….. Why Should People Read Your Blog?

I wrote this post some time ago and am now sharing it again with some revisions. As Dr. Tanya is not posting her blogging insight posts in April, I felt that sharing this post again is a good idea.

Once upon a time, Rory of A Guy Called Bloke asked this question;

Why should People Read Your Blog…….

To answer this question, I went and looked through some of the comments my readers have left on my blog.

They have very kindly shared their thoughts on my posts and what I have come up with are these reasons:

1. I write with all my convictions and from my heart. That appeals to most of my readers. If a person is sincere and believes in what they are saying/ writing, then that has more impact on others.

2. I have a variety of subjects on my blog. It’s not about one topic only. That makes for an interesting mix and people like to read that.

3. I write many times a day and that makes it easy for them to catch either one or all of my posts.

4. I write about my own life experiences and some readers can relate to that.

So these are a few reasons, why people read my blog.

Many people when asked, respond that it is not important to them how many people read their posts but I feel that deep down in our heart we do want some acknowledgment and feedback on our writing. I have been very lucky that I have connected with like-minded people on WordPress who read my posts and share their views too.

Why do you read my blog?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments.

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I hit the big number: 5000 💖

Though I feel the stats aren’t that accurate or that important but let’s be honest here. It gives a kick to read the number; 5004

And four days back I got this message from WordPress;

I want to thank all those ( real people) who follow my blog, read my posts and sometimes comment on them. It is because of the encouragement that I receive from my blogging family that I write every day. You guys are awesome and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and the top of my happy spirits.

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Blogging related questions and advice

Maggie has asked a few blogging related questions. Feel free to answer them on your blog.

1• Do you respond to every comment, even if it is just an emoji?

Yes, I do. Unless it is the third or fourth emoji. At that point, I just like the comment.

2• Are there styles, colors, or fonts that make reading a blog more difficult?

Since I read exclusively from my WP reader, the colors and fonts don’t affect me. In the reader, it all looks the same.

3• Under what circumstances would you block a user?

Obscenity, spamming, or asking me to follow them repeatedly, will result in my blocking that user. I also have blocked a few marketers and people who were rude to my readers.

4• Are there certain topics you refuse to engage with?

I don’t like to respond to topic like sex, or suggestive innuendo. And I don’t defend my opinions to those who find them unacceptable. I just close that discussion.

5• How do you feel about blogging awards?

At first, I used to be excited and flattered when I was nominated for a blogging award. But it gets tedious after a while especially the nomination process. I try to avoid the blogging awards nowadays.

6• How old is your current blog?

It’s my first and only blog and is about 41 months old. Older than a toddler and nearly a pre-schooler.

7• Do you respond to prompts?

I do post in response to prompts, questions, and challenges. In fact, I’ve been forced to give up a few of my regular prompts because of time constraints.

8• Do the number of your blog followers matter to you?

It’s good for the ego to see the number climbing. It has absolutely no effect on the views, comments, or the number of likes on my posts.

9• What motivates you to follow or unfollow a blog?

I unfollowed many blogs that were dormant or wouldn’t interact with me at all. I also unfollow a few blogs because their topics held no appeal for me. I follow someone who comments on my posts regularly and I find their content and topics to my taste.

10• What is your blogging pet peeve?

I don’t like when WordPress makes frequent changes. Also, I don’t like when it decides that I shouldn’t follow some blogs and makes the changes on its own. Then there are glitches with comments not being accepted or landing in spam.

My advice to new bloggers;

Write regularly on your blog, don’t take hiatus of weeks or months without informing your readers.

Build your community on the blogging world by commenting and interacting with your fellow bloggers.

Frequently update you “About me” page. If you’ve changed the direction of your blog, you might want to update it.

Thanks Maggie for posing these questions.

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Time for some changes

For the month of January, I did the JusJoJan challenge which meant writing one post for this challenge daily. It also meant that I had to drop a few of my favorite prompts because I wanted to keep my daily post to three.

Having done just two other posts daily ( excluding JusJoJan) has made me realize that posting three times a day is a bit too much. So from today, I’m going to (try to) limit my posts to just two! There will be exceptions because there are some prompts that I just can’t let go of. But this is the plan for this month.

I also realize that by posting three times a day, I put a strain on my readers who very kindly read my posts. This may lighten their load.

So guys wish me luck in my new plan. As usual, thanks for visiting and reading!

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Practice make an expert?

This week Tanya has given us this quote to consider in regard to blogging;

TODAY’S QUOTE:

the expert in anything quote

“The expert in everything was once a beginner.”

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Our learning process starts when we are born. As we grow older, we start learning. Gradually we chose a field that interests us and try to be good at it.

Not everyone reaches the level of an expert but with effort, we can become very good at what we like to do. Blogging is the same.

Before I started blogging, my experience of writing and formatting on a computer was practically non-existent. I learned the intricacies of the technical aspect of blogging as I went along. How to select a theme, how to place a header, how to make a logo for my blog, all these took tedious and frustrating eons of time. I’m still not very tech-savvy and once I have selected my theme etc with the help of a very good blogging friend of mine, Dr Tanya, I haven’t messed with it.

The writing part wasn’t very difficult for me, though it was a new experience too. It may be that I’m not writing research-oriented posts, but mostly poems and topics that I know about.

