Señor Mark Aldrich of The Gad About Town, was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Award. What poor Mark didn’t know was that I had decided not to do award related posts anymore. Why? Because LV (Literary Vittles, not Louis Vuitton), had written a very convincing piece about why having a blogroll is more interesting. Also, I’m just very lazy when it comes to writing these acceptance posts. Sorry Mark, but do not despair! I will feature your wonderful blog on the new page I created to permanently promote the blogs I love and follow.
I hope I didn’t forget anyone. If I did I’m sorry and please do let me know (in the comments section for example). Also, if you don’t like how your blog is represented, like if I butchered your logo or chose a less than flattering header: Mail me the picture you would like to have on there instead. If for whatever reason you don’t want to have your blog on the list also just let me know, I’ll take it off and never talk to you again. Ever. Just kidding. Now that we got all the formalities out of the way: Let’s party! Today isn’t a special occasion for the blog or anything, but do we really need one?
I’d like to thank everyone who supports BW in any way. It means a lot. I appreciate every like, comment, re-blog, share or kind word. If from now on you nominate me for a blogging award I will automatically feature you on my list of favorite blogs as a thank you. I guess if you’re already on the list you won’t gain anything from nominating me, but you can still do that and I will come to your house, kiss you on the cheek and thank you personally.
“David, how can I ever repay you for featuring me on that list?” Oh, come on now, that won’t be necessary. I did it for art’s sake. Okay, if you really want to make my day you can like the official BW Facebook page or feature me on your blogroll or why not both? I would also like to mention that I appreciate any and all feedback on how to improve my blog or writing. Feel free to criticize my shit. As long as it’s constructive criticism I like it. Personal insults and hate mail will make me cry and hide under the covers for days (maybe weeks).
In other news, did you notice my Marc Jacobs inspired logo (the grey one with the heart)? What do you think about that? It’s grey because of technical issues, speaking of technical issues that’s also why I made a page and not a regular blogroll like everyone else. Should I keep changing logos or just stick with one? Which one of the vintage BW logos to you prefer (The Official Skrillex Monogram, the BW XMAS LOGO or the B( )W Nymphomaniac Homage Logo)?
One last thing I wanted to do is give back, as a thank you. I’d like to share something with my fellow blogger friends. Especially if you’re a new blogger here’s some free & friendly blogging advice, but I think you might enjoy this even if you’ve been blogging for a while:
1. Regularity. Try to be as regular as you can. one post per day is ideal, but not very realistic. One per week is okay, anything more will improve your stats dramatically. Why? Because your readers will pick up on your rhythm and know when you post. They’ll even know at what hour. Save articles in draft form and publish them when you see fit.
2. Tags. I’m still trying to figure out this one myself. I think the more specific the tag the better. Also the more you use one specific tag, the better google and other search engines will recognize your blog. Don’t use too many tags. Apparently no more than 15 is good. Too little tags is bad as well in my opinion.
3. Niche. Create your own unique selling proposition. What makes your blog unique? Do you have a clear concept or topic? Blogging about popular stuff is fine, but the more specific your post the better for your stats in the long run, because your name will come up sooner in search engines.
4. Passion. Related to niche and probably the most important one. Blog about what you truly love and care about. Besides it’s your blog: You decide, you’re the boss, you’re in charge. Screw anyone else. Not only will you be happier and more satisfied, but you’ll be proud of your achievements and retain the motivation to keep going. Moreover people will notice your dedication. Feel the love.
5. Advertise. Social media sure (Facebook, Twitter, Whatever), but also forums. If you’re a film blogger IMDb is the shit. People love it when you share something especially if it’s relevant (on the right board). Basically advertise wherever it’s not annoying to people, but appreciated.
That’s all I’ve got right now. I don’t claim to have discovered anything new or groundbreaking, but I just thought I’d share some of my personal experience. Other than that: Thank you once more, if you’re reading this you’re probably one of the people who inspires me to keep doing this. I won’t be able to keep up my one-post-per-day quota anymore (as much as I’d love to), but I will still blog as regularly as I can.
Much love. Much respect.