338 to 38

Many new bloggers love to read articles and blog posts about blogging. I have published many myself, on that very subject. One thing that disheartens so many bloggers, is how few views they get. Added to a lack of comments, they can often feel that the whole thing is pointless, their blog read by family and friends, and all their excitement about starting that blog has come to nothing.

One of the main tips I give them is to make sure that they are posting content regularly. Whether they have a niche blog on a specific subject, or a varied blog about anything and everything, new content may well find a new audience. One that the previous post failed to capture. Keep posting, continue to put your stuff out there, and it will hopefully get attention in time. But of course, many do not heed that advice. They post excitedly at first, then become dejected by lack of engagement. Their output slows down, and finally stops.

So I offer an example of how important it is to keep posting, irrespective of whether you have 4 followers, or 4,000+.

I recently put out a post explaining that I would be away from the blog for a while, and would not be posting much, or keeping up with everyone I follow. The day before, my main blog had received 338 views, higher than my daily average. Today, my blog has so far received just 38 views, back to the figures I used to get the first week I started out, in 2012.
But I understand why. I haven’t posted any content since a film review on the 19th, and in just two days, my daily views have dropped by 300.
Content is King. Good content is even better.

Learn by my own example here, and keep writing. Keep posting your photos, keep crafting, or whatever it is you do. No content equals no views.

After all, why should they bother, if you don’t?

80 thoughts on “338 to 38

  1. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚ About that first paragraph, that is how I feel sometimes concerning that I do not get enough comments, though at the same time, I am happy just to blog no matter what ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though a fair share of replies are from fellow Americans, a good portion of them also come from folks overseas like you ๐Ÿ™‚ For a while (and I think this still happens) a lot of my replies came from UK citizens (British or otherwise). I see this as a compliment of course ๐Ÿ™‚ I one time joked to somebody that I am the Terry Gilliam of Internet bloggers due to him being the lone American of the Monty Python troupe ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Just a pleasure to read your blog. When I started my blog 5+ years ago, my posts were longer and I used to blog twice a day. What’s lovely is seeing so many regulars and being able to interact with them. And share the good news like my current post. If you could stop by to read it, that would mean a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It’s funny the more I regularly I post the less views I seem to get. The reasons I suspect are twofold, I exhaust the goodwill of my audience who will sure read my stuff but only if there’s not too much of it ๐Ÿ™‚ and also because the more I’m writing the less I’m reading my fellow bloggers and most of us don’t like to keep up on the posts of someone who never takes a look at ours once we’re following them. But I take your point, you do have to be prolific, I do agree. Good to have you back buddy, best wishes Pete.

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  4. Well you certainly had plenty of feedback today Pete and it is tough to maintain a presence with life going on around us. I find if I am going to take a break that sharing posts from the archives helps, and you have a wealth of those in your folders. That is where scheduling is so useful. And because you can automatically link to some of the social media sites at least it does get out there.. I blog a great deal and I find the weekly round up (not emailed out) at least gives people who are busy a chance to catch up with posts they are interested in from the week.

    You cover a lot of topics and they are always interesting.. I love your serial stories and get here when I can to catch up… looking forward to seeing those in book form that I can promote one day.. they deserve to reach a wider audience..

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words, Sally. I do reblog occasionally, but I am lucky to have had so many regular followers from the early days, I like to give them something new, when possible.
      As for you, you are the uncrowned ‘Queen of Blogging’; always ready to help, or give advice. We could do with 100 more like you. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Thanks, Pete. I guess people blog for different reasons. I started blogging as a way to try to bring some attention to my books. I cannot say that has worked very well. I had more views when I blogged directly in Worpress.com (I’ve kept that blog open and share the comment from my other blog), but wanted to try other options and for that I needed a different setting. It hasn’t worked, and now I mostly share book reviews, because at least that is useful to other writers and I enjoy it, but I’ve been wondering for a while about closing my current blog and going back to the previous one, that at least was free. These days sometimes I get more likes and comment from book lovers in Booklikes, so that might be another option.
    I appreciate the small group of bloggers who regularly visit and comment, and you are one of them, of course. I love that sense of community, but I never intended to become a blogger.
    I hope everything goes smoothly with the house.
    All the best.

