Please Help My Blog Become As Awesome As Yours!


I’ve blogged for a couple of months now, but I am still a blogging noob. I realize now that “everything except writing” might be too broad of a topic. Perhaps I should narrow my focus and target audience? However, my mind is usually all over the place, and I like the freedom of writing whatever I feel like at the moment.

As much as I love the tagline, I want my blog to be about my writing. I’d like to showcase my writing like a portfolio, promote whatever I might be working on, and I’d also like to write insightful entries about writing. And maybe I can throw in a few random posts sparingly.

So I’d like a new look. A logo, possibly a new theme, new layout, categories, etc.. Basically a huge makeover of my blog, both in appearance and content.

I’m still new to WordPress, so I’m asking you experienced WordPress bloggers for your opinions, advice, tips, or cautionary tales about running a successful blog about writing. If your blog is about your writing, or writing in general, tell me about how awesome your blog is (free promoting, as long as you actually talk about why your blog works; don’t just post a link).
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What are some of your favorite blogs about writing, and what makes them good? What are some popular writing blogs, and what makes them successful? What are some good (free) themes for this kind of blog? How else can I improve the appearance/layout of this blog?

The title, Missing the Muse, is about writer’s block. It was the original theme of the blog, but writing about not writing created a paradox inside my brain. Any suggestions on the primary focus of my entries? Any links to blogs or sites with blogging tips would also be helpful.

Any other tips/advice would also be very appreciated, especially if it was legit info on how to make money by blogging.

Thank you.

~Phoenix Autumn

4 comments

  1. Hey there. I’m actually a newbie myself and in fact, you’ve written more posts than I have, even though I’ve been on WordPress longer. I don’t even think about money right now, I’m still focusing on useful content that will engage readers.

    Money, I hope, will come later (much later, in fact, as most professional bloggers say they don’t earn anything the first two, or even five years). I don’t know why you decided not to write about writing, as it seems to be one of the most popular topics out there.

    Some of the most popular blogs I’m following: cristianmihai.net, bottledworder, lanternpost2012

    Some of the most useful blogs on professional blogging: copyblogger, ProBlogger

    Great inspirational blog, in general: Brain Pickings but I’m sure you’ve heard of this one.

    I’ve heard a lot about writing for a niche market; that you’re much more likely to build authority and show your expertise, therefore getting engagement and interest from your readers.. But I don’t know if it’s that useful early on, because I think it’s better to write about anything you want first.

    Also, showing interest for other people’s writing (i.e. visiting and reading other blogs about your topics, commenting on them) has proven to be beneficial for me. Sure, it takes a lot of time and commitment, but I believe it’s essential in the beginning.

    It’s actually the main philosophy behind my blog. I’ve made it my mission to let other bloggers’ voices heard too, especially new ones like myself. Great content can come from anywhere.

    I just did a makeover myself, you can check it out if you want and let me know what you think. Sorry I can’t be of much help, I’m still figuring this out myself.

    Good luck and happy blogging!

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    • Thank you very much for taking the time to post all of that advice, as well as links to various useful blogs. It’s a lot of information to sort through, but at least now I know where to start. Thank you again!

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  2. Hi there -:)!

    I have been blogging for almost a year and started almost by accident! The truth is – I knew next to nothing about blogging! But I blogged away and learned in the process. My blog is a personal blog, or as I like to describe it; my little spark in the endless space of cyber highway -;)! I wrote about my early experiences (‘Through the eyes of a newbies blogger’) as well as about writing in a second language (English is not my first language). There is however one simple rule I learned most to be true in blogosphere as well as in life – whatever you do, if you truly put your heart into – you can’t go wrong. Sincerity and humanity always shines!

    Happy Blogging!
    Daniela (of the Lantern Post)

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