This week marks nine years blogging. It’s crazy to think of all the change that has taken place in our world and in our family in the past nine years. As I think back over those nine years I think of the things that I only could have learned by blogging.
- Starting is always the scariest part of most everything – It was scary to start blogging. It was scary to make myself vulnerable enough to write what I was thinking, learning and failing at. It still is scary. [Tweet “There are few things more intimidating in life than a blank page and blinking cursor.”]There are few things more intimidating in life than a blank page and blinking cursor. How do you beat this fear? Start typing.
- Consistency was my biggest challenge. When starting a blog or most things in life you have to be consistent. Pushing through bloggers block was tough till I created a system for ideas and then learned how to make old ideas new. Most bloggers don’t survive because of a lack of consistency, not because of lack of good ideas or content. There are many of you out there reading this that need to start blogging. You should. How consistent should you be? I think to start out you need to do three times a week for a couple of years till ideas and execution become reflexive.
In recent posts I covered Why and the What of blogging today I want to talk about the How. How do you drive traffic to your blog, how do you help more people.
1. Write about stuff that other people will find helpful. If you only want to get people to stop by once or twice but when you consistently write about stuff that really helps others word will get out.
2. Come up with great blog titles. They make your stuff easier to find through search engines and they pull the reader or potential reader in. If a picture is worth a thousand words a well titled blog post is worth a thousand hits.
3. Create a rhythm and stick with it. Blogging becomes a relationship of sorts the more consistent you post your blogs the more people will get into the habit of stopping by for new content.
4. The more you quality posts you post the more traffic and links will follow.
5. Respond to everyones questions, if they leave a comment respond, if someone emails you reply.
6. Comment on the blog posts of others. Start the conversation for others, no one wants to be the first to leave a comment, and link to others
7. Leverage social media – Use twitter, facebook and Cmconnect.org to get your content to the people it can help.
8. Keep your posts short and to the point.
9. Be yourself, there are a lot of ways to be pretend to be something you are not online. Be genuine. I am sure I have ticked a few people off with my blog but those people would never have really liked me anyway, and I am ok with that.
10. Make a post every now and again that has a list people love blogs with lists. I can’t explain it. Christians love lists and especially lists of 10.
Happy Blogging. Let me know if there is any way I can help you or if you have any bloggy questions.