This post idea came about today as I was searching Pinterest for some inspiration as we attempt to spruce up our back yard.
All I wanted were a few quick visual ideas on how to make the edging around our patio look a little more sophisticated.
The posts I kept coming up with were “71 Ideas on How to Improve your Home’s Curb Appeal”, “39 Budget Ways to Spruce Up Your Back Yard”.
People… I am a working mom with a blogging side hustle. I DON’T HAVE TIME to read 71 one things. Shit, I don’t have time to read 10! Can someone just show me a picture of how to make my damn patio pretty already?!
This struggle made a little light bulb go off in my head… I realized this is a key place bloggers tend to go wrong. The world is an incredibly busy place these days, and attention spans are shorter than ever. The desire to bring your readers good content can absolutely be shadowed by bringing your readers TOO MUCH CONTENT all at once.
I am in no way a super successful blogger. I have been writing about 6 months and just made my first $12 on here. However, a few new bloggers have reached out to me recently and ask some of my tips that get me traction and allow me to post so frequently, so here is the little bit of advice that I have to offer!
- Start with a clear post name to draw your readers in. “Writing a blog post that people actually will read”… pretty self-explanatory, right? Pair this with a great featured image to increase your chances of getting a click.
- Keep it simple and precise. What I often do is take my camera with me on a Sunday out and about and take pictures as I go. Say my day goes as follows: brunch at home, meet with friends to watch a baseball game, stop at a winery on the way home for a glass, friends come over for a BBQ. Instead of blogging my whole day in one post, I break it into bits. From this example, my blog post flow would go as follows: Monday – brunch recipe, Tuesday – baseball game outing, Wednesday – details on the winery we stopped at, Thursday – BBQ recipes we used over the weekend. From one fun day out and about I just put together 4 blog posts! Not only does this not drown your readers in long-winded posts that they click away from quickly, but it makes your job of coming up with new content super easy.
- Pictures say 1,000 words. Have you heard that saying before? Well, time to apply it to your blog. Instead of being overly wordy, include pictures of your experience and let them do the talking. Do take a second to explain your picture, but do this in the caption instead of a paragraph and it will keep your post readable and easy to follow.
In summary, keep it short and sweet. Think a 2 minute read or less! If you feel like you have a lot to share, break it into several small posts instead of one big one. And lastly, use quality pictures to do some of your talking.
I hope you find this advice even just a little bit helpful, and if you would like to ask me any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!!
X.O. – Abbey Co.
In case you are wondering what I shoot with, I use a very affordable and basic DSRL camera, the Nikkon D5300. The camera has built-in wi-fi, which I LOVE since through their app I can easily add pictures to my posts from my phone!! (Affilate links below)
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