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Lets TALK Blogging!

Posted by on May 17, 2012

I am no expert, but I’ve been blogging for about 8 months now! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long already. =)

I’ve been giving some tips to a couple of friends, and one of the things they’ve asked me is, “how do you build your audience?”

The truth is, your audience fluctuates, but I’d figured I write a blog post about it:

Some ways I have connected with other bloggers and readers:

1) If anyone leaves a comment on your blog, follow back on theirs.  It’s the polite thing to do, and you might connect with someone new.  This is how I found a few of my loyal readers!

2) Join Fellow Blogging Groups.  My favorite group is the So Cal Lady Bloggers, a group of women int he So Cal Region that are all bloggers.  We are a plethora of support to one another, not making this huge blogging world so lonely.

3) Look for twitter parties on twitter.  The next question I get is this, “how do you find them?”  If you see a similar #hashtag keep popping up, it’s a good sign something is happening online at the moment.

4) Stumbleupon: it has brought me in readers.  The cool thing is that a friend of mine from back home told me she was stumbling and my blog actually popped up, and it was a blog post where I even utilized one of her photos.  How even more cool is that?

5) Join Blog Commenting Groups!  This can be done by having discussions with other bloggers.  Through these groups, you commit to visiting each other’s blogs on a daily or every other day basis, and comment on each other’s posts.  It helps a lot!

6) Be Current in your Topics! 

Around the holidays, I notice my cool whip dessert post GETS a ton of hits.  I also noticed my Heart Awareness Eating Habits post blew up in February.  If you work around the trend schedule, you will notice a change in your readership in your blog, and the search engines will love you.  But, work to your own rhythm too ;)

7) Meet Other Bloggers in Person: I love this factor! One, I have a face behind the name, but also, I want to immediately check out their blog.  It is how I’ve found some of my favorites.  And plus,  you may make a new friend!

8) My favorite blogging groups: The Sits Girls, Blogger Comment Club, Blogger Effect, Bloggers.com, Blogfrog, all these sites have brought new people to my blog.  Be sure to check them out, and keep an eye out for other upcoming blogging groups.  The blogosphere is so big, it’s hard to know what to join and what  not to join, but sometimes it helps by trial and error ;)

9) Connect on Twitter: You don’t have to be shy on twitter, jump in on a conversation, talk, be yourself, and connections are bound to happen!

10) Stay true to your Blog: Be real, be yourself, and cover the topics you want to cover.  By this, people will connect to you.  Be personal, share yourself, but not too much, and your readers will come.  The last part is to just enjoy it!  =)

 

 

 

 

34 Responses to Lets TALK Blogging!

  1. Xenia

    These are all great tips! I love them all but #10 is my favorite! I give that advice to everyone I know that starts to blog! I’m going to have to read up on StumbleUpon… I’ve seen it but never used it!

    • Jamie

      That’s exactly why I had to throw it in there =) It’s about finding the topics that are important to you and discussing them! Most likely, others will find them important too =)

  2. Jen {at} take2mommy

    Great blogging tips. I’ve been told that Stumbleupon can be a huge traffic driver. I must confess that Stumbleupon confuses the heck outta me though. Gotta look into that more, and also I’m going to check out some of the blogging groups you mentioned.
    Glad I found your blog – thanks for tweeting with me today!

    • Jamie

      I’m glad you stopped by Jen! I will run off to check out your blog later, I promise =) Off to start my day now. Every now and then I like to talk blogging because I’ve learned an immense amount of information in the last several months. =)

  3. Dale Anne Potter

    All GREAT tips Jamie and even more twitter chats I didn’t know about.
    THANK YOU!

    • Jamie

      Don’t quote me but I bet they have some art related ones even

  4. Anita

    Excellent read! I am a member of a few blog commenting groups and I find it very beneficial for sure :)

  5. Maribel Reyes

    I agree, making a connection be it in person or through social media with other fellow bloggers is always nice. It also allows you to find new blogs you haven’t discovered yet. I also love the groups, they are so supportive. :) That of course is how I met you :D which makes me smile…

    • Jamie

      Your comments make my day! I do appreciate you stopping by =)

  6. Melissa @ Completely Eclipsed

    What a great and comprehensive list. I found you from SITS, but I’ll have to check out some of the other ones you’ve mentioned. And I need to get back into twitter. I haven’t been on in a while and when I do try and pop on I feel like I’m merging onto a highway going 75 mph with no brakes.

