Throughout January we will be running our 31 Day Blog Challenge: 31 days to clean up, grow and improve your blog. What better time than the start of a new year to get things sorted and ready to go for a brand new year of blogging?
We'll be sharing 31 tips, ideas, and strategies for you to get things in order and make blogging easier. This is Day 2.
Updating Your Contact Information
January is a great time to update your contact information. Make sure you've got the following:
- a current email address that you check regularly and that's easy for readers to find... OR
- if you're not comfortable having your email address visible, make sure you have a working contact form that's easy for readers to find and fill out.
- you can also provide both!
Take 5 minutes right now to make sure you're all up to date.
No Contact Info? Fix That. Now.
No contact info on your blog? Fix that.
You never know who is reading your blog. There's a lot of quiet listeners out there - PR people, editors, art directors, marketing managers, other bloggers and more. They scout talent: talented writers, reviewers, photographers, stylists, recipe developers. Ask virtually any blogger who's been around for a year or more - we've all had that email that shocks the beejeebers out of us from somebody we had no idea was reading our work - and they want to connect. Not in a public tweet, or with a message on your Facebook page but with you, in a private medium.
When they want to connect... make it easy for them!!
Yes, you will likely get a lot of irrelevant press releases and opportunities thrown at you, but you'll also get some gems and that makes it worth it.
There's a lot of talented bloggers out there and it's easy to hop over to the next blog on the list if you can't quickly connect with your first choice. Don't let that happen to you.
Take 20 minutes to add a current email address or a working contact form in an easy to find spot on your blog. And get ready to connect!
Bonus Points: update your email signature or create one if you don't have one. Include your first and last name, your blog address and any other contact details you want listed. These may include a phone number, a link to a social media profile like twitter or facebook or a Skype handle contact. You may even want to include a "title" if you do freelance work or write a multi-person blog.