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Well, what can I say that you do not already know about Hugh W. Roberts, I think his name says it all. I am above elated and happy when Hugh accepted the invite to do a post here on TRH. Please, you have to visit his social media links (see below). I am positive that you will be glad you did. I am an avid follower and reader of all his tips on blogging and have learned a lot from him.
Now sit back, have a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) and enjoy this wonderful blogging “recipe” prepared for us by Hugh.
I was rather taken aback when Esmé invited me to write a guest post for her blog. You see, I can’t cook. I’ve tried and even almost accidentally poisoned a very good friend with a pizza I baked. He was just getting over a very bad bout of flu and, thank goodness, his oven came off worse in my moment of good-doing, I watched my dreams of becoming a chef soon disappear, but then I discovered blogging.
I’ve been blogging since February 2014 ad have come up with my very own blog recipe. All of the ingredients are free and don’t need to be in any particular order. You’re welcomed to follow my method if you want to.
To start, find a very large mixing bowl.
To it, add one Blogging platform (I used WordPress) and add the title of your blog to it.
Choose a theme you like and add it to the bowl.
Stir for one minute with your hands until the mixture sticks together and forms visitor’ peaks when you remove your hands.
Prepare an ‘about me’ page, and add it to the mixture.
Lightly fold the mixture together so that your ‘How to contact me’ page appears.
Prepare your first post and add at least one image. (Warning – ensure any image is not copyrighted, otherwise, your blog will fail to inflate).
Add at least one category to the mixture, ensuring it dissolves. If it fails to dissolve, then take it out of the mixing bowl and try another category.
Add up to six tags to the mixture and stir them in for at least one minute. (Warning – if you add between 7 and 13 tags to your mixture, then your blog post may confuse certain internet search engines. If you add 14 or more tags to the mixture, then your blog post may fail to show up on the WordPress Reader list).
For best results, leave the mixture for a few hours in the draft folder fridge before placing it into the scheduling baking tray. (If possible, leave the mixture to mature overnight).
While you are waiting for your mixture to mature, visit other blogs and read, like and comment on them.
Look for social media decorations you like the look of (I use Twitter, Flipboard and Stumble Upon) and add them to your mixture before publishing it.
When you are happy with your blog post mixture, schedule it or bake immediately. (Date and timing can vary and will become more relevant later on, but try and not bake two blog posts per day, as this may make some your readers feel overwhelmed).
Sit back and visit, read, like and comment on some more blog posts.
As soon as you hear a ‘ping’, check your blog post mixture and respond to any comments. (Failure to respond to comments may affect future blog post mixtures).
Keep checking for comments on a regular basis, ensuring you respond to them.
If anyone compliments you on the results of what you have created or shares your recipe, then be sure to thank them.
Hugh W. Roberts
Author, Blogger & Writer
Winner of Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #1
Blog: Hugh’s Views And News
Latest Book: Glimpses
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149 thoughts on “Guest: How to Bake The Perfect Blog Post”
An entertaining read, certainly. Hugh, I’m chronically confused by the interplay of WPdotcom (the free one) and WPdotorg (the pay for it one). I’ve been looking a good tutorial that would let me compare. And suggestions?
Hi Janet – Thanks for checking Hugh’s post. I am sure he will get back to you shortly. Love it posts and blog
Hi Janet, I’ve always stuck with a WordPress.Com blog. I read horror stories of people who have gone self-hosted, but I have also read good reviews from people who made the switch. I know of some bloggers who made the switch back to WordPress.com after encountering all sorts of problems with the company that hosted their self-hosted blog. This article should hopefully help.
Thanks for your update and input Hugh. Your post is still going strong!
How about a follow up Guest Post from your end????
It’s so good to see this post still going strong, Esmé. I’m a bit snowed under with other projects at the moment (including the Bloggers Bash), but I will write a follow-up post at some stage. 😀
Hi Hugh, good to hear from you again, and I fully understand, so it’s totally up to you when you can do it! This will be awesome.
Oh yes, it is important to have a reliable host. Actually my web designer insisted I use the dotorg site; she wouldn’t work on dotcom. She got me my domain sign up too and hosted forces a Rhône until now found a larger one through my first blogging workshop. I actually checked my WP Settings last night and while it listed both URLs, it somehow had my .com site as primary or default. I made the change to my self-hosted .org site and I believe my problem is solved. In other good news, your response gave me good data for a future blog post. THANKS so much for the link.
