If you’re in your middle ages of blogging, you might be in a lull.
Happens to everyone.
People…your readers…care. Really they do.
But if you haven’t realized by now that blogging is a consumer driver environment, where visitors selfishly come and go as they please, then you’re going to be doing the wrong things.
Or rather, not doing the right things to make people care about your writing, many of which we’ll cover here.
It’s the end of the summer now and I’m going to take the odd calm I’ve felt in the blogosphere as a sign folks are working away on their own blogs and projects.
Dog days, where the long-nights are dwindling.
For me it’s been a combo of eBooks and website projects, with the usual delays from working on any team and lots of nights with 2-4 hours of sleep…if I’m lucky.
Given the sort of ending feeling the summer always has, I’d love to check in and see what milestones my readers are reaching, and help out however I can with reaching the next stage of blogging success.
No revolutionary blogging strategies here, but I do need your help. See, when I present the idea of WordPress to new bloggers, many cringe.
“That’s the hard one!”
This is why I’m opening up today’s post to you. If you blog on WordPress ORG or COM, why did you chose it? What about WordPress helps you achieve your blogging goals?
Post a comment and let us know.
Waves of new bloggers arrive at Dear Blogger each day, so just think – your comment could change somebody’s career.
And if you blog on Blogger, Tumblr, Weebly, Typepad, Wix, MySpace, Quora, Joomla or anywhere else, please share your experience too!
Here, I’ll start…
Nothing to do with my love for social media, for about 6 months The Social Network (2010) was my favorite movie.
The dialogue is amazing, and I still get goosebumps watching Mark launch theFacebook. Plus, the friend vs friend business rivalry is just timeless.
Much like us bloggers, Mark wanted to create a website that made a difference in people’s lives.
But unlike most bloggers, Mark had a plan for his advertising.
In this post, sorta like when we covered high-standards, I’d like to offer you 6 ways to know when and if ads are the right move for your blog.
As usual, your insight will really help.
Ranking in Google is impossible. Bloggers will never be able to compete with the Yahoos, Ask.coms, About.coms etc etc etc so don’t even bother!
If you run a blog or personal website, you’re going to need rankings, more specifically, organic Search rankings from Google. This brings you sustainable traffic, so you can focus on other things like building content.
And nothing shady or even grey hat, but back when I ran a university blog, I found a few rather simple methods for ranking odd content in organic Search. I want to reveal them here.
Note to YOU: I bet my readers have been building SEO while I was away on hiatus and I’d love to hear about it. If this post gives you an edge in SEO, say hello in the comments. Been a while (my fault).
I dropped by a G+ hangout last week to listen to some bloggers chat about how to blog now after Penguin and Panda. Boy were they mad.
These guys were talking about how Google has passed so many updates now it’s impossible to keep track of them all.
I scratched my head and wondered…
Is blogging ruined?
Not a chance! But there are certain terms and policies you need to be aware of today.
Let me show you the most important ones.
I was at the local coffee house with my two best buds this past weekend discussing how important blogs have become.
One a signed musician and the other an optical scientist, these gents are considered far smarter than me in most circles.
Yet neither could muster the courage to start blog because they didn’t think they would have enough to say!
In this post I’d like to address the issue of finding a good, dependable blogging topic you can write about forever.
If any of my readers have really great topics I’d love to hear what they are and why you picked ‘em!
If you drop by here on the regs you probably enjoy our sense of community.
There is a lot to talk about at Dear Blogger. Lots of blogging answers, and lots of places to add your knowledge.
But lately I’ve realized a potential problem: Having too many places to chat around here might distract readers, thin out our discussions and even overwhelm newcomers.
In this post I am asking my readers what you would think if I closed comments on older posts and pages…
Especially you club members, help me out! I know I’m going to forget a couple good points here so jump in the comments below this post and tell me what’s up.
On errands this weekend to fill my home office, I ended up at the television store.
As I browsed through LGs, Samsungs, and the rare Toshiba, the concept of opportunity cost crossed my mind.
Was I spending my money wisely? Was there a better option? I had actually been thinking of buying Lead Player to help my blogging videos, maybe that was more worth it?
As I drifted off into day dream narnia I realized this was a bigger concept that I thought…
I’ve gotten this question a lot lately:
“Where do I start building my email list?”
Hmmmm. *Sits back in rocking chair and takes long pull from pipe as he ponders the answer*
Well, I guess it’s time to look into the ol’ Dear Blogger study for some answers.
I came home yesterday.
Home being Minnesota. The land of 10,000 lakes and many more mosquitos. They don’t like me though.
My folks are moving again – soon this will all just be memories. I even gave away my skateboarding equipment, but thankfully to an 8 year old kid I’m secretly hoping will become the next Tony Hawk.
Home is fun. But oddly enough, I’m realizing things about my home of 18 years that I never realized before.
Surroundings. Wait What?