Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nurturing your Blog 1 (for beginners)

{{A couple of my lovely readers wrote to me and asked me various questions about blogging and how I "nurture" my blog.}} 


Ask and you shall receive luv's.


First-I started blogging at the end of October 2009. 
I started blogging in October but I had no clue of what I was doing.
 None whatsoever and since I also had zero confidence, I blogged very little. 
I started to read other blogs though. 
And once I started to read and explore other blogs, I started to follow. 
Once I started to follow, I started to leave comments. 
Leaving comments, made me get the courage to start to experiment.
::Experiment:: with your blog. Try out new things. Try to make your own header, blog buttons, etc. by going to google and searching for directions. I started by visiting Shabbyblogs.com and was able to gain confidence by learning a few basic skills on how to load a pre-made header and background. NOTE: Do not mess with your html code without saving it first! 


::Make friends:: I try to reach out to at least 4-5 new people each week. Notice that I said TRY! This is a goal. Some weeks I reach out to way more than 5 and some weeks I just do not have time. But you must reach out to others and read other blogs to build a readership of your own blog. I think it is unreasonable to expect people to find you otherwise. How would they find you? If you have ideas, let me know-puhlease!!!


::Leave comments:: Be sure to leave comments on your "friends" blogs and be consistent. Keep going back to your favorite blogs and always leave a comment. You will be amazed at some of the bonds you will build with some of these folks. Some bloggers have even found others in their area or vicinity and have been able to plan blogger meet-ups such as but not limited to dinners, picnics, coffee dates, etc. 


::Don't compare yourself to others readership/followers:: Try to be positive and do not get discouraged. Remember you are building your unique readership and following and it takes time to do so. What may work for your best blogger friend, may not work for you and that is okay! That is great in fact. Be unique! Be you! You will find what will work for you, your blog, and your readers and when you do, you will be able to take complete ownership for it and be so proud! So go on with your bad self and don't get down! 
::What has worked for you?:: In hopes of making this discussion somewhat of an open forum, please submit comments or questions here. Any questions submitted will be answered in a follow up post. Thanks for your contribution!


Luv & smiles,
gina

Disclaimer: I am by no means claiming to be a professional blogger. These "tips" have worked for me and I am sharing my experiences. These ideas may or may not work for you. I too am still learning the blogosphere and have some ideas for the upcoming months. As I continue to "nurture" my blog, I will continue to share my ideas of what has worked for me. Stay tuned in the coming months for another installment of 'Nurturing your Blog.' 

15 thoughts:

WendyB said...

You're great at leaving comments. I could never ignore someone who comments so regularly. Good move!

Cassie said...

These are great tips, Gina, and yes you are awesome at leaving comments. I'm not always the best, but that is a good way to be remembered. . .by leaving comments. I tend to check those out that have commented on my blog ;D

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Such great advice, Gina!! It's true. . . you do really have to scout others out if you want to be found. Joining link ups on other blogs can help get your name out too.
You truly are the lovely comment queen, though! I always look forward to reading your sweet comments!

Lesli said...

I love that picture with the flowers & skirt above the section called Experiment!

I have been blogging since May 2007 and your advice is very accurate. You do need to follow & read other blogs and comment, comment, commment. But I would also add that I only leave genuine, heart-felt comments--I don't just comment for commenting's sake or to try to get more readers.

I also seek out blogs that I really honestly like & that I can relate to.

My two cents!

kate funk said...

Love all your tips I have found them all to be important too!! I think reaching out to bloggers is a GREAT way to gain a following. I like to just click follow on a bunch of new blogs and then read them as they pop up in my feed. I still do not understand how to do anchor text, do you?
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Kristie said...

Such great advice, Gina! I agree with you 100%. It is so unfair when I leave comments on some blogs and they fail to leave comments for me. It is a little bit of a disappointment when I see that I lose a follower, too. But, I know that if I lose one follower one day, then the next day I may gain two. I try to stay upbeat and positive. I am in no way a professional blogger either, but I think the general rule about blogging is the same in real life: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Great post my friend!!

Valerie said...

Great tips, Gina! I agree that we can build such amazing bonds with other bloggers by creating a dialogue through comments. And I also agree that it's important to be ourselves and blog about what we love!

xo
Valerie

kirstyb said...

ah good luck with starting your blogs girlies xxxxxxx

I Sew Lucky said...

Great tips Gina!! I am sure you will have a ton of followers in no time!

Phuong said...

thanks for sharing your tips, they are great!

Michelle said...

Fabulous advice and I am going to link to this for the other new bloggers out there that are on my blog list. :)

It is definitely true not to try to follow/copy other bloggers and their style. Most of the time when you do that you are just going to make yourself miserable, which will ultimately reflect in your own blog.

I learned to be myself because there are so many people out there, someone with your interests will come. Basically "If you blog, they will come".

"Monick" said...

Be realistic about your potential audience. For example, my blog was originally set up for family and friends so they could keep up with my crazy medical mystery world. But it has now become more. It has become a place for other Pompe families to find informaiton and connect with other. But with only a couple 100 people in the US fighting Pompe, it is a small audience - which is fine. I am however gaining a lot of followers because of the media coverage I have gotton.

So, you never know what lives you touch through your blog. There are people out there and they are reading. Even if it is only a few people, a small band of loyal readers is better than a ton of hits by folks who are reading the words you so carefully picked out. It is kind of like friendship in that way. A few wonderful friends is waaaaaaaaaaay better than a room full of so-so friends. And I'm glad you are one of my WONDERFUL friends in real life and in blogworld!

Another tip - don't stray too far off topic too often. You will lose readers. They come to your site because they want to read about specific things, don't let them down! :)

Robyn said...

This is such a great post. So many people follow my blog then unfollow the next week if I don't follow them back. Blogging is about building relationships, and enjoying the blogosphere. So many people just implant themselves into it, and expect to be the next greatest thing. These really are great tips.

Ashley said...

I totally agree! My friend and I started our blog pretty recently and we're finding out a lot of the same things along the way. All solid tips.

xoxo, Ashley

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