topics like this…I see you PR background shining through.

    xo
    HAPPY FRIDAY

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 30, 2011 | 7:54 am

      I’ve given up talking about blogging to non-bloggers 😉 Happy Friday to you Kir!

  19. RachelJoy
    September 30, 2011 | 7:49 am

    Great tips, especially like the one decent design. I hate it when it hurts to read other people’s blog…literally hurts.

  20. JDaniel4's Mom
    September 30, 2011 | 8:02 am

    Great tips! Finding a community was key for me!

  21. Runnermom-jen
    September 30, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Perfect advice, Alison!! Another is the captcha thing…I really dislike that.

  22. Megan (Best of Fates)
    September 30, 2011 | 9:50 am

    All good advice – naturally!

  23. Mirjam
    September 30, 2011 | 9:53 am

    Thanks for all the great advice.
    I absolutely didn’t know what I got my self into when I started blogging. Being on Twitter helped a lot.

  24. Sue the Desperate Housemommy
    September 30, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Yeah. I sort of jumped into it with out a recipe. Kind of made it up as I went along. Solid advice, Alison.

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 30, 2011 | 5:26 pm

      Sometimes, making it up as you go along works, as is proven in your case 🙂

  25. Mark
    September 30, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Thanks Alison. Great Advice!
    But I struggle with Tweeting. I’m sure there’s a purpose to it but I feel like a real outsider and therefore mostly avoid it. Any advice on that?
    Take care.
    m.

  26. Tiffany
    September 30, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Great article-err recipe! I was doing really well with the main ingredients and then I fell apart. I guess I forgot the baking soda (persay) and my cake didn’t rise. I am going to refresh my blog and start again.

    I love your insight. thanks for sharing.

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 30, 2011 | 5:29 pm

      Hehe, I love your baking analogy. Nothing wrong with starting over, good luck!

  27. Erica M
    September 30, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Excellent post. I had a witty comment in mind involving chocolate chips, but I didn’t want to take away from how useful this actually is for new and veteran bloggers. I’ll go add the chocolate on my own blog.

  28. Missy | Literal Mom
    September 30, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    Great advice! I’d LOVE to know how many blogs you read a day, girl! You ARE GOOD!

    • Alison@Mama Wants This
      September 30, 2011 | 5:30 pm

      Thanks Missy! I read fast haha! I’m not sure, I subscribe to almost 80 blogs (not counting the 10 food blogs in my Reader…)

  29. Natalie @ Mama Track
    September 30, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    Great tips, Alison! And it’s lovely to see you over here.

    Hi Leighann!

  30. Kelley
    September 30, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    I think you covered it all! I do admire you, Alison, for how you’ve not been blogging long but are already a pro!

  31. Leigh Ann
    September 30, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    I love the recipe style tips! I don’t think there’s anyone that I see commenting around the blogosphere as much as I see Alison.

  32. Jessica
    September 30, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    Great recipe! I think so often, when bloggers start out they focus to excessively on one or two “ingredients,” usually the ingredients that seem to come most naturally. For me, my ingredient starting out was writing. I wrote a lot but neglected the whole other part of blogging. I learned, with time, and as you suggest through your recipe, is that a good blog is made with a goal of balance.

  33. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    September 30, 2011 | 7:45 pm

    Delicious! Excellent baking, Alison. 🙂

  34. Natalie
    September 30, 2011 | 8:02 pm

    This is all great advice Alison 🙂

  35. Sammie Love
    September 30, 2011 | 8:10 pm

    Great recipe for a successful blog indeed! Great job Alison

  36. Tina @ Life Without Pink
    September 30, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    Great tips…you are one talented mama!

  37. Alison@Mama Wants This
    October 1, 2011 | 7:06 am

    Thank you Natalie!

  38. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    October 1, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    Wonderful advice as always! I’m stuck in the “finding a community” stage. But it all takes time! I’m learning so much as I go!

  39. Lady Jennie
    October 2, 2011 | 2:09 am

    Great recipe. And since you have such a “delicious” blog, I know it’s one for success!

  40. multitaskingmumma
    October 2, 2011 | 9:42 am

    Thanks again Alison. It was so great having you here! I know I learned a bit more.

  41. By Word of Mouth Musings
    October 2, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    Look at you so very far from home 😉
    Great post for all of us blogging who hide from the non bloggers in our screens!

  42. Maureen | Tatter Scoops
    October 2, 2011 | 8:13 pm

    Awesome recipe. Thanks Alison! I’m slacking so badly on the reading + commenting on other blogs.

  43. Jessica
    October 2, 2011 | 11:00 pm

    Hmm….maybe I should start following some of these tips.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 5, 2011 | 9:51 pm

      hahahaha….
      Maybe YOU should start following some of them.
      Right.

  44. Elena
    October 15, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    Excellent tips! The commenting and being generous are so vital—as are the communities! Thank you for lending your expertise and sharing your baking secrets 🙂

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