Sometimes you can hurt your blog. Not physically, hopefully. Earlier in terms of SEO or visitors or visibility. Or maybe something else. But sometimes you can really do good with your blog. As I have done in recent weeks. I feel less pressure on myself to do something with my blog, the responses come naturally, and so on. Want to know what I did right? Read on!
As for numbers, this is the best thing I ever did for my blog. To be honest, I had my doubts about bringing the English-language into my blog = more competition, less unique, more work and time that goes in it, etc. Once I had finally taken the step, I could do more. I was able to enroll myself in countless FB groups, where the language were mainly English and I could also focus on something extra I could give my readers. Some Belgians and Dutch prefer to read in English. In addition, I could just offer something different to my future international readers. In other words, I could put Mostly Abroad on the international market.
At this very moment, I thank my stream of visitors especially to those English FB groups and my international readers. If you are also in doubt, or if you have already put the step, but don’t know how to do it: here’s an article that can help you move forward.
Bird’s eye perspective
I saw my blog as a child. Okay, nothing wrong with that, but for me it was a bit extreme. I didn’t want to get criticized, I didn’t want help and I wish it went well with Mostly Abroad. Therefore, I focused too long on numbers. Because I felt that if your statistics are good, your blog is good. Of course, this is partly true, but that isn’t the most important part. Now I focus on post comments. Valuable comments. If I can not place valuable response, I don’t write anything. And I’ll come back another time.
By looking at everything in bird’s eye view, I know what I’m doing well and where I’m not. So where can I improve or not.
Creating a barrier between my blog and my wishes/dreams, have created an enormous positive thing in my blog. Keeping distance with your blog isn’t so much seeing it from a bird’s perspective (previous tip). It seems to me as if you create a breathing space. If you don’t continue to check out your blog, you become stressed. At least, I was. I checked my email every five minutes, and was disappointed when I didn’t got a new email.
Now I use this time to do other things (see the penultimate and final point), for example, there are more mails than I’m accustomed to. As well; Now I no longer focus on, I get more offers.
In -almost- one year I have been travel blogging now, I’ve never heard of a blog strategy. What it was? Nope, didn’t know. Apparently it’s a normal strategy about your blog and how you wish to succeed a random goal. To make the point visual, I just made a brief example of my own blog strategy:
It’s a four-page PDF (can be longer or shorter course), I first write down the introduction of what I can expect from my own blog, what my blog is, what it is about and what my target audience is. On the next page, I’ll give a brief overview of my goals, what do I want to achieve precisely with my blog? In turn, the third page, I give a brief overview of how I’m going to fulfill these goals. The last page I keep free for check-up (how did it go?)
Would you like help with your blog strategy? Give a comment, and then I can make an article of!
* Note: Made a blog strategy because of Miriam
The key to blogging wasn’t the figures. As it turns out. But what I am learning to appreciate are the nice comments I get on my blog. Do not get me wrong, I’ve always loved them. Still, I didn’t know that readers could make or break my blog. In my blogs strategy (last point) you have already noticed that it has become an important part to respond every day to different blogs.
Right now, I’m still making my strategy a little bit better by the day. And if this is done. My blog strategy will be launched.
How did you made your blog even better?
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