So its been about a year since I’ve been blogging. First, to those who have been following me or just visiting my blog, welcome, and I appreciate your taking the time to read my posts!
I’d like to share my personal thoughts and lessons learned on this whole blogging experience. Trust me, I am no expert and some of these ideas you may have heard before. I, however, can at least say that I have attempted these things with some amount of success. I don’t profess to have a huge readership but as long as I grow day by day, month by month, then that’s progress.
Visit other blogs and comment
This was one of the first bits of advice that I came across. I actually read this from an article written by WordPress on how to increase blog traffic. I do agree that it is a great way to not only increase your readership but also build relationships with other bloggers. It’s nice to visit familiar blogs on a regular basis. It reminds me of hanging out at a friend’s house. What would really be great would be if once a year there was an event where fellow bloggers could all meet each other face to face. Who knows? Maybe something like that does exist. There are definitely some writers that I’d like to meet.
Write often and consistently
Yeah this is the hard part. I try to post about once a week. That’s probably the best I can do. I am in awe of people who can post something every day. For me coming up with the subject matter isn’t the hard part, it’s trying to organize my thoughts in a post the best way possible. I spend too much time correcting grammar and making sure my sentences are flowing correctly. That’s important I know, but I wish I could do it in a more efficient manner. In spite of it all, I feel that I am getting better at writing the more I continue to blog.
Identify the Best Time To Post
I noticed that when I publish my post in the morning, that I receive more hits. I suppose people like to have their morning coffee and their blog soon after they roll out of bed. Most times it’s not until the evening when I finish writing a post. After it’s all written, I am so eager to have it published that it’s all I can do to wait until the next day. When I look at the stats though, it’s worth the wait.
Use Your Tags
Tags can be pretty useful for bringing more traffic to your blog site. This blog, “Drawing Out Loud” is art-focused, so no matter what I write about, I always add the tag “Art.” Here in WordPress this at least puts me under the right category if someone is reading about art. This is the audience that I would want to attract (although not mad at anyone who randomly stumbles upon my posts and likes them anyways). Then of course I add the other tags that come from the stuff that I am writing about at the moment such as drawing, painting, the title of an art piece, art fairs, etc.
I have heard that the more tags you use, the better, but I try to keep my tags at a reasonable number like maybe ten at the most. I’m not sure what is considered to be too many. WordPress actually has link on their homepage site that shows a list of popular tags to use.
Post on Twitter and Facebook
My posts automatically upload to Twitter and I also post on Facebook. Twitter seems to be more effective to me than Facebook because I am reaching an audience that is more far-reaching and outside of my circle of friends. I feel that with the Facebook page, I get better responses if I publish pictures of my work rather than my blogposts.
Write about lessons learned from past experiences.
Personally I like to read about blogs that talk about this very thing. I appreciate that these writers help me to prepare for what lies ahead when doing a particular task as well as warn me of any pitfalls that may come my way.
Make good use of your format.
A good format makes all the difference in the world. You should break up your text with headings, lists, or pictures. Your readers will more likely read the blog it in its entirety rather than skim through it.
Well that’s all I have for now. I’m sure there’s plenty more I didn’t add and if so, then that’s more blog fodder for the another post. What are your thoughts?