Okay, I know that I can’t say too much on this topic, considering that The Golden Lands is by no means a “popular” blog. But I have been blogging for a decent amount of time, and I’ve learned some tricks here and there about how to create a vibrant blogging community.
So let’s talk about blogging…
Tip #1: Kindle (or rekindle) the Flame
As bloggers, there are some questions that we need to ask ourselves:
What does blogging mean to me? What am I trying to accomplish by blogging? What course of action do I need to take to reach this accomplishment?
The answers to these questions will decide what kind of blogger you are. Also, reminding yourself of these answers will enable you to persevere as a blogger and as a writer. Sometimes we need to rediscover what it is we want from writing.
This tip relates closely to the next one, which is…
Tip #2: Love What You Write
This is by far one of the most helpful tips I’ve ever received, and I’d like to pass it on to you. I know it might seem like an obvious tip, but that doesn’t make it untrue or less helpful. If you don’t love what you write, chances are no one else will either!
Believe me, people can feel when a writer is bored with his/her own writing. If you don’t like whatever you write about, then change! This is your blog; you can write about whatever the heck you want. Don’t feel like you are permanently bound to one particular topic or genre of blogging. Just blog about what you want to blog about! Sure, if you say that you’re blog is for displaying art, people might have certain expectations, and they might be surprised if you start blogging about Shakespeare…but, once again, it’s your blog!
Tip #3: Share the Love
If everyone is blogging for selfish purposes, no one will be happy. No one will have a popular blog. Blogging is only half of being a good blogger; you have to read and engage in other people’s work if you want to establish a community. I’m not saying you need to read blogs that you don’t like, just for the sake of establishing a community. In fact, don’t do that at all! Find that corner of the blogosphere where like-minded writers are hiding, and start making connections.
One of the greatest ways to create a great blogging community is to comment on someone else’s blog. Commenting really shows that you care and that you’re actually paying attention to what someone wrote. It’s easy to click the “Like” button and move on, but it takes effort to comment. Don’t be a selfish blogger. Love what you write about, and show some love for other peoples’ blogs!
I hope you can benefit from these tips. I know they are short and simple, but there’s no need for them to be complex!
Like me as a blogger? Like the way I write?
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