Today I received notification that I’d reached 500 followers. People keep telling me I’m doing very well, and that my blog is growing quickly. I dont really think I’m doing anything special, just being me, but I guess that works. Instead of simply saying thank you to all my readers, followers and friends who have made this possible, I’ve thought about which activities I engage in are contributing most to my growth.
I published my first post on curiosities, Castles and Coffee Shops on 27th July, 2022.
On 26th February, 2023 I had 200 followers.
It’s taken me 8 1/2 months to reach 500 followers.
Generally, I try to publish about 4 times a week, publishing on a range of topics, so possibly appeal to a broader audience than someone working in a narrow niche.
What works for me
I would always start something like this with a caveat … this works for me. Everyone needs to find our their own recipe for success. However, if I can give others some ideas or encouragement, then I’ve been successful.
Communicate with people. Engage with every person who posts on your comments section. Visit other sites and leave them comments too – proper feedback, not ‘visit me’ and don’t leave a link to your website. You should engage properly – tell them what you liked, what interested you, what you thought of their post rather than just saying ‘good’ etc. The more you do that, people will answer back and you’ll start a conversation.
I’d say in some respects this is possibly the most important part of blogging. If you don’t engage with people, and talk to your readers, leaving you comments, why would they come back, and why would they follow you?
I love my community and my loyal readers and followers. You should never take them for granted. Without them you’re nothing. You get so much support, reassurance and encouragement from them ❤️
Others’ blogging expertise
There are a lot of bloggers with good experience and are happy to support newer bloggers. On that front I’d like to thank the two who helped me most with their blogs when I started, Renard and Hugh. You two have made such a difference to me and I’m glad you were both there when I was getting started. 🥃🥃 (thought Scotch would be appropriate)
Produce quality work
I’d suggest producing well written pieces with well developed arguments that are clear and well structured. Ensure your spelling and grammar is good. Also check you reference where appropriate and never plagiarise.
Additionally I’d say publish regularly and consistently. Its better to decide to just publish once a week and stick with that rather than being all over the place. People will get used to how often you publish. Generally people like routine, even if you’re just publishing once or twice a month, if that’s your routine, people will come to expect that from you.
You will need to decide whether you are going to write about a single, niche topic or like me, if you will write on a range of topics.
I like the freedom and flexibility to write about whatever piques my interest. It means I have more things to choose from. I believe that’s probably also contributing to my fast growth as I can appeal to a broader range of readers.
Develop relationships and make friends
A final piece of advice I’d pass on is to not under-estimate the importance of the relationships and friendships that can form through blogging – but to achieve that you need to start by communicating with other bloggers.
I dont think building those relationships ever stops as there will be new people joining the blogging community all the time.
In the 8-9 months I’ve been here I’ve met many wonderful bloggers and am making some great friendships. There are so many I want to say a big thank you to, but the people that I want to really thank are Vicki, Wynne, Gray, Sadje, Destiny and Devang for believing in me. For your encouragement and support. 💝💝💝💝💝💐💐💐💐💐🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂
However, I also really want to say a huge big thank you to each and every person who reads and who follows my blog, none of this would be possible without you. 😘😘😘
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