Great Post on 10 Blogging Mistakes

I stumbled upon this post from Anne R. Allen’s Blog…With Ruth Harris  and new it would be perfect for this blog   It covers 10 things authors do/don’t do to sabotage their blogs.  Also, please note that they add you don’t have to blog.  But for those who want to blog, I strongly encourage you to check this link out.


  1. Instead of writing tonight, I immediately applied the tips to my blog (am too embarrassed to say how many changes occurred). Thank you so much for bringing this post to my attention.

    Having said that, I’d like to add an 11th tip: As a reader, please stop requiring us to multi-click to get to a story (which really is a tip from within the article). For example, recently on SPAL, you all started redirecting from your newly-formatted teaser emails to the articles on SPAL (click 1), but in order to read actually more of the content, we must click yet again (click 2) to read the article. Please go back to delivering the full story via email or let it be a one-click to the actual article. After all, which is more important – to count click-through visits or to deliver content?

    I was amused at the suggestion that writers are too shy to toot our own horns. Back covers and bio pages are crammed full of nauseating self-congratulatory fluff and slathered with overblown credentials. As such, I tend to believe we writers are myopic, focusing on writing and not the details of how we present ourselves, particularly in our blogs. Frankly, I’m surprised we all didn’t hear the sound of thousands of hand-slaps-to-the-forehead within minutes of the post going live.

    Thank you for your helpful and timely post!

    Take care,

    1. I think I changed it so that you should be able to get the full post in your email now. I’m going to do a blog post today, so I’ll be able to test it out.

      I still have a ton of things to do to my other blog to get it in shape. Since I have 27 books to link to and do everything I need to make it where it needs to be, I have to go in small steps. Too much at once, and I’ll go crazy. 😀

  2. K. S. Bowers says:

    Ruth, thank you so much for all the informative posts. When I first began to write and self publish I honestly didn’t know if I could do it, but SPAL helped me through every process with writing tips, blogging tips, how to’s on book covers and formatting and so much more. I really appreciate all the hard work you guys do to help out fellow writers.

    Like, LC Cooper, I immediately transformed my blog. Thank You!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad the information on this blog is helpful. 😀

      I couldn’t believe all the things I missed on my own blog after reading the blog post on making a better blog. LOL It just goes to show no matter how long you’ve been doing something, there’s always something more to learn.

  3. I really appreciated reading this article. My “About Me” page was ONE sentence. What a waste of space! I remedied that today. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. I need to go back and fix up my own blog, so you’re not the only one who missed some good steps on getting the blog the best it can be. That was one of the best blog posts on blogging I’ve read in a long time. 😀

  4. annerallen says:

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Ruth. I appreciate the kudos and the readers you sent over..

    LC–I agree about the “two click” posts. I used to complain about that too, but a number of bloggers prefer the format that allows people to see teasers for several posts instead of only the most recent. It’s weird how writers are either afraid to toot their own horns or don’t toot enough. In traditional publishing, the back-cover blurb and profiles are composed by an editorial and marketing staff, and writers aren’t a part of it at all. (I’m lucky to have a publisher who gets other writers to tell those nice lies about me.) But self-pubbing also means self-marketing, so the accolades can sound a little self-serving. It’s important to strive for balance.

    1. Thanks for the awesome post! We’ve tried so many ways to do a post on blogging like yours but never got all the excellent points across. I’m so glad you wrote it and I found it. I was browsing the Kindleboards when I saw the link. 😀

  5. Thanks for posting the link; I’ve got a couple of adjustments to be made over on my page, it seems…

    1. My blog is still being updated. I’ve at least started the process, but I didn’t realize how much work I needed to do until I read the post. 😀 I’m glad I found it.

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