Friday, May 27, 2011

Being A Great Blogger

If there were a sure-fire formula to become filthy rich, most of us would use it. Others might grab the pill for a perfect body, or the one guaranteed to make you a rock star. Hey, what about the authors who promise: Read my book and you'll become thinner, richer, more successful ...?

I have a slue scattered throughout my home:

How to write the best seller...

How to be thin and happy and eat everything you want...

How to be a millionnaire...

How to do yoga without killing yourself...

Recently someone asked me how they can get people to visit their blog. Someone else asked why do some bloggers get 1000 hits a day when I can only hope for 50 at best?


If you googled for the answers to these questions you'll probably already have read the 100+ articles that promise they have the answers. Or maybe you're reading this post thinking I'll answer the question for you? Sorry. I don't know why after doing everything the experts say you're still not on the Top Ten Blogger's List. 


So what do I know?


I think it takes time. I think if you write what you feel passionate about, what inspires you, sooner or later readers are going to find out about it. I think if you enjoy people, enjoy talking, listening, asking questions, sooner or later they will come. 






Meanwhile, don't worry so much about the stats, instead have fun. 


Sorry if you were looking for a pact answer. Blogging is about being part of a community. The secret isn't about how brilliant you are, how terrific your bestselling book is, or how astute you are over today's problems. It's about fellowshipping. It's about writing as if there were no tomorrow. It's about commenting on those comments. It's about sharing part of who you are.




Happy Blogging. 
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joylene

44 comments :

  1. I still sometimes wonder what I'm doing on Blogger but I think your last paragraph sums things up perfectly Joylene.
    It is nice to be part of a fellowship and I've noticed that the writing community seem to be a very supportive group of people.
    I certainly appreciate all the support you've given me over the past few months.
    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. Hi Paul. I learned early on how important people are to our lives. My dad and mum loved to entertain, and watch them enteract with their friends was a great learning ground to how to treat people.

    Thanks for stopping by, Paul.

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  3. Well said, Joylene. If blogging is part of a marketing plan, then I suppose those stats are some indication of success, but blogging has so many other benefits.

    "It's about sharing part of who you are." That has to be about the best description of blogging I've ever read. The social networking experience is unparalleled in its opportunities for self-expression, and the online writing community is remarkably supportive of our efforts, whether they're feeble or fabulous.

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  4. Thanks so much, Carol. I love telling my family about all the friends I have online, and where they live. People who don't do what we do probably think it's crazy, but I thrive on sharing with you guys. I couldn't see my life any other way.

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  5. Quality over quantity, I say.

    Oh, and can you lend me that book on how to be thin, happy and eat everything you want? :)

    Happy blogging to you too.

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  6. Hi Wendy. How's the editing going? Hope you're staying dry. And yes, you can borrow my book. haha, But I should probably warn... it hasn't worked so far.

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  7. Editing going well. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Tedious business, however. It's incredible how many obvious mistakes I have overlooked. Thanks for asking.

    The book hasn't worked? Bugger :)

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  8. Well said! I think blogging can be a wonderful facet of the writing life. But like any other writing venture, it takes perseverance and a "want to". As you said, have fun! I like that. :)

    Happy weekend!

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  9. Thanks, Karen. You're certainly an important part of it. Have a lovely weekend.

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  10. Hi Joylene .. great post with some lovely comments .. oh to be slim, wealthy, years younger .. and oh what else?!

    I agree .. just enjoy the process, build friendships, comment, subscribe and follow as often as you can ..

    Blog your passion, be yourself, find your voice ..

    Love it and these friends around the world are wonderful .. great supports.

    One major thing to me is the educational process - we can learn what interests us .. no prescription - I've learnt so much about so many subjects .. and look forward to continuing to do so.

    Cheers and have a lovely weekend .. Hilary

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  11. I started blogging because a marketing member of my publishing team suggested it...and then I stayed and added TONS of blogs because I discovered how much fun it is. And because it offers another platform for writing, which I LOVE.

