As a writer my platform is my blog, it helps get my message across and allows my voice to be heard. It takes many hours of thought and writing to put words on the screen.
Blogs are being created on a daily basis, by the truck load. Which makes it more important to understand what attracts your audience and helps retain your followers.
There's nothing wrong with making mistakes along the way, believe me I've made plenty. "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs".
So keep those thoughts in mind and discover the 10 points I've learned so far:
1. Posting Sporadically
I used to post once a week, until I discovered it wasn't enough. I'd started my blog March 2015, and was doing too many other things in the beginning, to realize how important content was to my audience.
A blog has a lot of simliarities to a magazine or newspaper. You need fresh articles to peak your readers interest.
2. Posting too Regularly
At the same time posting frequently, say everyday, as an example. To your readers feels like a deluge. So you need to find a pace of posting you can manage and that your readers feel comfortable with.
3. Leave Your Comments On
This is something I've struggled with. Intereaction with my audience. I encourage any readers to comment on any of my posts. That's why my comments section is open to all.
4. Don't be Abrasive
There's nothing wrong with a droll or sarcastic post every once in a while. Doing it too often may make your readers feel uncomfortable. So stick to comfortable and you can't go wrong.
5. Poor Images
Quality images throughout your blog is key to holding your audiences attention, and creating your own particular style. Your blog needs to be attractive and easy to get around.
6. Don't Just Talk About Anything
Sticking to you chosen blog genre is important. Getting off the beaten track confuses your readers. So be creative, and do it around your chosen focus area.
7. Visit Other Blog's
I've been reading other peoples blogs since I started writing on the internet, back in 2010. The blogging community is about give and take. Each blog I visit, is a valuable source of information and ideas.
8. Comment Thoughtfully
Only comment on other peoples blogs if you have something encouraging to say. Blogging is all about sharing and discovery.
9. Don't Get Overexcited
Your audience doesn't need to read a 3,000 word article all of the time. It's clear in this day and age, people have a shorter attention span. Writing bite sized chunks or 250-1,000 words will keep your readers atttention.
10. Don't be Self-Indulgent
Great bloggers are those who share content from other bloggers.
Make sure you join Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to promote your your posts. You'll discover a whole new audience.