So glad you connected with Hugh. He has so much to offer and good knowledge and posts
Great tips on how to bake the perfect blog post. I love this. Thanks for sharing Hugh.
Thanks for visiting this post Thelma. Yes, this is a well received baked blog post.
You’re welcome, Thelma. Apologies for the late reply.
It is okay. I can relate to that. Have a nice day.
This is a great recipe for blog success and as usual when reading Hugh’s posts, I learned something. Terrific post!
Yes, Hugh did an awesome post and very informative and I still go back to his blog for more and more to learn on a regular basis
Me, too! Hugh is the best.
I concur Molly
Thank you so much, Molly. Glad this recipe has gone down so well. 😀
Yes, and didn’t even have to take an antacid to stomach it!
I love this, so creative and on point!
Thank you both for sharing it with us!
Thanks Robbye for visiting and so glad you love this recipe for baking your blog
You are welcome!
It is a cute blog post!!
Ha! And here I was thinking I was clever when I wrote my own blogging recipe. I’ve read that you don’t allow links, so I won’t share it, but feel free to explore my page.
Yes, this is a very special blog recipe – love it, and so does many other readers
Great post! Such a wonderful decision to ask Hugh for a post and his post was so great!!
Thank you so much. Yes this is an awesome post and I just love it. Would you be interested. Check out my About The Recipe Hunter and at the bottom you will find a contact form. You can use that to get in touch with me via email. Thanks in advance.
Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
Sure I will. Thanks 🌹
Check out my About The Recipe Hunter and at the bottom you will find a contact form. You can use that to get in touch with me via email. Thanks in advance.
Check out my About The Recipe Hunter and at the bottom, you will find a contact form. You can use that to get in touch with me via email. Thanks in advance.
Really helpful recipe, I’m sure the cake will be tasty after trying it. Thank you xo
I am glad you liked the Blog cake Hugh baked. Please let me know if you would be interested to ask ‘bake’ a Guest post for us.
Brillaint recipe, Hugh. I might even manage to create a tasty blog bake!
Mary, will you bake us a blog cake????
I’m betterr with savoury things 🙂
Mary, Please check out my About The Recipe Hunter page and at the bottom you will find a contact form. You can use that to get in touch with me via email and then you can submit your post and ask questions should you have any. Thanks in advance.
Thanks, Mary. I’m hopeless in the kitchen, so this seemed the perfect recipe to try out. 😀
Thank you for the share Hugh. 🌟
You’re very welcome, Esmé. I thought the beginning of a new year was the perfect time to share the post. It was great fun writing it.
I am so happy that you did, and as mentioned before if you have the time to ‘cook’ up another post, just let me know as I will be delighted and so happy as all our combined readers to see more of your baking.
I love this recipe, Hugh, especially the “letting the mixture rest and mature” part, something I rarely do. For sure not a “recipe for disaster”; I’ll try to stick to the ingredient list a bit more in the future to avoid getting burned! 🙂
Hi Liesbet – glad to meet you, and welcome to my blog and Hugh’s post. I have said it before, I am addicted to his posts and ingredients. Always something new to test out. May I ask if you would be interested to tell us about your Roaming about and then I showcase it here?
Thanks for the invite, Esme! My life less ordinary consists of being a full-time nomad for almost 15 years, ever since I left Belgium in 2003 for what became indefinitely instead of temporarily. Currently, my husband and I have been house and pet sitting all over the US and we recently bought a camper van to have a roof above our heads in between house sits and for future adventures. Freedom, travel and writing is what I live for. Check out my last blog for a feel of how a normal year looks like these days: http://www.roamingabout.com/roaming-about-in-2017-our-year-in-review/
Before 2015, we lived, sailed and worked on our own sailboat for eight years in the Caribbean and the Pacific and before that, we lived in a small RV throughout North and Central America. I could put a “recipe for success” together about how to feasibly and affordably live a life less ordinary. I’ll send you an email and you can write me the specifics and deadline, if that works.
This sounds amazing – Please check my about page, I just added a ‘contact me’ there, and hope it will work, so try it out and then I can send you whatever information you require or need. No deadline, you do your post as and when you can and send it over and then I publish it on the next available open date. Looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks, Liesbet. Given the theme of Esmé’s blog, I thought this the perfect post to write given that I’m not very good with baking. Mixing it with my passion for baking seemed like the perfect idea. 😀
This is a true winner Hugh
Hi, Esme – You have great taste in Guest Hosts – thank you for featuring Hugh today.
