Putting That Little Extra Into Blogging

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When it comes to blogging, I like to give it my all.

Why?

Because I believe that I will reap the positive benefits of all the effort that I placed into blogging.

Hey, to be quite honest, if you want to have a successful blog, you will have to put in some extra time and effort in the areas of planning and content creation.

Do you ever put in a little extra into blogging?

By Publishing Epic Content

Most of us have heard about adding epic content to our blog.

Some of you are probably asking yourselves, “What is epic content?”

Well, epic content can be viewed as:

  • A blog post that shows that the blogger researched their chosen topic.
  • A blog post that contains detailed and in-depth information.
  • A blog post that contains evergreen content.
  • A blog post that is useful to readers.
  • A blog post that is capable of evoking an immediate reaction.
  • A blog post that grabs the reader’s attention.

Dear friend, if we truly want to stand out in the blogosphere, we will need to put in some extra time and effort into creating epic content.

Mediocrity is not for you and your blog should show no signs of it.

Publish the type of content that you can be proud of.

Where I am concerned, I intentionally try to make every blog post of mines a masterpiece.

Guess what?

You can do the same thing too!

Promoting Your Content On Social Media

Some of the blogging experts believe that promoting your content on social media is mandatory.

You might be thinking to yourself, “I do not use social media!”

Okay, while that may be true, what about the other people that share the links to your blog posts via their social media accounts?

Your blog posts may have been shared across various social media networks without your knowledge.

Oh, you have never once given that a thought.

If you wish, you can promote your own blog posts on the following social media networks:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Mix
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram

Also, if you have no intention of utilizing any sort of social media network, enable your sharing buttons on your blog, so anyone can freely share the link to your blog post on their social media account.

People love to share content that resonated well with them (I want you to always keep that in mind).

So, are you going to put in that extra effort into creating the type of content that people would be willing to share?

By Thinking Of Ways To Improve Your Blog

It would be naive or somewhat arrogant for a blogger to believe that their blog does not need improving.

Any person can improve their blog by doing the following things:

  • Utilizing a theme that is clutter-free.
  • Publishing content in a consistent manner.
  • Proofreading content before publishing it.
  • Checking to see if there are any broken links (And, fixing them if they are broken).
  • Updating their “About” page.
  • Always putting the needs of their readers first.
  • Getting bloggers that are experts within a particular niche to do a guest post for them.
  • Updating old content.
  • Getting feedback from their readers.
  • Improving their blog’s SEO.
  • Creating clear calls to action.
  • Compressing their images (This helps their blog to load faster).

Making a conscientious effort to improve your blog will pay off.

Are you doing anything special to improve your blog?

By Honing Your Blogging Skills

People do not become great bloggers overnight; it takes quite a long period for them to hone their blogging skills.

In my case, I began working arduously on Blogger back in 2009 (So, I have had quite some time to improve myself in the area of blogging).

If you have ever blogged on Blogger, you would know that you have to work at least three times as hard as you would on WordPress in order for you to build a decent readership.

Also, I was truly eager to become a better blogger.

If you want something badly, you will do everything within your power (provided that it is legal of course) to acquire it.

You might be a horrible blogger today, but a few years from now, you might be teaching others what you have learned about blogging.

Are you honing your blogging skills?

By Understanding Your Audience

Those people who truly have a desire to be better at blogging made it a priority of theirs to understand the needs of their viewing audience.

And, how does one go about knowing what their audience wants?

Oh, that is simple!

Anyone can understand their audience by doing the following things:

  • Paying close attention to some of the things that people ask in the comment section of their blog.
  • Monitoring their stats with the intention of finding out which types of blog posts bring in the most incoming views.
  • By simply asking what their audience would like to see next via a pole or some type of questionnaire.
  • Knowing exactly who their target audience is (This is quite clear for those bloggers that specialize in a niche).
  • By visiting the blogs of their fellow bloggers (For example, you saw that one of them mentioned in a blog post that they could not wrap their mind around the WordPress Gutenberg editor; which lets you know that you will need to write a tutorial on how to go about understanding and using the WordPress Gutenberg editor).
  • By bonding with those people that read their blog posts and comment on them regularly.

Have you made any effort to understand your viewing audience?

By Being Proud Of Your Blog

When a person is proud of their blog, they cherish it because they remembered all of the hard work they did in order for it to reach where it is today (Which is why they will never sabotage it).

People who are proud of their blog will:

  • Do their best to publish high-quality blog posts.
  • Continue learning everything they can about blogging.
  • Have a genuine desire for other bloggers within their own blogging community to succeed by passing on what they have learned.
  • Be of service to their viewing audience.
  • Will do everything in their power to be an exemplary blogger.

Are you proud of your blog?

Your answer had better be a, “Yes,” because people who are proud of their blogs are known to put in the extra effort.

Final Thoughts

Putting that little extra into blogging is no easy feat.

However, it could be brought into fruition by:

  • Publishing epic content on your blog.
  • Promoting your blog posts on social media.
  • Coming up with ways of improving your blog.
  • Honing those blogging skills of yours.
  • Making an effort to understand your audience.
  • Being fully proud of your blog.

By the way, if you found the information within this blog post to be helpful, please show it a bit of love by sharing it on your favourite social media networks.

And, most importantly, thank you for reading!

51 thoughts on “Putting That Little Extra Into Blogging

  1. Great points Renard. I especially like your point on “Being Proud of Your Blog.” Everyone is at a different place on the ” blogosphere learning curve” so regardless of where you are on the curve be proud of what you’ve accomplished

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  2. Good points. I’m personally looking to improve my blog. Make the posts easier for new readers to access without going through the archive thingy. I believe a good-looking blog definitely helps increase readership (of course, without good content, that would be an exercise in futility).

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  3. Useful article! I try to follow some. For me, in addition to the quality of the content, the biggest thing is to keep the categories in my blog clear and not to have too many of them.

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  4. I’m half and half. When it’s about content creation, I have times where I write high-quality guides that attract a lot of traffic and other times where I just don’t want to deal with any of this stuff as my blog is also personal. My photo posts are probably low effort posts if you don’t include the graphic editing.

    So, I have such and such phases. Sometimes I am in the mood to craft a nice guide and other times I just want to share photos and don’t care about long writing at all. But that’s really how I like my blog and why I never gave up. I work at my own pace, how my motivation is and it always depends what I am up to. I found my personal blogging style. Blogging is very individual and I found what works best for me, what keeps me going with the blog.

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  5. This is an excellent post and I found how important categories are. I try to review my entire blog frequently and categories help me get through the process, especially as our blogs grow. It’s much easier to review one category at a time than an entire blog with over 1,000 posts.

    It came to my attention, after reading the comments in this post, that I should check the links in my blog more often. One of my blogs features other bloggers, which I started this idea 2 years ago. Well, bloggers come and go and of course, after a long period of time links may not work anymore or the blogger has changed their content. And with that said, I found one of the links in my blog had turned into a porn site – yikes, sorry but mine is a family-friendly blog!

    Our blogs can be top-notch from every angle but we must remember they require maintenance to keep them that way.

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  6. I put a little extra into blogging. My current blog post(The Unfaithful) went under fire for over four hours.

    Agreed, it was a guest post but I scrutinized and edited it until I was certain it was in line with my niche.

    Mediocrity is a monster to be avoided like a plague.

    About consistency, I’m working hard on this. Juggling between a job, church, and blogging is something.

    And I know I can’t afford to publish trash. I’ll find a way, though.

    I’m proud of my blog. Though I can’t boast of many comments, I’m impressed by the progress I’ve made.

    Thanks for writing about the “Little Extra”.

    I enjoyed the read.

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