I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kind of miss April’s A to Z Blogging Challenge. Therefore, guest blogger Heather Smith is bringing you one more “Z” post as she talks about finding zeal in your blogging. Take it away, Heather!
Anyone can be a blogger.
Take a look around the blog world and you’ll see people of all walks of life blogging about their passions, their lives, or what they think will make them money.
But not everyone can be a successful blogger. A second, closer look at the blogging world will show that there are definite ranks in blogging. There are the big-time bloggers who have made an empire out of their blogs, the successful ones that blog on the side but still have amassed a loyal readership, and the blogs that rarely see the light of day.
So what does it take to be a successful blogger?
1. Consistent posting: It’s the only way you’ll gain a steady readership. People don’t like to commit to reading blogs that are sporadic with their posting at best. You have to be dependable with your posting – whether it’s once a week or once a month, so long as there is some rhyme and reason to how you approach it.
2. A loyal readership: Once you develop a loyal base readership they’ll be your biggest fans and the best promoters of your blog. They’ll want to share you work so that more people will see what you have to say because they feel they have a relationship with you. In fact, it’s sort of reminiscent of a proud mother, wanting to showcase your work and share your insight.
3. A high level of zealousness: This is the differentiating factor between regular bloggers and the successful ones – the pure, unadulterated passion with which they approach their particular niche in the blogging market. Readers can quickly see when someone is posting just to get up content and when someone is posting something that they are enthusiastic about, something that they love and that they really believe in.
Anyone can be a blogger, sure. But not everyone can be a great blogger. Zealousness makes all the difference.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
8 thoughts on “Zealous Blogging!”
This is excellent advice, and so true. A couple of the blogs I had in the past didn't take off very well, and it was because I was blogging because I thought I had to, not because I wanted to. If I was bored, there was no way the readers wouldn't be!
Kyra, I agree with you that if we're boring ourselves, we're guaranteed to bore our readers ha ha. You managed to write 26 posts that weren't boring at all!
Congrats! on finishing the A to Z Challenge! And there is a Survivor Badge floating around Blogdom and on my Facebook page you can use.
Staying dependable in schedule and in quality is indeed important. AT&T is making it hard for me today, what with cutting my lines in front of my apartment!!My RITES OF PASSAGE is at #7 on Amazon's Top 100 FREE Best Selling Historical Fantasies! Whoo Hoo! RolandFor courtesy only :http://www.amazon.com/RITES-OF-PASSAGE-ebook/dp/B004XQVPYM/ref=zg_bs_158576011_95
Stephen, thanks for the badge!
Roland, hope you weren't out of connection for long. Congrats on Rites of Passage!
what great tips! I agree–readers are smart–they know if you love what you're writing about or if you're just blogging to get attention:)Happy weekend!Nutschellwww.thewritingnut.com
Nutschell, sounds like you are indeed passionate about blogging considering you're about to celebrate your 2 year blogoversary! Congrats. I think I started blogging about 2 years ago as well…I'll have to check on the date. Great idea offering signed books as gifts.