Blogging for Beginner’s

When was the last time you read a remarkable blog post, news feed or article that left you feeling


When was the last time you read a remarkable blog post, news feed or article that left you feeling motivated, wanting more or just plain smarter than before you clicked the link? Like some of you, I’ve read (and seen) quite a few interesting articles online that made me feel more inclined to hit the like button, subscribe, share, comment, connect, buy or DIY something new. Since starting my blog, May 2017, I wondered how could “Mrs Melodrama Mama” get in on some of that creative interaction lol? And after doing some intuitive thinking and a little research on how to blog successfully… this is what I have found out.

  • Successful bloggers know how to attract readers. You can attract readers by including a relatable but catchy title at the head of your post. And people love seeing pictures. Make sure to upload a captivating photo that relays what your story is about. Then hook them with an attention-grabbing intro and a great story.
  • Successful bloggers know how to keep the audience engaged. . One way to keep your audience engaged is to write about topics you’re interested in or passionate about. Soon, you’ll attract like-minded people who’ll want to read, like, follow and share your work whole-heartedly. Keep your grammar fresh, smooth and error free.
  • Successful bloggers gain new followers and keep them interested enough to come back time after time. To gain new followers, you’ll have to do a little self-promoting to get that big beautiful blog you just created out into the world. The best place to shamelessly promote your blog for free is on social media, but don’t overdo it. Share your link with family, friends and followers and ask them nicely to check out your blog and pass it on if they’d like. To keep folks interested over time, just be yourself when you write, write what you want to write and how you want to write it. I know…I know… but yea… how’s that saying go, “it’s better to be yourself, than a copy of someone else” (something like that).
  • Most importantly, successful bloggers have a niche blog. A niche blog is a blog created for a special purpose to promote one type of thing. For example, if you’re an artist, you could make your blog all about making your art, post behind the scene pics from local events, how to become an artist and how to make a certain piece and other hot art topics. There are tons of ideas out there.

Also, to have a successful blog, first you must define what a successful blog looks like for YOU. What do you want to get out of it? What is your end goal? What do you want others to know? For me, as new writer, a successful blog would entail a devoted network full of avid readers, writers, editors, teachers, artists, students and other creatives who are genuinely inspiring, supportive and helpful. My vision for this blog, is to share my creative writing endeavors, short stories, poem, lyrics (maybe) and give some insight into my novel that I’m currently working on; my writing process, related articles, tips and inspiration. I’ll also share some of my artwork and photos. I’m thinking about doing DIY’s on the weekend and more. And hope to meet some new people in the process and learn from them too.

For all those who have been following me, I haven’t posted in a while, but I plan to keep up with writing weekly blog posts…starting now πŸ™‚ Partly, because I’m in my second semester of my Creative Writing major and this is my first Real, real blog post for my English 1201 class. I know I left out a good bit of information about becoming a successful blogger. So, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help, if I can. Or do you have a helpful tip you’d like to share with my class about starting a blog? Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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DIY: Inspirational Poem Plaque

Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your….

Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your favorite poem or quote engraved nicely in glass for you and all to admire. I also shared how-to create my inspirational poem plaque on my Instagram page @melodycolegates -a couple of months ago, but I thought I’d share it here too, just in case you would like to try my “nifty” DIY project for yourself πŸ™‚


1- 8″ x 10″ picture frame
1- small tube of mars black acrylic paint
1- small tube of gold acrylic paint
1- med flat paint brush
1- small round detail brush
1- pointed metal object (like a butter knife)
1- damp cloth

Take the glass out of the 8″ x 10″ frame and brush one side of the glass with a thin layer of black acrylic paint (two coats may be needed). Let air dry.  20170625_094917Then, use the tip of a metal object and carefully etch your poem into that painted surface.  Lightly scrape off the black paint until all of your letters show up clearly from the front. When you have finished etching your favorite poem into the painted glass, wipe off any excess paint chips and/or fingerprints with a damp cloth. Now, you should be ready to fill in all those little letters to make your poem stand out beautifully. So, on the same side (you just painted and etched your poem into), dip your brush into the metallic gold acrylic paint and completely fill in each letter of your entire poem. After it dries, for a good 15 minutes or so, turn it over to reveal your own special poem etched in glass for years to come.


Write your poem backwards on the glass in order to read it forward when you turn it around. Hope that makes sense πŸ™‚

I wrote my ‘Success’ poem back in 2001 and created this plaque as a memento right afterwards. It is still hanging on my living room wall till this day and looks as though I made it yesterday.

Tag me on Instagram if you try my DIY poem etched in glass! I’d also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks! Happy Sunday πŸ€—

xo melody

success poem with books