Keep posting until you find your groove
Today, I woke up and checked my Twitter feed while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing. A tweet caught my attention and I checked it out.
I’ll be honest with you right now. I was not very impressed with the post the tweet linked to. However, there were a few points that did ring a bell inside my head.
Link to other bloggers
This is something I try to do when I craft a quality post. And more often when I revise and update an awkwardly crafted post to make it more quality-like.
It takes time for other bloggers to notice you. If they do notice you at all, part of the reason they notice you is because of the links you provide in your posts driving traffic to their site.
Sharing other bloggers social posts
This is something I do well on Twitter at the moment with quite a few retweets on a daily basis. Not only on the fly whenever I check in but also whenever I schedule retweets with a comment. My Twitter network has grown to a point where these retweets are getting retweeted so this is a valid strategy.
Comment on other blogs
This is important especially when you want to create a relationship with other bloggers. I have managed to do this successfully with a few bloggers I enjoy visiting.
Not just because I comment on their blog but because I also share their social posts as well.
For example, I always enjoy visiting travel bloggers to find out what they have to post about their experience.
What I don’t necessarily agree with
The only thing I don’t agree with is letting the posts simmer.
There’s a valid reason for letting a post simmer because you want to post quality work. And I don’t necessarily disagree with it.
However, I have noticed when I do let the post simmer as a draft or pending review (in WordPress), they never get published.
As a result, the list of these posts grows.
What I do notice after I decided to redesign my site layout so that the blog was on the home page is that I force myself to review my old posts to see if they are up to my standards (more details here).
And more often than not, I notice they need revising due to crappy or unclear writing. Especially after learning more about how to be accessible to my audience who may have difficulty reading whether it wording or a lack of wording.
Audit your blog regularly
This is a lot in line with what I agree in regards to what Regina says about auditing your blog.
Once a month, audit your blog, see if anything still fits with your theme. If a post doesn’t fit your theme, get rid of it. If it does, polish it up.
That said, I have been drafting and scheduling posts for every other day to find my groove. This does seem to work in reducing my “junk” on the back end.
They may or may not fit my theme but I won’t know until I do my audit. One thing I know for sure is the more posts you have on your blog, the more people will realize you have something to offer.
If you publish a post every other day for a year, you create at least 175 posts to choose from. However, not all of them are going to be great so it’s only natural that some of them will be deleted. (You could always save those elsewhere and use them as a guest post.)
So right now, I am wrapping this post up and using the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin to schedule it in advance. In the next few days, I will be reviewing this one more time to revise it before I click on the publish button.
What are your thoughts?
If you are interested in reading the post that caught my attention, you can check it out.
What are your thoughts about publishing posts until you find your groove? Are you the type that likes to let it simmer or move on and audit later? What other tips do you have for finding your groove?