I can only speak of my experiences. And my blog is not a very powerful one but I’ve made it this far and with a constant growing following, I think I’m doing something right. I wanted to share some things that I think takes to make it in the blogging world. In no particular order:
What is the blog’s goal?
Okay I guess there is an order for at least this point. Before you create the blog, you need a goal for it. What are you posting about? Why are you posting about it? Are people gonna be interested? How do you get people interested? These are questions you answer before and during the early months of the blog’s life. The goal of my blog is to bring a positive spin on the world. Some people want to give advice or talk about personal stories. Some want to teach people. Perhaps it’s a fanblog. Whatever it is, make sure you stick with it.
Many blogs are started. And most of them fail after the first few weeks. Why? Well, some people are in it for the quick fix. They want to instantly become a top blog in their respective category. Truth is, building a strong blog requires a lot of work and patience. For me, even though I relaunched the blog in August 2012, it took until March 2013 for the blog to start getting high views and traffic although the blog is still below average. The Daily Good Stuff wasn’t an instant success but I kept at it. And now I’m easily shattering records of previous views and followings.
Stand by what you present in the blog. This is very important. Understand that not everybody is going to agree with you. But that’s okay. What’s not okay is you backing out of your own point because you want to be on everybody’s side. Pick a side. There are some things that you are grey about and that’s fine too. People will respect others that, while they don’t agree with you, at least you value what you stand for instead of a “pushover”.
Ah, life happens. We can’t control what will happen. But, even in this, as a blogger you have to get something up consistently. Give yourself a goal of posting once a week. That’s how I started. Weekly Funnies was just that: A once a week post of stuff. I got the hang of it and then moved up to Daily Good Stuff. Start off small if you have to. Don’t overwhelm yourself. If your viewers know when and what to expect from you, you’ll eventually build a following.
This one is fun for me. Keep experimenting with your blog. Try different features. Try adjusting your widgets and menus. Perhaps themes as well. Keep tweaking the blog as you figure out what people respond to and how they respond to it. This is really for new blogs. Once you find the right look, you would probably want to lay off on the changes.
Don’t write exactly how you talk
This is a tough one but the way we talk doesn’t always translate into proper grammar. Stick with proper grammar on the posts. Now look, I don’t think writing the way you talk is actually a good thing. But, that’s why I have “exactly” in there. Not many of us speak proper english. We’re not bad but sometimes if we literally wrote the way we talked we would offer some confusion. But, you need to be able to express yourself.
Find other blogs/bloggers
With the find other blogs, just go looking for other blogs. It can give you an idea for a new post or whatever. As for finding other bloggers, it can build your network among the bloggerverse. And you can guest blog there or invite them to blog at your spot. It’s great for networking. And try to find things that are related to the goal of your blog. Heck, you can gather up a few bloggers of various types of blogs and form a little network. Would I do that with my blog? Eh, maybe not unless it’s with the right people. So, blogging is something you have to work on. Be creative too. And stick with your original mission.
So that’s it for now. If I stumble upon more I’ll make another post.