What I’ve Learned From a Year of Blogging

I have been managing this blog for just about a year. Happy birthday! Actually, I have learned a great deal in that time, and there are a few things I would have liked to have known in advance. I’m going to share some of these today.

I LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF KEYWORDS AND TITLES

So, prior to blogging, I was working on our farm website, and I kept hearing about these things called keywords. As time went on and I researched more and more about writing and wrote more and more blog posts, I discovered some keywords of my own. For instance, I have found that some of my most popular blog posts have titles that include words like how-to or include a question mark. I honestly don’t know if these are coincidences or not, they are just observations.

Titles, people. They’re important.

I LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITHFUL BLOGGING

Hey, I don’t care if you have zero followers or one hundred, you have to blog regularly. I’ve heard it from many sources and I’ve experienced the benefit myself. It doesn’t matter if nobody sees that five-hundred-and-fifty-word post you slaved over for a day. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a major lull in blog traffic and nobody puts a like on that post you loved so much. It. Doesn’t. Make. A. Difference in how often you have to blog.

When I started, I was faithfully blogging every three days. That has changed. I don’t have a set schedule, but I try to get one in a couple times a week. It is critically important, my friend, to blog regularly, even if no one sees it, because it is broadening your span of keywords and it is boosting your SEO status.

I LEARNED TO BE AUTHENTIC

It is important to have an open and welcoming atmosphere on your site, and blog posts are a good way to get that message across. Be authentic. Be you. Use your voice. People are going to get that.

LINKS!!!

I love links. Put ’em on Facebook. Put ’em on the other blog and the other blog. Reblog from the new blog. Seriously, do that. I accidentally reblogged a post from our farm blog to this one and because I did, it got attention. Our new blog received traffic. I might just try it again. 🙂

See what I did up there? 😉

Links are excellent ways to improve feedback over time. Use them more than once.

THE CONCLUSION?

I hate blogging.

That’s a joke. I actually love blogging. It gets a little tiresome in those intervals when no one drops by for tea . . . *sad face* Okay, whatever. Those are just the times when you remind yourself you have something to say, and someone will hear it someday. (Please don’t call out that lame rhyme, it was accidental).  🙂  See what I mean? Authentic = randomness. Fun!!

 

Tell me, friends, what are your thoughts on blogging? Has any of this been helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments! We’ll share tea and . . . um, pizza? Or Oreos. Or toast? You fill in the blank.

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3 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned From a Year of Blogging

  1. Your blog is awesome! So is the farm blog, by the way. I disagree with you that blogging regularly is important, but only because it makes me feel less guilty about not doing so. XP But yes, blogging is great. And I want Oreos, please. *waits for the candy*

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