Firstly some admin notices:
Now to my post for today.
I’ve been blogging since 2004 now, and it’s one of my favorite ways of connecting with other authors and readers. When I have time to while away, I’m more likely to blog hop than hit Facebook or Twitter.
When I first started blogging, everyone was doing it. Authors were told they needed a blog. It was the way of connecting with readers—along with Yahoo loops. Fast forward a few years and Facebook and Twitter have taken over, although often in conjunction with a blog.
Like me, many people subscribe to blog feeds and read blogs through something like Google Reader or one of the other options. I use the Flipboard application on my iPad to read my blog feeds. I also read Twitter and Facebook with Flipboard. Author Brinda Berry introduced me to the Flipboard app, and I love the magazine-type format.
Reading my favorite blogs via Flipboard means that I don’t always comment on posts. It’s quicker to flick through and read, moving on to the next. If someone visits my blog here, I’m more likely to make a return visit and comment on their post.
Some bloggers wonder if blogging is worth the time and trouble because it seems as if they’re talking to themselves. Not so. To gain a wide audience for your blog posts try the following:
1. Make sure you label each post with relevant tags. These tags will be picked up by search engines.
2. Set up your blog posts to feed through to other social media. My blog feeds through to Amazon, Goodreads and Twitter. I also share my post on Facebook when I think about it. There are other places such as Google+, Linkedin etc, but these are the ones I use.
3. Do the blog hop. Visit other blogs when you have time, make friends, and they’ll probably return the favor.
4. Write interesting posts. Content is everything! If you’re a writer, you don’t need to post about writing all the time. I seldom do writing posts, instead blogging about travel, books, cooking and other things that interest me.
5. Keep to a regular blogging schedule, and you’ll be more likely to attract visitors. If your blog doesn’t change very often visitors will stop dropping by.
In conclusion: Successful blogs can’t be measured by the number of comments. Changing methods of reading blogs mean that your post can be read hundreds of times without a single comment. Search engines also bring in new readers who might not necessarily post a comment.
Do you comment or not comment? How do you read your favorite bloggers – through a reader/subscription of some sort or do you web surf? And finally, do you have any favorite blogs to recommend?