Blogging will feel at times like work. That’s when you should slow down, post less, do other things. But it’s important that you keep posting, even if it’s just once a week or once a month. Otherwise you’ll lose touch with many of the friends you’ve made.
Readers come and go
Almost all the people who used to read my blog in the first years are now doing other things. Some of them are no longer using WordPress. Others are busy raising children. But there are always new readers, new friends to make.
It’s really about the comments
The best thing that can happen after you publish a post isn’t a thousand views or three hundred likes, but rather receiving at least one thoughtful comment. I’ve received many wonderful comments that added to the discussion, shifted it dramatically, or presented things from a completely different perspective. It’s wonderful when people take the time to leave long comments.
Don’t worry about the stats
Views, follower count, likes, or shares – it’s good to have big numbers, but ultimately, they are not a measure of your blog’s quality. They will come in time, as a side effect of good blogging.
Reading other blogs is as important as posting on your blog
It’s easier to keep up an active blog and engage with your readers if you take the time to understand them. Blogging isn’t a monologue but a conversation. Without reading other blogs, it’s hard to keep that conversation up. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read other blogs, but I try to discover a few new ones every week.
Make sure your theme is responsive
A lot of people read blogs on the go on mobile devices. I had to give up on my favorite theme a few years ago because it didn’t look well on smartphones and tablets.
To encourage people to comment, ask them a relevant question
You can do this for most posts. It’s a good way to start a discussion. You won’t always get the question right, but when you do, comments will pour in.
Blogging can become addictive
Sometimes you will feel the temptation to post even if you don’t have anything worthwhile to share with the world. Not posting too much can actually improve a blog’s quality.
Blogging can distract you from your more difficult writing
To make blogging work for you in the long term, you have to dose your effort, and impose some limits. Always write your fiction or do your work first.
What made me write this post? WordPress notified me yesterday that I’ve been blogging for 1,2,3,4, 5 years. The way time passes!
For how long have you been blogging?