Hello! I hope you’re doing well 🙂 Happy Saturday to you! Last weekend, I asked my readers to share any blogging questions they had with me, so those are the questions I’ll be answering today. I hope you’ll find some blogging inspiration in this post!
Blog Coaching – September 2019
Leigh: I have trouble sometimes with coming up with ideas for posts. What do you do when writer’s block kicks in?
Answer: I’m going to write a full post on this subject soon, so be on the lookout for that! In the meantime, I’ll quickly say that coming up with a list of post titles I’d be interested in writing is a great way to get re-inspired to blog. 😉
Joy: I’ve had my blog for two years already and I was wondering, how do you bring traffic to your blog? I’ve been stuck with the same number of views [more or less] for a while, like I feel like it’s getting hard for me to increase my number of views now. Do you have any tips that could help out?
Answer: One thing I always have to remind myself of when my views aren’t growing is that there are certain times of year when readership drastically goes down! Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the back-to-school season (August-September), as well as the holiday season (November-December), always sees a decrease in my views. Many people are on their blogs less those times of the year due to school, work, and family life. On the flip side, the two times of year when my blog gets the most traffic is at the beginning of the year (January-February), and again in the summer (May-July)!
I hope that answers your question. 🙂 Another tip I have for encouraging more people to read your blog posts is to include others in your content, whether that’s by hosting a blog party, creating a new blog tag or award, or even by sharing helpful blog tips!
Isabel: How do you consistently put out 3-7 posts a week?
Answer: By planning ahead! When I look ahead by about a month and decide on what topics I want to be covering on my blog in those upcoming weeks, it helps me to pin down the ideas I have and eventually fill up a schedule. 🙂 By the way, keep your post schedule as flexible as you can! One surefire way to feel defeated in blogging is by “failing” to follow along on the post schedule you made for yourself, so I’d recommend focusing on flexibility.
Isabel: Do you use the free version of Canva?
Answer: I actually haven’t used Canva at all, so I’m not familiar with the free or paid versions. Sorry!
Yari: How do you balance blog-writing and privacy? How do you choose how much to share without TMI?
Answer: Ooh, this is a tough one. It has definitely been challenging for me to figure out how I can connect with my audience on a personal level without putting too much out there online. My one recommendation would be to really think through the kind of personal information you’re sharing before hitting ‘Publish.’ It really depends, but as a rule of thumb, I make sure that any family members or friends I mention in the post are okay with me sharing that thing about them online, as well as making sure that any photos I share or locations I discuss don’t give too much away about where I live.
Natasha: Do you know of any good blogger resources? Specifically do you use anything other than the well known Pinterest and Canva?
Answer: For some awesome free-to-use stock photos, I’d highly recommend my top three favorite websites: Pixabay, Unsplash, and Pexels! For photo editing, my tried-and-true lineup of editing apps would have to be RookieCam, PicLab, PhotoGrid, Studio, and Superimpose (all available in the App Store). If I need some quick writing/journal prompts for blog post inspiration, I’ll simply search for them on Google, which always comes up with quick results. 🙂 Aside from that, I usually have a printable calendar for the month, where I fill in all the posts I’ll be sharing!
Thank you so much for reading! In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be sharing more in-depth posts on the many blogging tips I have. 🙂