    You've hit the nail on the head. The community is what it's all about, and that's a big part of the fun for me.

    Thanks!

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  12. Great post, Joylene. I quit worrying about the stats and I'm having more fun with my blogging. Helping writers share about their books is something I really enjoy doing. Have a great weekend!

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  13. I totally agree, Hilary. I've learned so many things from the blogging community, especially during your A-Z blog month. And it's been such a pleasure meeting you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Hi Lauren. I started blogging for the same reason, but it was very difficult at first. I was convinced no one would be interested in what I said. I didn't realize how many amazing people i would meet. Thanks for being one of those people.

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  15. Susanne, you're doing a wonderful job. I have met more wonderful authors since you started blogging. Now I just need more free time to read. Thanks for all you do.

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  16. Hi Joylene .. many thanks, really appreciate your comment .. it's always wonderful to know that others are stimulated by my posts ..

    It's miserable here - lots of wind and not very warm .. and generally grey - not late May weather!!

    Cheers and see you soon .. Hilary

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  17. It's rainy and cloudy here too, Hilary. The reports are it's the worse spring in 50 years. I've been sick with a cold virus, so I missed most of it.

    Cheers.

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  18. Yugh .. I know what it feels like - mine was nausea and headaches - I guess migraine-like: but I don't do those .. felt grotty and in the end put myself to bed - couldn't see the computer .. so that was that!!

    Here where I am we haven't had any rain since Christmas .. it is very dry, but it has rained inland a little .. but they showed an orchard north of London .. with a plum orchard - dead, dried stones as fruits .. and I've just read that the coconut harvest in Thailand has been terrible too ..

    Anyway enough gloom - hope you feel better very soon (mine lasted 4+ weeks - just to give you comfort?!) .. and I'm going to do a bit more work & then I might feel better!! Cheers - soon it'll be time for that too ... H

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  19. I wish I knew the answers to your questions. Thinking it over and over, I think there aren't any real answers except... the family feeling generated by blogging. We have overdone the feel good, accentuate the positive, be all you can be, how-to-do- it, know it all, books and blogs and just get real. This is supposed to be fun, not a chance to win universal acclaim as newly emerging genius. A dose of reality is needed
    for the whole blogging community...all the millions of us.

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  20. Great post! I'm a terrible blogger. I can never remember to go on there and update, and even when I do, I have no idea what I want to talk about. I think your advice applies to all kinds of writing, really. The writing should be the end goal, not the reactions of people towards it. IMHO, anyway. ;)

    Adriana

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  21. Thanks for stopping by, Count. You've nailed it. Blogging is about getting real. Faking it may look good at first, but it's very difficult to pull off for any length of time. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Hi Andriana. Glad you stopped by. Agree with you 100%. It's about writing and being real and sharing what feels right to share. I like reading all the different voices and getting know bloggers I'll probably never meet. It makes me wish I had letters from my grandmother and great grandmother. Writing is a wonderful way to get to know someone. Have a wonderful week.

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  23. The secret isn't about how brilliant you are, how terrific your bestselling book is, or how astute you are over today's problems. It's about fellowshipping.
    Thank you so much for that. I hear so many comments about, "I am a writer," that have a superior tone to them. That is fine but you are right. A blog is more than just writing! Thanks.

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  24. You're very welcome, Shanda. Glad you could stop by. Hope you and Pencil have a lovely Sunday.

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  25. You know what? Actually, yours WAS the pact answer! It DOES take time. You DO have to be passionate about what you write. Not always a recipe for hits or popularity, but it's still the way to do it.

    Good post. Nice, simple, true.

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  26. Thank you, Carol. What a nice thing to say. Like everyone else, blogging has its ups and downs. I write these reminders to myself as much as to anyone else. I'm so grateful for all the friends I've made. And yes, it takes effort. But it's worth it.

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  27. The problem I have with blogging is that I write fiction, I want to write fiction, I don't want to write non-fiction ... and blogging feels to me like writing non-fiction. Now you are telling me I should be doing something I don't like, and don't do well, in order to support my fiction writing. Somehow this just doesn't make sense to me. I know I need to do promotion, but is this really the right way, the best way?

