In my four years of blogging, I’ve often got asked ”how I did it?”
Every time, I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it sure felt flattering, because we rarely seek advice from people we don’t appreciate, trust and look up to. But on the other, even after all this time, it still seems like I am far from the best person to coach any newcomers in the Bloggosphere.
A lot of people are looking for tricks, or strategies to have a successful blog. But what is success anyway? Is it tons of views, ”likes” or readers? I didn’t start blogging for any of that. I just wanted a safe place to talk about Denmark. And then, I got addicted to my little Cove.
I don’t have any merit, I just love what I do. I don’t have a strategy, I don’t follow a plan, but I do observe what others do. What seems to work, and what doesn’t. And I thought I could always share some of that knowledge, only not as a series of advices, but more as a ”things you might want to try” tips.
Repost old(er) stuff:
I’m not a big fan of this one, which explains why I have published well over four thousand posts so far. I prefer creating new content, but I recognize that if I did repost more of my stories and poems, they’d probably get read a lot more. A whole lot more.
Reposting has many good sides. It can keep your blog alive on days when ”real life” doesn’t leave you much free time to work on your blog, or when inspiration doesn’t work your way. You can also schedule them in advance, so you seem active even if you’re out for the day.
You have two choices…
First, you can reschedule an old post. You just change the date and time of its publishing. That way, the previous ”likes” and statistics follow and just continue to add up. What I don’t like about this method, is that I like to keep a chronology in The Cove. I want to remember when I wrote this and that, and by rescheduling my posts, I lose that aspect.
Which is why I prefer the second way to repost. You can make a copy of a previous post, and publish it. Of course, that way, it will start from scratch, statistics wise. And some of your readers might get caught reading the same post twice… I do this every week, for Fandango’s Friday Flashbacks, and I think it can be fun to revisit a post every now and then…
Be regular (as much as you can):
This is probably the hardest thing about blogging. Wether because of a busier schedule or a lack of ideas, it is easy to feel like taking a break. And just like every habit, taking a break is flirting with quitting. Of course, we all take a hiatus one day or another… That’s just Life. But the rest of the time, being a regular poster (is that a word?), will help have more traffic on your blog.
The important thing is to gauge well what your pace should be. I have started posting daily a couple of months after starting The Cove. It’s what I am comfortable with, and I need to throw something out every day to keep the wheel turning. Even if it is just a short poem, or an anecdote.
If you’re more comfortable with posting twice a week, weekly or even monthly, go ahead! But making the effort to keep a schedule will most certainly help your blogging!
Make friends with Pingbacks:
As you grow your own little circle of fellow bloggers, you’ll probably want to share their work with your readers. And a great way to do so it by creating a pingback. When you link another post to your own, not only do you invite your readers to visit that blog, but you also leave a business card on that same blog, to give the chance to readers of that site to discover you, when they wouldn’t have found your blog otherwise.
Just be carefull to link in posts that have a comment box. Home pages and pages that don’t have one will not display your pingback (obviously) and the person you featured on your blog won’t even be aware that you link them in (except if they read your post).
Oh, and if you decide to try pingbacks, make sure to check the ”Allow Pingbacks & Trackbacks” in your post settings!
I just hope this can be somewhat useful to some of you…
Happy blogging, Lovelies!