As of this weekend, I’ve had this blog for three months. Within that time, I’ve been able to convey to readers what’s been going on and what’s on my mind, all the while tying it in with the book that has yet to be released. It’s all for the sake of getting to know me and understanding where I’m coming from; to get a better understanding for when the book comes out.
Within the past three months, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, in terms of how responsive which topics are over others, maintaining a blog and what not. I’ve been able to come to terms with what it’s like to have a personal yet public form where you really get to share yourself with the world, beyond the mechanisms otherwise found in social media… and yet for me, I want to do more. I want to improve.
Here’s what I’ve figured out so far:
- As far as traffic goes, it’s not much. However, I’ve noticed that I tend to draw a lot of it when the content is intriguing in its own way. The first post I did on this forum got 8 likes. As for the second highest rated one, that would be last week’s post where I talk about being inspired by Dante Basco. There were also a lot of views that came in when I wrote that update about my book, so I’m thinking I should do that more often.
- I’ve seem to establish a theme in some way, in terms of “this is what it’s like to be human through my eyes.” I’ve also managed to tie it back to my writing somehow, making it evident that it’s a theme to look out for when the book comes out.
- At the same time though, I understand that some of the topics in which I write about seem to be a bit random, and I’m trying my best to lessen the randomness more as I go along with the blog. Still though, when it comes to deciding on topics for the week, it is necessary to be a little random. After all, this is my “hyperspace center for my musings and thought processes.”
That’s what I’ve managed to figure out so far. As for ideas of my own on what to improve on, I’ve come up with the following:
- Seeing the response to the update on my book from earlier in the month, I think I’ll try to do that more often. I’m definitely already planning to write an update for April and as the release date gets closer, I’ll write more about what to expect from the book and other details regarding the writing process. For now though, it’s a little early so I won’t go into too much detail quite yet.
- Notice how I blog only once a week. I always make sure to do a new post every Saturday, in order to establish a routine. However, I’m thinking about maybe blogging more often, perhaps twice a week- if that. However, I’m thinking of holding off until the summer for the that and for two reasons: 1. School is still going on right now so I figured it’s best to wait until summer when I’ll have more time and 2. the book will be out in the summer, so there will be plenty to talk about then.
- Also, after seeing the response to the post about Dante Basco, I also intend to discuss more about what my inspirations are for writing… but again, I’ll hold off on doing a lot of those until the release date gets closer… or (in the case of actually meeting Dante last week), I wait for an appropriate excuse to actually blog about the subject matter.
Those are just a few ideas of mine, but I’m open to feedback. So for anyone who’s an active reader of my blog, if you know of ways to strengthen the blog to attract more readers like yourself, please feel free to share them. The blog is more than just a marketing strategy for me as an impending author; it’s a way of exposing myself and being relevant.
2 Replies to “3 Months of Blogging: What Can I Work On?”
You definitely have a strength in being analytical and self-evaluating. That’s really cool. I’m not like that at all. Congrats on blogging weekly for three months, WHILE writing two books, WHILE being a student, WHILE doing a gazillion other things!
Suggestions that have worked well for me: Post everything in multiple places (here, Tumblr, Medium), and tweet about them, and use hashtags like #identity, #writing, #books, etc. With Tumblr, the first five hashtags you use on a post go into the public feed for that hashtag. On Twitter, ALL of the hashtags you use in a tweet go into the public feed for that hashtag. I usually tweet the link to one blog post at least two or three times, and @ mentioning different people I wanna share it with. Also, it was AWESOME that you wrote the Glee post for Kollaboration — I hope you can write more posts for sites like them.
Can’t wait to learn more about your book 🙂