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Guest: How to Bake The Perfect Blog Post

By: | November 24, 2017 | Tags: , , , , | 149 comments

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
StumbleUpon: Hugh Roberts
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  1. 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.
      https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/should-i-choose-a-free-or-a-self-hosted-blogging-platform/

      • 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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. 😀

  11. 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. 😀

  12. 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

  13. Great recipe!

    • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. 😀

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

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. Clever and tasty too!

  26. Thank you for the share Hugh. 🌟

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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