I don’t claim to be an expert in blogging, perhaps a mid-level skill would be an accurate description. I have learned a lot about how to write clearly and concisely so that the reader gets my meaning on the first read.

One of my posts that deals with this is;

Secret to a successful blog

Another post dealing with the writing process;

What is your writing style?

Learning to use the block editor was a challenge but due to the kind guidance of expert bloggers, I am now comfortable with it too. In fact I have found a lot of advantages in its use.

Thanks Dr. Tanya for this prompt.

Written for Blogging Insights NF 23# , hosted by Tanya

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Following after unfollowing…. Strange behavior?

So many of you might have noticed that I’ve recently re-followed you. And someone asked me about it too. Why did I need to re-follow people I had been following for almost 3 years?

The explanation is simple; WordPress settings!

I had enabled notifications of new posts on most of the blogs I follow. But this would produce too many notifications and when I got up after sleeping (7-8) hours, some notifications just disappeared. Some comments also were lost because apparently the WP notification panel can hold just a limited number.

I thought if I turn off the notifications of all the blogs I follow, I can simply read new posts in the reader. But not… says WP. There was no tab to turn off notifications. So I had to unfollow a majority of blogs that I follow and follow them again being careful not to enable notifications.

And while I did that, I also reorganized the blogs I followed. In a way it was an operation clean-up as well.

So if you are one of those who were unfollowed and then followed again, this was the reason.

Thanks for staying with me.

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The secret to a successful blog

Anyone who starts a blog, naturally wants it to be a success. Well, some would deny this, but most of us want what we write to be read, liked, and commented upon by others. Preferably, many many others.

So what is the secret?

I have been blogging for a little more than three years. And I will share with you what I think is the secret. Some may not agree with me but in my opinion, they are;

Write original content;

Don’t emulate others. Create your own style and content. Don’t think that it has to be a certain way to appeal to others. Like-minded people will find your blog and appreciate the originality.

Write in plain, simple to understand language;

I wrote about this previously as well. I think writing that is easily understood is always a winner. Prose or poetry, write everything clearly and plainly. It’s more effective than flowery language which is hard to understand on the first reading.

Create a feeling of camaraderie;

Create camaraderie among the blogosphere by visiting those blogs that you follow and leaving thoughtful comments on their posts. This I think is the most important step in making your blog popular and successful. Responding to comments left on your site is equally important. If you don’t build up the relationship between yourself and other bloggers, you cannot make a success of your blog.

Get to know your fellow bloggers;

It is important to get to know other bloggers. You can do this by reading their posts carefully and noting the information they share about themself. When you do this you’ll get a better understanding of the other bloggers as a person and it becomes easy to relate to the person behind the blog if you know more about them.

Check spam messages regularly;

Check the spam regularly so that no valid comment ends up in spam. People aren’t happy when we don’t reply to their comments. And one reason for that could be that their comments are ending in spam.

These are a few secrets of creating a successful and rewarding blog. You’ll be happy writing content that gives you satisfaction and sharing it with other like-minded people. And at the same time, you’ll create a community of bloggers who are like friends to you!

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What does a being prompt host entails?

I have been hosting What Do You See Prompt for almost 2 years now. In addition to it, for the last 40 odd weeks, I ask a question every Sunday, the Sunday Poser.

Since the day I started my prompt, I’ve made it my policy to visit all the posts that are written in response to that prompt.

In the beginning, I used to reblog all the responses but I found it hard to keep up with it and besides people over here weren’t happy with me flooding their readers with so many posts.

I feel that since people are writing /posting in response to my prompts, it is just common courtesy to visit these posts, provided that they have linked it back to my post. Specially if I ask a question, I like to read the replies from my readers!

Some hosts just give daily or weekly prompts but seldom visit the responses.

The purpose of this post is to ask you, if you write in response to prompts, that does it make any difference to you if the host reads and responds to you posts or not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Thanks for visiting and reading!

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Does writing needs to have a purpose?

As bloggers, we all write. Some do it daily, others weekly and some sporadically. The question that came to my mind today is that;

Does writing needs to have a purpose?

What is the purpose behind my daily posts? Do I write for myself alone or for my readers, or perhaps both?

These questions are sometimes circulating in my mind and here I will try to make some sense of my thoughts process.

When I started blogging, it was just to see what I can write. At that time the plan was to write some informative posts with a touch of humor. I still have many, many drafts from that initial time. I have them saved because I do plan to write and post them eventually.

But I didn’t stick with my initial plan. I ventured out into the realm of poetry and short stories. It was a fun exercise and I learned a lot. As they say the more you write, the more you learn how to write.

There was a time when I was posting around 5-6 times a day. It irked a few people that I was flooding their readers with so many posts daily. Gradually I reduced my post to around 3 a day. I stopped the daily Prompts post which was an exciting challenge for me as I used to fit in 4-6 words into a coherent post.

The reason why I reduced my posts was that I felt;

a) I was over stretching myself

b) With too many posts in a day, none of them were being given the attention I wanted.

c) I felt some of my posts had absolutely no purpose to them.

These were the reasons which prompted me to reduce my daily posting schedule. I realized that for me to feel good about my writing, I needed to say something with at least one of the posts I published every day.

And that is the reason for my initial question; Does writing needs to have a purpose?

Perhaps for me, it does. It should either entertain, inform or inspire the reader!

What are your thoughts on this question!

Please share your thoughts!

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