Blogging is a serious hobby, a venting method and it is also partly like social media. You want to update it, post, get likes and comments, receive feedback etc. Everytime another person follows you, you do an internal happy dance. For every ten people, I consider it a milestone.
But keeping track of all of it, blogging consistently and putting so much effort can sometimes bring you down. How? It makes you obsessed with checking your blog. Ask yourself-like facebook, instagram, whatever else site/app, do you check every couple minutes after you publish a new post? See the number of likes? If you got any comment?
As much as it might be hard, if you do all of that, try to stop. This isn’t meant to be another version of the above mentioned social networks.
Highlighting points, here are a few things you could consider:
1. Don’t check your stats more than once a day.
I never used to check my stats and for a few days after “discovering” it, I became obsessed with it. The bars and number stats are catchy. Now, I have managed to reduce to once a day or even less. Yes, my blog is doing considerably poor compared to Feb and March as per the stats but I can’t help it.
Yes, it is true that your stats increase if you publish more posts per day. But please don’t bombard your followers.
I saw a couple good posts by some digest blog and decided to follow. My reader was completely filled with their posts after that. One day occurence, okay; two days, let’s see; third day and I’m out. I unfollowed the blog. At least space your posts out, try not to post them all consecutively with less time gap.
I do that sometimes, spamming, but not intentionally. I did it yesterday with four posts but that was because of reblogs and accidentally not scheduling the last post. But it’s one day. Even though I got more stats out of it, I still cringe thinking about it. I myself don’t like seeing all of them lined up.
2. You know that part of your mind nagging you to write a blog post even though you’re feeling uninspired? Ignore it.
I am speaking completely from my experience, my posts suck when I’m uninspired. I try to push out writing, discussion posts, whatever and I feel hugely unsatisfied. Finally, for the next few hours at least, I come on WP again and again and contemplate trashing it. Don’t make yourself go through that.
You haven’t posted for a week? Its okay. You can take a break, a vacation, a whatchamacallit. Your followers will be there. Sure, your stats might be low, hardly any notifications to see, and WP might even send a notice to you. Don’t let that pressurise you. Get back on your own pace.
3. Don’t forgo having an ‘about’ page on your blog.
Not sure if this comes under thoughts topic but I’ve wanted to mention this for a while. Most blogs have about pages, but I still see some that don’t. Most times, I find new blood through tags, I like their latest post and instead of scrolling down for more posts, I just check out the about page. Even if the person is taking about themself, it somehow comes about what they blog about. I see that, I follow of I want to.
With me, About pages go a long way. They’re important. It’s part of the reason why I decided to keep a static homepage. There, I mention what I blog about and in the about section I talk about who I am.
Is that enough for now? I suppose so. Let me know in the comments if you can think of some more things that a blogger would be better off avoiding. All of your experiences help 🙂