The New Blog Blues: You've just started your own blog. You've written a few posts, gotten a few comments and you're rabidly refreshing your dashboard feed to check for more views, disappointed to see that no one new has looked at your blog.
The New Blog blues occur when you've been posting for awhile and you feel like no one is listening or when you excitedly gain a few followers who unfollow just as quickly, leaving you feeling dejected and disappointed, as if they didn't like what you had to say. I know the feeling and I have come up with a remedy that works for me to cure those New Blog blues!
Step 1: Step one is very important so listen carefully. Take the time to remember why you created your blog in the first place. I created mine as an outlet. A way to talk about products that I liked, clothes that I adored or experiences I enjoyed. It was a place to share my thoughts. I love the feeling I get after I finish a blog post, like I had something stuck in my head and writing it down freed up my brain. Sure, I would love to see others reading my blog and commenting and following, but that's a bonus for me, not the requirement. Every time you feel alone in your thoughts, remember what your blog is all about. It'll help ease you through the unfollowing, no one reading your blog blues.
Step 2: Be proactive about getting your blog into new spaces! Just posting it isn't going to get a lot of views when you're first starting out so share to all the social media networks you are a part of and join new ones! I share to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, a beauty blogger group, A Facebook beauty group and a few more. I figure if I want people who are interested to read my blog, then I need to share my posts to as many places as I can. It'll never hurt your blog to put it on more channels!
Step 3: Genuinely comment on the blog posts of others. I see so many comments on other blogs that say "Awesome post! Follow my blog!" which doesn't inspire a lot of action. It doesn't show that you genuinely read the person's post or that you have anything in common with the blogger who wrote it. Share a meaningful comment that shows your interest and continue to share those kind of comments and you will find that other bloggers are a lot more willing to check out your posts. I actually received the nicest genuine comment the other day that made me fill up with pride because it showed that the blogger read my post and liked what I had to say. It gave me that great warm, gooey feeling of being heard and appreciated!
Step 4: Post regularly and on a set schedule if you can. It helps to find a posting groove so that your followers can know when to check for something new. It keeps them engaged and coming back to your blog. If you're already doing that and it doesn't seem to be working, try posting on different days at different times. Maybe a lot of your would-be readers have the time to scope out blogs on Mondays, but not Tuesdays or maybe they are scoping out new blogs at noon and not midnight. Try testing out different days and times to see when your posts get the most views.
These are a couple of the ways that I help ease myself through the New Blog Blues. Have any tips of your own for getting through the New Blog Blues? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!