Guest: How to Bake The Perfect Blog Post

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.
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.
How To Bake The Perfect Blog Post
I’ve been blogging since February 2014 and 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
Books: Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @HughRoberts05
Flipboard: Hugh W. Roberts
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149 Comments
  • Janet Givens
    Posted at 12:07h, 05 April Reply

    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?

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:09h, 05 April Reply

      Hi Janet – Thanks for checking Hugh’s post. I am sure he will get back to you shortly. Love it posts and blog

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 02:05h, 06 April Reply

      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.
      https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/should-i-choose-a-free-or-a-self-hosted-blogging-platform/

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 06:17h, 06 April Reply

        Thanks for your update and input Hugh. Your post is still going strong!
        How about a follow up Guest Post from your end????

        • Hugh's Views and News
          Posted at 08:53h, 06 April Reply

          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. 😀

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 18:09h, 06 April

            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.

      • Janet Givens
        Posted at 13:55h, 06 April Reply

        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.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:12h, 06 April Reply

          So glad you connected with Hugh. He has so much to offer and good knowledge and posts

  • Thelma Alberts
    Posted at 14:32h, 16 February Reply

    Great tips on how to bake the perfect blog post. I love this. Thanks for sharing Hugh.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:29h, 16 February Reply

      Thanks for visiting this post Thelma. Yes, this is a well received baked blog post.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 02:06h, 06 April Reply

      You’re welcome, Thelma. Apologies for the late reply.

      • Thelma Alberts
        Posted at 05:26h, 10 April Reply

        It is okay. I can relate to that. Have a nice day.

  • Shallow Reflections
    Posted at 03:21h, 04 February Reply

    This is a great recipe for blog success and as usual when reading Hugh’s posts, I learned something. Terrific post!

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  • RobbyeFaye
    Posted at 13:03h, 20 January Reply

    I love this, so creative and on point!
    Thank you both for sharing it with us!
    Blessings~

  • floatinggold
    Posted at 13:53h, 18 January Reply

    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.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:16h, 18 January Reply

      Yes, this is a very special blog recipe – love it, and so does many other readers

  • thereluctantpoet
    Posted at 06:07h, 06 January Reply

    Great post! Such a wonderful decision to ask Hugh for a post and his post was so great!!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 08:09h, 06 January Reply

      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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 08:19h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • zaralouki
    Posted at 02:33h, 05 January Reply

    Sure I will. Thanks 🌹

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:21h, 05 January Reply

      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.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:22h, 05 January Reply

      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.

  • zaralouki
    Posted at 12:41h, 04 January Reply

    Really helpful recipe, I’m sure the cake will be tasty after trying it. Thank you xo

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:56h, 04 January Reply

      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.

  • Mary Smith
    Posted at 09:35h, 04 January Reply

    Brillaint recipe, Hugh. I might even manage to create a tasty blog bake!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:26h, 04 January Reply

      Mary, will you bake us a blog cake????

      • Mary Smith
        Posted at 07:49h, 05 January Reply

        I’m betterr with savoury things 🙂

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:01h, 05 January Reply

          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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 07:18h, 05 January Reply

      Thanks, Mary. I’m hopeless in the kitchen, so this seemed the perfect recipe to try out. 😀

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    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 07:26h, 04 January Reply

      Thank you for the share Hugh. 🌟

      • Hugh's Views and News
        Posted at 07:48h, 04 January Reply

        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.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:24h, 04 January Reply

          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.

  • Liesbet
    Posted at 22:31h, 03 January Reply

    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! 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:31h, 04 January Reply

      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?

      • Liesbet
        Posted at 17:58h, 04 January Reply

        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.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:02h, 04 January Reply

          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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 07:50h, 04 January Reply

      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. 😀

  • www.retirementreflections.com
    Posted at 21:26h, 03 January Reply

    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!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:29h, 04 January Reply

      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.

      • www.retirementreflections.com
        Posted at 10:55h, 04 January Reply

        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)

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 13:07h, 04 January Reply

          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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 07:51h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks so much, Donna. I had great fun mixing baking with blogging. 😀

  • dgkaye
    Posted at 19:00h, 03 January Reply

    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

  • Bette A. Stevens
    Posted at 16:22h, 03 January Reply

    Great recipe!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:14h, 03 January Reply

      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??

      • Bette A. Stevens
        Posted at 18:40h, 03 January Reply

        Thanks so much. Look forward to putting something together. <3 xo Happy New Year!

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:53h, 03 January Reply

          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.

  • D. Wallace Peach
    Posted at 16:10h, 03 January Reply

    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.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:12h, 03 January Reply

      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.

