I have been on WordPress for quite a while, but I never realized what a big world I was missing out on! Only recently have I come to realize that there is such a supportive, talented group of brilliant minds out there. I really wish I knew it so much earlier.
This is why I decided to write about my experience for the past few days where I went from about 10 followers (accumulated in a few months) to 45 followers in less than a week!
First, let’s define what a blog is. A quick Google check shows you this:
Who knew it was a shorter term for web log? I didn’t. If you’re feeling extra diligent today, you can check out this extensive post about the word “blog”.
Second, let me tell you the questions I asked myself through this experience.
1. What is the purpose of my blog?
I think it’s extremely important to define what your goal is for setting up your blog. Some people use it to promote their business or brand while others use it for personal reasons like a creative outlet. Mine is the latter, but it could be a little bit of both. It could be anything you want, really.
2. Who is my target audience?
This depends on your set goal. Aside from having a place to release my thoughts, my goal for this blog is to spread positive vibes and encouragement to the world. That basically makes everyone the audience. If you have a blog about a particular thing like traveling, you can keep in mind how your posts would be most helpful to those who aspire to travel to different places as well.
3. What am I passionate about?
Some people specifically write about travel, food, fashion, literature, or business. This is actually a tough one for me since I have a broad range of interests. I could be random, so I expect to pretty much write about anything I could think of. When we write about something we feel strongly about, it would not be much of a chore to post on our blog. I personally think it should be fun and liberating.
4. How often should I post?
In blogging, it’s vital that you set a schedule to post. Otherwise, you might neglect your poor blog. It doesn’t have to be every single day. People prefer value over frequency in this case. You can post daily or once or twice a week if you prefer.
At first, I just posted whenever I wanted with the intent of letting out my thoughts to clear my head. I wondered where the likes came from, to be honest. So I decided to explore, and am I ever glad that I did!
Here are some tips that I would have told myself as a beginner on this site:
- Follow the Daily Post and explore their activities that would make you think outside the box.
- Hang out at the Community Pool, and check out all the other awesome blogs out there!
- Take courses at the Blogging University to learn more about blogging fundamentals and customization.
- Join the Daily Prompts for fresh ideas on what to write about daily.
- Interact with other amazing bloggers.
These are the actions that I did in the past days, and my blog activity went up so fast (considering there was almost no activity before that).
It’s really not just about the stats, actually.
I was so overwhelmed with all the feedback I received from fellow bloggers out there. I never thought my posts could be appreciated by other people, and I hope that everyone knows how much it means to me that you’ve taken the time to pass by my blog.
In this community, there is a feeling of belonging and comfort that there are other people who could be going through the same things as you or have similar interests. I still have a lot to explore and I’m so excited about it.
So there you have it!
I hope this helps others maximize their blogging experience. Please don’t ever worry about your content. All stories are worth sharing. ❤