Every B&B Innkeeper Needs to Blog

A-pile_quartersIf I had a quarter for every time I’ve urged an innkeeper to connect a WordPress blog to their website, and then post on it regularly, I think I’d be included in the Forbes magazine annual list of the 400 richest people in America this year.

Just this morning I received an e-mail from yet another client asking, “How in the world will I find time to create posts on my blog, on top of everything else that must be done for the B&B?”

So, guess it is time, once again, to share a few tips. The first tip is all about time. It is my opinion that most innkeepers can easily find 30 minutes a day to post new items on their blog, if they are motivated to do so.

Practically every innkeeper running a successful business in our digital age must check their email daily for inquiries about reservations and new reservations, so why not make it part of the routine to create a blog post immediately after checking e-mail? Sounds simple, right? YES, it really is just that simple.

Don’t Waste Time

  • It is easy to loose yourself, and your time, web surfing. Don’t fall victim to this time-waster.  Use your computer as tool, not an excuse to waste your time away.
  • Take advantage of WordPress plug-ins that push your message to several of your social media accounts at once. Jetpack is a very stable and popular plug-in you can investigate and consider using. It is a GREAT time-saver.

Keep A List Of Ideas

  • Most innkeepers carry a notepad of some sort on their person most of the time.  Start a written, or digital, list of ideas or topics you’d like to post about.
  • Organize your writing as you post.  Bullet lists like I am creating here make it easy for your readers to quickly take in information.
  • Keep your posts short.  I try to keep mine between 400-500 words or less — often it is much less.
  • Be concise and make every word count!

Use the WordPress Draft Function

  • If you start a post and suddenly find yourself stuck for words, don’t worry! Simply click on the “Save Draft” button and leave it for now.  You can come back later, and finish the post, then publish it.
  • It is also nice to save a draft and return with an image to include.
  • You can begin one or more drafts at a time, getting ideas that easily flow into your posting system quickly.  Flush them out later.

These are just a few of my tips.  If you have a couple of your own, please feel free to submit them here. Who knows your tips may end-up in my next book with a complimentary plug for your B&B.

Have safe and happy July 4th celebrations

Tomorrow is the day when Americans will be celebrating Independence with fireworks, food and fun.  As a web designer I love technology, but as a mother and grandmother, I urge all of you to use safety measures if you or your children are going to handle fireworks.

Technology advances are not restricted to computers and televisions, today’s cutting edge technology includes the ability of fireworks. This year’s fireworks can display shapes, different colors, words and even designs.  Don’t let fascination with these advances dull your vigilance toward safety measures around fireworks.


One beautiful Sea Urchin

I don’t usually post about jewelry, but I just found the most beautiful South African Sea Urchin set in 18K yellow gold and sterling silver with peridot, jade and freshwater pearls.  This beautiful piece of fine art can be worn as a necklace or as a pin.  It sells for $1,600 and if I could find a way to justify such a purchase, it would be MINE!  Take a look.  I know you too will fall in love with it as well.

Vote for your favorite Iowa Attractions

Vote for Iowa Attractions as an “8th Wonder”
Four Iowa attractions are finalists for Virtual Tourist’s 8th Wonder of the World contest. You can vote for your favorite through September 30.
Iowa finalists include the Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott and the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Des Moines.
Vote for your favorite by clicking here.

I love to read and BookBub helps me find great deals

If you enjoy reading as much as I, you will want to investigate BookBub.com.  It is a daily e-mail service that features limited-time discounts on e-books. Many of them offer for free download for a very limited time.

I am just one of the more than 1 million people owning an ipad, iphone, kindle or other ereader that has signed up for the BookBub service.  And, the service does a great job on matching the offers to your personal interests. Go to BookBub.com to learn more. bookbub