Rain and cold are on the weather menu today. The local area I call home is under a flash flood and winter weather watch. YIKES! The high is not expected to get out of the 30s Wednesday. The good news is that in a couple of days, we’ll see sunnier skies with temps in the 70s. That’s Texas for you. If you don’t like the weather, just wait. Winter today, Spring tomorrow.
People look at me weird when they ask me what I do, and I respond, “I’m a blogger.” Sometimes they will be brave enough to ask me what I blog about. Their curiosity dies suddenly when I say, “Faith and recovery, mostly.”
Other times, folks will smile and utter, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to blog.” It takes me back to my restaurant days when every dog and cat thought getting into the restaurant business sounded like a good retirement plan.
Like operating restaurants, blogging is more difficult than it looks. Blogging is hard work.
For starters, blogging demands a great deal of time. Fresh content fuels return readers and increases SEO effectiveness and follower engagement. That means maintaining the site by producing content several days per week and updating the overall look and feel of your site regularly. The blogosphere’s junkyard is littered with blogs that have been forgotten by their creators.
blog·o·sphere [ˈbläɡəˌsfir] NOUN 1. personal websites and blogs collectively
If you’re going to create fresh content several times a week, then you’re going to need sources to pull ideas from or you’ll sit in front of your laptop with that blank stare accompanying writers block. Consider inviting fellow bloggers to guest post on your blog every so often. You can return the favor, of course. Blogging isn’t all words. Images and video can make posts more interesting. Maybe you simply want to post a meme or short video communicating your thoughts for the day.
Blogging requires patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day and chances are your blog audience won’t be either. Growing followers, gathering momentum, and building reader engagement take time. There’s simply no way from here to there without a willingness on your part to exercise patience, while nurturing your blog in an environment that fosters success…eventually.
Like the old saying goes…if at first you don’t succeed…keep blogging.
Andrew Peterson-The Dark Before the Dawn
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