New Observations About Blogging


“Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.”David Aston


I am probably the last person you would ask about the intricacies on blogging. I really don’t understand the nuts and bolts about WordPress. My journey in blogging has basically been trial and error.

However, once in a while I have little things pop up that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Things like this:

The other day a thought came to me about blogging. It was this, “do the work, then let the work work”.

Here is how I would define “the work”

a. Be yourself

b. Try to be consistent

c. Interact with other bloggers. When I interact with others I try to stay within the subject of their post. I do my best to be respectful and courteous. One blogger has had to take down the comment section because of some being rude and outright asses.

d. I try to step out of my universe, the bubble that I usually read or comment. I use the section of “Search” and “Tags” found on the left side. I like to enter a topic on either the “Search” or the “Tags”. I have found some great posts and have even added them to blogs that I follow.

So dear reader, it is because of you encouraging me along this blogging journey that has kept me going. For that I say, “Thank you”!

Amazed Again!


“Embrace the social media and utilize it wisely to promote your brand. When you optimize the social media, you may go offline, but your brand will never go off-track.”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream


I am not sure how others think concerning their stats, but every once in a while WordPress gives me some great news. Maybe it is my stupid pride, or maybe I am a bit naïve. The other day I was looking for a certain post and found it hidden in the archives dating back to 2011.

Here is the small gem that WordPress gave me:

During those early years I didn’t see much movement on my blog. I was a newbie in WordPress with no experience or knowledge on how to start and maintain a blog.

November 2020 was the best month ever in the life of this blog.

These numbers were the shot in the arm that I needed. Fresh adrenaline to jump start this brain of mind. Fresh air to clean out the dust bunnies in my head.

Someone once said, “be careful of the little guy while going up the ladder, for you may meet him on your way down”.

I am always grateful for all those times people have written words of encouragement, those who offered insight on how to achieve certain things, and it is because of all those who read this that makes this blog work.

So dear reader as one opinion show anchor says, “watch this space”!

Ten Percent Challenge?

 “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” (Michael Arrington)


I have been observing other blogs, their likes and the comment section. The one thing that puzzles me is very seldom do I see in either place a number that is equal or greater than ten percent.

I Googled the term about, “what is a good percentage of likes” for a blog post. I came across a conversation on the forum section in WordPress. Here it is:

What is a Good Percentage

Question: I am pretty new to wordpress and blogging full stop, I am wondering what people think healthy daily/weekly stats are say if you are posting a couple of times a week.

And what do people find the best free way to up stats.

The blog I need help with is glutenfreeadventuresandme.co.uk.

Response, Staff Member:

This one’s tough to answer. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now and post three times a week. I have three hundred followers (most of whom only followed me so I would follow them – I didn’t) and get about 30-40 views a day. Other people have been blogging for a month and post once a week and get thousands of views per day. It all depends on what you’re blogging about (your niche), who your target audience is, how good your content is, etc.

The best way to attract others to your site is to leave meaningful comments on theirs and to link to their posts when appropriate. At the same time, make sure your content stands out so people will visit your site and will want to share your articles. Set your reading settings to only show a summary in feeds so people have to actually visit your blog to read posts – if you don’t they can read the entire thing in their feed reader and you’ll never get the page view. And of course promote your blog on social media.


I realize that there may be some bloggers around that do reach the ten percent challenge. Their thoughts on the matter would probably go over my head.

Then there are those who have a better understanding than this writer of “Search Engine Optimization(SEO)”.

Maybe, I wonder if having a paid site is the secret ingredient for reaching this ten percent challenge.

I have experimented with different styles of writing and content. Things such as, Guest Post, Re-blog, Mixture of personal and Research, Personal stand alone, Research alone, writing in a style that draws the reader in, causing the reader to interact via the comment section. But that nasty little voice echoes throughout the chambers of my mind, constantly wondering what can be done to see the achievement of reaching that ten percent challenge.

So dear reader, maybe I am chasing a pot of gold over the rainbow, the elusive ten percent challenge!

A New Milestone

Today I am happy to say I have reached 500 follows.

I want to say Thank You to everyone of the five hundred one!

These last two years have been a wonderful journey. I have met so many great people, loved all the conversations through these two years.

It is my hope and desire that I will continue to meet more great people in the WordPress Community.

It has been wonderful the encouragement I have received from everyone and for that I am truly grateful!

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Small Blessings

These are a couple of good news concerning this blog.

They have happened because of everyone who is a follow or a visitor!

 



Boom!

Your blog, rts, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 33 hourly views – 0 hourly views on average



41 Likes

On Wednesday May 27, 2020, you surpassed your previous record of most likes in one day for your posts on rts. That’s pretty awesome, well done!
Most Likes in One Day
Current Record: 41
Old Record: 40


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When To Write

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Blogging and the Internet allow us to engage in a lot more real time conversations as opposed to a one-way dump of information or a message. Indra Nooyi
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For some writing comes so naturally.  It seems to flow from them seamlessly.  For this blogger writing still does not come that easy.  I have to feel it in me no matter the subject matter.

If this was to be my way of making money I wouldn’t make a dime.  I like it when I see a new follow, or someone likes my post.  I am really not blogging to purposely build large numbers of follows.

I honestly like to build relationships with those who follow me.  I like to converse through this medium by using the comment section.  Sometimes the conversation is on the serious side, for others it is to share a smile.

When I write sometimes a subject matter comes to me, other times it may be inspired by something I have read, seen, or heard.

I also use the re-blogging feature for the posts that I think should be shared by those who read the posts on this blog.

So, there you go, a bit of insight of what drives my writing!

201 Follows

I didn’t make much of a fuss when I reached 100 follows. 

For this one I want to thank everyone who has hit the “follow” link!

This truly means a lot to me, all those who encouraged me along the way.  Your comments, hitting the “Like”.

Thank You!

 

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Congratulations on getting 200 total follows on Rethinking Scripture!
Your current tally is 201.

I am Overwhelmed!

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I was just overwhelmed today.  I took a look at some of the numbers concerning this blog. 

  • Seventy six follows
  • One Post received eighteen likes

My extended family and friends has grown exponentially.  As I read the posts on the blogs I am following I have begun to understand each and every individual, it feels like I have known them for an extended length of time.

My taste and interests in the blogs I follow are wide and various.  I have met fellow Canadians, Clergy, Marketing Experts, and beyond.

There have been days when I could feel depression settling within me, then I would turn to all my blogger friends and find words that mean something to me, they also uplift me.

There are two words that a person should always say to those who mean something to them.

THANK YOU!