#Blogmas2018 Ritu’s Blog Tips #12

Day 12

My muse, my tea my workstation!

Find your voice.

This is quite simple.

Don’t attempt to copy someone else’s style.

Be you.

Find your niche – or don’t (I never did!) but always find your voice.

Your voice gives your blog it’s personality, especially if it is a blog that is not connected to a business.

Your blog should be able to allow your creativity to shine, be it poetry or fiction, ramblings or recipes.

Your style is what will make your blog readable, what will attract like-minded bloggers to your site. Something that is identifiably YOU!

#Blogmas2018 Ritu’s Blog Tips #11

Day 11

My muse, my tea my workstation!

Respond!

One of my biggest niggles, when a blogger whose post I have commented on doesn’t respond – AT ALL!

Going back to my last couple of tips, quality interaction is so important, when building up a solid reader base, and if you don’t bother answering or at least acknowledging the comments left on your post, it’s highly unlikely you will be attracting many followers.

The conversations I have had via my comments, or on other blogs, have strengthened my blog relationships with my followers, allowing me to get to know them as well as them to know me too.

That human touch makes all the difference.

An appreciation to those leaving thoughts on your words.

I read, and write A LOT.

If you are following me, you know that.

My saviour is my WP app on my phone.

When I have a moment, I log in, and browse my reader and all my notifications, attempting to answer them all as the day unfolds.

If I know I can’t give all my attention to the comments then, I wait until the end of the day, and spend time responding, genuinely, to all who bless me with a visit to my blog, and leave comments.

Some schedule their time to respond weekly.

It’s up to you, but make sure you do!

#Blogmas2018 Ritu’s Blog Tips #10

Day 10.

My muse, my tea my workstation!

Don’t link drop! 

Do you know what I mean by link dropping?

I’m not talking about leaving your links where you are responding to a challenge or prompt, or even when you are at a blog party, where you are invited to leave a link to a particular post…

No, I mean when you visit other blogs, desperate for followers, and you type ‘Nice post!’ (Always a no no, see yesterday’s tip!) then your own blog link, or a ‘Please follow me!’ plea!

These types of comments always put me off, because a blogger hasn’t attempted to interact with me, allowing me to get to know them a little better. Often, if someone has been commenting regularly, I’ll click their Gravatar and check their blog out myself, to see whether their content is something I would want to read.

If it is, I will follow myself. If not, I won’t.

No offence to that blogger, but I’m sure they’d rather have meaningful interactions, rather than empty likes…

But often, a link drop will either get ignored, edited, or if a repeat offender, binned!

And I think I speak for a lot of seasoned bloggers when I give this particular tip…

Of course, if I have asked for your links, then by all means leave them!

#Blogmas2018 Ritu’s Blog Tips #9

Day 9!

My muse, my tea my workstation!

Interaction is KEY!

You can’t go building a blog without other people. 

You want to be read, but you kinda have to return the favour.

I’m not talking about follow for follow, but actually reading other blogger’s posts and interacting with them.

Liking and commenting on their posts opens a doorway for a genuine following.

And not just ‘Great Post!’ or ‘Love this!’ but meaningful comments that can start a conversation.

I know you can’t do that for every post you read, but if you make a point of commenting on a specific amount of post read in a day/week (target is up  to you!) you are sure to see the return coming to your blog, and them doing the same. 

These interactions will build the kind of following that is actually genuine, and not just numbers of people who click follow, but never read your posts.

#Blogmas2018 Ritu’s Blog Tips #8

Day 8!

My muse, my tea my workstation!

Don’t obsess over numbers!

This is a biggie!

I know how hard it is. I was a newbie once too, remember!

Numbers are important, to an extent, yes, but at the beginning, it is so easy to become so fixated over views/followers/likes, that you start to forget why you may have started the blog in the first place.

That place you created to enjoy writing, sharing your opinions/ creativity/product becomes a chore as you play the number game, following and liking others with the feint hope that they might return the favour, and up your figures.

Don’t.

Seriously.

Don’t compare yourselves with seasoned bloggers, who have hundreds of thousands of views/likes/shares/folllowers. They will have taken time to get there, just like you. 

It is a lucky one in a million that goes viral, or writes something so profound that it, like Kim Kardashian’s bum, breaks the internet.

But hey, let’s be honest, we don’t want to break it, do we? How would the readers find us then?

Try and enjoy being you on your blog. Others will slowly discover you too, and love you, and the numbers will follow.

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