I grew up as the shy kid who never really talked much.
Partly because I’m just not designed that way.
But also because we moved to a new country and quite frankly, I was struggling with the language.
Luckily the latter was fixed, but after years of being mainly quiet, people didn’t really feel like listening to me.
Yet, I had so many feelings and opinions I wanted to express.
About a year ago, I started a “life changing” experience called Blogging!
I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing.
But I just started writing, kept writing and wrote some more. 😉
I took blogging very serious from the very start.
I wanted to achieve something.
I wanted a large audience.
And luckily, I had a lot of time to spend on WordPress in the beginning.
But still, how to get there?
I found out about something called “Community Pool” ONLY when it got cancelled by WP.
A little too late, isn’t it?
A fellow blogger replicated this Community Pool.
I did take a look, but decided to not take part of it.
Part of why I quit social media was because the constant notifications became to distracting.
They’d pop at work, during the night, while I was driving, during romantic moments (!!)
Of course, I could have disabled them.
But I needed to know what was going in the world.
So I ended up deleting everything. That seems to be only thing that works for me.
Now this is just assumption, but I guess, participating at CP, you will be overflowed with likes and comments that don’t really say much.
“Good post”. “Read and left a comment”. “Hi all. Read my blog *link*”.
A wile ago, I also disabled the notification when someone “likes” my comment.
The constant “Pinging” of my phone just became a little too much for me.
You can still like, I just won’t see it.
I believe in a simple formula.
I was looking for identification with other humans.
I actively searched for topics I wrote about and that interest me:
Hating your job.
Mental health / OCD.
Skeptical views on feminism.
A tip for everyone: Use relevant hashtags.
Write, write, write
If you want your stats to go up, write every day. I can garantee success.
I know, if you have your 9 to 5 and other social obligations, it can get tricky though.
Some people are perfectionist and are tweaking their post endlessly before publishing.
I have the utmost respect for that, but that’s not me.
My fingers move faster than my mind can think, so there will be a couple mistakes or forgotten words in each blog.
But I think that’s still acceptable.
Be careful with “taking a break”
If you go on an unannounced blogging break and write a comeback post and then disappear for another month, readers might loose trust.
It’s completely OK if you want to take some time for you, but don’t try to fool people like that.
We all know about this one, so I’ll just leave it as it is.
Motivation equals inspiration
I still don’t like talking and socializing much, but I do observe.
Anything what colleagues say or what I see around me, can get me to blogging ideas.
But still, my biggest inspiration are mean people and “standard quotes”.
And there are plenty of those 😉
The first big booming my stats was when I attended a blog party.
Basically that is where a blogger invites people to leave their link or what their blog is about in the comment section.
I organised one once and apparently, that is my “most famous” post.
If people are interested, I can organize one more. So let me know!
Have you participated in Community Pool? What are you thoughts on it?
What do you find the easiest way to gain followers?