    • Jamie

      Melissa, thank you for stopping by. You have to di it in steps otherwise it definitely becomes pretty overwhelming

  7. Suzanne @ The Wine{a}be

    great ideas Jamie!! I will have to check out some of those!

  8. Holly

    Great tips! I have been blogging for, oh goodness, 12 years now, before blogging was called blogging, and how you built up an audience then is the same way you build up an audience now. There’s more technology to utilize now, such as Facebook and websites people have built over the last few years when blogging just kind of blew up, and it has made it a lot easier to connect with people, but getting people to your site stays the same–connect with other people and (hopefully) they will reciprocate and want to connect with you. Sometimes I totally forget that I have to remain functioning on those basics. I get reminded when I realize I’ve lost my audience, which has happened a few times. Ah, ebb and flow.

    • Jamie

      I feel the busier we become the harder it is to remind ourselves of the importance of reciprocation. The longer you do it the more people you know and it just continues to buold

  9. Amanda

    I’ve been blogging like holly for over a decade (I’ve been doing it for 15) and those are really good points. When I started it wasn’t called a blog that is a new thing. One of the biggest things also you can do is join a BBS or as old school we called them message boards. I miss them.

    • Jamie

      Yep. I use to bbs. Been internet bound since I was 14. My brothers regretted it ever since. He was the one that showed me what a bbs was ;)

  10. Lisa D.B. Taylor

    Great tips. I’ve used most of them at one time or another (though I certainly haven’t been blogging as long as the above comments!). I find myself slacking off, not networking, then getting back on the bandwagon.
    I find it tough to be consistent with all the other stuff going on in my life!

    • Jamie

      It is so overwhelming with how much goes into keeping up a blog. I’m pretty amazed. =) Luckily it’s all stuff I enjoy!

  11. Lisa Birnesser

    These are all awesome tips, Jamie! Connections can be made all sorts of ways to grow your audience. I attended my first twitter party last night and it was a blast!

  12. Sara

    Thank you for the following … I love that it lead me back to THIS post! I am so confused about parts of the blogging community…thanks for the tips

  13. Helena

    Great tips Jamie! I’ll have to check out the twitter parties … that sounds like fun!

  14. Mary

    Awesome post!!! I am so glad I asked you about this, hehe;-) Great comments from everyone, too!

  15. Sarah

    I found your blog through the Blog Comment Club, so you must be right on that account! I tend to get super focused on my content and need to make time to network more and explore more blogs on varied subjects. Great list of tips!

    • Jamie

      I love the Blogger Comment Club. You meet some great people along the way, and find some great articles in the process! Thanks for stopping by Sarah. I really appreciate it.

  16. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet

    I’ve been blogging for over a year and I still don’t use Twitter as effectively as I should! Thanks for the reminder to get out there and engage readers that way!

  17. Rachel Cotterill

    I found you through SITS so that worked ;) Nice to meet you!

  18. Heather Johnson

    This is a great post. Good advice whether you are just starting a blog, or a seasoned blogger. Thanks for the suggestions and reminders.
    Visiting from “Blogging Buddies” on Facebook. :)

    • Jamie

      Thanks for stopping by Heather. I appreciate it =) I love talking about blogging.. an absolute passion of mine now ;)

  19. Emma

    I have to say that I am amazed how many people find my blog through google; they are searching for something which my blog somehow taps into and I am constantly thankful for that. What matters the most, in my opinion, is just being true to yourself; it’ll show through your blog as a whole and that is what attracts people.

    • Jamie

      You must have some pretty great SEO on your blog =) Google does bring in a lot of visitors by the search engines. Thanks for stopping by Emma!

  20. Alexis Grace

    Great advice Jamie! You really have come a long way!!!

  21. Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom

    Great advice. I’ve been blogging for a year and a half and still don’t know what I’m doing most of the time. Definitely going to have to put some of these tips into practice!

  22. Leslie

    Great tips! Stopping in from SITS to say hello! Bless,Leslie.

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