I forgot to add one more tiny thing to my personal blogging pearl list.
I love it if, somewhere in EVERY post, you mention your child's age, as in "Ruthie (3)" or "Ruthie, who is three." Some of you have their names/pseudonyms in the sidebar and/or in a family introduction post, and that helps, but if you are like me, you are reading through fast. If I have to stop and figure out if drinking out of the milk jug is remarkable (for a two-year-old) or revolting (for a 14-year-old), it just ruins the moment, know what I mean?
Just once, to give some frame of reference. Your regular readers (or those who know your family in real life) will bleep right on over it, but those who are new to your blog will be able to join in on the dynamics of your story. This is not just for those of us with lots of kids (I do not expect you to remember all my kids' names, let alone their ages - I can hardly remember them, myself!), but for all mom-bloggers out there. Even if you are only blogging as a personal journal, mentioning ages is even more valuable for reference in the future.
Furthermore, I even would go so far as to spell out the fact that that man's name you just mentioned is your husband, as in "my husband Dennis." You just never know about these things. Don't take relationships for granted - explain them for us!
I guess what I'm trying to say here is this:
Even if you've been blogging a long time, every once in a while, it's a good idea to read your blog as if you were a new visitor.
Because every day, you will probably have at least one person who has never visited you before. If a new acquaintance were visiting your house, you'd pick up the place a bit. Look around on your site - your header, your sidebar, your links - and make sure everything works. Make sure your posts do not assume too much previous information (link them properly if they do). And most of all, make it easy for visitors to figure out what you are talking about!
And I'm sure y'all knew this, but Shannon, my friend at Rocks in My Dryer, created a website just for questions on blogging, Blogging Basics 101. It's set up in a Q&A format and is a very fun, informative read.