The Joy of Blogging
Do you enjoy blogging? or is blogging a chore, a bit like going to work?
If we enjoy our blogging this will effect the quality of our posts; our natural enthusiasm will be reflected in the care and attention of our posts; it is this which will attract and retain readers..
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
How to Enjoy Blogging more
- Write on Topics that Interest you.
Don’t choose topics just because you think they may get traffic or money. You need to have a real interest in the topic, otherwise you will struggle to motivate yourself to write.
- Don’t Compare.
No matter how successful, or not, you are, there will always be some blogger more successful than you. When you are starting, you may feel that your posts deserve more traffic / appreciation. However, every blogger has to work hard to get established and develop a loyal following.
- Competitors or Friends.
Blogging is not a competition. If other blogs are successful, it doesn’t mean less success for you. See other blogs as ways of helping you. The great thing about blogging is that linking to your “competitors” can actually help you in many ways. see: Pingbacks can be a great source of traffic
- Don’t Judge Success by Traffic / monetary income.
If the only purpose of a blog is to gain adsense revenue, prepare to be disappointed; unfortunately, it is hard work to make reasonable money from a blog. For the first few years at least, you need other motivations for blogging.
- Don’t Feel Guilty for Taking a Break.
One problem with a blog is that we can feel under pressure to produce posts every day. However, if we have no inspiration to post, it may be best to wait and take a break; sometimes no post is better than a bad post anyway.
- Encourage Interaction.
One thing I have enjoyed about this blog is that it is received feedback and comments. This makes it feel more of a community. My mortgage blog is aimed at google, and is successful after a fashion; however, there is very little feedback so it can feel like a one man show.
- Help Others.
If you see a blog as a way of helping and serving others you will get added satisfaction. For example, you can invite readers to ask questions. This can be a great way to give added purpose to the blog. By answering other bloggers questions, it will of course, help your own blog. Many A list bloggers are quite generous in their linking to other blogs. (but don’t be disappointed if they don’t always link back to your suggested links; after all they will have 100s of requests per week
- Keep minor admin / CSS changes to a minimum.
There is nothing worse than spending hours on changing the design or functionality of a blog only to have little to show for our efforts. Don’t get too involved in checking every available plugin. Don’t lose sight that it is the content that make a blog.
- Is your blog software easy to use.
Don’t make life difficult for yourself. If your blog software has bugs and lacks functionality you will be wasting your time.
- Don’t worry about Page Rank and Technorati Ranking
In the greater scheme of things page rank doesn’t matter. If you look after your blog, the page rank and technorati ranking will sort itself out.
- Don’t Waste time on internet
The internet is ideal for procrastination and wasting time. However, if we waste our time surfing and being unproductive we will feel we have been wasting time and not achieving anything. see 13 tips for increasing productivity