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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

the funny thing about blogs....

it's strange. sometimes i feel like i could write 5 blogs in one day. other times it's hard for me to even pull out one a week! what's the deal? ...maybe it has to do with being busy.... or not busy. either way, i feel like i've had a bit of writers block lately. i've chosen to stay away from the politics thing for a little while - simply because... well... because it really frustrates/upsets/annoys me and yeah... i don't wanna disrespect. lets just put it that way. :)

my husband and i have been writing songs a lot lately, so maybe all of my creativity is being poured into that area... while my blog is left lacking. hmmmm...


i got nothin. ha.

the bright side?

1) i leave on tuesday for Nashville!!!! I'll be recording vocals for about 5 songs in 5 days so i'm hoping my voice holds up! oy. pray for me!

2) IDOL TONIGHT! :) yayyyyyyy


Judah Gabriel Himango said...

Yeah, I hear you.

I've been blogging for about 5 years now. Maybe I can relate to you some of the things I've learned.

One thing that I've found to be really important to writing a good blog is to have a schedule and stick to it. Can you write only 1 blog a week? 1 a month?

Get a schedule and stick to it.

Like you, I have days were I could write 5 posts, others I'm just blank.

To counteract this, I write all 5 posts the day I'm feeling creative. I'll store those as drafts and post them on the days I'm feeling less creative.

Through this, I've managed to post 2 original blogs a week, so that's my schedule, and I've largely stuck to that for the last 2 years. It's worked out well, and I've seen my traffic rise 60% in the last year, more than 500% in the last 2 years.

Another thing I'd recommend to you, Sharon, is to figure out what you want your blog to be. Right now your blog has been a jumble of personal thoughts, music videos you like, posts on faith, others on politics.

When I started my blog, I wanted it to be about the things I'm interested in...life, tech, family, faith. But I soon found that people visit your blog really because of 1 particular topic. Pretty soon, all my readers were religious people who didn't give a crap about technology, for example. I had to make a decision to figure out where to go with the blog. That direction influenced my posts, and having posts on a consistent topic increased my readership as well.

To sum up, the 2 big things to help make a successful blog, in my experience:

- consistency in posting schedule (even if that schedule calls for only 1 post/month)

- consistency in topics

Of course, if your blog is not really a serious thing, if you don't care about getting lots of readers and you just want your blog to be a place to post personal thoughts and whims, well, then it doesn't really matter how often you post or how random the topics are. :-)

Shalom Sharon.

Judah Gabriel Himango said...

To back up what I'm saying, one of the prolific tech bloggers, Jeff Atwood from the Coding Horror blog, says something similar. He says in his post How To Achieve Ultimate Blog Success:

When people ask me for advice on blogging, I always respond with yet another form of the same advice: pick a schedule you can live with, and stick to it. Until you do that, none of the other advice I could give you will matter. I don't care if you suck at writing. I don't care if nobody reads your blog. I don't care if you have nothing interesting to say. If you can demonstrate a willingness to write, and a desire to keep continually improving your writing, you will eventually be successful.

My experience as a blogger is the same as Jeff's. Get a schedule and stick to it. It also helps to have a cohesive, related set of topics to blog about.