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    1. Thanks, Olga. Speaking selfishly, I hope that you never give up blogging on a main platform. I always enjoy your blogs, and appreciate your regular interaction on mine too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. This was a very hot topic when I was teaching blogging locally. I would tell them to persist, even without views. The “practice makes perfect” concept really works. You have become a master of blogging Pete. Teach teach teach!

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  7. Pete, I would love to hear your thoughts on blogs that are hard to read. For me, things like the lack of paragraphs in a long blog make it hard for me to enjoy. I do not mind a longer blog as long as it is not verbose and over-stuffed with restating the same material over and over. I, too, like consistent bloggers โ€” even though I have not always been one myself. Hope the remodeling is going well.

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. I have serious issues with bloggers who use coloured type on dark backgrounds. I just can’t read them! So, choice of theme might be important too, I will mention that next time. As for long-winded posts, I do those myself, as fictionalised short stories. (As you know) But I always state how many words they contain, and whether they will be a long read. I also try to break up the paragraphs to go with the flow of the story.
      Some bloggers use literally dozens of links, which puts me off, as I cannot be bothered to follow those links to other aspects of the material. And the sight of 3000 words on one unbroken page of type will guarantee that I am less inclined to read through it.
      On a personal note, I am also irritated by bad grammar and punctuation, misspellings, and ‘text speak’. If those appear on a blog, I won’t be staying around very long. ๐Ÿ™‚
      (Guttering tomorrow, windows the week after…)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Youโ€™re spot on! This is exactly how it works. I used to post most days but then the book rather took over, along with just … life. And yes, my numbers dropped considerably. Donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™m still here reading your posts! Katie

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  9. Wise words Pete, I remember when I started blogging. My first few dozen or so posts received little or no attention. As I began to post on a regular basis this increased, but what I found really drew in the interest was social interaction. Visit blogs that are of similar interest. Like them, start discussions, leave comments. That is the key. From getting only one or two visitors at the start to my peak in 2014 (ish) were there could be 200-300 visitors a day,
    All the best,

    Ed

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  10. I do agree, blog content is the key. And tags and categories help too. No matter how popular your blog is, if you are absent for quite a while in the blogging world, visitors don’t come.

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  11. i love blogging but not consistent for lack of time. i’m happy that somebody actually reads it
    i am very grateful to you and a few others (2 or 3 more) that are very loyal. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Oh and one other thing: you can keep your posting more regular by reflagging other people’s stuff as well – just did that yesterday (even though I had posted earlier the day) and will be doing more of it, including your posts, Pete – it’s a way to support each other!

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  13. As you are painfully aware, Pete, I post every single day…if I’m too busy to share something new, I reblog something I found interesting a few years back…I am gone through issues with Google, which dropped my views by 75%, and now I have an issue with Facebook no longer allowing me to post a link to my stories…but I keep looking for new groups to join and ways to share…you are right, consistent content keeps people plugged in!

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      1. Yes, Pete – I understand there are those who abuse it, but they don’t even acknowledge my question about what they are preventing me from sharing – and that’s annoying…but then again, it’s free so…

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  14. I love blogging and I post mainly for myself but it sure is nice when others appreciate it. When I started no one used to view my posts but I continued. Now there are bloggers who regularly see and comment on what I have posted and so try my best to read and comment. I post blogs at least four times a week. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Good to hear from you Pete. And good blogging tips as always! Another thing that has helped me is finding various prompts out there in the blogosphere. They can help give you ideas for a post and get the creative juices flowing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, tags and categories do attract some readers. ๐Ÿ™‚
      The room has been painted, and the guttering will be done next week. They are awaiting delivery of the windows, so lots more to come yet. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. Hi Pete, I recently wrote about the frustrations of blogging and wordpress in particular. You wrote something similar where we get more likes than views, your followers are people who have no intention of interacting with your blog just following for a follow back. All I want is to interact with fellow bloggers not be followed by accounts that want to tell me how to make money online. I am glad you are back writing, i do enjoy your posts.
    Regards
    Ian

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  17. You’re absolutely right!

    I’m trying to post once per day, and it’s not easy… but since I’m doing that (basically, I started in January this year) my views and followers have increased! Naturally it’s still a small blog, but it’s growing slowly and I’m proud of it! :–)

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