How Is Your Blog Coming Along?

Question Mark
Question Mark

Most of my fellow bloggers know that I enjoy interacting with them.

I also care about them and their blog; which is why I am going to ask,β€œHow is your blog coming along?”

I sincerely hope that you are not struggling to come up with content for your blog and that you are enjoying the entire blogging process.

So, without further ado, I am going to inquire about your progress in the area of blogging.

An Increase In Views
An Increase In Views (Photo credit: Pexels)

Is Your Blog Getting More Views?

Someone mentioned to me, that their blog attracts way less traffic during the Summer period.

Are you afflicted with this same problem?

I truly hope that your are not!

I would like to know what your blog’s incoming traffic has been like for the August holidays.

Has it been good?

Has it been bad?

Luckily for me, the incoming traffic to my blog increased when I entered into the month of August (It probably has a lot to do with the types of topics that I have been posting).

However, if you are one of those bloggers who would like their incoming views to increase this Summer, you can do the following things:

  • Post Summer-related topics; a good example of one is, 10 Ways To Remain Hydrated In This Summer Heat (It could be any Summer-related topic; a lot of people do browse the internet during the Summer period with the intentions of finding solutions to whatever they are afflicted with).
  • Share the links to some of your older blog posts on Twitter; it should help in the area of attracting new readers to you blog.
  • Pin the images to your blog posts on Pinterest; that should also help to boost the incoming traffic to your blog (A lot of people have underestimated the power of Pinterest; it can be looked upon as one of the Internet’s most popular search engines).
  • Entice your readers with freebies (Optional).
  • Post evergreen content (This type of content remains fresh right throughout the year).

So, would you be willing to give any of those suggestions a try?

WordPress 'Like' Button
WordPress ‘Like’ Button

Is Your Blog Receiving More ‘Likes’?

I would begin by saying, that likes are overrated.

However, I do appreciate being on the receiving end of genuine likes.

In the past, WordPress.com bloggers had their ‘Like’ button abused by bots and by overzealous bloggers.

Some bloggers live for likes, while other bloggers are not interested in likes.

The topic of likes is a very controversial one.

Some bloggers see likes as being superficial.

And, there are bloggers who view likes as a way to find out the types of blog posts that their viewing audience like (Now, that makes a lot of sense, because the ‘Like’ button’s main purpose is to indicate to the blogger that you liked their blog post).

I have seen blog posts on WordPress.com with over fifty likes and I thought to myself, “Those bloggers are probably doing something that is very good).

For those of you who enjoy receiving likes, I hope that they did not decrease when August approached.

If you happen to be one of those bloggers who would like to receive more likes, you can do the following things:

  • Post high-quality content.
  • Simply ask people to like your blog post (That could be included in your call to action).
  • Join a social media group for WordPress bloggers.
  • Be fully supportive of your fellow bloggers on WordPress.

I know that likes has the potential of encouraging some bloggers to keep on blogging; which is the reason why, I added those tips.

Do promise me that you would not allow yourself to become swell-headed when those likes come gushing through like the heavy flow of water from a fireman’s hose.

Remain grounded and be the the wonderful person that you always were before those likes started coming in.

Comments
Comments (Photo credit: Pexels)

Is Your Blog Receiving More Comments?

The majority of bloggers love receiving comments (Provided that they are not spam comments).

Surprisingly, a lot of readers tend to rate blog posts higher than those blog posts without any comments in the comments thread (This is indeed strange, because a blog post without any sort of comments could be of a higher quality than the one with a whole load of comments).

Anyway, there are people who would not leave a comment of their own if they saw that the comments section of a blog was barren like a desert (Those are the ones who wait for someone else to make the first comment).

Did the number of your comments drop for the Summer period?

