Sometimes the smallest apps are some of the most brilliant and this one that I’m sharing with you today is no exception!
Take a look at the video above and just watch how I can quickly increase the speed at which I can blog! Instead of switching between windows and tabs I can keep a persistent screen of the content I’m interested in writing about on top of all my other screens, including the editor!
One of the most significant lessons that I’ve learned in the past few years as a blogger is to simply make sure that I’m actively listening to the community that I’m a part of.
The challenge for most bloggers is that they feel they either don’t have an audience at all that’s listening or they feel that they do but they aren’t actually doing anything about it (either on purpose or simply because of ignorance).
All that being said it’s definitely easier to listen when the community is small (and growing) but much harder as the community gets more large, more diverse, and definitely more opinionated on the topics that you’re covering and even about how you’re writing about them!
In fact, one of the first times you might even hear something at all from the community is when you change something about your writing style, WordPress Theme, or even something else that you might have felt was pretty innocuous but was actually critical for your visitor’s experience! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed up something on my blogs that I felt was pretty harmless only to get a tongue lashing from the community! Odd how that happens a lot, by the way.
Included in this release were native support for Post Formats, improvements to SEO, and an upgrade kit for those that have made changes to their existing install! Take a look at all the updates right here.
One of the best ways for you to continue to build community, traffic, and rapport for your brand and your blog is to simply comment on other people’s blog posts. This is also a Content strategy as well!
This is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways (since it’s free!) of gaining an increased readership and following! It also has a number of other benefits such as keeping you up to date with other people’s opinions as well as giving you fresh insight and inspiration. I can’t tell you how many of my blog posts have been jump started because of something that I read or a comment that I created in response to a blog post!
But it does take time to not only to read that blog post (not just scan!) and then to comment! I’ve always challenged myself to streamline anything that I can and here’s how I save myself a lot of time with a few keystrokes: