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Blogging Stick-to-itiveness: 5 Ways to Start and Maintain a Blog

on October 21, 2013

Blogging is a super-fun, casual medium for writers to express themselves, and it’s the perfect way to connect with like-minded individuals. Blogging is extremely helpful for writers looking to “build their platforms” and find new fans for their books. However, the beauty of blogging is that it doesn’t have to be used this way — many blogs are simply for the sake of writing and being heard.

I’m still getting used to telling people I’m a writer and blogger (as opposed to a pharmacist), and I’ve noticed that whenever people hear that I blog, they get instantly excited. Interest in blogging seems to be a common thread between acquaintances. So many times, I’ve heard, “Oh wow! I have a blog…” or “My friend has a blog…” Sadly, however, this is usually followed by, “…but I haven’t blogged in awhile.”

I have been blogging for a year and a half, and have learned a lot about keeping up blogging momentum. Blogging, like most things we practice, builds on itself and becomes more and more rewarding and natural over time.

Follow these tips, and you'll be blogging infinitely and indefinitely!

Follow the tips below, and you’ll be blogging infinitely and indefinitely!

Here are 5 ways to increase blogging stick-to-itiveness:

  1. Blog regularly: Blog at least once  week to increase followers and build loyalty.
  2. Blog about your passion: One concern of bloggers is how to keep posts fresh. I have found that the best way to do this is to blog about topics I’m passionate about. Our passions truly light us up, and we never run out of ideas or things to say.
  3.  Cross-reference your blogs: Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to announce blog posts. Follow groups that promote blogs. One of the most helpful resources for growing my blog (and Twitter followers) has been @MondayBlogs. Check it out!
  4. Pay attention to SEO: A year ago, Search Engine Optimization was a foreign language to me, but a basic understanding of it is essential for bloggers. The keywords we choose are paramount to the traffic we get on our blogs. It’s important to monitor WordPress stats, too. These stats will tell you which blog posts had the highest traffic, and which keywords you chose were the most popular.
  5. Follow other blogs: Not only does it let you connect (which is the main purpose of blogging in the first place), it increases your discoverability and visibility on the web, especially when you comment on popular blogs.

Blogging really is addictive, and I hope these tips help beginning bloggers out there. I’m excited to announce that my blog will soon be moving to my author website, http://www.kristinaludwig.com. We’re currently performing finishing touches such as follower migration, etc, so look for updates coming soon. And happy blogging!

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2 responses to “Blogging Stick-to-itiveness: 5 Ways to Start and Maintain a Blog

  1. I totally agree and would add that if the blogging schedule feels forced or just not happening a certain week, go ahead and let it be until you have something good to add. Quality is better than quantity.

  2. So true. Sadly, we all have times we’re less than inspired — bloggers sometimes need vacays too! 🙂

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