It’s now time to announce the “Best Blogging Advice” contest winners!
First of all, I’d like to thank each of you for giving valuable advice about blogging. Trust me on that, I’m gonna use them!
I received advice from: Shionge from So Shiok…!, Bluefish from Between Canada And Denmark, Graham from One Man’s Travel, Khengsiong from Principle Of Uncertainty, Barbara from Home In France, Ulquiorra from Deep Sarcasm, Damospace, Pocket Culture, Kyh from Times Journal, Johnada, Spyder from My Spyderweb, Durano Lawayan from The Spitting Vessel, Ghing from My Blogging Experience, Freelance Web Design, Scarlet from As Good As It Gets, Seraphine from Encore Seraphine and Beaverbosh.
Picking the winners was hard since a lot of great advices were given. I choose the bloggers who scored the most points, as I specified, and then the best advices. So:
- In the World Category, the winner is… Ghing from My Blogging Experience!
- In the Canada category, the prize goes to… Johnada, who is recovering from his bicycling experience in Toronto!
- The second prize goes to… Kyh, author of Times Journal.
- Finally, the third prize goes to Durano Lawayan, author of The Spitting Vessel.
I loved Kyh and Durano’s advices:
a) Respect Your Readers – be truthful about what you write; make sure your thoughts are well organized and logically flows throughout the post. Edit your post before publishing for grammar, syntax, spelling, facts, and punctuation marks. Avoid using profanities and slang. Write with feeling and empathy,choosing words that would aptly describe these without sounding so pretentious.
b) Be Open to those that Post a Comment – Welcome other bloggers’ opinions and ideas even if they contradict with yours. Agree to disagree without being disagreeable. There is no sense in generating opinions if all you want are praises for what you have written or photos you have posted. Most people base their opinions on what they have experienced or accepted as their beliefs or values. Respect these too, since chances are, your experiences are different from theirs. Allow them to express their perspectives.
c) Be Caring and Kind to other Bloggers – When posting a comment on other bloggers’ sites, consider the feelings behind the post. Focus on what in your own perspective is good about it and comment on that. You may also venture to comment on what the feeling of the author is in writing the post, but qualify that this is just how it dawns on you. Be gentle with criticism or disagreements, write it as a suggestion for improvement. Be generous with praise but don’t overdo it as it may sound contrived.
d) Reciprocate – When bloggers post a comment, acknowledge and respond, if possible, before you write the next post. Then, go to that blogger’s site and post a comment too. Try to build an open line of communication. Reciprocity is also respect for those that read your posts and make a comment. Avoid unthinking comments like “great blog”, “Way to go”, or “Let’s exchange links” pleeeeeease!!
e) Treat Every Blogger as an Equal – There is no place for discrimination in the blogosphere. There are things each one of us can do better than anybody else, regardless of what it might be; and there are things others can do better than yourself. There are things you know that others don’t; and there are things others know that you don’t. So it does not make you better than they are, nor are they better than you. That makes us all equal.
My advice? Be genuine. Be humorous at times. And pictures! Photos and pictures draw attention more than words. Travel stories would always appeal to most of us. Intuitive layout that is neat and clean at first sight. And most importantly, blog from the heart! Bloggers won’t last long if they don’t blog with passion!
These advices made sense to me and are really close to what I think as well. Thanks for your input!
Among the great bloggers I mentioned here today, I’d like to introduce you guys to Kyh. His blog, TiMes JoUrNaL, has: 1) the nicest header I have ever seen (and he drew it!) 2) the best pictures 3) great travel stories. Kyh, who has been blogging since 2005, is from Malaysia. He loves world history, culture, traveling and obviously, photography. Still a student, he blogs about Malaysia, cultural events, his life and what I like best about him is he is this kind of blogger who only posts when he has something to share. For great pictures and travel stories, check out his Gone Rural and his Penang Heritage Trail series!
First prizes winners, email me your banner/ ad and I’ll put in in my sidebar over the week end. You can contact me with this form. And see you tomorrow for the last post of the “How To Blog” series!