31 Blog Post Ideas and Bite-Sized Tips

Ideas on what to write surround us, yet there are times that we find ourselves floundering over what direction to follow with these ideas. While choosing topics to brainstorm and cast your masterful thoughts on, bear a couple of things in mind:

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  • Do these ideas and projects fit in with the building blocks of your blog?
  • What is your authentic approach? Could it have a mark of individuality?
  • Consider what works best for you and your audience.
  • Now set some goals for the month.
  • Not in your mind, Put it down on paper.
  • Ready. Set. Get going.

31 Blog Post Ideas You Could Tussle With

    1. Review books, product, movies…
    2. Interview someone – make it interesting and dig beyond the surface
    3. Write 5 to 10 things about you that make you who you are
    4. Share some cool info-graphics or cartoons
    5. Critic some news. There’s always something happening
    6. Share a travel or work experience post
    7. Write a motivational/inspiring post
    8. Take part in a challenge
    9. Write a story post
    10. Photo of the week
    11. Pick of the week posts with links to the relevant post
    12. Are you up to running a contest?
    13. Make a post full of GIFs – humour and entertainment
    14. Quote of the week
    15. Share your goals publicly
    16. Create a link Carnival and ask others to join in the link-a-thon
    17. Build your to-do list
    18. Tell a joke – humour works
    19. Write a post on things you did or didn’t do that you regretted
    20. Dig up some little-known facts
    21. Share A Travel Wish – where you would like to visit and why
    22. Share one important lesson you learnt this year
    23. Make a post about your most popular posts
    24. Bite the bullet, ask for general feedback on your blog
    25. Thank you audience for following you
    26. Make a handwritten post, take a photo of it and publish it
    27. Write a poem
    28. Share your top 10 favourite list of something, movies, food, books etc
    29. Favourite childhood memories
    30. Share your pet peeves
    31. Write a letter to your younger self




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8 Simple and Effective Ways To Make Blogging Easier

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Let’s keep to the truth and call a spade what it is and it’s not a big spoon. To blog consistently and to publish engaging top quality posts is hard work, don’t let anyone fool you.

It consumes time and energy to keep churning out those posts, but there are simple, effective ways to manage the process and to create that much-needed space so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Make a posting schedule and stick to it

You will often have spontaneous posts but to create achievable blogging goals, a publishing calendar gives you control of your processes. Without a schedule, you will find it difficult to keep track of what you are supposed to be doing and when. Scheduling makes a lot of difference.

Plan your time

Pick the time when you are most productive and use it to your advantage. I find that working early in the morning when others are still asleep works better for me.

It’s amazing how much work I get done in the space of an hour or two. Responding to emails and comments csould be scheduled to give you some breathing space. Trying to respond to emails and comments as soon as they come in is one sure way to make you feel harassed and run off your feet.

Create a long list of your post ideas

As the ideas come to you, note them down. You could start writing the posts and flesh them out gradually if they are lengthy posts.

At present, I have close to a hundred unfinished posts in my draft and this approach helps me tremendously on days that my inspiration tank is running low or on days that I’m short on time.

Create Your Work In Batches

Creating posts that fall under similar category saves lots of time. For instance, instead of switching from one post to a different post that addresses unrelated topics, I choose a slot in my schedule to focus on creating several posts that share the same framework. This way, I’m in the zone – thinking of the same subject. Knowing where I’m headed makes the work faster.

Mix your content

Since you can’t afford to create bumper in-depth posts each time, mix your publications with short posts, videos, photographs, infographics, podcasts etc.

Repurpose old content

Find those gems in your old content and slap on some good polish. Curate, snip, snap and put it into a new shape to be republished.

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Automate your actionable’s

You can automate your posts to publish at a certain period. WordPress provides calendar settings where you can schedule your publishing time.

You can also explore prewriting emails for repeated response – though I’ve never tried this before it’s something I am looking at to help with the deluge of daily emails.

Batch your work. You can create weekly content on similar tasks on the same day and have them ready to publish

Outsource your work

There are virtual assistants as well as freelance agents who offer quality content at reasonable rates when it’s necessary to use them.