Hi, Hugh – What a brilliant post – so many ‘pearls’ of wisdom there!
Hi Donna – thanks so much, yes Hugh has favored us here with an awesome post. Would you also like to Guest here with us, any niche acceptable. I will be honored to showcase your blog as well.
Hi, Esme – That is very kind of you. I will email you separately to find out details. Looking forward to chatting soon!
BTW – I love discovering another BC blogger. (I live on Vancouver Island)
I am on the mainland close to the airport. Go to my about page and you will find a contact me at the end of the post. Thanks in advance.
Thanks so much, Donna. I had great fun mixing baking with blogging. 😀
Absolutely brilliant Hugh, you clever man. And Esme, what a treat to see Hugh here! For all we know Hugh could be jumpstarted now to writing a mystery bake-off thriller after this! 🙂 <3
Debbie, help me then we ask Hugh to start this, I am sure it will be an even bigger hit
Thanks so much, Debby. My mind works in rather mysterious ways. 😈 😇
Love those mysterious ways Hugh, keep it up
To say the least! 🙂 🙂 <3
Hi Bette, yes a delightful recipe for sure. Love the ingredients used. Would you like to also share your own post, any niche, and then I feature your blog here as well??
Thanks so much. Look forward to putting something together. <3 xo Happy New Year!
Awesome – when ready, just drop me an email with your full post, any pics you wish to add as well as a pic of you and then I will work it up and get it ready and provide you with the next available publish date.
Hugh is so clever. Of course, he could whip up a tasty blog post. And it’s not half-baked either. 😀 Great guest, Esme. That was fun.
Diana, It’s a delight to see you over at my side of the blogging world. May I ask if you would be interested to participate in Guest Posting? Any niche of post accepted.
I would love to. I’ll try create some palatable concoction. 🙂
Whoop whoop – Looking forward to that! Email me with your concoction, any pics you wish to add as well as a pic of yourself and I will work it up and let you know the next available publish date.
Thanks so much, Diana. Glad you enjoyed my attempt at a little baking. 😀
We all love your blog baking Hugh
Well who knew? Roberts the Cook. What a star baker. Interesting his recipe doesn’t call for a topping of hugs. Maybe it’s a calorie thing for January. Hugh Hugs are notoriously morish.
Hi Geoff, Thanks for dropping in. I will have to get Hugh to do another blog post and then ask him to add his Hugh Hugs to it.
How about you also participate in this venture and add your own story, any niche, here. I would be honored if you wish to participate.
Ooo, well, that’s a lovely suggestion. How shall we do this? My mail is gl*****@sa****.uk if you want to take this away from gumming up your comments!!
I will drop you an email.
And they are all mine, Geoff 😈
Hugs are good!
Enjoyed your light and fluffy, baking instructions, Hugh. I even learned something new which is a cherry-on-top to my future cooking skills. Didn’t know about the max amount of tags to use for good baking results and not to bake 2 posts per day. Love the presentation. <3 Thank-you Esme for sharing Hugh's culinary skills. 🙂
Hi Olga – thanks for stopping by and enjoying Hugh’s baking skills – Always something new and I am addicted to his blogging recipes
I’m glad you got something out of my attempt at doing a little blog baking, Olga. That’s good to know. Anything I usually cook goes straight in the bin. 😀
Hugh this one DID NOT go to the bin as you can see. We have so many people loving it and we need more please and thank you
Nicely done, Hugh. Thanks for having Hugh, Esmé.
Hi John, thanks for popping over here and yes I am delighted to have Hugh as a Guest. How about you? Would you be interested. Any niche post will be accepted.
I’ve been trying to teach my boxers how to make brunch. Maybe there is something there.
John, I will be honored if you see your way open to do a post. You decide and let me know.
It will be fun. Let me see if I can get them to co-operate and then let you know. 😀
Awesome, keep me posted, thanks in advance John
🙂 Hey I just realized these guys don’t have an opposable thumb. No wonder they are having trouble with the All-Clad handles. (got by the wisk problem.)
Thanks very much, John.
I always enjoy Hugh’s always insightful and often helpful posts. In fact, just yesterday, I followed his “recipe” for adding a Contact Me page to my blog (something I’ve been meaning to do for over a year) and the results were yummy!
Glad – I must find that post and have a look at it. Will you be able to provide me with that link please Retirementallychallenged. Sorry, I could not get your name on your blog. BTW I am now also following you
Thanks for the follow! Hugh recently wrote this post: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2018/01/02/13-free-blogging-tips-for-every-new-blogger/ which had a lot of great tips for newbies and vets alike. Janis
Thanks for the link – I will for sure check it out. Somehow missed this one
I checked out this post and tried to follow it but I am on wordpress.com and I do not find the appropriate menu in my drop-down. I will have to do some more digging, but thanks again
I’m on Wordpress.com too. Feel free to contact me (via my new Contact Me page 🙂 ) if you need help. I’m fairly technically-challenged, so if I could do it, you should be able to also.
Thanks so much will do that immediately, I do appreciate your offer to help.
That’s great to know. I’m so pleased you got your ‘contact me’ page all set up. 😀
Thanks for letting us know.
I will be in touch Hugh, I om a free wordpress.com version and could not as yet find how to do it. Will come back again tonight and check it out again.
This was a great fun read and as,always spot on with the blogging advice! Hugh is a real favourite of mine 😊
A favorite of many bloggers Debbie, always good read and advice
Yes I agree, Hugh is a real gentleman and such a help with his advice and interactions.
For sure he is and I ‘devour’ all his posts
Thanks so much, Deb. It’s about the only thing I can cook. 😀 I’m hopeless in the kitchen.
Hugh. Maybe you should ‘cook’ more of these blog recipes for us please. What do you think?
I’ll have a think about it, Esmé. It could be great fun to do. Certainly, an alternative way to publish some blogging tips. 😀
Thanks Hugh, I would love it. We have had such good comments, and its super useful, so anything you can ‘cook’ up and any blogging tips will be awesome. If you wish you can also do a monthly one, what do you think of that?
It’s a lovely idea, Esmé, but I don’t want to promise you anything and then let you down. My writing and blogging schedule can sometimes be very heavy. However, If I can say that I will consider writing another post along the same lines, would that be OK?
Hugh, I fully understand that you have a very busy and full blogging schedule and will appreciate any post/s you can do at your convenience. Just drop me an email and consider it done from my end. Thanks and have a wonderful day
Thanks so much, Deb. I’m so surprised to see that my attempt at blog baking has been a success. I usually hopeless in the kitchen.
Hugh, as you can see this is getting so much attention and I love the flavor of your baking. I am addicted to it and would love some more please Sir.
I’m not at all surprised it was a successful post!! Your information is always well received, and rightly so!
What a fabulous recipe. You are right, Hugh is amazing and I follow his blog 🙂 thanks for bringing him here too 🙂
Thanks, Parul – Glad you love this post. How about you do a Guest Post for us. Let me know if you would be interested, and I am always on the ‘hunt’ for Guest Bloggers.
Thank you so much, Parul. 😀
The icing on the cake…as always Hugh informative with a touch of humour 🙂
Carol – yes, what a fun and very informative post.
Thanks so much, Carol. 😀
A fabulous recipe, and one that always ensures the perfect post. 🙂
Judy, what a lovely and perfect Blog baking recipe.
Thanks, Judy. Glad you enjoyed it. I’m still testing the recipe 😀
A recipe is always in testing mode, especially this wonderful one. Hope to see more of same shortly.
You seem to have got it right, Hugh 🙂
Thanks so much for asking me to guest post, Esmé. I really enjoyed putting this post together. I’ll share it over on my blog next week.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks so much Hugh, appreciate the sharing, and as said if you want to do more, please just drop me an email and I will be delighted to do more of your Guest Posts.
Thanks so much, Esmé. That very kind of you. Have a lovely weekend.
Same to you Hugh
The advice on tags is of immense value to me and I loved the overall result of your bake!
I agree Osyth the baking of tags is good part of the ingredients mix
Thank you, Osyth. Yes, I learned from other more professional bloggers that having more than six tags could result in you confusing the internet search engines. When I was first told that, I didn’t believe it. Then, I tried it out and since seen the amount of traffic coming to my blog via search engines rocket up. It really does work.
Hugh – I am so glad you baked this blog post. Anytime you wish to do more, I will welcome any other Guest posts from you. You can just do a regular post of do another baking blog post. This is very very useful information. Thanks again
Thank you …. it really is sound advice and I will be adopting it
Clever and tasty too!
I just love this blog baking session. This is awesome
Thanks, Annette. 😀
This is beyond awesome – love this blog baking post