The Advent into Blogging
I’m new to blogging. I created this blog just five days ago and in those five days I’ve spent a large amount of time jumping from one blog to another in order to obtain a wider understanding of how people use their blogs, what kind of content they put on it and how they structure them. Frankly speaking, I really had no idea how blogs work. You can read all the definitions of a blog you want and it won’t be of any help. For example, this is the first line on the Wikipedia page:
‘A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).’
How helpful. If you read my short, nervous and hurried first post (https://alapparikh.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/a-short-prelude/), you will see what I was going through. It can be overwhelming at times to see the traffic, creativity, layout and organization of popular blogs. It’s amazing how much people value what is written and how much constructive criticism and pure appreciation is passed around.
On day one, you’re excited because that’s what you envisage for yourself in a few months (you’ve been warned it takes a while to get your blog noticed, so you sit patiently for exactly a day, and then start counting the views). Soon, you start wondering why the views and followers are hardly increasing (You know it takes a while but come on surely so and so number of days is enough for everyone to have found and noticed it!).
That’s when you wonder whether you should start implementing some of the stuff you saw on the popular blogs, or incorporating some of the insane, awesome ideas that they used, in order to have a better chance of being noticed. You’ve seen that people liked that. And this is where this post comes in. It occurs to me that this is precisely why so many blogs don’t get popular. If you can somehow stick to your original ideas, and trust that if you continue being who you are and posting about the things you want to in a regular fashion, traffic will build. Getting insecure about what your blog looks like compared to one that is a year old isn’t something that should happen. So take tips and advice from these, and work your own unique expression into it, and there’s bound to be some collection of people out there on WordPress that like what you do, especially if you’re good at it.
So this is what I’m going to do, and I hope it works for the both of us. Oh and, if it doesn’t, I never said this.
In case any of you who’ve been around for a while are reading this, do let me know what you think about what I said, I’d be glad if you did. And those of you who can relate to this currently, I hope I’ve inspired you once more. I know it’s a little general, but it worked in my head!
The following blogs stand accused of the sinful crime of putting me through this:
Ned’s Blog : http://nedhickson.wordpress.com/
bottledworder : http://bottledworder.wordpress.com/
Hola Yessica : http://holayessica.wordpress.com/
Bucket List Publications : http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
Mostly Bright Ideas : http://mostlybrightideas.wordpress.com/
Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride : http://susielindau.com/
Certainly there has been something to learn from each of them as far as I’m concerned.