Blogging on regular basis need not be stressful. The rules are more fluid than we make them out to be, so it’s time to quit stressing over the attempt to measure up to impossible standards. I hope these tips are useful. What are your coping mechanisms?




7 Areas Where Bloggers Dreams Die

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Results Take Too Long

Naturally, when we start any venture we want to see results and many bloggers jump into the process of blogging anticipating quick results. When the stark reality of the grind sets in and when their expected results take longer to meet, most become discouraged, quit blogging and go searching for the next trendy thing.

Without mincing words, blogging success takes time. A lot of time! Just keep plugging away.

You are not promoting yourself

A lot of bloggers/writers are not comfortable promoting their work sometimes due to lack of confidence in their work or the assumption that promoting their work is being arrogant and full of pride.

I’ve once had a newbie ask me ‘how would anyone read their blog with all the fascinating millions of blogs floating out there,’ my first thought was, ‘with this thought pattern, maybe you shouldn’t bother,’ but I ruminated over it and advised her to continue with her writing, make more effort to connect with others and let the readers decide if her work is good enough.

The reality is that if you don’t promote yourself, no one else will. There are ways to put yourself out there and to promote your work without coming across as obtuse.




Can’t Deal with Criticism

A lot of people may not like your style or agree with you and now and again, you come across some downright sour people on social media. They will leave their rude comments, opinions and sometimes even personal attacks.

You can moderate your comments to distance yourself from trolls, but you still need to acquire the diplomatic skill of handling constructive criticism. Learn not to take such confrontations personal, most times this is bullying tactics not worth spending time on.

Too Concerned about Stats

Getting caught in the ‘stats trap’ is easy and addictive that you could find yourself checking your blog stats multiple times a day and fretting over your page vies. Focus on the goals for your blog, and concentrate on building a tribe and how to improve your communities experience.

Over time an awesome tribe outweighs all the page views in the world especially if the views are not connecting with you. A supportive community will lead to better stats.

Obsessing Over Competition

Too often, we spend far too much time stretching our necks to see what others are doing because like almost everything else in life that’s a competition, we look at other bloggers as our competitors.

To an extent, this is true. When readers are visiting another blog, they are not on yours at the same moment – and we all want as many readers as we can get.

However, viewing fellow bloggers as competition and feeling somewhat jealous of their success and concentrating on how to beat them will cause you more problems.

You are better off building collaborative relationships with other bloggers. Therein you’ll find support because there are many bloggers who are happy to help each other – work on creating such a network.

Neglecting Other Aspects of Your Life

When we discover our blogging feet, we tend to jump in with our two feet and all our zeal that at times it seems to consume your life.

As much as you enjoy blogging don’t allow it to completely consume your fire. Create a balance and stay connected with the real world. Your blogging escapade only gets better when you are well-rounded and bring depth to it from your experiences.



Neglecting other aspects of your life could lead to problems, tedium and eventually the failure with your blog.

Running Out of Ideas

Just like writer’s block, running out of blogging ideas and inspiration is real and when it drags for a long time, some bloggers simply close shop and walk away.

Combat this through simple steps such as:

Set a blogging calendar with topics you would cover in a month

Walk away from the computer for some rejuvenation –  did I say walk away? Yes, I said that. Staring at the blank screen won’t make it type itself.

Look around you and free write.

These are the 7 reasons why most bloggers lock up shop. Do you know more reasons that you could share with us? For more blogging tips, check this link.

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How To Write Scannable Content to Retain Readers Attention – Blog Bytes

How to Write Scannable Content to Retain Readers Attention.

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One of the challenges of this age of abundance and overflow of information is that people no longer consume and absorb information like they used to. People pass through your blog, but they do not stop to read your content. It’s the harsh truth but the truth nonetheless.

With the plethora of social mediums and the constant distractions that we have these days, the attention span of the audience keeps reducing because we are all in a hurry.

We are all racing to churn out more posts and keep up with the pace. There are a thousand things beckoning for people’s attention.

This raises the bar for you as a communicator to find effective means of communicating and retaining any reader’s attention (they scan through – only few would read an entire paragraph).




Tips to help keep the attention of skimmers and the hurried gentry.

