Must-Have Pages for Your Blog

Monday, January 11, 2021

Are you starting a blog in 2021? 

Well, I sure hope you are! And if you are undecided about starting a blog, here's a post I wrote about why you should.

One of the most important elements of a blog, aside from actually creating the blog posts, is having the right sort of pages on your blog. Today, I wanted to review a few must-have pages that you should create, whether you want to make a career out of blogging, or simply want to blog for the fun of it. 

  • An About Me Page 
The purpose of an about me page is to give readers a chance to know you. You are basically answering a couple of the most basic questions: who are you? and why did you create this blog? 

Of course, this is often easier said than written, so here are a few simple steps to write this page:

- First, describe who you are. In a few sentences, write a little bit about your background, your life (as much as you feel comfortable), your personality, your interests, and any fun facts about you. 
- Second, describe your blog. Why did you start this blog in the first place? What do you want people to gain from reading your blog? Why should they follow you in the first place? And you know, it's okay if your sole purpose is to simply use your blog as a way to talk about day-to-day life (I actually love those types of blogs). Or to talk about gardening. Or your favorite movies. Or a mix of all three. Just let people know. 
- Give people some next steps. So, after people find out more about you and your blog, what do you want them to do? Leave some actionable suggestions, whether it's subscribing to your blog via email, follow you on social media, or read your latest post. 

One more thing - don't forget to update this at least once a year. Things change! You'd be surprised how quickly outdated this page can become.

  • A Contact Page. 
Please, please, please create a contact page. As a Blog Tour Manager, I am always on the lookout for new bloggers to invite to tours, and it's so disappointing when I can't find a way to reach out to a blogger. 

So, if you ever want to hear directly from readers via email (I LOVE when people write me directly about my blog posts), or hear about potential partnership opportunities (such as blog tours!), you need a contact page. 

Here are a few basic pieces of information to include: 

- Your email address 
- Your social media sites 
- Other important links (such as other blogs you may have. Or a link to your writing portfolio. Or a link to your podcast. Or where people can buy your books.) 

  • A privacy policy. 
Basically, a privacy policy is a way of telling people you aren't a total creeper. Okay, that's not exactly the purpose, but in all seriousness, there are lots of privacy laws out there, and you want to be as compliant as possible. So, even if you don't plan on advertising on your blog in any way, you'll want to have one in place. 

Having to add this element can deter a lot of people, but there are plenty of free privacy policy generators you can use that will do just fine. 

Here are a few places that make this process really easy: 

As you get into the groove of writing and creating blog posts, you may think up new pages to add. For example, on my writing blog, I have a page dedicated to authors who may want to feature their book. On my work-life blog, Lady Unemployed, I invite people to share their unemployment stories on one page or be a guest writer on another. I've seen many bloggers that review books have a page specifically dedicated to describing the types of books they want to read (usually called a "review policy" page).

Overall, if all you do when starting your blog is create these three pages above, you'll be way ahead of the game already. 

Do you blog? What sort of pages do you have on yours?


Sioux Roslawski said...

Nicole--I'm embarrassed to say that I don't think I have any pages on my blog. Oh, I think I have some ancient "teaching" pages, but other than that, nothing (I think). You have given me some things to consider.

I also know I need to create a website. Maybe as I'm doing that, I can spruce up my blog?

Cathy C. Hall said...

Well, Nicole, you know I blog and I have the pages you mentioned. I also have a "Books and Bylines" page so I can promote my writing and I have a fun page for Cathy-on-a-Stick.

I agree that it's important to keep a blog updated, especially if that's a writer's calling card out there in the world. I also think a writer needs to include a bit of personality, tell a story, give a voice to who you are. You have only one chance to make a good first impression, right?

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

Covered everything but the privacy policy which, admittedly, I had never even considered. Adding to my list of tasks.

Empish said...

Great post and yes I have a blog and website. I actually launched it last year and will be posting a one year anniversary blog post this month to celebrate. As far as pages I keep it short and sweet with about 4 pages including the ones you mentioned. The extra one I need to work on this year is my accomplishment page. This one will list things that I have done in my career over the years that I am most proud of. My website is like a portfolio and highlights my career and my blog piggybacks on that a bit. I also need to investigate that privacy policy you mentioned.

Jeanine DeHoney said...

I don't have a blog yet Nicole, but this is definitely great and must have information to have when I get around to creating one.

Renee Roberson said...

Okay, I double checked my site and I have the "About Me" page but I don't think I really explain the purpose of my blog. I do have categories assigned so you can easily see I write about true crime weekly, cover book reviews, writing and lifestyle topics and have a page linking to my writing portfolio and my podcast. I do not have a privacy policy, though, so I should probably get on that!

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