If you’ve been blogging for a while, I am pretty sure you’ll agree that the Bloggosphere is an awesome playground for sharing. We share knowledge, we share feelings and thoughts. Some are more on the giving end, and others on the receiving side. We give and take what we need, or at least, we try.
While many of us will claim that we’re just doing our little business and don’t bother compairing our blog with others’, I have a feeling we all do it anyway, from time to time. We wish we published more posts, wrote longer stories or better poetry. We wish we had more time to read other bloggers’ work and interract with them.
It is easy to compare. All we see is what people post online. Which is pretty much like watching ducks on a pond. They gently float around, but what we fail to see is the flip flapping of their little legs underwater.
We all have a life, that makes us paddle beneath the blogging surface. Studies, work, fighting health issues, raising a family… It takes time, and it is just natural. Some bloggers will give you tips to be more constant and prolific, and although they are often really good ways to improve your blogging, it is important to realize that not all of them will suit you. Here are a couple of them…
Scheduling your post:
I have to say, I admire people who manage to do that. But I have accepted that I’ll probably never achieve being good at post-schduling. For three good reasons. First, I don’t have that kind of discipline, period. Second, I write too slowly to build up a series of posts ready to go out later in the week… I’d probably have to take a couple of weeks long hiatus to be ready to be a good scheduler and that’s not going to happen. And finally, I always write about things that inspire me at the moment that I am preparing my post. Therefore, I feel compelled to publish as soon as I am done writing. I think it would be torture to wait for days before knowing if people enjoy the read or not. I am too instinctive a blogger to use this tip.
Using social medias:
If you are looking for more readership, using alternate social media platforms is a great way to boost your blog’s stats. Wether you decide to promote your posts through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other network, more exposure naturally means more chances to get visits. That’s the Yay! part. But you also will have to put some time managing the messages and reposts. If, like me, you already struggle giving your readers the love-back they deserve, more job is definately not the best idea. So if you have extra time on your hands, go ahead, it’s really worth it. If not, save yourself the trouble!
Joining popular challenges:
If you haven’t stumbled on a single challenge during your journey, I highly doubt that you are blogging at all! Challenges are everywhere, and you’ll find some about pretty much any subject you might think of. Poetry, fiction, photography… Name it, there is at least one challenge out there, for you. The best known are followed by a lot of bloggers, and participating creates some mingling around, which will bring new traffic to your blog. They also offer something to get inspired by, and motivate you to post on a regular basis. Win-win, right? If you spot challenges that won’t overwhelm you. An example? Sure… This will be the third year I hope to join the Nanowrimo challenge. The first year, I learnt about it way too shortly before its beginning to nail it. Last year, I was in Paris when it took off, and obviously didn’t have enough time on my hands. I have prepared for this year’s edition, but if it ends up being too stressful, I’ll just quit again. Challenges, like blogging should alway be fun, and not something that puts you under pressure.
Blogging is a marathon, not a race… It’s a competition with yourself only. Find your voice, follow your path and listen to people’s tips… But only when they are good for you!