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The New Blog Blues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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!

12 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure I'm going through these new blog blues right now!! I think you're completely right about just staying focused! I recently joined the BIRCHbloggers page and I love all the helpful comments and praises!

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  2. Great tips! I'm trying to get better about not obsessively checking my blog stats now that I'm getting a little more successful but that's a hard habit to break lol. Step 4 was my latest change and man did that make a difference! I had a weird updating schedule before and it definitely was affecting my views.

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  3. Thanks Victoria! It's a super hard habit to break, one that I still haven't fully broken. lol

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  4. This post completely hits home. I've only been blogging for about a month now, and it's so tempting to base my reaction on my posts to how many views I get. Like you said, I'm trying to focus on that successful feeling I get after I finish writing a post, instead of stats. I'm also trying to remember that my blog is my creative outlet, (and my excuse to buy makeup!), and that helps put things in perspective! Thanks for writing this!

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    1. Thanks beauty on a beer budget! It can be really easy to lose sight of your focus when there are numbers involved. Just keep thinking of the makeup! ;)

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  5. Rome wasn't built in a day! I guess a blog can get started in a manner of minutes but just remember that things take time. Keep sharing because I'm loving it! - Kellie

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    1. Aw, thanks Kellie! That means a lot to me!

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  6. Really great advice! I definitely just started putting it out there - sharing on facebook pages & pinterest! It can be hard when you think you are putting out great content but getting it to the right amount of people is not easy. This post has some great tips!
    So I don't comment and say follow my blog but I always include it in a comment signature so that maybe the person you commented on or someone else who is curious will click on it! I think it is okay to self advertise a little bit without being over-bearing!
    Renee C.
    seetheworldinpink.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks Renee! Ya, I never mind a link at the end as long as the comment itself seems genuine, heck I do that myself!

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  7. I will have to say... Your blog is great and very relatable. Great job- writing is the best outlet :-)

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    1. Aw, thank you Dena! I really love to hear that!

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