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Does Blogging Accomplish Anything?

Sig and Armstrong

It depends on who you ask.  Or it depends on who you choose to look at as the epitome of a successful blogger.

Does blogging accomplish anything?

It’s something we all want to know.

The short and easy answer is “Yes”….depending on how much effort you want to put into blogging.  How much effort is enough though?  And what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

The truth is, successful blogging will always depend on what you’re trying to accomplish.  Want people to hear your political views?  Well, you might have a lot of competition, but that shouldn’t be too hard.

Want to connect with other people that love making sushi?  So long as you Tag your posts properly, that should be easy enough.

What about promoting an online jewelry business?  Things just got a bit more difficult.

What about trying to promote your latest novel?  I can testify that this is also very hard.

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Accomplishing some things with blogging is easy, whereas accomplishing other things is hard…what’s the common thread that unites all successful blogging?

Believe it or not, I believe that successful blogging involves one key factor:

Being a good follower/engaging your audience.

As ironic as it might seem, I notice that people who are most successful in the blogging world are also those people that actively engage their audience.  This involves Liking and Commenting on OTHER peoples’ posts, as well as responding to comments and blogging about things that people can relate to.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of following blogs I’m not interested in.  I’m not saying you should follow someone’s blog JUST BECAUSE they followed yours.  All I’m saying is becoming a successful blogger means having something to offer to your followers, and this can involve being an active follower towards them.

A Challenge for You

If you’re the kind of person who asks, “Does blogging accomplish anything?” then this challenge is for you.

Think of the ways that you can be a more active follower.  Think of the ways that you can engage your audience more.  Think of the ways that you can write something that means something to your FOLLOWERS, not just yourself.

And go put those thoughts into action.

Blogging is only fun and meaningful when you help make it meaningful for others.  Go be a part of the community and stop waiting for the community to serve you.

If put all of this into action, yes, blogging will accomplish something.  Maybe even anything.

I consider myself to be a master of logic.

If you like the way I write, you should check out my fantasy novel here.  It’s called Elithius.  It’s pretty awesome.  Why waste your time doing other things when you could be reading my book?

See, a master of logic.

And here’s the cover because it’s awesome:

Cover art by Elizabeth M

Don’t Be That Person…


“Hi, my name’s Dominic, and I’m a self-centered asshole.”

….said no one ever.  (Especially if your name isn’t Dominic 😉 )

Look people, I love blogging about my personal endeavors as much as the next writer.  But if that’s all you have to offer to your audience, your blog will suddenly become increasingly one-sided.

I’ve seen this time and time again.  Maybe certain authors/bloggers aren’t TRYING to be self-centered, or assholes (pardon the language), but it sure can come across like that.  ALL they talk about is their personal endeavors.  They ask for reviews.  They ask you to “share” and “spread the word”.  Basically, the only person they are invested in is THEMSELVES.

Don’t be that person.

Many of us blog because we are trying to promote something.  I know I am.  I’m a self published author and I’d like people to read my books.  But that doesn’t mean I spend all my time focusing on just me.  And there are plenty of other bloggers out there who are behaving the same way.  We know that being self-centered is wrong, stupid, and unfulfilling.

So don’t be that person that focuses on being a consumer.  Don’t be that person that asks for favors but never pays attention to anyone else.  You’ll never get anywhere like that.

Be helpful.  ASK for suggestions.  Ask for criticism.  ACCEPT criticism.  Get involved in OTHER people’s projects.

Be writers.

As always, What do you think?

Yes, I am also promoting something.  If you’re interested, you can check out my fantasy novel Elithius here.

Cover art by Elizabeth M