If you would like to receive more comments, you can do the following things:

  • By leaving genuine, thoughtful comment in the comments thread of your fellow bloggers (A few of your fellow bloggers will visit your blog and comment on one (or a few) of your blog posts).
  • By seeing to it that your blog’s atmosphere is a friendly one.
  • By posting controversial topics (Controversial topics tend to attract lots of attention; but it can attract trolls; so you might want to manually approve comments when you are engaging in that sort of thing).
  • By asking your readers a question (or questions) in your blog post.
  • By making it a priority of yours to respond to every comment that was made on your blog (People like it when you respond to their comments. Also, people would ignore the comments thread of a blogger who ignored their comment the first time around).
  • By doing something as simple as asking for feedback from your readers.
  • By publishing highly passionate blog posts.

So, please feel free to give those suggestions a try.

Follow Me
Follow Me (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Did The Number Of Your Followers Increase?

Most bloggers that I know love getting new followers (They enjoy watching the number of their followers grow).

And, I would like to highlight the fact, that there are bloggers who could not give a damn about the number of followers that they have.

Believe it or not, my first WordPress.com blog (the one that was deleted years ago) had over 5000 followers.

But, guess what?

Only one-third of my followers engaged with me back then. Therefore, that 5000+ count was useless, because the other two-thirds were comprised of people who abandoned their blogs and people who did not have a genuine interest in my blog.

So, my friend, never fall victim to the numbers game.

It is better to have 15 followers that are willing to engage with you, than 100 followers who have forgotten about the existence of your blog.

However, if you are one of those bloggers who would like to increase the number of their followers, you can do the following things:

  • Engage regularly with the members of your blogging community.
  • Publish blog posts that are focused on the needs of your viewing audience.
  • Promote your blog posts on social media.
  • Ask them to subscribe to your blog (Which can be included in your call to action).

Those suggestions should work for any serious-minded blogger.

Final Thoughts

Dear friend, I do hope that your blog is coming alone fine (And, if it is not coming along fine, you can put the things that I discussed into practice).

And, please feel free to press the ‘Like’ button if you enjoyed this blog post.

There is an old saying that states, “Sharing is caring.” So, do not hesitate to share this blog post via your favourite social media.

And, I hereby invite you subscribe to Renard’s World (You can do that by pressing the ‘Follow’ button).

And, most importantly, thank you for reading!

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47 thoughts on “How Is Your Blog Coming Along?

  1. I’ve blogged for almost six years and everything you wrote is spot on. I don’t care about likes or comments as such but I’ve built relationships over the years with bloggers that we’ve become great friends. Some of my articles had lots of likes and little comments, while some not so much but many comments. Blogging is hard work, that’s just the bottom line. Awesome post Renard!πŸ˜€πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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  2. These are some absolutely great pointers.

    Holidays are low. Thanksgiving and 4th of July seem to be the worst.

    I like where my blog is at, at the moment, though. The responses and views vary a bit from post to post, but in general, the responses are substantive. They rarely consist of “Good writing” or “Great point.” So the responses really help me to see what people like and get something out of.

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  3. An informative post! πŸ™‚ I was an old-school blogger (started blogging back during my high school days, if I remember right, and that feels like many years ago!) and the blogging world has changed a lot since then. I’ve been in and out, and I’m hoping this time I’ll stick around for awhile yet. My blog does not get as much attention as my old blogs used to, but I know it’s a matter of time, dedication, and as always, hard work. I’d rather attract a small number of dedicated readers who actually care about the content I post, rather than be wow-ed by a thousand “likes” or “follows”. At the same time, I’m grateful for any visit to my blog – my readers’ footprints show me if they are enjoying themselves or not. πŸ™‚

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  4. I just started my blog as you can remember because you left the comment on my “My Blog’s one week old” post and that’s how I found your blog πŸ™‚ So I have nothing to compare to. I am kind of patient with the idea that I don’t have many readers now and don’t receive many likes, or comments, or follows. I understand it’s still too early. I’m not even sure if Google even knows about my existence already or I’m still too young a creation to pay attention to. So far I’ve been posting just out of pure enthusiasm. I had restrained myself from blogging about it before because I thought it wasn’t a practical idea. Now it feels so good that I don’t even care how practical it is, at least not at this point. Anyway, thanks for your post! It’s a good example of how a post can genuinely aim to help other people.

