Given that my posts about blogging garner more traffic and foster more engagement than many of my other posts, I wanted to close out 2021 with some end of year thoughts about blogging.
Many people blog. According to Letter.Ly, the three most popular blog sites (WordPress, Tumblr, & Blogger) host almost 600 million blogs.
Remember why you started blogging. Knowing and remembering your why are important. This will motivate you and encourage you as you put your words out there for all to read.
Be mindful of those things that make you different and those experiences we share collectively.As individuals, we are unique. As people, we share common experiences. Love. Joy. Laughter. Grief. Pain. Suffering. For example: 9-11 is an experience we share collectively as a nation and even globally. Where you were on that day and what you were doing at that moment are unique to you. However, if you lost someone close to you at Ground Zero that day then you have a different perspective on those horrific events than those of us who watched the events unfold. The same holds true for the COVID-19 pandemic and the plethora of side effects it wrought on our lives individually and collectively.
Don’t be discouraged. Put forth your best effort. Get better at your craft. Change things up a bit between Long posts and short ones just like you do between sentences. Some sentences are long. Many may be short.
Blogging statistics show that 65% of people who read blogs do so 1-3 times per week. (Letter.Ly, 2021)
Write with an active voice rather than a passive tone. Be bold. Say what you mean; mean what you say. Make it plain so what you say is clear.
Be real. Be authentic. Write in your voice. Work on developing your style and shaping your voice as a writer and blogger. You are unique. There is only one you.
Avoid comparison. This is a principle that is good to put in practice in many other aspects of life, including blogging. There’s always someone taller, prettier, richer, and living life larger than you. You do you. Don’t focus on what someone else is doing more than on your own work. If you invest in your own writing and your own blog than you will find success.
Blogging leans heavily on words and images. Look into joining a local arts club, writing group, or photography class to help you hone your skills. Consider taking classes in SEO, in digital media, and other helpful subjects that can boost the quality of your blog.
Here are of 9 of my most popular posts on blogging:
As you venture into the new year, I pray that your blog blossoms and reaches the audience that’s just right for you. Given the current state of things in the world, there is no shortage of subject matter. I look forward to reading your perspective on life during the year 2022.
The Devotional Guy™