I wanted to get one last post in for the “Summer,” so I decided to do one on blogging. To be clear, I am no expert, but I have been blogging over a decade so I’ve surely picked up something along the way.
The last few months, my blogging routine feels like it has been feast or famine. Which, in my previous posts about blogging, I don’t recommend. But, this appears to be further proof that the more you think you know, the less you actually know. To be clear, I believe that having a consistent rhythm and routine to your blogging helps grow your blog. It is simply beneficial to blog consistently—and that may be once a week every Saturday or twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday. You may even feel led and have the capacity to post every day. I think that’s all SUPER COOL.
Here’s 3 key things I learned about blogging this Summer:
1. It’s perfectly okay to let your blog breathe for a moment. That’s right. Pause, don’t post. In recent weeks, I have witnessed readers discover older posts and engage with them, either through a like or by commenting. With so much content out there, I think our followers sometimes need a minute to catch up. This can prove very valuable because they tend to uncover nuggets and gems among the myriad of posts you’ve created. Don’t believe me? Try it.
2. Allow yourself time to plan your posts. Don’t be like me and just post something you wrote today at the last minute to fill some sort of caveman need to create content and splurge it into the blogosphere. While that may very well be what I’ve done here as I wait for my wife T and I’s mani-pedi appointment, that’s no way to blog. Trust me. Take time to plan your posts. Keep several ideas in your drafts folder and work on them. Have a plan. It matters.
3. You’re a better blogger than you think. It’s true. You are. And giving your blog some time to breath here and there, now and again, will show you what posts your readers most engage with and help identify topics they care about. Old content that stands the test of time, like fine wine, not only keeps getting better but shows you examples of your own writing that people can relate to and identify with. That’s what causes readers to keep coming back: a sense of belonging and community.
Dear Reader: If I did a podcast, what should it be about? I’ve thought about doing one that focuses on worship music, like the videos of songs that I share. What do you think? Leave me your answer in the COMMENTS below.
Listen, I don’t know your “why” that causes you to blog. I do know mine. Furthermore, I recognize that my why and my how have changed over the years. Nothing makes progress like practice. Keep after it. You’ll be better for it. Perhaps, so will your readers.
I pray all the best for you on your blogging adventure. Have fun and enjoy the ride along the way.
Until next time, dearest blogger. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.
The Devotional Guy™