  • Keep your blog posts brief and sweet: 300 – 750 words
  • Break your contents into chunks and use sub-headings. This way they can skim from one slot to the other seamlessly.
  • Keep your paragraphs between 3 – 4 lines. Space them out.
  • Use bullet or numbered points. It creates an impression of efficiency – skimmers are efficient with their time – and it’s fun to read.
  • Create list posts. They go straight to the point.
  • Use your formatting options effectively and sensibly. Your bold and italics to highlight succinct points.
  • Don’t write your posts in 50 shades of different colours. It’s disturbing to the eye’s and too distracting.
  • Make your posts conversational. Let it flow as if you are having a chat with your friends. It’s not the Daily news that is serious and dour.
  • Add clickable related links to your posts – old posts that’s worth a second eyeballing due to their great content.
  • Encourage discussion Phrase your sentences in such a way that offers the invitation to take part.
  • Shake things up. Now and again, write in long-form – 1,000 words upwards – and write posts that illuminate, disturb or provoke thought.

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Quit Worrying Over Losing Subscribers

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What’s Your Reaction To Losing Subscribers?

Are you one of those who spends days in angst wondering why a subscriber unsubscribed or do you shrug, smile and move on?

One of the common challenges that bloggers face is losing subscribers.  Naturally, our goal is to gain subscribers, to keep them, and not to lose them and when we do lose subscribers we may feel inclined to know why.

I remember my earlier days of blogging when it seemed as though my eyes were permanently glued to the subscription stats and watching it go up and down was not the better part of how I spent my days. I learned that my focus is better spent on developing my blogging skills, networking to the best of my ability and worrying less about every Harry and Jane that left the scene.

I will categorically tell you that you shouldn’t over think subscribers choosing to stop receiving your updates or following you because worrying over it is not worth the sweat. Instead, concentrate on gaining new readers/subscribers who would stick with your random blather.




Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry

  • Note that each time you send out an email update, you would likely have some people who choose to unsubscribe. This an unavoidable part of the process. Even the most fantastic bloggers out there experience drops in their subscription.
  • Remember that people choose to sign up for any number of reasons and as time goes on, as their interests change so does their subscription.
  • There’s also the high possibility that those unsubscribers are passersby who are truly not your ideal audience and they are likely not going to develop better interactions with you.
  • Unsubscribers serve to help you understand your audience better if you choose to explore the reasons why they quit your platform.
  • Just for the fact that someone chose to unsubscribe does not mean that you will have no future interaction with them or that they are not visiting your site now and again.
  • They may follow you on other social media platforms because that particular medium works better for them and who knows as time goes on they may end up subscribing to your updates once again.

In the online world, subscription is not a fixed term – as a matter of humour, it’s not a marriage or divorce and some couples have been known to separate, divorce and passionately come back together 😉

So, when a subscriber leaves in search of blogs more suited to their interest, focus on writing for the readers who wish to stay connected on your blog because these are the ones that help to drive the growth of your blog.

This is my opinion about subscribers and opting out, what’s yours? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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Don’t Quit Your Blog – Just Tweak It!

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No one told you that it would be a slow climb of grits, cramped fingers and the snail pace attention from your expected dream audience.

No one told you that finding fame or making money from blogging is not easy pickings and that there are many days the thrill would fizzle out faster than the time it took the ink of your words to dry.

No one told you when you started blogging, all awash with excitement and so much to say, that time might come when you find yourself writing terse sentences such as:

Sorry I haven’t posted for AGES, guys.

Don’t know what to say….blah, blah.

If you are contemplating tossing in your paddle and jumping out of the choppy waters of your blogging boat; I would say, halt!

As a matter of fact, according to online research, most bloggers struggle and 95% of bloggers give up and abandon their blogs within six months of starting.

They open a blog, post with enough enthusiasm to keep a steam engine running for a while, then they either find a niche and a particular way of expressing themselves, or they run out of steam, lose heart and walk away.

The highway of the huge worldwide web is dotted with blogs abandoned by their owners and sometimes, it gives one a reason to pause and ponder why.