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      1. It’s kind of liberating to not be existing for Google yet and not to have many followers yet. I can still edit my posts after publishing without feeling mortified for silly typos or things like that πŸ™‚ So yes, I’ll go on this way πŸ™‚

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      2. πŸ™‚ Well, in all honesty, you are supposed to proofread your blog post before you publish them.

        Google may not have seen your typos, but your fellow bloggers on WordPress probably saw them.

        And, yes, you can still edit them before Google begins indexing them.

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  5. The only time I ever see the blogging world slow down is during the last two weeks in December, Renard. Many bloggers choose to close up shop so they can spend the festive period and New Year with their loved ones and friends. Hence, I don’t see a decline in likes, followers and comments apart from that time of the year. I also do little blogging at that time of the year.

    ‘Likes’ used to matter to me, but then I discovered some readers would ‘like’ posts without even reading posts. Other than them seeing it as an opportunity to get some free promotion, I couldn’t understand why somebody would ‘like’ a post if they hadn’t read it.

    I wrote a post about it and got over 250 comments. There was certainly a lot of food for thought. Now, I take no notice of how many ‘likes’ a post gets, because I know that some of the those ‘likes’ will not be genuine. For me, comments are far more important, especially when the comment proves that the reader has read the post.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I really enjoy receiving genuine comments, Hugh.

      And, it is as though some people would prefer to press the the ‘Like’ button.

      This WordPress blog was only launched in June of this year. So, I have not experience any slowdown for the month of December yet.

      It is very hard for me to say away from blogging (So, there will be no break for me).

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      1. I felt like that when I first started to blog, too, Renard. However, I got myself into rather a pickle when it all started to stress me out and make me feel guilty (usually when I didn’t have enough time to visit all the blogs I followed and read, like and leave comments on all their posts). I was faced with a choice of changing the way I blogged or leaving blogging altogether. I’m glad I made the right choice. πŸ˜‰

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  6. Good post. I wish I could say I like blogging. I don’t. It is way too much work but I will try to stick at it. I prefer to read what others have said but I end up with so much to talk about that I have to unload somewhere. Anyway, I thank God for the Internet and platforms like this. After reading this post I am going to try to start caring more. Thanks for that. πŸ˜€

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  7. Thank you for this information! I have found in the past month that all of these things, likes, comments, and followers, have increased. I thoroughly enjoy blogging, so it’s nice to see people are enjoying what I’m sharing.

    Thank you again! Have a good day.

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  8. I so agree with Hannah. I love blogging . As I am retired and in my late 60’s, with no significant other or children, I love the freedom that blogging gives me. I do count my likes because it tells me that people like what I have to say. It doesn’t matter to me if just one person likes my posts or a lot of people like them, they like what I have to say. If no one likes my post, it tells me, girl you gotta step up your blogging game, people just weren’t feeling that post.

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  9. I blog for fun and to share and record my recipes. My mom passed away 3 years ago. I feel I keep a part of her alive when I share our recipes. I have a picture of her and my grandmother on my welcome page. I feel like I am honoring them. I did not really think about how my blog would do. But it is doing really well. It makes me happy.

    Thanks for your tips. I just started on Pinterest. I don’t understand it very well. I have a friend who is going to tutor me on it. If you have any suggestions on how I could understand Pinterest better, I would apprciate it.

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    1. πŸ™‚ It is nice to know that you blog for the fun of it.

      Using Pinterest is not all that difficult.

      Here is a very simple example: if your pin is recipe-related, you could pin it to a board that was created for food.

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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  10. I like the information you posted and the questions. Only started in May and have seen likes, followers, and comments all increase through August. I’ve been trying to post daily to get readers engaged. I’ve found a few new places to share my site which increased my readers/views too. Neighborhood is an app you post looking for recommendations, updates in your area, etc. I posted about my site and traffic jumped like crazy. Leveled out now, but it’s another place to share information. I’m starting Pinterest and you’ve encouraged me to read more about it. WP platform has really been great place for me to see such positive and truly friendly people. Thanks!

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