Tuesday, May 29, 2018

My Whackadoodle Blog Philosophy (and why the heck do I need a privacy policy?)


My blogging style seems to be out of whack with ninety-nine percent of other blogs out there. That’s okay because my goal is different.



NON-MONETIZATION

PriscillaBettis.blogspot.com is not monetized which means I have no ads and no affiliate links. It helps keep a rather uncluttered and minimalized blog page. I do subscribe to some wonderful, monetized blogs and understand that they need catchy ads and so forth. It’s just not something in which I’m interested.


LINKS

When it makes sense to have reference links, I try to keep them at the bottom of a post so as not to interrupt the flow of reading. Our attention spans are short enough. Why make them shorter with interruptions?

Speaking of links, if you read an article on attracting subscribers to your blog, you’ll often see the advice to put in lots of internal links. (That’s a link that goes to another blog post on your very own blog.) The idea is to keep readers at your website longer, thus boosting algorithm numbers so you can attract more advertisers. I totally get why monetized blogs need to do this; more power to them. But the way I figure it, if I don’t have to attract advertisers, I don’t need to hold readers on my website longer than they intended to be here.


THE POSTS THEMSELVES

Another way to attract advertisers is to write longer posts. Longer posts get better Search Engine Optimization (SEO) than shorter ones. I aim for content, not length. (Kudos to talented writers of monetized blogs who can provide content and length.)


THE CONFORMITIES

I always use my own images so I won’t infringe on anyone’s copyright. And even though I don’t send out ads or sell email addresses, I’m trying to abide by this new GDPR thing; thus I’m going to add a privacy policy.


THE GOAL

My goal with this non-monetized approach to blogging is to share useful information, give a little encouragement, or just provide some diversion in a reader’s hectic day. Oh yeah, and to give unsolicited updates on my writerly journey. (As of today, 6500 words into my current work-in-progress!)

Oh, okaaay, and to write the occasional solipsistic rant!

References
Why I “should” write long blog posts: https://neilpatel.com/blog/why-you-need-to-create-evergreen-long-form-content-and-how-to-produce-it/
Why I “should” include lots of internal links: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/commandments-of-internal-linking/
PriscillaBettis.blogspot.com privacy policy.


Make this day even better! Consider:

  • Here’s a new acronym to add to your bookish vocabulary. (Unless you already knew it. I certainly didn’t!) It’s AYKB meaning “As You Know, Bob” dialogue. It’s also called “reader feeder” dialogue. AYKB is an obvious and inferior way to add information to a story solely for the reader’s benefit because the characters who are speaking already know the information. An example of AYKB:


     “Oh Terrance! That man is pointing a gun right at us!” she said.
"Yes, I know, darling, and it’s a pistol rather than a Cobra revolver with a nickel finish like the one that went missing from the crime scene.”

24 comments:

  1. Love your blogging style. Don't change a thing. I do read other blogs with all the ads & it can be rather annoying with those darn pop up ads.
    Linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda. And thanks for pointing out that the comments weren't showing up. For some reason, with the recent changes, my blog wasn't notifying me when comments were awaiting moderation.

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  2. Just more legal nonsense for bloggers to follow. While I do monetize (trust me, my blog earns next to nothing! lol) I've obviously spent zero time on SEO or polishing my blog. I blog to blog!

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    1. I love your blog! It's so . . . I dunno, REAL. Thanks for stopping by.:-)

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  3. I suppose there are lots of tricks to getting more readers and visits, but I've always heard that the best way to get and keep readers is to write interesting, well written posts, regularly. That seems to be the hard work way.
    Thanks for not selling my email address - though it probably doesn't matter by now. :-)

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    1. Every time I get spam email, I figure some place at which I registered turned around and sold my email address. I wonder if the GDPR thing will mean we won't get as much spam now? Time will tell. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Love your blog just as it is. I do read & sometimes get frustrated at the ad's/pop ups on other blogs. It's quite refreshing to not have to navigate around that with your blog.
    Linda

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  5. I agree with your points. Mine is not monetized either so I've concluded I don't need to do a lot to be compliant. If the police take me away, come visit.

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    1. Of course I'll come visit! And you can spend your lock up time writing a book full of all your witty stories.:-) Thanks for popping in!

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  6. Hee Hee. AYKB--please don't fire that thing! --Fawn

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  7. Well said. I'm not monetized either. I write my blog because I believe I have somethng to say. I love AYKB and I shall be looking out for it.

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    1. You certainly DO have something to say. Your posts are like you see more details in everyday life than most people do, and then you point out the details to your readers. Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  8. As you may not know, Pricilla, I prefer the short, unique, informative way that you present information. Bloggers who write long posts usually repeat themselves (and others)and are often boring. You, on the other hand, are a breath of fresh air.--Fawn

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    1. Thank you, Fawn. It doesn't surprise me at all that you prefer shorter, info-dense posts. It kinda fits with the way you strive for a simpler lifestyle without a lot of fuss n fluff. I find your blog is that way, too, no fluffyness. Thanks for commenting!

      I don't want to, gasp, break any GDPR rules, so let me ask first: Since you comment under Anonymous, do you want to keep your blog more private, or can I let readers know where to find your blog?

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  9. I don't collect /sell / advertise anything,but now I'm wondering if I need my own privacy policy. Maybe I should add a couple of sentences. :)

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    1. The best argument I found for adding a privacy policy to info-only blogs like ours was from a web specialist who said it might help defend against bad guys trying to exploit bloggers. I don't like to think of people trying to take advantage of others, but I guess there are folks like that in the world. Sigh.

      Thanks for stopping by, Nil.:-)

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  10. You have a great sense of humor- love this post- I am so tired of new acronyms-who dreams this stuff up? Can't keep up with them! LOL- haha!

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    1. Aw, thank you.

      Your comment made me recall two of my favorite acronyms from competitive swimming: "Swirls" and "skips." Both are used in training. SwiRLS is Swim/Right arm/Left arm/Swim. SKiPS is Swim/Kick/Pull/Swim. I should do a blog post on swimming some day . . ..

      Thanks for commenting!

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  11. Aw, who cares what other bloggers do? I think your blog is GREAT! I always enjoy reading your posts, and I actually like that there's not a million adds and sharing icons following me around when I scroll down the page. :P Keep it up! :D
    Lol, I knew what AYKB was, but didn't know it had an acronym! Those are SO annoying in books - like, just use narrative! Real people NEVER talk that way. :P

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    1. Thank you for you kind words, H.L. Haha, I just had a fun idea. I'm going to try talking AYKB at the dinner table tonight and see how it goes! Thanks for stopping by.:-)

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  12. I am so glad you visited my blog. For some darn reason a number of blogs stopped populating my inbox so I never saw their recent posts. Your blog was one of them. I have corrected that problem. And I noticed that you have a privacy policy - :-) - I am so confused about this and am not sure what the heck I am supposed to do. I just might copy and past your policy into my blog since I totally agree with what you said hahahaha! Of course, I need to ask you first. Now to catch up on what you are blogging.

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    1. Isn't that GDPR stuff confusing?! I don't mind if you copy it. Or you could fill out the form at freeprivacypolicy.com and see what they come up with for you. I actually like the privacy policy on my husband's blog at marsneeds.com. He's a witty guy, and the privacy policy reflects that. (He says you can copy it if you want.)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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