People have blogs for various reasons. For me it's an online diary to share with folks what I have been up to and what I plan on doing. For other's it's a way of earning an income. For other's they want to help with various causes and this is a way of getting the word out. For what ever reason you do decide to blog you do it because it interests you first and foremost.
People ask how do you get more comments and traffic to your blog. There is no magic formula to do that but a couple of things do help.
Visit other people's blogs and comment on them and if you like what they are talking about follow their blog. The more you comment the more likely people will comment on your blog. HOWEVER, I will say I have left comments and followed a number of blogs for a while now and they do not comment on my blog. BUT what they write about does interest me, so I'll carry on commenting regardless.
I will say I have become a little more picky about commenting on everything I read about, as every blogger writes posts that sometimes you have no interest in, so why would I leave a comment?
I follow a blog and have done for a while, and it has changed over the last few months, as the lady's life has changed (as everyones does). I don't like the way she is writing now and what she is writing about, so although I still follow her I rarely comment; as I would rather have something positive to say than negative. That happens to us all.
There are trolls that are out there, who love nothing more than leaving negative comments. That is why I moderate all comments, you don't need to see what these idiots write.
Having a blog is a commitment, but how big a commitment depends on you. Some people blog once a week, some every day. Some of the blogs out there are fancy dancy, other's are as basic as they come (mine!) At the end of the day it's as good as you want to make it.
If you look at the left hand side of my blog page you will see list of popular posts. As you can see they are all recipe posts. My blog is not an overly busy blog as I only average around 250 visitors a day. Some people attract thousands of visitors per day and hundreds of comments. I probably average about a dozen comments per day.
A blog is also as personal and intimate as you want it to be, as remember everyone is reading it. I have thought about making mine private as then I would be able to write more things but have decided to keep it open and only write what I don't mind the world knowing.
I have been blogging for nearly 7 years......wow 7 years, time sure has flown by. Here is a link to my first post. The one thing that is priceless about blogging are the friends I have made over the years. One of the first people I "met" through blogging was Denise, she started blogging around a similar time, if I remember rightly and here we both are still blogging. You can find a link to her blog here; An English Girl Rambles.
Do I ever regret starting a blog; no as the older I get I love looking back at older posts seeing what I did when. Certain things I have posted have been used against me and members of my family by vindictive people, so that is why I am careful on how much I write. I am a naturally open person and would write more openly about things, but once burnt, twice shy as they say.
At the end of the day, I love my blog and to the people who read it thank you. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to spend a few minutes reading what I have to say that day. I appreciate your advice, as we all know we all need advice from time to time. I try to comment back on your blog that day if I can as I love reading what other people have to say and see what they are up too. Gosh there are some really creative people out there and I have learned a lot from them over the years. Overall I have to say that blogging has been a positive experience.
Now it's your turn. Do you blog? If you do, how long for? Any advice for the newbie bloggers out there?
Oh and what would you like to see more of on my blog???? What would you like to see less of?
(P.S. still bloody sick with this cold, I swear it's hanging on like a bad smell)