Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shocking Truth: The Top 5 Blogging Tips I NEVER Follow

Struggling with your blog? Is it not growing or producing fast enough for you? Maybe your problem is following the sea of "top tips" on the web; it's time for a fresh perspective! Let me help by debunking 5 blogging tips you've heard before.

Lots of notes, homemade vegan pie and ample tea help when blogging gets tough. 

1. Don't obsess over traffic; ignore your counters.

I used to check my Google analytics and hits daily, now I could go months without a peek. Monitoring traffic is important, but I prefer to fuss over quality. Craft superior content that readers are compelled to share and increased traffic happens organically.

2. Don't follow the crowd.

I see a lot of bloggers play follow the leader. Blogs tend to fit into a tribe with similar styles of posting, image editing, layouts, and color schemes. I draw my inspiration and style from inside. Let your interests and personal tastes define your blog. You'll stand out and posting will feel natural.

3. Don't Chase After Followers.

Quality over quantity! Again, focus on making your blog the best it can be and followers will grow organically.

4. Don't try too hard.

Yes, quality is important, but don't spend hours upon hours on your blog. If that's difficult, try setting a timer and writing quick first drafts from the heart. Come back to these drafts later and refine them, again setting a timer to keep from spinning your wheels working to hard on one post.

 5. Don't forget to think of your readers. 

Blogging can feel like a selfish act. I'm passionate about blogging! I feel myself growing with each post, but I never forget about my followers. I need my content to help, inspire, and entertain you, my reader!

It takes time to find your voice and style with blogging. Don't let slow traffic and "small" numbers bother you, focus instead on building authentic connections with your audience and peers. Create content that would make your heroes (like my hero Batman!) proud!

Be authentic, present your best, and have fun along the way!
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15 comments:

  1. Hey Van,
    Those are great tips, thanks! I always enjoy reading your blog...I love your lists...I am a list maker also... I keep finding them everywhere!

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    1. I constantly take lists, same here, lists are EVERYWHERE in my life...

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  2. Great tips! I like doing the blog parties, that's fun. I haven't settled down to what exactly my blog is, so it it currently a diary of sorts. With a big move to another climate and retirement, there is always a lot to write about. It's the gaps in posts I need to close. Life is fun right now. I'm busy living!

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    1. Hey, blogging shouldn't stop one from living ;) I've made mine into a career though so I've been updating even while on "vacation" in Sarasota, Florida. Such is life!

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  3. Awesome advice! I sometimes forget that people read blogs and people also need to do stuff for the reader and not just for the blogger. :)

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    1. No problem with keeping an online personal journal if that's your aim, but if you want readers, you must write for them! I crave the interactivity, otherwise I'd just keep a private journal somewhere...

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  4. Great tips my blog is small but I run under the theory I blog to help myself and if someone happens to find,read it and actually like it thats just a great big prize for me!!

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    1. Yep, hobby blogging is fun. And it's even better when others connect and it grows into something more!

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  5. Thanks! I love writing my blog even though I have just over 50 followers, but I really identify with the quality over quantity tip! I really love the followers I have, some of them I have become good friends with and they are great! I also love the comments, I understand that not everyone who comments is going to follow, but I appreciate people stopping by regardless!

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    1. It's quite true, 50 dedicated followers is better than having 500 completely unengaged ones.

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I really like what you say about making your blog a quality blog, and don't worry so much about how many people are following. It's especially good to hear since my blog is just a baby and I don't have many followers, YET!

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    1. Indeed, but you will, it takes time :)

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  7. I'm new to reading you. I'm glad I found this post. I am rethinking my blog direction, why I started it and how to give to my followers. They, by observing the posts looked at the most, are speaking loudly to me....I need to listen.

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  8. I love this post, so encouraging. I think that I really go off into my own territory and do my own thing a lot and sometimes I wonder if I'm talking to the crickets. Thanks so much for this.

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  9. Tht is so true.. U've enlightened me...

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