A few months back I asked for advice as to how I should write and structure my blog. I was at a turning point, where I was starting to feel comfort with the platform, but uncomfortable with how I was using it. I was learning, as I still am and isn’t that the point of blogging? I am very much enjoying learning, expressing myself and connecting!
Before embarking on this blogging project the blogging world told me that I should:
1. Create loads of good content and 2. blog about a very specific niche.
I was struggling with that niche part of it. I thought that I should write about things that were just interesting to people of my age and lifestyle – so I used the theme of “age is just a number”. The thing is that I have lots of different interests, just like everyone else of all demographics. I thought I should split my interest in superfoods off to it’s own blog, but honestly I don’t LOVE writing about that every day. I do enjoy more blogging about issues that are important to me, current projects and family events…. and more enjoyment means more blogging.
It was very helpful then that 2 of my favorite bloggers commented in response to the post “Blogging Advice Please” – to follow my heart in writing, as things will come out better. I have gone with that advice, and I think it’s working so thank you to cbholganzablog.wordpress.com and indianeskitchen.wordpress.com for the very helpful advice.
Before that point I was just stuck on how to structure my blog(s) and overly focused on niche. I have just decided to be me. I have however left my ramblings about gardening and cooking on their own at http://gardenlove.food.blog as they are very specific and I could go on and on about them. The Superfoods Project, I am gradually dismantling and reblogging into the 2 core blogs. It was interesting to research, but no fun!
I have enjoyed taking a few short wordpress courses about connecting and commenting and photography, etc. My objective for 2020 is to improve my photography! I could use a lot of work on that.
Currently I am investigating upgrading my site to a paid plan and buying a domain. I found it really helpful to read Lifesfinewhine (and Part 2 of the same post). Pooja describes how she upgraded to the Business Plan and then moved back to the Premium Plan, but lost some followers along the way back. She felt disappointed with the Business Plan, as she lost the follow button, and found her site to be slower with it. She did like the extra customization features and the plugins with the Business plan, but much preferred the Premium plan. I would never had known about the follow button if I hadn’t followed Lifesfinewhine.
Finally, I have been following PHD student Louis’ blog Thematicallymeandering. As a former software consultant, who retired to raise a family way back when, I still go crazy trying to figure out how things work. In particular, how do you get people to find your blog. I enjoy the way Louis writes realistically about gaining followers and views. He wrote about interacting with the audience as being the most important way to increase views. He jokes that he’s not sure how many follows you could create in an hour, but bets that you could generate a large number of followers just by following. I was impressed by his honesty and humour about that!
Finally, I recently learned that to improve SEO for my blog, I should have purchased my own domain earlier. The top level address of my domain will have more authority (domain authority) with age, and therefore will get better SEO. That’s too bad, I thought I would take on my own domain once my audience increased a little. Live and Learn!
By the way, my choice of domain names is not available – so look out for a name change soon. Thank you again to all of the bloggers that I follow for teaching me about the blog world.
- And yes please – your blogging advice is always appreciated!