The other day I tweeted that I have been doing this blogging thing for almost six years. Six years is a long time to stick with anything, especially when you tend to be a quitter like I am. I tend to start things all gung ho and then after a strong start it pitters away due to lack of time and interest.
But not my blog. Nope. I started Sluiter Nation in 2007 and I’m still going strong.
Except, I’m not really doing it right. In fact, according to most of the blog tips I’ve read in 6 years and all the tip-type posts I’ve pinned (and even written myself), I’m doing it COMPLETELY wrong.
Oh I’ve learned a lot about how to do it “right” over the past six years…and sometimes I’ve even tried, but well, I just can’t stick with all these rules.
I compiled a list of rules and how I fail at them. This way you will be able to judge me accordingly…heh.
Comment, Comment, Comment! – The first rule of blog club is to talk all about blog club. Everyone knows that reading other blogs and actually commenting when you visit is what helps your visibility in the blog world and builds relationships. Those things make people want to come to your space.
I used to be SO good at this, but somewhere in the last year of having TWO children and a full-time job, not only do I struggle with trying to read the blogs I love, but I almost certainly don’t have time to comment. People are going to forget Sluiter Nation exists if I don’t get out of this spot and wander out and say something in other spaces, but right now, I just don’t have time.
Be Social! – Speaking of being all over and visible, I have definitely neglected The Twitter, The G+, even The Facebook (not my personal one, but my blog one). I try to share my stuff and other people’s stuff and interact, but oh my goodness! Most days I am either teaching and don’t have time, and most evenings I fall asleep while putting Eddie to bed.
Be Consistent! - I used to have a fairly solid posting schedule. I would write in the evenings, schedule for midnight, and promote as I could throughout the day. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I post two, maybe three times a week lately. I write when I can, and save often instead of pounding out a post in one sitting. I usually hit publish when I am done writing instead of scheduling. I am not even a little bit consistent lately.
Offer Partial Feeds in Readers! – Theoretically this drives traffic to your site because people HAVE to click through. I’ve never done that because it annoys me. I like to read posts in my reader…especially if I am on my phone. So to all of you who read me in a reader, I get it. I’m not going to change to partial feeds.
Learn SEO! – What? Oh Search Engine Optimasomething? Yeah, keywords, meta somethings, and making yourself come up in searches and having Google “read” your site. Um, I installed All In One SEO Pack over a year ago. I still don’t know what I am doing. (and I sort of don’t care).
Make Your Posts “Pinnable”! – I have a hard enough time coming up with a picture for every post (as of typing this, I don’t have one for this post. Unless caffeine is pumped into my veins or I do speed in the next 20 minutes, it’s probably not going to happen). And when I do manage to get a photo up and pin it to mah boards, it goes nowhere. Nobody repins it. I mean, I don’t blog about fashion or food or quick tips or anything. I’ve had others tell me that you just have to be on the right “community boards”. I don’t even know what that means.
Comment on YOUR Comments! – Oh sweet readers…how I wish I had more time for this. I definitely choose commenting on your comments here over commenting on other blogs, but you see…time is a poop-face. Mostly because I don’t have any. I know people like to see interaction. I do. And I know it helps people want to come back, but if I have to sit and think of a response, I feel like I am doing it just to do it. I also want to give genuine responses, not something canned and there only for the sake of doing it because I “should”.
Almost six years of blogging…I feel like I should be doing this thing better.
Or maybe not.
I started this blog to avoid mass emails updating family and friends about us. And then I learned I loved to write. Then you guys found your way here and it was more than just a little journal, it was something people read RIGHT NOW, not only something my children will read SOMEDAY.
So maybe I am actually doing it just right.