Friday, June 24, 2011

I Want to Grow This Blog


Although I'm interested in having an online community, social networking doesn't necessarily interest me much.  I find many of the interactions that I experienced on Myspace, Friendster and Hi5 to be superficial.  On the other hand, I've formed real relationships with some bloggers, and we've shared our lives through our posts.  Sure, everything is still somewhat filtered, but I find blogging to be more meaningful than wall posts.

Every day I notice that more Internet activities involve Facebook or Twitter.  I am out of the loop when it comes to Facebook, Twitter and any other such social networking applications.  I'm realizing that maybe Facebook could be something that helps my blog find a community.  I'd really like to connect with other like-minded people and have some dialogue.

I probably need to read Facebook For Dummies.  I have been reading several other books that I think might help.  I recently read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, which was a huge inspiration, but my blog is very new and it is taking me time to find a following, as the author suggests in the book.  Next I will read Blogging for Fame and Fortune, which I checked out from the library yesterday.  These books are not the most recent regarding Facebook, but they offer great advice to help anyone get started.  What a dream it would be to blog full-time.

I'd like to build a site that has regular visitors, some dialogue and possibly even becomes profitable.  I admire people that have the stats to successfully sell ad space on their websites.  I think this blog has a good chance of being "successful".  I have been blogging since 2001, but those blogs were never successful because none ever had readership past a few stalkers, none had any mechanism designed to bring in a profit, and I never really blogged about much of importance.  Also, those blogs were so infrequently updated that I really don't know how they had readers at all.  I've realized that regular updating is critical to success, but regular updating is much more challenging than it sounds.  It takes consistent daily effort, which is difficult when you also need to work at a day job.

On my to do list, the following are things I'd like to do somewhat soon:

  • Move this blog to a domain.
  • Get hosting.
  • Possibly switch to Wordpress.
  • Try to integrate social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter.

I think I might have to pay a teenager to get me setup on Facebook.  I'm so bad about stuff like that.  Do you have any other suggestions about how to be a successful blogger?  What advice do you have that's specific to this site?  Any help is greatly appreciated.

5 comments:

custty said...

I'm not a successful blogger, but I think you're probably right about the networking thing. Practically th only times I visit new blogs are when they've posted a guest post on a blog I already read or a website mentions the blog or something like that. You seem to have some really interesting content, so maybe you could become friends with some bigger blogs that talk about the same sort of stuff as you are.

Facebook shouldn't be very hard for you to figure out, considering that you've figured out Blogger which is much more confusing.

(TrickTime from SB)

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Wow, I was just talking to my husband about all you are writing about because I've considered deleting my blog. I rarely get comments anymore and after blogging for the past year and a half I have a mere handful of followers...176, I had 177 but someone dropped off yesterday...

If I could understand what I'm doing wrong, I'd fix it but to me, I think my blog has good content and (if I do say so) beautiful photos but for some reason its not enough.

You also mentioned consistent daily effort, well this week alone I have joined one of the biggest "Blog linky parties" ever that has gone on for six days and still no more comments and no more followers so I'm ready to throw in the towel.

Anyway, thanks for being out there and thank you for stopping by and thank you for commenting instead of being a stalker or lurker...
Terry
PS Face Book is really easy, if you can blog, you can do Face Book, its easier...

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Thanks :)

Author: Maia Duerr said...

Hi Lola,

I just discovered your blog because someone found a link to my blog from yours. So I tracked you back here. You have good content, and you and your writing deserve more exposure!

I've been studying this matter of the Great Way of Blogging for the past couple of years. Some of the places I've found the best information have been through Chris Guillebeau's products (see http://liberatedlifeproject.com/2011/05/the-anatomy-of-a-liberated-business-what-i-learned-from-the-empire-building-kit/ ) and something called the A-List Blogging Club.

And yes, Facebook is a great tool for helping people to connect to your blog. I'm amazed when I look at the referral sources for people coming to my blog -- by far, Facebook is the best source. It really isn't that hard to use FB at all... give it a try. I think the quality of interaction is higher on FB than on the other social media sites you mentioned.

Once you get on FB, sign up your blog through Networked Blogs -- http://www.facebook.com/networkedblogs That's the very best way to get started.

Good luck!
Maia
[of The Liberated Life Project and The Jizo Chronicles]

Lola said...

Thanks for the great outpouring of support here. I guess I just had a mental block about Facebook, but everyone says it's easier than Blogger, then it can't be that bad. I love Blogger, but it definitely does have a learning curve.

@Custty- You are the second person to tell me about the importance of guest posts. I never really thought they could be so important, but apparently they are. It's something for me to work on.

@Terry- I hope you keep blogging. It looks like you get a good number of comments, at least in my mind and your content is great. Don't let anyone discourage you. Besides, I think the joy in blogging is also just sharing your story, and you have a lot of interesting stories to tell.

@Maia- Thanks so much for the specific tips. I've been reading some books and Googling, but no source so far has been as specific as you have. I'm thinking about buying a domain, and then I'm going to get Facebook set up right away.