Blogging is something we all love to do. It gives us the opportunity to connect with others, to share our opinions, and for some it gives them the opportunity to be themselves. Blogging is wonderful but sometimes it’s not always great.
Regardless of what kind of blog you have, everyone has found themselves in a spot of frustration. Whether it’s over not finding the words to write, writers block, or time- we have all been there!
Earlier this week I ask you two questions: I asked if you would list something you have struggled with since joining the blogging community and if you found a way to overcome this struggle. You can find Part One of this post here
Here is what I have found either searching the web or through various responses I received:
- Finding followers but also finding followers that participate- comment/like- your posts. As a relatively new blogger, I find this the hardest obstacle to overcome. I have a nice number of followers but I am only ever able to get a handful participating at a time.
- Solution- Keep trying to engage. I have been trying to come up with different topics that might interest you guys. Sometimes they seem to be more of a hit but others fall flat.
- Combustible reviews suggested, “I’ve found, when I was first starting out, that one of the best things was to make an effort to be social, meaning going onto other blogs and commenting on their posts. We’re a nosy bunch and more often than not they’re going to check your blog out.”
- Going off of what Combustible Reviews said, leave comments on other blogs. But you can’t just leave half heated comments like ‘great post’, although that is nice to hear. The key is to make intelligent comments that add something to the post or discussion.
- Solution- Set time aside each day, or couple days, or once a week- but set time aside to make comments on others posts. Your followers will get to know you and more people will hop over to do the same.
- No traffic.. I feel like this kind of goes with the first one. It is beyond discouraging when you look at your stats and see them practically at zero.
- Solution- At least this is what I have been doing but I really try to roll it off my shoulders. I can’t beg people to read my stuff. My grandma always told me- Don’t borrow trouble- meaning stop worrying about things that you have no control over. I have no control over who reads my blog. All I can do is try my best to connect with others. But in the end, it is up to them (you) on if you want to read my posts.
- Vineeth suggested finding a target audience- “That’ll help you cope up with the near-zero stats. And as time passes, you’ll eventually get more readers.”
- Going off of what Vineeth said, take a look at your posts and re-evaluate them. Are you writing something that would be interesting for your target audience? Is what you posted worth attention or just something you put down so you can add a post?
- On Balie Sussman blog, one of the frustrations listed is Blogging or Reading Slump. This can mean you aren’t finding the motivation to pick up a book to review, you are at a loss of what to blog about, or maybe you have writers block.
- Solution- I really think you need to find what works best for you but here are some ideas: Stop putting so much pressure on yourself to write/read/review/blog. You will get back to it but maybe it’s a good idea to take a break. A day away or two won’t kill you.
- Solution- Try doing something else. If you have a writing block, try writing about something that isn’t your story. Maybe do a couple writing prompts. For reading, pick up an old favorite and read a couple chapters. I don’t think you need to read the entire book but enough to remind you there are good books out there. As far as blogging goes, Maybe as another blog to be a guest blog on yours. Of if you could go off of what they posted. Don’t plagiarize and be adult about it- give credit where it is due. But personally, I don’t think there is a problem with going off of another topic.
I know this isn’t much but I hope what is here helps! Good luck to all the bloggers out there 🙂