At the round table discussion of the blogger get together, there were a few very important points that came up in writing and growing a blog. Since you couldn't all be there, I thought I would share a bit of the information.
We talked a bit about the post I did last week about the stress of blogging; and some other really important points.
-Use your tags and labels for your posts. That's how people randomly find you in random search engines.
-Use large or extra large pictures.
-Comment, comment, comment.
-Take a break if you need one. Post when you want. There really is no pressure but what you put on yourself. Goals like "I am going to post every day for a year." might just do you in.. for nothing...
- To show or not to show your kids is a personal choice. Just keep in mind who is reading you.
-Blog about what YOU want. It's your blog. And when you want. No pressure, no obligation.
Be wonderfully and authentically you... in everything. In your words, pictures, thoughts and how you decorate. Because you are fabulous just as you are, not someone else. Blog about what you want. That is how you find people of similar interests. That is how they are drawn to you and you make new and wonderful relationships. Don't worry about what other people say. Just do your thing. You might get an occasional negative comment. You might get crazy Russian spam. That's what the delete button is for. If they don't like something or are not happy;that's their problem, not yours.
When I first started blogging, I kept things light and happy and airy. I posted projects and crafts. I thought that's what people wanted to see. I didn't think they were interested in me or my emotions, and the mundane crumbs of daily life. Who wants to hear me complain?
But what I found is the more I have been myself; the more I have found true and lasting friends. I have found more of me too. That is what makes all of the difference in blogging, not being popular. Yes, there are blogs that have made it really really big, but is it worth it? What is the right balance?
And finally....Ignore the damn numbers.
Following is great because it's an easy way for people to subscribe, but don't let it affect your every day.
When you gain a follower be happy you have found someone else who is like-minded. When you lose one, shrug it off and realize if they aren't interested in what you have to show and say, it's not worth worrying about them.
and blog happy.