      • D. Wallace Peach
        Posted at 17:52h, 03 January Reply

        I would love to. I’ll try create some palatable concoction. 🙂

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:03h, 03 January Reply

          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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:13h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks so much, Diana. Glad you enjoyed my attempt at a little baking. 😀

  • TanGental
    Posted at 12:06h, 03 January Reply

    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.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:09h, 03 January Reply

      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.

      • TanGental
        Posted at 00:12h, 04 January Reply

        Ooo, well, that’s a lovely suggestion. How shall we do this? My mail is [email protected] if you want to take this away from gumming up your comments!!

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:14h, 04 January Reply

      And they are all mine, Geoff 😈

  • Olga
    Posted at 10:02h, 03 January Reply

    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. 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:07h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Olga – thanks for stopping by and enjoying Hugh’s baking skills – Always something new and I am addicted to his blogging recipes

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:15h, 04 January Reply

      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. 😀

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 06:41h, 04 January Reply

        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

  • John W. Howell
    Posted at 09:58h, 03 January Reply

    Nicely done, Hugh. Thanks for having Hugh, Esmé.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:04h, 03 January Reply

      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.

      • John W. Howell
        Posted at 18:10h, 03 January Reply

        I’ve been trying to teach my boxers how to make brunch. Maybe there is something there.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 18:16h, 03 January Reply

          John, I will be honored if you see your way open to do a post. You decide and let me know.

          • John W. Howell
            Posted at 05:55h, 04 January

            It will be fun. Let me see if I can get them to co-operate and then let you know. 😀

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:38h, 04 January

            Awesome, keep me posted, thanks in advance John

          • John W. Howell
            Posted at 09:39h, 04 January

            Will do.

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 17:27h, 04 January

            👨‍🍳👨‍🍳

          • John W. Howell
            Posted at 17:58h, 04 January

            🙂 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.)

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 18:03h, 04 January

            😘

          • John W. Howell
            Posted at 05:59h, 05 January

            😀

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:16h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks very much, John.

  • Retirementallychallenged.com
    Posted at 09:39h, 03 January Reply

    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!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:02h, 03 January Reply

      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

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:17h, 04 January Reply

      That’s great to know. I’m so pleased you got your ‘contact me’ page all set up. 😀
      Thanks for letting us know.

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 06:40h, 04 January Reply

        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.

  • Debbie Harris
    Posted at 12:06h, 26 November Reply

    This was a great fun read and as,always spot on with the blogging advice! Hugh is a real favourite of mine 😊

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 14:49h, 26 November Reply

      A favorite of many bloggers Debbie, always good read and advice

      • Debbie Harris
        Posted at 21:00h, 26 November Reply

        Yes I agree, Hugh is a real gentleman and such a help with his advice and interactions.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 06:56h, 27 November Reply

      Thanks so much, Deb. It’s about the only thing I can cook. 😀 I’m hopeless in the kitchen.

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 13:55h, 27 November Reply

        Hugh. Maybe you should ‘cook’ more of these blog recipes for us please. What do you think?

        • Hugh's Views and News
          Posted at 02:48h, 28 November Reply

          I’ll have a think about it, Esmé. It could be great fun to do. Certainly, an alternative way to publish some blogging tips. 😀

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:19h, 28 November

            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?

          • Hugh's Views and News
            Posted at 04:35h, 30 November

            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?

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 06:47h, 30 November

            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

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 04:19h, 04 January Reply

      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.

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 06:39h, 04 January Reply

        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.

      • Debbie Harris
        Posted at 14:55h, 04 January Reply

        I’m not at all surprised it was a successful post!! Your information is always well received, and rightly so!

  • Parul Thakur
    Posted at 08:31h, 26 November Reply

    What a fabulous recipe. You are right, Hugh is amazing and I follow his blog 🙂 thanks for bringing him here too 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:09h, 26 November Reply

      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.

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 06:55h, 27 November Reply

      Thank you so much, Parul. 😀

  • Carol
    Posted at 19:48h, 24 November Reply

    The icing on the cake…as always Hugh informative with a touch of humour 🙂

  • Judy E Martin
    Posted at 11:42h, 24 November Reply

    A fabulous recipe, and one that always ensures the perfect post. 🙂

  • Hugh's Views and News
    Posted at 07:58h, 24 November Reply

    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.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 21:05h, 24 November Reply

      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.

  • Osyth
    Posted at 06:23h, 24 November Reply

    The advice on tags is of immense value to me and I loved the overall result of your bake!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:30h, 24 November Reply

      I agree Osyth the baking of tags is good part of the ingredients mix

    • Hugh's Views and News
      Posted at 07:54h, 24 November Reply

      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.

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 21:03h, 24 November Reply

        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

      • Osyth
        Posted at 22:05h, 24 November Reply

        Thank you …. it really is sound advice and I will be adopting it

  • Annette Rochelle Aben
    Posted at 05:50h, 24 November Reply

    Clever and tasty too!

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