  • A common reason beginner bloggers give up is because they become frustrated by the technical side of things. They find customizing their blogs tedious and coupled with other stress factors, they pack up their bags and leave the scene.
  • Following quickly behind this is the fast-moving, ever-evolving world of social media that requires tons of attention to grow and engage an audience.
  • The toll from trying to grow a blog in the sea of blogs is the number one reason why bloggers quit.
  • Running out of ideas on what to blog about, not knowing what to do about their blog and a hectic lifestyle add themselves to the steamy cocktail to make it more challenging.




Don’t Become A Statistic

We all want a successful blog, but the difference between success and failure lies in doing the needful to succeed.

Success in general, regardless of the area it is in life, requires dogged discipline and consistency. It requires applying the right strategies and sticking with it for the long haul. People don’t become successful by giving up too soon.

I know that there’s a huge difference between saying “be patient and keep going”, and the reality, but with a pragmatic approach, your blog can survive and thrive. It need not become a statistic.

Methodical Approach

  • Have a rock-solid Blogging Why. The why of your blogging is the reason that will keep you going and when you feel like giving up, focus on your WHY. Your Why must be continually self-affirming and before your eye’s.
  • When you’ve got ‘Why’ create How’ to back it up.   Set specific goals that are completely within your control, and don’t give up until you’ve accomplished that goal. This is how you make a successful blog.
  • When things get difficult, which is a certainty, take a step back, exhale and look at what your priorities are.  Are you able to cut back on your frequency of posting to once or twice a week until you can get a handle on things? It’s certainly better to scale back than to give up completely.
  • If you feel stressed or a burnout, take the time to refresh. Don’t go on a guilt trip.  Feeling guilty will only create more tension about it.
  • Search for inspiration from others, but don’t be fooled by the appearances that they’ve got it all sorted. They too had to struggle with their website design (probably still struggling), testing different methods, making mistakes in their articles et cetera.  Cut yourself some slack, cheer others on and you’ll find support.
  • Keep your eyes away from the statistics for a while. Enjoy the process of your blogging without allowing the rise and fall of traffic to decide the value of your article. Statistics are transitory and subject to change.
  • Shift your focus from how far you have to go, to how far you’ve come in your blogging journey.

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Don’t Forget

It is difficult to believe yet, but you – yes you – are making a difference. Someone else is watching you and learning from your attempts. So, don’t give up yet. Don’t let the lack of blog traffic and the monetization efforts that are yet to yield dividends discourage you.

Short of repeating ‘be patient’ again, like Dory, just keep swimming.

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Blog Bytes – Invest Time

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Plan to Invest Time

Blogging is not a get rich, quick fix venture. Blogging is a lifestyle art that requires grit and not a fad that will make your pocket swell overnight.

You would need to invest some length of time in your craft before you will enjoy the dividends of your hard work.Tweet: The plain truth is that the blogosphere (web) is a ginormous, noisy place, with millions of minions churning out information at the speed of light.

The plain truth is that the blogosphere (web) is a ginormous, noisy place, with millions of minions churning out information at the speed of light.




It takes some time to build a good blog, to network, to cultivate and keep up your readership.

Except you are willing to persevere and to diligently invest a greater time than most, you are likely going to get frustrated and success would be almost impossible.

My candid advice is that if you are seeking a short path to success, to fame, to quick returns on investment, blogging is not the right path for you.

However, if you dig in your heels, keep building on it, keep learning and improving, the results will be worth all the effort in the long run.

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Find Your Unique Blog Voice In 9 Steps

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Your Voice

Your blogs’ unique voice will strengthen your brand and focus. Your voice is that feeling, thoughts, emotions, reactions, that your writing evokes in your readers’ which causes them to internalize and personalize the content that they’ve read while trying to build a persona behind the author of the blog.

To find your voice is something that certainly takes time. It’s not a rush job. There will be many oscillations, but with practice, you will get better at it and it will flow far more naturally.

In order to truly connect with your readers’ and to build your desired community, you’ve got to do it your own way, in your own style but bearing your readers’ in mind.

Your blog is not all about you. If it’s just about you, then you wouldn’t be thinking of how to grow your audience. You’ll be just fine writing your thoughts on your bedside journal for no one else to read. In as much as your blog may represent many aspects of your thoughts and life, it by no means has all the nuances of your complicated persona which is why it’s also a separate and unique entity.

