Dead in the water?

I haven’t written much lately – maybe three times a week and even then, I am a bit lost as to what to write about. I feel like I have lost my way with my blog. I change the look and feel of it sometimes to give it a fresh look. I try being creative with my topics but nothing much seems to be working.

I guess I am measuring the value of myΒ  blog my the number of views, likes and comments I get. Today it was a big ZERO! But really, does that matter? Perhaps I have become too concerned about pleasing others and not focusing on improving my writing skills by keeping on going and writing as often as I can.

I bought an ebook yesterday called “BlogWise: How to Do More with Less” by Darren Rowse (a fellow Aussie). It is about people who have successful blogs and how they do it. So far the examples are so far removed from me that I can’t really relate to them. These are super-successful blogs that bring income and employ staff. Blogging is an important tool they use in their business.

I made a few notes as I was reading:

  • mind mapping for blog ideas
  • know your goals
  • plan your day for each hour and then chunk it
  • do what works for you – it doesn’t have to be cool (I liked that one!)
  • experiment
  • what is the big picture?
  • listen to your favourite music as you blog
  • drink coffee and blog
  • be accountable

These are taken from the book by Darren Rowse and now I will reevaluate what my goals are, what it the big picture. Some of the successful bloggers mentioned frustration at times and reinforced the need to keep writing regardless. So I might try writing every day again – just to get back into the habit and I will see how that goes.

I would welcome any other tips to improve my blog.

thanks

Lorraine

PS To those who have followed my blog for a while – I can report that my son, who is walking the Appalachian Trail has reached the 1000 mile pointΒ  and is now in West Virginia.

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10 thoughts on “Dead in the water?

  1. Personally, the posts I enjoy the most on your blog are the stories of your adventures living up north and other rural parts of Australia πŸ™‚

  2. Do what you love. Everything else will come. I appreciate the tips and links. I am just starting out too and I am going to set aside a chunk of time each day (once school is out) to both read other blogs and write my own.

    • Hi Melanie – you are right about doing what we love – if that isn’t there it becomes hard work!

      Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚
      Lorraine

  3. I’m a fan of Darren Rowse’s ebooks and blog about blogging and I think the most important tip of all is knowing your goals. Much of his advice is geared towards people who want to monetize their blogs and perhaps make a career out of blogging. If that isn’t your goal, then I don’t think there has to be so much pressure to stick to an editorial calendar, work on your SEO, evaluate your analytics, etc. But in terms of keeping your blog going, what I find helpful is jotting ideas as they come to me (if I don’t, I will forget and then complain I have nothing to write about lol) and also reading similar blogs and letting myself be inspired by them. Best of luck!

  4. I measure my blog by my own self-satisfaction. I determined about four years ago, though, that getting comments and views is very much a tit for tat operation. If I don’t visit here and like and comment, I can guarantee myself that you won’t visit me.

    The thing I do wonder about, though, is how can someone have started a blog in, say, January 2012 and have 2,500 followers? I recently ran across such a situation. He has about 300 Facebook fans, 300 Twitter followers, and only publishes about two posts a day. There must be something that I’m missing — lol

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