Many of the people who read my writing each day do so at my other blog and I'm new to them. I've only been out of the adoption closet since August 13, 2012 -- sharing at Lost Daughters, and blogging at my own adoptee site since January 1, 2013. So many people who read my adoption writings think I'm a brand new blogger.
I hear, "Wow Deanna, you're doing pretty well for being brand new at this."
Well, actually, I'm an old blogger.
Along the way people have noticed how much I love blogging and asked me to write a few articles about it, as well as teach a workshop or two.
This past week I answered some mail about blogging and I thought I'd offer a few helps here today on the blog for those who may have interest.
3 Ways to Get Noticed As a Blogger:
1) Decide what you're going to do
Over time, I've noticed blogs that get attention do at least one of these things:
- Encourage people in a unique way.
- Light a fire under people, good or bad
- Provide great resources, information, research, etc.
One thing they don't do is bore people with non-sensical stuff they can get anywhere else...like publishing a post the totality of which is a graphic with the serenity prayer on it, like you'd find on a Facebook wall. Nobody cares about finding something they can get anywhere else.
2) Don't let readers sway you
When you start gaining readership, some may suggest you head another direction. Usually this will be based on their passion. I've had readers request I write posts on certain topics and many times it has nothing to do with the topic or slant of my blog. They simply want me to bring awareness to their cause. Don't be afraid to say, "Thanks for the suggestion, but it's really not what my blog is about."
3) Take criticism as a good sign
It means you're getting noticed. A bit of controversy in blogging can be a fantastic thing. It means you're not anonymous. People see you. On my most controversial day of blogging, not only did my stats go through the roof, I got more Facebook likes than on any other day, EVER. People buzzing about your post, good or bad, is a positive thing.
Keep in mind, nobody is talking about a post with a teacup saying, "Jesus is my cup of tea" and music that sounds like Amazing Grace playing on a harpsichord.
Take a stand for something. Pick a side. Stay there. Write bravely.