For the long-term growth of your blog, you’ve got to set a solid foundation. Blog your passion with purpose, with clarity and in your own voice.

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How to find your voice

Who is your ideal reader?

When you are writing, at the back of your mind, you have a picture of who your anticipated reader is. Who is this your ideal reader? Once you are able to figure this out, you are more positioned to approach your writing each day with purpose without sweating over the thought of how to say what you want to say.

Take a minute and think in this general direction depending on what your blog style is.

Who is your ideal reader for the post – male or female, age bracket, status: single, married, divorced…

Do they have children or not? Are they working? Do they have expendable cash? Do they have free time? What are their challenges?

This is just an exercise to help you understand your reader a bit better. It would not be precise but helps to build a picture of an audience.

Write Daily

Writing daily stimulates your creative thinking that even when you are not writing, that part of your brain that dissects your writing material keeps working.

It’s not necessarily material that you are going to publish that you need to write every day since you probably don’t publish daily. Create a habit of emptying your thoughts on paper or wherever suits you best even if they are just a jumble of words, just write them.

Over time, it will become a part of you and those jumbled words of yours might even turn into an interesting read.

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Give Your Blog Some Personality Attributes

Take a little time to brainstorm on at least 10 personality attributes that you would like your blog to have, then narrow it down to 3 or most 5 key attributes that would represent your blogs’ voice. Each time you write, you would likely find a consistency with these attributes. For example:

If your blog is a lifestyle blog does it come across as open, sincere, heartwarming, friendly, passionate, sensitive, vulnerable, humourous, personal, relatable?

If your blog is health blog does it come across as conciliatory, attentive, advisory, helpful, humane?

These are just examples to help your direction of thinking as per your blog’s personality attributes.

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Be Authentic, Be Original

Please avoid bland writing that leaves your personality at the door of your thoughts. This would be selling you and your readers’ short. When you leave your personality out of your writing, you will sound strange and like someone else entirely.

You may have people who inspire and influence your thoughts with their writing, however, don’t run the risk of sounding like them. You’ll just be a poor copy. The same way your unique individuality applies to you as a person equally applies to your blog.

One of the early struggles of starting out writing is the attempt to fit your posts into a mold of what ‘makes an excellent’ blog post; using bold titles, finding the right title, using bullet points, SEO etc.

The temptation to follow rules overrides the impulse to write one’s unfiltered thoughts. By all means, use good rules of making your writing clear, watching your grammar and spellings, but don’t over-filter your thoughts.

Review your popular posts

If you’ve blogged for a while, there are those posts that resonated highly with your audience. Take some time to dissect them. What was on your mind when you wrote it? What mood were you in and what message did you want to convey? What type of vocabulary did you use? Was it a formal or informal style of writing?

You might be surprised at the amount of lessons that you would learn from this simple exercise and the takeaway from this is to imitate your success.

Have a message or purpose

Every blog post out there has an underlying message, even photos – which are known to speak a thousand words. Your post has an underlying message or purpose. What is it? Keep your focus on that message that you are trying to pass on so that your reader can find it and connect with it or with you – the voice behind the purpose.

Pretend

Pretend that you are not writing to the huge wide world of the blogosphere. Think that you are just writing a letter to that one ideal reader – we pointed out – at the beginning and just write as yourself. Who you are now!

Better still, pretend this is a conversation with one person, where you are saying your mind. This way, you cut out all the self-protective façade and mirrors people tend to put up in front of a large crowd and you’ll find the authenticity in your writing.

Think of how you would be narrating what you want to say as if the person is right there with you.

Please note that authenticity is not synonymous to hateful speech. Displeasure in thoughts could be expressed without denigrating your writing.

Don’t be afraid to ask others for feedback

This is the part most of us don’t like – asking for feedback, but I’ve learned that getting constructive feedback from others is priceless and far more valuable than our ego that tends to stand in the way.

When not sure of what you wrote, ask someone whose opinion you value. It may not be the cheerful all clear green light that you would like to have, but there could be useful nuggets of advice in the feedback.

