Hi all 🙂 It’s been nearly a month since I’ve started seriously writing and enjoying my blog as something more than just an online diary of sorts. If you want to get technical, I’ve been “blogging” for over 10 years but never with an expectation or desire for anyone to actually read what I have to say or *gasp* comment or follow! So this has been a whole new kettle of fish for me, and I have to say that I’m loving it!
Here is what I have learned in the past month:
The blogging community is a great one! But you have to be willing to get yourself into it! Before, I never joined any networks, groups, or communities so I was never able to see the benefits of discovering new and wonderful blogs, or being discovered by someone else. This has by far been the best thing for me. My favorite part of the day is turning on my computer in the morning, having my breakfast & cup of tea, and reading all of the new blog posts from the various blogs I follow. I also very much enjoy finding new blogs to follow so please comment below and let me know where to find you! **Something I have been having trouble with is the whole Google Friend Connect thing. WordPress is my preferred platform for a number of reasons and I feel like I’m being jipped in the GFC department. Any other WordPress users have suggestions?**
If you blog it, they will come. But if you don’t write regularly, no one will know you exist. That had always been my downfall before. I love to write but often get distracted and forget to get my thoughts into a post before they leave me. When looking for blogs to follow, I find myself only following the blogs that have pretty recent posts. Certainly doesn’t have to be daily, but weekly sure is a plus! I used to be a “one post a month” kind of girl. No wonder I never gained any traction with it before! You have to make yourself present in the community on a consistent basis for people to see that you mean business and that there is more to come from you so you are worth the follow!
Whether someone has been to my blog and commented on any of my posts before, I am trying to make a point to comment on people’s posts that resonate somehow with me. This one ties into the whole community aspect of the blogosphere, but deserves it’s own point because I think it’s really important. Effective blogging is very much a conversation. I appreciate seeing comments on my posts, so I know that leaving a comment for someone else will give them that same sense of satisfaction in knowing that they are not just writing into space, but that someone out there is reading and relating. I don’t believe in the whole “comment for a comment” ethos, so I genuinely do not comment just so someone will visit my blog. Although it sure is a bonus!
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned about blogging that has helped you grow your readership? I’d love to hear it!
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