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I’ve been blogging on EntertainmentBuff.com for a little over a year now. I discuss industry-related news and rumors, review movies, discuss my own misadventures in Hollywood, and occasionally just talk about being an everyday movie-goer. It’s fun, particularly when I find a topic that really gets my creative juices flowing. There really are no hard and fast rules for blogging. You don’t have an editor or deadlines looming over you. That said, I have a few personal guidelines I like to follow:
- I try to keep things brief, since big blocks of text are off-putting for casual readers. If you’re getting a little long winded, see what you can trim out or maybe put into another blog.
- I always proofread my blogs. I want readers to not be distracted by typos or bad grammar. People will be more inclined to bookmark your blog if it reads well.
- It’s important to update your blog often. I try to write at least one blog a day, taking Saturdays and Sundays off. If I have an idea during the weekend, I’ll write it out and save it for Monday or some other day when I’m short on ideas.
- If you get an idea for a blog by reading another online article, make sure you cite the source in your blog and provide a link. I almost always blog about industry news I read on entertainment sites and provide embedded links for readers to see the original piece.
- Try to embed a picture in your blog or maybe a YouTube clip if applicable. Give your readers something to look at beyond simple text. It’ll make your blog more dynamic.
- Remember that what you’re saying is going out onto the Interwebs. It’s not a diary or a journal that only you have access to. Keep personal information limited, since you never know who’s going to read it.