Now you’ve found your voice

The thing to remember is that your writing is not for everyone, would probably annoy the heck out of some people but you will create a more dedicated readership.

Once you’ve found that voice that belongs to you, you’ll find that your readership engagement increases/changes for the better and helps you to build a sustainable blog in the long run.

Over to you. What does your voice sound like? Is it unique or are you still trying to find it? If you find this post helpful, please share so that others will benefit from it. Check this link for more blog tips.

 


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Blog Bytes – Stay True To Your Voice

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Holding on to your voice




One great aspect of blogging that a good number of bloggers overlook is holding on to their voice in the huge world of blogging.

The tendency is that in the bid to gain readership, they don’t take the time to understand that their voice is what drives their blog and in running helter-skelter one’s voice gets drowned out.

Your readers don’t care to follow your site as much as they care about the person/voice behind the site.

Domains from $0.88What’s your message? How distinct is your voice in the cacophony of voices? Take the time to find your voice and stay true to it.

What matters is not about choosing topics that you think will be sensational, but about finding the right voice behind your topics.

What your audience really connect with most times, isn’t so much about what you say, but how you say it and how it resonates with them. Read how to find your unique voice here.

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These Are The Reasons No One Reads Your Blog. 11 Little Tips To Change Things.

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 Reasons why no one reads your post


As a writer cum blogger, we all know how much effort and time it takes to craft your words, curate your images, tag, categorize, primp, polish and publish courageously, only for you to sit back satisfied, twiddling your thumbs anticipating a deluge of comments from expected readers, but, gasp and with a lump in your throat, no one hits that like button or even leaves a smiley face behind. It could dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

The situation is tougher when you are just starting out with your blogging or writing passion and you need that validation that comes from others – of course, your few good buddies and mom would probably support you, woe betide them if they don’t, but we all do need that extra validation because we are social beings, so spare yourself the rhetoric of ‘I’m writing for myself,’ and let’s get to the cause.

  • Your Entitlement Thinking

Yes, you heard me right. We all have our egos’ and at the back of a writer/blogger’s mind is the belief that our awesome, compelling writing is the next best thing after chocolate, coffee, and cakes – yet no one is reading this awesome writing even after you’ve done all the things that you think are right.

We simply fail to remember that everyone else is busy getting on with their awesome writing and no one owes us an iota of that attention which we feel entitled to.

We must always realize that their time which they give to us is a privilege and when we get rid of our entitlement mindsets, we are less burdened with thoughts of expectations that don’t belong to us and we free our minds to greater possibilities which include getting more creative and leaving our glorified pedestals behind while we engage with others and build a community around us.

One book that I am glad I read and still refer to often is ‘How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life from non-other than the leadership expert John C. Maxwell.

Tenets grasped from this book has helped me immeasurably.

  • The idea that since you built a blog, they will come

You just set up your brand new blog and you think it’s a soccer pitch where fans gather in their thousands. Well, breaking news, blogging is a different game. It’s a butt flattening, finger tapping, elbow greasing, mentally demanding exercise and the rules are different. Your new blog is not going to start gaining loads of visitors overnight or even in several nights.

You’ve got to create enough content which would open inroads to your blog through search engines. Your content is your invitation to treat. You’ve got to build credibility as a reliable source of information as well as building your audience, so whoever told you that blogging or writing is an easy road to quick pickings is lying to you, however, if you stick to it, it would be worth its while at the end.

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  • Your site is not useful

Many take up blogging for various reasons, but I have commonly heard/read others say that their purpose for starting a blog is to work on their writing, promote their published work, showcase their talent etc. At the bottom of this list of purpose’s is the forgotten reader who would form part of your target audience should he/she find something that retains their attention.

There are millions of talented writers/bloggers and other creative people out there in today’s frenetic pop culture world, and the only way to carve a niche is to stand out. Be useful to your audience so that they become your repeat customers.

Give out tutorials, free tips, worksheets,  e-books, even services etc. Promote others. People appreciate those who promote and help them to grow.

Make your posts count in some way. Whilst crafting your post, bear two things in mind:

The purpose of your post and what a reader takes away from it.

Of course, there are blogs that exist for the mere pleasure of writing personal journal’s, but my underlining question is ‘what is the long-term goal for your blogging ambition?’

