Sorry I lied, I have no idea, but as I surpassed 800 followers I thought I would share what I did, you never know it might get you a few extra follows too.
For me this is the most important thing, decide why you are writing your blog. To write mine I have to give up valuable free time so it needs to be worth it. I started writing one to gain a platform for my still unfinished book. I soon realized there are only so many ways you can write; ‘I did a bit of writing today, I think it went ok.’ So I started writing about other things, usually connected to books and writing but not always. Sometimes I write about me and the family, I’ve even written about my dog. I’ve now branched out into even more random subjects.
There are few blogs out there that are simply blogs for the sake of a blog. I want to be a successful blogger so I will blog. Often, they are the same old rehashed posts and frankly a bit boring.
The purpose of my blog is to improve my writing, and let’s be honest I need all the help I can get! I also use it to connect with the blogging community, who I discovered are very nice group of people. If I sell a few books through it, all the better. By the way if you read this far you are now legally obliged to buy the book when it comes out.
How often should you blog?
There is a massive amount of conflicting advice, the one that tells you to post five times a day (I know!?!?!) those usually can come into the camp of to have a successful blog for the sake of it. However, if you want to build a following you do have to post regularly. I try 3 times a week but I tend to write a lot of posts at once, when I have the time, then schedule them. I would say you ought to try at least once a week. I don’t know how important it really is to post on the same day, I do, but I don’t believe my readers are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for my regular post. The blogs I follow, many whom post regularly, I tend to check in on them when I have time rather than when I know they are posting.
How long should a post be?
I don’t like long posts; my time is short I like to read a short witty to the point post. All sorts of people disagree, but then ask yourself how often do you a skip a post when you see how long it is? I know there is a spot of irony here, this post is longer than I normally write.
Engage with your readers
This is obvious, but respond to comments. I try and put a bit at the end of each post encouraging a response so if they do respond make sure you do as well. Also visit other blogs and respond to their posts.
Tricks for getting more traffic
I can’t help you too much with this but share your blog on Facebook, twitter and other sites. Use tags and hash tags, they worked for me. Tricks are well and good but if your post isn’t worth reading when they get there…..
Well there it is the longest post I think I have done, if you have made it to the end and not wondered off to look at pictures of cats please feel free to share your tip or tell me I have no idea what I’m talking about, it wouldn’t be the first time!