On its web site, Entrepreneur recently posted “10 reasons your small business shouldn’t start a blog”.
Reading a headline like that, I was prepared for an anti-blog rant. It turns out that the post’s author, Carol Tice, gives solid advice about the operational and motivational underpinnings of an effective business blog.
With a tip of that hat to Ms. Tice, then, I’d like to reframe her recommendations as a somewhat more actionable list of “things you should do to make your blog successful”. Operationally: Make the time
- Have something to say
- Maintain a clear writing style and tone
- If you delegate posts, do so fully
- Make your blog attractive, readable and free from mechanical errors
As for motivation: Be clear why you are blogging
- Build and connect with an audience
- Remain open to comments and feedback
- Be prepared to promote your writing in other social media
Even framed in a more positive light, that’s a daunting to-do list. But with more and more publishing moving to the web, authors, editors and publishers are being called upon to step into a two-way, bloggy conversation. Getting that right takes practice and time, but it makes for a one pretty good reason to start.