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Blogging tips I didn’t follow (1k follows)

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Hello, readers. I never thought I’d do a post that has 1k follows in its title. Not only because that is a milestone that wasn’t even on my radar when I started, but also because I think it’s tacky. But, here we are.

I want to take this opportunity to give a shoutout to all my followers, my dearest readers and the generous souls who leave comments that make my day. Thanks a million for the smiles.

I also realised that, being a private person, my followers don’t know me on a personal level, even after a hundred posts. So, through this post, I’m going to touch upon my blogging journey.

Why blog?

1. I used to crucify my writing (to the point where I’ve thrown many notebooks in the trash once I filled them up) and I wanted to commit to putting it out there

2. I wanted to become a versatile writer, in terms of exploring myriad themes, styles, literary devices and genres. I thought actively engaging with other phenomenal bloggers would be a great step in this direction

3. I ardently desired to make people think and feel

Blogging tips I didn’t follow:

I mention these, not to discredit these tips, but merely to encourage you to do things your own way. There are no ‘rules’ you should feel pressured to follow, that is not in alignment with your personality and your blogging aims.

1. Find a niche

Since my focus is on expanding my comfort zone, I didn’t want to restrict myself. I’ve had the kindest readers who’ve been receptive to poems, terribly tiny tales, listicles, short prose etc.

2. Social media is the key

Since I’m a millennial who is social media free, I’ve never had those platforms for blog promotion and I didn’t deem it necessary to create them. This may change in the future.

3. Exchange is essential

There are many readers who follow me without ‘liking‘ a single post ( it confuses me till date). Perhaps, they expect a follow-for-follow. I read most of the posts in my followed sites feed and hence don’t partake in this shallow exchange.

4. Post daily 

I certainly posted daily in the age of Daily Prompts. But, it’s wise to let your post breathe for a while so that more people across the world get an opportunity to see it. With more likes, you’ve a better chance at appearing on the reader’s feed and gaining visibility.

5. Stats is your guiding light

For the longest time, I hadn’t even noticed the stats section. I’m still tech handicapped that way. Irrespective, I’ll never tailor my posts solely based on likes. I blog for my satisfaction and let my authentic self through. Even if all the numbers vanished tomorrow, say due to a technical default, I’ll still keep writing as I’ve been since I was four (mostly about cats on mats that play with bats).

I do understand the positive side of these tips (so kindly refrain from pointing them out in the comments). My only goal here is to assert that there is no definitive rulebook for success in this platform. Instead of stressing over Dos and donts, I want to empower you to do things that best serve your interests.

My warmest thanks, again, to everyone who’s been a part of my journey.

The WordPress community has filled my heart with its generous and unflinching support. It’s truly gratifying to hear your delightful, intellectually stimulating and encouraging views. I salute every blogger here and every artist in the world.

You don’t need to be an artist to breathe life into art. We can keep all the art around us alive by merely being aware of it. Thank you!

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

 

 

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161 thoughts on “Blogging tips I didn’t follow (1k follows)

  1. Hi Rosin, I haven’t heard anything about your working poetry lately. hope you have not given up your work, as it was an inspiration to many other up and coming young and older poets. Trying to make their way

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  2. Congratulations on 1000 followers! It might be a little tacky to post on such milestones, as you say, Roshni. But my the same token one can argue celebrating one’s birthday is a little tacky.

    I seldom take blog advice — it all seems oriented towards getting more readers. I wouldn’t mind having more readers, but that’s not my goal, and so the advice is of little use to me.

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  3. Many many congratulations 🎉 for this triumph… Good to know about your writing journey which you shared in this post and the best part I liked is that you write for your satisfaction. Keep that spirit… Once again congratulations…. Keep writing… Keep blogging…. Best wishes… 👍🙏🤗

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  4. Roshni, this is a great post! Congratulations on 1K followers. And, what you wrote about being authentic and doing this for you—-that is incredible and Self-honoring.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you. 🙂
    Debbie

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  5. I appreciate your sharing your “points” and other thoughts on blogging and how it works for you. I have often felt “Liking” was not enough and I make a comment of some sort. I also appreciate when someone does the same for my posts.Connections make it feel worth doing / giving / receiving / sharing…..
    ..

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  6. Wish you many more great moments with blog. A good 4 digits mark and congrats the same wish you more followers ahead and smiles for the next thousand follows soon in advance. Cheers. Nice post and happy days ahead with blogging. Cheers 🌷✨🌿🍀🌺🌹

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