Work in progress
Submitted by Alexis Wilke on Tue, 08/31/2010 - 13:15
One of the main reason for writing a blog is to attract readership. Otherwise you could as well be doing some exercise or have a beer watching your favorite TV show.
The readership is especially useful if you have a message to promote (political, social, business, health...) For instance, I quite often mention my Snap! Websites system, obviously since I'm writing about it! Yet, even though it is toward promoting Snap!, you can get a lot of valuable information from my posts, and, of course, I expect you to remember the name Snap!...
Good. Now... How can I remember all the important things to write a post?
If you think about it, you can write the information you need to write in your blog on a Post-it. What will happen to that post-it? You'd want to add some more hints once in a while, remove that one and maybe have a link to a page to help you with this or that. The Post-it needs to be replaced once in a while. And I'll assume you don't have kids who need to test whether it still is sticky. Nor will I talk about the other 100 Post-its...
Do I have a better solution for you?
Yes! The Blog Tips block.
Snap! Websites have a feature called Block. A block is just the same as a post, although usually much shorter. They can include text, images, HTML code1, etc. and they can be shown on all or a chosen set of pages on your website.
For instance, I use a block to show a footer with the name and contact information of Snap! Websites. Menus use a block to be presented to the users. The Facebook Like Box is a block. Recent Posts, Recent Comments and Similar Posts are blocks...
I put an example of our Blog Tips block on the side of this post2. Notice that usually you see the Facebook Snap! page on the side. Here I hid it since I wanted to make sure you'd see the Blog Tips. The Snap! Websites can be used to hide and show blocks as directed based on a path or the type of page you create (i.e. a journal entry, a primary page, a story, a product, a service, etc.)
The block is just text so you can edit it at any time and tweak it more to your taste (i.e. fix the order, change the wording, add a link, delete something that does not apply, etc.) In other words, it can evolve as you learn more and more how to write your blog posts.
Give it a try, get your Incredible Website today and see it in action.