Five months ago, I started this blog with the encouragement of my friends. I was hesitant to do so at first because I didn’t think I could commit to updating it regularly but I was so inspired by my favorite YouTube vloggers that I was finally convinced to give it a try.
(See my first post here.)
I can’t say that it has been a smooth-sailing five months. Admittedly, there have been various challenges along the way. One of it being an attack of laziness on my part. After two months of regular blogging, I suddenly refused to update my blog for a few weeks just because I didn’t feel like it. Good thing I was able to whip myself into shape and get into the groove again. THANK GOODNESS! Otherwise, my hard-work would have been for naught and this blog would have been just another project I left unfinished.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that may also be helpful for some:
1. CONSISTENCY. It’s very important to update your blog regularly. Post at least once a day if possible. It’s easier to maintain a following this way. I find that it’s also better if you schedule your posts ahead of time. That way, you can avoid not being able to write because of an extremely busy day.
2. RELEVANT YET PERSONAL. The content of your blog must be relevant to other people. Although it’s tempting to make it a diary of “ME, ME, ME,” frankly, others wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about it. Of course, an impersonal blog is just as unappealing. A personal touch is still needed to give the blog some character and flavor. Finding the balance between the two is necessary.
3. NETWORK. Commenting on other bloggers’ posts and communicating with other bloggers in general help to get the word out on your blog. So start surfing through blogs that share your interest and start networking! Add other bloggers to your blog roll as well and get them to add you too. Moreover, make it easy for others to follow you by making use of sites such as BlogLovin’ and activating the Twitter and Subscribe widgets on your blog.
4. INFORM. Let others know about what you have written. I was a bit shy to promote my blog at first but then I realized that I shouldn’t be. I should be proud of my own work. Hence, if I write about a brand or a company, I let them and their fans know by posting on their Facebook pages. I also use my social network (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus), to inform others when I make a new post. Just recently, I also added my blog to TopBlogs.com.ph and Weblogs.com.ph so it’s listed in my country’s blog directories.
5. GAUGE AND ANALYZE. Tools such the built-in WordPress dashboard and Google Analytics are important to help you track your blog’s progress. These will let you know which posts appeal to the readers and which don’t. Knowing this will help you improve your writing style and determine what to feature.
Of course, these are the things that worked best for me. If you have any other suggestions, do let me know and I will greatly appreciate it. 🙂
In other news, my friend Hobee gave me a few books the other day by Terry Pratchett and Tom Sharpe. I can’t wait to start flipping through these. It has been ages since I have read from a real book since I find ebooks adequate for the romance novels I usually read. 🙂
Thanks so much, Hobee! You still owe me a story. 🙂
Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say, really. Happy monthsary to my blog!