Tips for starting your own derby blog

Posted on February 8, 2012 by

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I love reading derby blogs. Chances are if you’re reading this, then you do too. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of starting your own. Here’s five hints on how to go about it.

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  1. Choose your blog name carefully. Don’t, for example, call it Diary of a Derby Wannabe if you think you might be blogging even after you’re not a wannabe (hmm, yes, learnt that one the hard way). In fact, don’t use “diary” or “journal” – they are so overused already.
  2. Blog regularly. Before you go public, store a few drafts up your sleeve so you know you’ll have the first four week’s ready to go. People do notice if you start a blog and then drift away. Yes, In Training Wheels, I’m looking at you.
  3. Have at least one picture or video for each post; they engage readers.
  4. Limit posts to 500 words if possible. Sometimes you’ll get writing and find that you’ve poured out 1000 words worth of content. Put it aside for an hour or two. When you come back, I’m sure you’ll find that you’ve actually written about two or three different themes. Tweak it a bit and, presto, you’ve just prepared two or three different posts. When you publish, link them so readers who are really into the topic (like me) can follow the train of your thoughts. While I’m on linking, periodically go backwards through your blog and add links in earlier posts to later ones.
  5. Stuck for ideas? Go into your stats and see what search terms people are using to reach your site. Someone reached my site earlier on through googling “how big is a roller derby track?”, which was the inspiration for How Big is a Roller Derby Track

Once you’ve set up your blog, be sure to visit and put your web address in the comments field below.

Happy writing!

 

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