It’s really an honor to be a part of this growing community. I have been a writer since I was ten years old and being able to connect with different people over the years has been a necessity for me. My job takes a lot of patience and understanding. I deal with a variety of characters and everyday is a learning for me.
Blogging was never an option. I am a procrastinator and I get bored easily. I am not that creative to keep a page alive or to keep people interested.
When I started my blog, my main purpose was to be noticed. I didn’t want to be famous but getting at least 1000 followers was my goal at the time. Pretty bland, right? I know; however, I realised that it was not going to be easy. It’s not as if people will flood your page with likes and follows the minute you start posting. Nah.
I’m going to share some of the things I learned while trying to grow my page. I hope you will find these useful.
1. FIND YOUR NICHE: What is it that you really want to write about, what do you want to share? Is it about Travel? Fashion? Food? Personal Experience? Career? Anything that you enjoy or would give you the outlet to express yourself. Design your theme according to those categories, don’t use too much color. Whenever I check out a page with too much colors and can’t even read the posts, I immediately just find another page to check out.
2. BE STRAIGHTFORWARD/SHORT: It’s not a bad thing to write long stories and posts, especially if you intend to have a page dedicated for literary pieces or series, but I prefer to read short writings. You can write in parts for long series.
3. INTERACT WITH YOUR FELLOW BLOGGERS: At first, I thought liking a post is enough to let someone know of my presence, but over time, I realised that leaving a comment, is totally much better, believe, writers like me wants to know what you think. Try to comment on a post, give some reasons why you liked it, and leave some encouraging words for the writer. I always make sure to check my feed for new posts and make it a point to REALLY read. Followers and Pages you follow would be useless if you don’t give time to really be interactive. Don’t live by the numbers, live by the words.
4: ENCOURAGE: I believe that being a part of WordPress, it is a give and take relationship, if a blogger took their time to visit, like, follow and comment on your posts, at least be grateful and reciprocate. You didn’t start a page just to gain followers, your content should be equally as important. Visit pages of new bloggers, encourage them to continue their page. I noticed that some of them post only one writings and then be idle for more than five months. Inspire them to be more engaging.
5: HAVE FUN: That, to me, is the main purpose of WordPress – to make friends, to gather people who share the same interests, to build friendships and to create a community with talents and brilliant writers. This is a portal to express one’s sentiments, to appease, to console, to comfort. This is a writer’s paradise and we should all have fun. Write. Have fun. Connect.
Are you a newbie?
How is your WordPress journey going?
Tell me your thoughts.
How long have you been blogging? Can you add some useful tips down in the comment section?