But it escaped me on my way from the teapot to my computer keyboard. Nonetheless, it would have been the best blog idea ever. And you would have loved it! Whatever it was would have astounded you by its usefulness. Ah! The insights you would have gained would have made all the difference in your writing career. I swear.
Alright, so I may be exaggerating (and exasperating), but I really do try to come up with blog ideas that I think you, reader/writer, might find useful.
I post about my progress because folks have asked me to do so.
I post about what’s going on in my corner of the writing world because sometimes not everything ends up on twitter. (Except, of course, things like this.)
And, I post writing tips not only for my erudition, but because even though you’ve probably read it a thousand times before, it doesn’t hurt to read it again. Sometimes the stars align and my quirky tip somehow, inadvertently, lights the light bulb in your head and you “get it”.
Think readers first. If your blogging goal is to increase your audience, then you need to think about the needs of your readers first. Most of the tips on this list are designed to put the reader first, from being consistent and being sincere to including share buttons and paying attention to blog stats from time to time. If your blog is reader-centric, then the readers will come and bring their friends.
From the 25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic post, Mr. Brewer makes a good point with his seventh tip. As bloggers, if we are not meeting our audience’s needs, why on earth would they stick around?
What blogs do you read no matter how little time you have? And why?
- Write with Your Reader in Mind: Earn Their Attention (converstations.com)