My 3rd year to participate in the Challenge – I’ll be back!
SHARING SOME THINGS I’VE LEARNED:
Participating in the #Challenge can be stress free IF you write all your posts ahead of time, and have them waiting in the queue. You can tweak them easily just before publication. It takes a lot of time to research, get your photos ready, do the writing, however brief the post is, and PLEASE, keep them brief. That is if you want readers to give you another try and return. Visiting other blogs is a must if you expect people to find you from the long list of bloggers posted. I can guarantee the people who do a lot of work on their posts, that it is all for nothing, if the post is impossible to read – the typeface on backgrounds that are supposed to be edgy. Clarity is important, without it, why bother to read the information when there are many other sites that are easy to navigate, offering accessibility, and are uncluttered. How much time is a person willing to give to a blog where you have to LOOK for everything, where to leave a comment, or at least a LIKE option so you can say you have been there? If people aren’t interested in your subject, that’s one thing, but to have people never return because your posts are too obscure to navigate, now that’s unnecessary.
STATS FOR APRIL-A WAY TO LOOK AT HOW THINGS WORKED OUT AND WHAT TO RECONSIDER:
I checked all my stats on day 1 and day 30. Blog followers 111-129 Facebook Likes 104-106 Pinterest 1,485 -1,506 I sold 20 books, but I know some of those sold had nothing to do with the blog. I bought 3 books because of someones blog I found during the challenge. One of those has proved to be unreadable, which shocks me. I had 1,951 visits during April, average 65 per day. In March I had 245 visits, average 8 per day. If I had visited more blogs, I know the results would have been reflected in my stats with people who return the favor. I KNOW blogging is way more than statistics, and I don’t suggest that in this feedback to you, but it is a way of measuring your efforts/success. Before April 1, I made sure all my social media stuff was talking to each other. (I do question whether my author Facebook page bears fruit, however much I enjoy my personal Facebook page.) There are so many talented, interesting, knowledgable blogs to follow that are great examples to consider in rethinking your current blog presentation now that you’ve finished the Challenge.
ONE LAST THING:
Why would anyone want to take their precious time to read a blog that starts with excuses, apologies for not knowing what you’re doing, I’m not very good at this, my life is a mess, I write to vent my anger, etc. etc. etc. I am just a housewife trying to raise kids, but I love to write when I can. Would you read a blog that sounds like that? I don’t think so. Rethink what you are about, what passion you are sharing, your particular take on the world that you want to share, but for heavens sake, do it with enthusiasm, without apology, and give your reader something worthwhile. Keeping a journal may be a better way to proceed than blogging. I’m just saying…
AN EXAMPLE OF BLOGS I STARTED FOLLOWING DURING THE CHALLENGE OR HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING
PRESENTATION, CLARITY, INFORMATION
May 20th, 2015-Upon further reflection…It has dawned on me that after this 3rd year of participating, that I have a question for others who are going to give it a try….what do you hope to get out of all the work that makes the challenge worth while? I have decided that if bloggers have a real goal, the whole thing falls in place and is doable. So my question for you for next year is…..why am I bothering to participate again, knowing what the end results will be based on past experience, if I don’t change the purpose of doing it?