David Gitonga (DavGit)
“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow…” – Lawrence Clark Powell
Growth takes time and this is true even in blogging. Blogging will take blood, sweat and tears and no doubt will demand your time, energy and dedication to do it right. Consider some of the sacrifices that you will need to make in order to grow as a blogger:
Everyday is a new experience and in the blogosphere, a small change ripples drastically. You will therefore need to keep tabs on what is going on by comparing your stats and the progress of other bloggers. This will take a lot of time since many parameters will be taken into consideration. Take time to review the number of visits and responses that you get and those of other bloggers. Take note of the metrics and you will know the rate of your growth.
Have you noticed that every time you review other websites and blogs, you always find something that you can add to your own? Your blog will never look right. This means that you need to keep adding widgets, plugins and changing templates and this could take a lot of your time if you are not careful. Take the time however to make these necessary changes to keep your blog fresh, appealing and updated. Your readers will love that.
Of all the things that you can do with your blog, the best way to get it to grow is writing great content. Nothing beats a great article as opposed to a sleek design but boring content. Try to make every post your best. Even if you have only 2 subscribers, give them your very best. Eventually this number is sure to grow and that content might one day become invaluable to future subscribers. Don’t settle for less.
As a blogger, your growth will also be largely determined by your exposure. Guest blogging, commenting on other blog sites and promoting on social media will give you that connection to interact with other bloggers and readers. Take time to respond to your blog comments and try to solve any problems raised in your comments. Another advantage of being proactive in responding to comments is that it will give you new ideas for your next blog post. This is one of the best ways to write on a topic that your readers will want read.
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John Maxwell
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