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  28. Hey Joylene.

    I suppose the difference in the results of a blog is determined by the attitude of the blogger. I'm taking a guess that 90 percent are hobby bloggers like myself who are maintaining a blog to complement what they love to do. I'm a professional writer, but as part of that, I'm required to maintain a blog, which I love to do, but which is an aside — in terms of energy and time spent — to my main task of writing.

    For professional bloggers, blogging is their main task, so they're much more likely to spend the time necessary to reach those impressive statistics. They update their blogs 4-5 times a day. They update the tools on their blogs every week so there are more ways for people to connect to the blog and more things for them to do/see once they get there. Once the readership reaches a certain number, advertisers come calling, at which point the bloggers are responsible for collecting the revenue from those advertisements.

    So "to be a good blogger" really depends on your goal, which then determines how much time and effort you expend, which then leads to more hits.

    If I really wanted to see my blog stats shoot up, I'd most likely hire a consultant for a redesign, update and foundation for expanding connectedness to other sites.

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  29. Sorry if you got that impression, Jim. I don't want you to do something you don't like. I'm not advocating blogging to someone who doesn't like blogging. I'm suggesting a change in attitude to people who are blogging for sales or increased stat numbers. Have a nice Sunday, and definitely don't ever blog if you don't want to.

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  30. Thanks, Martha. I write for other writers, who also blog. I see so many unhappy because their numbers and followers aren't going up, or because they're not selling as many books as they thought.

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  31. Joylene, I think you have expressed a lot of the things I am always feeling. My blog gets followers sporadically and sometimes I wonder why anyone visits at all if I haven't posted in awhile. But I love having a place where I can interview other authors and where I can say what I want to say without interruption. This is a big deal for me with my kind of family. Everyone has to have a say. I love the blogging community and agree with Paul who says the writing community is very supportive. :) Writers are the best!!!

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  32. Hi Joylene - I've popped over from MuseItUP! Enjoyed your post and completely agree about blogging being a way of making connections and new friends.

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  33. Well stated. I think every blogger feels this way. There's just so much competition that it can feel like you'll never get there. But, all we can do is have a goal, strive toward it, and enjoy the journey.

    And, I agree that watching the stats may not be the best idea.

    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

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  34. Hi Barbara. I love your blog. I love hearing what you have to say. And your interviews are always so interesting. Thanks for your support and encouragement. Have a wonderful week.

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  35. Hi Rosemary. Yes, meeting new friends is the best part of blogging. It's wonderful to meet you. I stopped by your blog, very impressive. Have a terrific week.

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  36. Hi Karen. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's much appreciated. Love your blog. Have a super week.

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  37. You nailed it, Joylene! Blogging's about the fellowship and the fun of it all! A few weeks ago I read a post that said readers didn't want to read about the sniffles or side issues and so on. How sad, I thought. Don't get me wrong, I don't want anyone to get sick, but if the sniffles come along, I'd like to be able to send healing wishes.

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  38. Thanks, Kittie. I like the idea of sending out good wishes and cyberhugs when they're needed too. It's an important part of being in a community. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is great.

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  39. Wonderful post! You are so right that blogging is about being a part of a community. But you've given such great tips. Thanks!
    C.K. Volnek

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  40. I remember reading your first blogs and thinking you were a natural at it. Then, once it became clear how much you enjoyed blogging, of course you became even better. Doing what you enjoy shows through. Having a great talent for connecting to others through your blog and adding in your photographic talents and beautiful setting that you're kind enough to share in posts, and it's certainly not surprising you're a great blogger.

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  41. Hi Charlie. Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a warm comment. I love blogging! Hope your week is wonderful.

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  42. Oh Keith, what a sweet thing to say. I should probably confess that blogging hasn't come easy for me. It's because of you that I'm here doing this fun thing. Thanks for all you've done for my career. Your support has been a blessing in my life. Happy Memorial Day, my dear friend.

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