how to write so people read what you’re writing (& the link-up)

One of the most common afflictions the just-getting-started blogger experiences is the feeling that nobody is paying attention when they write.  And I can tell you from experience, it’s discouraging when you pour yourself out only to end up feeling like nobody much cares.

I don’t have the corner on the market by any stretch.  I could show you my daily or weekly stats and some of you would want to know more while many others would ask themselves why I’m writing a post with this title in the first place.  It’s all a matter of perspective.

Here’s my best advice…

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1. Write what you know.  And write it well.  Meaning proofread for grammatical mishaps and spelling errors.

2. Don’t post every day.  In most cases (there are exceptions, as with everything) it’ll only hurt your traffic.  People are busy and even if they are subscribed to your blog, they can rarely cyber-visit you on a daily basis.  Too much content leaves some of your best content buried under the filler.

3. Use a conversational tone.  Blogging is generally a rather casual form of writing.  And blog readers are typically in a casual reading frame of mind.  Make them feel like they’re chatting with an old friend and they might even show up with cocoa and donuts next time.

4. Write what you live and live what you write.  Broken down, this simply means to be a live-er first and a writer second.  That way you’ll almost always have something fresh to write about and it won’t reek of fraud.

5. Utilize the link-ups.  It can be slow going at first. But every time your blog gets seen you have planted a little seed.  Keep planting.

6. Use titles that accurately represent the post content.  I love a catchy title but I find people are much more likely to swing by if I stick with those which give a true glimpse of what they’ll find if they visit the post.

7.  Make your blog sticky.  Add relevant older links into your new posts, giving readers an opportunity to visit your previous writings.  Consider it free advertising.

8. Be friendly.  Making friends with other bloggers will enhance your blogging experience exponentially.  Probably isn’t a bad idea to be friendly with your readers, either. ;)

9. Give it to God.  All of it.  Even the parts of it you really, really, really want to control.

Any thoughts?  Questions?  Additional ideas?  I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Great advice, Kasey!
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  2. I agree with all!!

    Here are some more tips I wrote a while ago… not that I’m a big-time blogger at ALL, but I have fun reading blogs and noticing what makes me respond more positively to some than others:

    http://whiningpuker.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-makes-great-blog-list-of-tips.html?showComment=1364882339126
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  3. Thank you, Kasey – great tips!
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  4. Thanks for the tips.

    I really have to work on making my blog “sticky” and utilizing link ups. I used to be very active in all types of link ups in the past and saw some really great growth. I also have to mindful that I started this blog as a way to serve God and others and that it will always be His. I can’t control what I can’t control, right?
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  5. These are great tips! I blog with 2 other women, and we’ve been at it for almost a year now! We just try to remember that our focus is on building relationships with our readers and providing them with our best, and that if God wants to use our blogging, then He will bless it. It’s hard not to want bigger and better numbers though!
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  6. Kasey, I wrote a few years ago about blogging authentically. http://comewearymoms.blogspot.com/2011/06/on-mommy-blogging-image-identity.html

    I agree with all of what you wrote! I especially take the time to use links to previous articles. I just did a recap post that recounts our year (it was a doozy!) and lists my 30 favorite posts from my three active blogs. It is here: http://virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/2014/01/2013-family-blog-recaps.html. Like you suggested, I submit links to parties like yours each week and leave occasional comments on blogs if I have a related post.

    The other thing that helps is finding bloggers in my own specific niches. One of my blogs focuses on spiritual issues, with a specialties on both old hymns and abuse of authority in churches and Christian homes. There is an entire blogging community devoted to the latter topic, and we do a lot of cross-linking. We also get ideas from each other. Another of my blogs is for moms, with encouragement, practical tips, home organization, etc. And my main one is more about my family, things we’re doing, and more general observations about life.

    Grace,
    Virginia

  7. Great advice, Kasey! I like the “write what you know” part, because it can be confusing to figure out who “you” are in the blog world, and so writing about what you know is easier and comes across as authentic, I think. Thanks for hosting today.

  8. Just wanted to say that I so enjoy coming here every week! Thank you for the wonderful link-up and for being such a blessing to me. I really loved today’s post and appreciate the wisdom you shared. God’s peace be with you and yours in the new year. Love, Cheryl
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  9. Thank you for these tips. They make a lot of sense! Common sense!
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  10. Great tips, I try to follow these too. I’m new here and just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to link up here. I’ve added your button to my blog hop page. : )
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