I just thought I’d continue on from what I was talking about the other day – blogging, gaining more followers on my blog and how to go about it.
Well I’ve signed up to follow a fair few more blogs in the hope that that may be a way to gain more followers myself. And, of course, it’s interesting to read others’ blogs and see how they’re successful, what they do or don’t do that I could learn from.
I’m a bit flummoxed by one thing though. For a long while I didn’t add tags to my blog posts as I wasn’t aware of how useful they could be. I think I may have gained a number of followers through tagging my posts.
But the thing that’s puzzling me is this: when I Googled certain words that I use as tags in my blogging, intending to see if I could find other writers’ blogs, it came up with very little that was helpful i.e. hardly any relevant writers blogs at all.
So it got me thinking – how exactly do tags work? Are they what other people use to find blogs to follow – do other people Google certain words to find a blog they might like to follow, or do other people know something I don’t about tags?
Anyway I’m confused by that. Any info about that gratefully received.
To go back to the main point of this blog post, as well as working hard at blogging myself, it’s been interesting to see how various other bloggers go about… well blogging. Some of them list targets they’re trying to achieve (I don’t find this particularly helpful, in fact it’s a bit boring!), others intersperse anecdotes about their non-writing lives (which I find fascinating) and then of course many blog about how their writing is going, their plans for releasing their novels, details of when their novels are being released etc.
I have found that the most successful blogs engage with their readers; they provide good content that others want to read; they ask questions and the blog itself is attractive and looks good.
As for my own blogging – well I’m trying to comment on others’ blogs as much as I can – though I do delete a number of posts as I haven’t got the time or energy to look at them all. I’m only human!
With this blog, I’m trying to post more often, as obviously that is so important. I also intend at some point to start linking more to other blog sites. Some of the most effective blog sites have great links to helpful sites for writers.
Here are some that I enjoy:
I think I’ll leave it there for now. But before I go, here’s a question for you. Do you have a favourite blog that you keep returning to and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts.