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YOU ARE THE 1ST LADY OF YOUR BLOG, SO ACT LIKE IT

WTDT - Please ListenI have been running websites off and on since 2003. It’s something that I love to do. I love writing and sharing about my life. Blogs are like reality television to me, only better. Why? Because what you are reading is in real time. It has either just happened the day before, is currently happening or is about to happen in the near future.

The writers behind blogs share personal stories, triumphs, failures, words of encouragement, family favorite recipes, pictures, videos and their tried, true and tested tips, as well as their opinions and knowledge on whatever subject/topic that they master in.

Blogs are written by women of all walks of life. I can guarantee that you have a few bookmarked, RSS’d or fed into your feed reader right now that you read on a daily basis.

It’s real women writing about topics that we as readers can relate to on an everyday basis. We have the spouse who won’t pick up their clothes or the children who throw fits in the middle of Wal-Mart. We have the dog who chews up everything in sight, the endless mounds of dirty laundry and the house that will never stay clean. (As of right now I have cleaned my kitchen a total of three times and the day isn’t over with yet.)

As the writer behind Penny Pinching Diva, this website is the first impression that I make on the internet. It reflects “me.” It is my humble abode on the world wide web. (Mi casa es su casa.) I feel as if it is my job to welcome every visitor who stops by, answer any question that is asked of me and acknowledge all of the beautiful people that stop by to acknowledge my life’s many milestones.

I do these things because I genuinely care. It’s not a *le sigh* “I have to do this, this, that and the other” type of thing. Because in all honesty I don’t have to do anything. It is a *jump for joy* “Yayness, I just got another comment and two new visitors” type of thing. (Yes, yayness is one of my many made up words. Stick around long enough and I am sure you will spot a plethora of my other made up words as well.)

The image that you put out there of yourself may not always be the type of image that you want to reflect to your regular visitors, random passerby’s and potential company/business partnerships. Sure you may curse like a sailor, but if you want to work with Disney your chances are slim to none if you do so on your website. Go ahead and talk about your drunken weekend, but I can guarantee that that one post could possibly deter a family friendly company from wanting to work with you.

When you come to Penny Pinching Diva you won’t see a post written by me ranting and raving on-and-on about this or that. I’m a positive person. I like to reflect on positive things. Even though everything in my life isn’t always positive being negative has never gotten me anywhere, or anyone else for that matter. (Except maybe Simon Cowell.) I don’t believe in the “woe is me syndrome” either that I have seen on several blogs.

Just like my attitude, I don’t always accept every offer, review and giveaway from companies that comes my way. If it’s not a family friendly item, or it doesn’t fit into my current article theme, I won’t accept it. I don’t care how many emails I receive from visitors angry about my lack of giveaways. I’m not going to work with a company if I don’t support their products or their business ethics. That’s the bottom line. I have morals and I won’t compromise them to receive the latest product if the company doesn’t possess any morals.

Treat your website with a sense of decorum and let your readers and visitors know that you appreciate them. Be hospitable and treat others how you would want to be treated when you step foot inside someone else’s blog home. Acknowledge those who regularly visit you and say hey, and those that just stop by to briefly wave.

Remember that you are the 1st lady of your blogging domain and therefore a reflection of the content, articles and features that are published on there.

The first impression that you give can determine the difference between several loyal readers or the potential business partnerships that you wish to form.

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18 Comments

  1. You have such a great attitude and way of looking at things!

  2. Hi, this a great article. Great tips and an inspiring concept of how we should view our blogs.

    I’m just starting a new Blog community http://BlogsHerColor.com and I would love to feature this article in our Tips and Tricks section.

  3. Loved this article. I have been interested in starting a website, but not sure what theme to go with.

  4. Wonderful post! You have put into words what I wish I could say so eloquently. I am all for being real, but I, too, believe that it can be done without cursing up a storm on a blog

    I love what you stand for – good job!

  5. Hey Lady.

    I love the positive energy. Keep it flowing. 🙂

  6. I love it!!

  7. Very well said!

  8. Love this! I am JUST getting into reviews/giveaways, so you’ve given me a lot to chew on. Thanks!

  9. Well said! When I worked as a librarian, one of the hottest topics amongst bloggers was “branding” ourselves and realizing how what we put on the web impacts how others view us, our libraries and the services we offer. People have to remember that a blog is like your living room and the front door is wide open, so move the dirty laundry behind closed doors.

  10. I LOVE this! So well written!!

  11. Everything you said made perfect sense. Thanks for the insight!

  12. Nice post, I have caught myself going to post something that I probably shouldnt. Some things are better left in the mind and not for all to read for eternity.

    Lucy
    Heres my Thursday post
    http://postpartumillness.com/node/166

  13. Right on!

  14. Great post Shynea! I also think that being real is the best thing. I respect honest bloggers, and those who realize that you can get your point across without swearing all the time. When I visit a blog that’s chock full of cuss words every other sentence, I quickly lose interest.

  15. This is such a timely post for me. I am posting my very first blog this week. Thank you for the insight. I am sure I will refer to this post often.

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