This one is for all the bloggers out there
I’ve been blogging for many years now and still consider myself to be learning, even after more than 1200 posts and half a million words.
Yet I consider my blog to still be very much a work in progress – as am I, as an evolving blogger!
I don’t like offering advice and I never tell anyone how they should do things. I’m not that type of blogger, although I probably could have something useful to offer.
I’ve written a few posts about blogging but not in a particularly helpful way 🙂
I’m always left wondering how others do it. How do they find the time, the motivation, the topics, the commitment, the organisation, the connections, the interaction, the thoughts……
So tell me, how do YOU do blogging?
Whenever I meet bloggers in person, I really want to know HOW they do things. Not so much the WHY they blog, but the mechanics of it. Of course, we always get onto the ‘why’ as well, which is a very interesting discussion in its own right!
Things like these interest me:
- Do you plan out every post in advance?
- Do you schedule posts weeks/months ahead of time?
- Can you write a spontaneous post at the drop of a hat? Do you?
- Are you super organised?
- Do you keep track of what works and what doesn’t – via stats or other feedback?
- Are you constantly changing things around on your blog?
Just this week I read a tweet from a blogger who said they’ve written and scheduled posts up until May next year!! I feel excited if I’m lucky enough to be a week ahead, but that’s the beauty of blogging, in that everyone is doing it differently – but I’ll admit that I’m still awestruck at those who are soo organised in advance 😲
Take this short poll – please!
I am keen to know some of these answers via my short poll below. I appreciate your honesty and thoughts. You can tick as many of the options below that apply to you.
If you’d rather just leave me a message in the comment section at the bottom of this post, then that’s just as good too! I may even write a follow up post to share what I discover 🙂
Me and blogging
Thinking back to when I first started blogging, I had a full-time job, a family still at home and many other commitments – and yet I probably blogged more back then than I do now that I’m retired.
I know some of you newer followers may find that hard to believe, but it’s true. What I know has happened over the years, is that I’m now more consistent and more organised than I was before. I’m also very social with reading and sharing other blogs – which can be just as time consuming as writing a post!!
I’m not sure if that makes me a better blogger but I know I don’t feel too overwhelmed these days. I set the pace and some weeks I’m away so I don’t blog much or I have posts ready to be scheduled ahead of time which reduces the pressure.
I blog for me, when all is said and done, so theoretically, I’m the only one I have to keep happy 🙂Tweet
I have a basic plan for each week with a few recurring posts and linkups – Sunday Stills, #Lifethisweek, Wordless Wednesday, Midlife Share the Love linkup, a Friday compilation post, a monthly wrap-up post, themed posts like #AgeingWellinAugust – thankfully not all of these require posts to be written but they do involve reading and sharing to some extent.
I take my sharing, commenting and engaging responsibilities seriously. I also ensure I take regular blogging breaks, which I think all bloggers need to do from time to time. This is something which Hugh talks about in this post.
No right or wrong way to blog
There is no one right way to blog in my humble opinion. Everyone has their own style, their own reasons and their own voice – and it’s that which makes a blogger feel good, when it all comes together and works. It’s also what keeps others returning to your blog, your voice and personality shine through.
But how do YOU judge that it works?
I love engagement on my posts, but at times it’s hard to get people to comment or interact, especially non-bloggers! If you have any answers or suggestions on how to improve that one, please let me know. I answer all comments on my blog and try to leave thoughtful and relevant comments on blogs I read. I think that’s the least I can do.
We all have stories to tell and usually our blogs are the way we share our thoughts – for whatever reason.
I discovered that I’m a writer!
I found a whole heap of old diaries recently, from when I was a teenager and then a new young mother – OMG I wrote everything down back in the day, so why am I so surprised now that I’m a blogger – it seems I’ve always been a writer!!
It hit me, just like that – I’ve always been a writer, and that made me so very happy!Tweet
How about you? Any thoughts to add?
Have you any thoughts on your blogging evolution, or what works for you? I know there are millions of bloggers offering tips, courses, ebooks and each day alone thousands, if not millions, of posts are added to the internet, so how do you manage it all?
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing the results of my poll – feel free to share with other bloggers and I’ll definitely write a follow up post later on.
Thanks again for your input.
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