New year, new blogger

Hello Fellow Writers, After six years of blogging, I’ve come to a realization: I’m not doing it right. Oh, I suppose, I’m doing something right. I’m read by a small group of dedicated writers, whom, like me, are struggling to find their way to a satisfying writing life (whatever that means for you and whether that … More New year, new blogger

The spice of life

Is variety, no? We want to follow the herd. It’s safer that way. Not likely to get taken out by the stalking hyenas or lions, but we aren’t likely to get noticed either. And in the world of blogging, attention is the game. Remember? That’s why I’m doing this series; a review of Mr. Brewer’s 25 … More The spice of life

Scratch that niche

Let’s get right to it, students. What’s the sixth piece of advice from the 25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic post? All together now… Create a niche. Most successful blogs have a niche, something that defines what it is. Over at Poetic Asides, that niche is poetry, especially related to poetry prompts and challenges. MNINB is not the best … More Scratch that niche

Shine them shoes

Always put your best foot forward. Don’t fall into the trap of pulling punches on your blog. That is, don’t hold back your content. I’ve heard many writers talk about how they use their blogs as places to throw their scraps. Well, I don’t know about you, but I have more than enough great content available to me online … More Shine them shoes

Talk to me, baby

It is nice to get attention. WordPress gives us lots of tools to keep track of who is visiting our blog and when. They even came up with a cool map feature.  Very nifty. But, for us attention whores, that’s just not enough, is it? We want to know what you think. Readers have opinions, … More Talk to me, baby

Traffic

Blogging traffic, that is. Last week, the Writer’s Digest Newsletter had an article in it by Robert Lee Brewer that listed the ways you can make money from your blog. I thought, I’m not interested in making money with my blog…STOP! Who the hell am I kidding? If I could get money for any of my … More Traffic

Getting personal

How personal do you get on your blog? I try to keep my blog solely about my writing adventures.  Occasionally, life intervenes and I put up pictures of my dog, or a good recipe, but generally, I try to keep this blog life-clutter free.  If I get the urge to talk about stuff that is … More Getting personal