It is officially my 3 month blogging anniversary is today!
My how time has flown by!
People have been asking me quite often how I got readers and traffic. People want to know the ‘tricks of the trade’ so to speak.
Well, let’s begin with this.
It’s amazing to me that people are always looking for get rich quick schemes and that people actually fall for them.
It’s like those eat grapefruits for an entire month diets and you’ll loose 10 pounds, well you will but you’ve practically starved yourself in the process! It won’t last, its unsustainable and you walk away from the whole experience feeling more frustrated and more disappointed with yourself then when you started.
We are such an instant gratification society. We want things and we want things now. Don’t get my wrong here, I myself am one of the instant gratification generation of people but I’ve learned some lessons along the way and some of them the hard way. Hard work and waiting for things to come is always the way to ‘success’.
We want instant results, things to happen right away. We want to know the tricks and the secrets the shortcuts to get there faster. People want to know what’s up my ‘sleeve’. (I’ve used this term before in a suspenseful way) But really there are no magic tricks.
While I have taken steps and action and learned things along the way while working on my Blog (which I will begin to share in installments) it hasn’t been ‘easy’, fast or instant.
*Remember I currently earn no money from my blog, I am not even a .com website to even be eligible to make money from my blog, not that I am apposed to people making money from something they love and are passionate about as long as they aren’t just ‘in it for the money’ and maybe one day I will. Why not? Don’t most writers want to ‘earn a living’ writing?*
These past few months I have spent countless hours, even on average 6-8 hours a day.
In the beginning much of this time was spent reading other peoples Blogs which I love! There are so many fantastic writers and topics, one could go on and on to gather fantastic insights and inspirations.
More and more people started commenting on my blog posts and I on theirs, creating a community. I spent time responding to peoples comments, questions, emails and generally communicating etc. Again, I loved this, I now find with everything else I have to do it’s hard to keep up with other peoples blogs and I miss that.
With the launching of my Pay Day Thursdays and Stuff it Tuesday I became extremely busy. I’ve always loved having too much on my plate when it comes to food and day to day life! I have emails, planning and scheduling the topics, coordinating times to communicate, collaborating, communications on top of responding to comments and publishing daily, attempting to get my social media sectors up and running (which I love, it’s much easier to stay in touch this way!) and now I have two blogs.
*I’m tired just typing it all out*
I never stuck to the ‘you should only focus on one area and stick to it’ concept as I said in my very first post and it’s worked for me.
When I started my blog I knew nothing about poetry. I didn’t read poetry, write poetry or care to know much about it.
I happened to start my blog at the beginning of national poetry month. I wrote one poem in 2009 while pondering faith and science and I think it was on my fifth post I had no idea what to write about so I took a chance and posted it.
People seemed to like it so I wrote another and then the poetry just kept coming.
Also being that it was National Poetry month when I started, by fluke I found my passion for poetry.
A lot of people were posting poetry even people that didn’t normally write it because of the poetry competitions and challenges . I think this might have helped given that people were reading one anothers poetry posts. I did not participate in the competitions/challenges myself.
Somethings, I would go even as far to say as most things are left for the universe to decide…
Be true to yourself. Write about what you know and what inspires you.
The rest will figure itself out.
You all have inspired me so much throughout this journey. Thank you. Happy anniversary, it is as much yours as it is mine!
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!
- Poetry Season (queserasara.com)
- Prose vs. Poetry: Differences and Similarities (english.answers.com)