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Just Because You Have Access To WordPress, That Doesn’t Make You A Blogger….

11403210_10153627742426055_4397914304409915038_nOkay, I know the title of this post may sound somewhat aggressive. This isn’t to be harsh, but it is to raise awareness within the blogger community. As a blogger and as a media curator , I get to be on both sides of the fence. I get to see everything that goes into blogging, and I get to work with bloggers. So I get to look at and evaluate blogs and social media. Lately, I have been working with tons of Atlanta bloggers. I have had several media dinners during the last few months. I have had to hand select these bloggers to attend these dinners to recap these events. I have been getting called out because a lot of people say I always have the same bloggers at the same events. This may be true. But when people ask me why I have the same bloggers at the same events or reach out to certain bloggers for various opportunities, my reply is simple: They know how to blog. True blogging is a talent. I consider it an art. By that, I mean blogging is more than launching a website on WordPress and writing.

I have a few tips on how to improve:

  1. When seeking new blogging opportunities, make sure your blog is up to date. It’s really hard for me consider a blogger for new opportunities if your blog hasn’t been updated within the last six months.
  2. If you are invited to an event with four courses and matching wine pairings, the host is typically going to expect you to discuss each course you indulged in. If you weren’t fond of the food, let the host know when sending over your recap so that the host knows why the recap doesn’t have everything covered.
  3. We are all so busy with our blogs, not to mention our personal lives. Everyone gets behind on blog posts. When receiving an invite to a media dinner prior, to accepting, let the host know your window. If you cannot complete your post within the host’s desired time frame, politely decline the invite.
  4. Take pride in your work. I mean, you have a blog. It’s on display for the world to see.
  5. In order to be considered a blogger, you have to have a blog! Instagram and Pinterest don’t count as blogs.
  6. To learn more about blogging tips, come to Peachfully Chic, Kale Me Kelly, and my event, WordPress and Wine on August 11 at Corso! This mixer will be hosted by Lynn Lilly, CEO of Craft Box Girls. We will be discussing basics of blogging, improving your current blog, and more. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-wordpress-tickets-17863557381?aff=efblike&fb_ref=Default

And check out some of my favorite blogs:

Main Home

http://prettysouthern.com/

http://happilyeating.com/

http://atlanta-restaurantblog.com/

http://goodeatsmundial.tumblr.com/

http://atasteofourcity.com/

http://dofoodbetter.com/

http://www.peachtreeroadies.com/

http://www.peachtreeroadies.com/

http://www.peachfullychic.com/

http://www.kalemekelly.com/

http://peachestopearls.com/

http://altimesenichole.com/

Erica Key

Erica Key is the editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica. She founded Eating with Erica in 2013 due to her love for the Atlanta food scene. Erica is an award-winning Atlanta-based blogger with a passion for all things dining, entertaining, and food.

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