The blog of D Kai Wilson-Viola

Author, advocate, designer, mental health advocate and parent. 

Office cat’s guide to blogging

Office cat’s guide to blogging

Hi there, I’m Office Cat.  My pet, Kai, has graciously allowed me to come onto her blog today to introduce the ‘office cat guide to

Blogging’.  But first, may I offer my feline feliciations and give you an idea of who I am

Kushka

Kushie, the Office Cat

and my (blogging) pedigree.

My name is Jenuine WildTansy, and I am an F4 Bengal.  But my mom (and pet) calls me Kushka, or Kushie, or Fuzzbutt, which is very undignified.

But what my pet has told me about Blogging is *really* valuable, so valuable in fact that I wanted to share.  She’s doing the 30 day challenge, and so am I!

From now on, the ‘Office Cat’s guide to Blogging’ will appear on WPforAuthors, but mom has graciously allowed me to start on her blog first, and get everyone interested.

And here’s my first tip.

1) Personality

Forget worrying about SEO, forget worrying about domain names, the first thing you’ve GOT to do is find your gorgeous voice.  Like my piercing stare, a gorgous, sleek voice will be strokable, skritchablle and entirely memorable.  Once you’ve got your voice, you can plan your blog.

Remember, I’m appearing DAILY at Wpforauthors, and I hope you’ll join me there from tomorrow!

Till next time!  Kushie, the Office Cat

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The 30 day V7N blog challenge and going forward

The 30 day V7N blog challenge and going forward

The last few days saw the ‘end’ of the V7N blogging challenge for many of us – a 30 day (starter at least) blogging challenge ran by the amazing Cricket Walker.

But really, it’s just the beginning, because most people that had signed up for the initial challenge have gained freinds,  got more in our reading lists that we know what to do with, with lots of inspiration and more.

One of the best things I’ve really loved about it is finding new people to read without being ‘advertised’ to – I also loved all of the comments I’ve picked up.
I was supposed to keep going this week, but I’ve been horribly ill and incredibly busy – writing somewhere in the region of 22k for one client in the next week alone has meant I’ve felt pretty much burned out with writing, so I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for the last few days – one of the biggies I’m putting in place is, as soon as I get over this bug/pancreatic problem (we’re hoping for the former rather than the latter!) I’m going to be back on the game, blogging more and taking part in *two* new challenges.

The first is an additional stint with the ’30 day challenge’ where I’ve committed to blogging on one of my blogs, daily, and getting my blogging network blog all set up so people can grab me as a guest blogger and see what I’m already writing and offering out for syndication.
The second is ‘learn 21 things in 21 days‘ – for which I’m going to keep generally blogging here about the things I’m learning, motivations and more, and for the second half of that challenge, I’m going to blog at Writers-bookshelf about self publishing and what I’m learning about that – including all of the stuff I’ve got on my roster for learning about publishing on the Kindle and using Amazon’s new services to set up my blogging stuff – all in all it’s going to be a blast!

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Stats and an overview of one week into the 30 day Blogging challenge

Stats and an overview of one week into the 30 day Blogging challenge

So, we’re one week into the V7N blogging challenge. Are you taking part? Yeah? I’m collecting the commenter links and keeping them in my blogroll – holler at me and I’ll add you to the links.

Anyway – yep – the overview.
This blog gets just shy of 1k unique hits a month – even when empty. Keeping a four year old blog means that lots of my links are still in place, which means I’ve got lots of links coming in and 404ing (which is why I’ve deliberately designed my 404 page to immerse people into the blog).
I’ll be able to tell what the difference is at the end of the month, but right now, my counts are:
24 comments on 22 unique blogs
142 Unique views this week – 299 unique views overall.
14 unique comments and another 14/15 comments from me in response.

This blog, famously, doesn’t get many comments – it’s syndicated to Livejournal, where most of my close freinds start conversations on it, and I’ve always struggled with getting comments on any of my blogs. Bipolarbears is my most ‘popular’ blog for comments, but I’m still seeing a great increase here.
So if you’re hesitating on joining in, don’t – I’m already seeing a difference!

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