Remember that by the time that you’ve honed your skills and published a book or two, the audience that you built would probably be your first customers and help to generate some growth for your blog.

  • You are inconsistent

Are your posts inconsistent and sporadic that no one is able to figure out when next they will read from you? Even when you do attract an audience and after a while, you are not posting regular engaging articles, they will lose interest and move on. This is a highly fluid and competitive existence, sadly.

Your frequency and consistency count. No, you don’t have to publish a thousand posts every day, besides, no one has time for all that, but consistency counts even if it’s one post per week. Create a schedule and keep to it.

  • Your writing sucks 

The quality of your post highly depends on the quality of your writing. An article that lacks clarity and filled with grammatical errors is tiresome to read. Sentiments aside, tackle grammar and spelling issues by using writing aids such as Grammarly and proofread your work before publishing. No one is above making mistakes even if you are a solid 5-star writer.

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  • Your blog is not optimized for social sharing or comments

Many times I’ve come across posts that I would like to comment on or leave a footprint to show that I visited, only to find that there are no buttons or that the buttons don’t work.

It’s imperative to add your social network buttons or a comment bar to your posts to enable your readers’ to share your content as well. This would help you to gain a new audience that you may not have been able to connect to on your own.

You should also note that publishing a post that’s been automated to share on social platforms is not enough. Publishing a post is not an end itself. You have to interact with your readers where they are and this might mean scheduling time to read other people’s’ articles, create conversation, share their work as often as you can.

Social media is a huge opportunity to grow your blog. Use it optimally.

  • Your site lacks focus and is poorly branded

Your interest is diverse and you want to write a bit about everything, which is not a bad thing in itself. I equally have an eclectic taste in reading and writing and a bag full of opinion to go with it, in fact, I’ve gotten into an argument over this topic before – I was on the side of writing whatever pleases me on my blog as against having a blog with a narrow focus that boxes you in.

However, your divergent interests and ideas may not work together on one site which is what led me to set up this blog where I could talk about specifics of – blogging, writing, photography, speaking…while my other blog is for poetry, fiction, life lessons…

The truth is that when a blog is narrowed down to certain specifics, it’s easier to keep the attention of a focused audience who already have an idea of what they want to read.

What reference points do you want your site identified with? That answer is the key to your question of what you should focus on.

Finally, if your site is one hot mess of a place, cluttered without direction, it’s visually unappealing and appears unserious. Take a bit of time to streamline your site, clean it up and keep it professional.




11 Little Tips That Make a World of Difference

  1. Rebrand your site – if need be – there is always room for improvement.
  2. Imitation is a key to success. Yes, I said it. Find out what others are doing to grow their niche and imitate them by tailoring your steps.
  3. Get your writing out there. Collaborate with others, guest post, join challenges, try videos, vlogging, podcasting advertise if need be, just keep trying.
  4. Look back at your posts that tanked. Figure out why they did so and avoid repeating the same mistakes.
  5. Use engaging photos. The world we live in is highly visual driven and this equally applies to online engagements. People like to look at interesting imagery. Avoid tagging on tacky looking photos and consider taking or creating your own pictures to avoid copyright issues.
  6. Increase your font. Some use fonts others have to squint to read. No one wants to get cross-eyed trying to read an article that is probably not that interesting. Give your words more clarity and check your errors.
  7. Promote others, you promote yourself. This is not rocket science. Find time to consistently promote others in your niche and they will stick with you.
  8. Try to make your posts useful.
  9. Make your content witty, add a bit of humanness to it, share anecdotes of your experience. People connect to some emotional engagement.
  10. Ask for feedbacks at the bottom of your post from your readers. You could even use a poll to find out what they would like you to blog about.
  11. Check your site speed. Nobody likes a slow blog and if your blog loads too slowly, chances are the reader would lose interest and move on. For WordPress.com bloggers this might be less of an issue, but for self-hosted .org sites, your loading speed counts. A fast blog is achieved by using fast servers. You can test your website with the WP Engine WordPress Speed Test. and analyze why your site loads slowly.

I hope that you find this article useful and would certainly love to hear from you about your blogging experience.

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