I wish I Knew – Blogging Edition

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#Blogtober20 – Day 19

There is a lot I wish I knew about blogging that I have come across since since I started blogging back in February of this year. This post will be about some of those things that I wish I would have known way back when and some ways to improve my writing that I incorporate into my work now.

1. You will always obsess over your statastics

I’m not sure if this one will ever change, but every day I look on the website to see if, overnight, I got a new follower or a new like or a new comment. I compare the views from the day, week, and month before and then do a view of the year. I see how my stats stand up and as long as I am doing better each month, I am happy. The days can fluctuate with how much or how little I post, and the relevancy of my posts to my blog’s niche matters, so that can have an affect on my stats. For the month on October my stats are on par with months before them, but most likely will not surpass views of September all due to the #Blogtober20 movement. I have been posting every day of the month of October, but not everything has been bipolar related which can create more or less viewers depending on if you have a certain niche you follow or contribute to.

2. Your niche is important, but it’s not everything

I tend to talk about bipolar disorder and mental illness a lot. But that isn’t the only topic I want to write about nor care about. I think in the coming months of a new blog, it is important to establish your readers with a common niche or common topic that you will be writing about. But it is also important for your readers to know that you won’t be writing about this topic only. That is where a sub-niche or sub topic comes into play. When you have a blog that is based on bipolar disorder / mental illness, you can only have a few sub-topics, or topics that coincide with what your first topic is. your first sub-topic is your life, This is a tricky topic because if you don’t relate relevancy back toward mental illness of any kind, you could lose some of your readers. It’s easy enough to relay about your day, but it’s not as easy to relay your day and how it affected your mental health.

3. Comments aren’t everything and neither is viewership

It’s important to have comments and viewers, but your content shouldn’t revolve around your comments or even the type of viewers you are pulling in. Obviously whatever you are doing, you are doing something right if it means you’re gaining weekly, or even daily amounts, of viewers. Regardless of what your comments say, especially if they are negative, I would ignore them if you have a positive amount of followers. Maybe you can take their comments into consideration if it’s positive feedback, but other than that, I would keep punching those damn keys.

I also wouldn’t cater your content to those who have different niches than you. If someone follows you, they most likely enjoy your niche, mine in particular is about mental health. They must enjoy reading about mental health and that’s why they follow you. If you have a lot of viewers who like space, for example, I wouldn’t then write about space for the sake of my viewers! I’m going to keep up with my mental health theme, which is what attracted my viewers to my site to begin with.

That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Dani

One Comment Add yours

  1. Zoewiezoe says:

    I was literally nodding and humming in accordance with all three. Especially 1. Guilty!

    Liked by 1 person

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