Blog Coaching Session {January 2019}

Blog Coaching Session {January 2019}

Early last summer, I tried out blog coaching for the first time.

I was very happy with how it went, and in the months since then, I’ve thought about doing it at some point again. When thinking of what I should post this weekend, this is what came to mind!

When I did this last May (see here), I asked for your questions, then the following week, answered all of them in a round-up post. However, this time I’m going to respond to the comments directly, so you can receive my advice faster.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask me about my blog or just blogging in general, I’d be so happy if you would ask any questions you have in the comments below! Anything goes, whether you want to learn more about the basics of blogging, template design, post formatting, etc.

Also: If you see that someone has already asked exactly what you were going to comment, click the ‘like’ button on other bloggers’ questions that you’d like to read the answer to! This will make it easier for me to respond to comments if we can minimize similar questions 🙂

I’ll be responding to comments all day, and I’ll leave the comment section open for the next couple of days, as well.

Thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to offering my advice.

Blog Coaching Questions | May 2018

Blog Coaching Questions | May 2018

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂 When I reached the blogging milestone of 2,000 followers last week (which I’m still excited about, thank you sooo much!), I shared that I would try out free monthly blog coaching right here on my blog! This is a way that I can definitely give back to the community, because I love sharing blogging tips and advice, and with nearly seven years of experience, I have a lot to share!

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Sharing Our 2018 Blogging Goals + 10 Ideas For Yours!

Sharing Our 2018 Blogging Goals + 10 Ideas For Yours!

Hey there, guys! Happy Saturday 🙂 ❤ Recently, I have seen different bloggers write about what they’d like to get done on their blogs in 2018, and I thought that I would do the same – only I will be inviting you guys to share yours, too!

I think it’s awesome that the new year inspires the blogging community to step up their game by making little improvements here and there, and reaching higher, too. We all have different ways we’d like to blog this year, and today I have been thinking through mine.

Do you have 2018 blogging goals? Even if they are simply to post more or reach the next follower milestone for your blog, those are beautiful places to start. I’m sure that as we make our way through January, we will be able to more clearly see what direction our blogs are taking.

If you’d like to have some goal ideas to work toward this year, or would just like to get inspired, look no further! I have come up with 10 ideas for blogging goals in 2018. I hope they can motivate you, and that you truly enjoy blogging this year! ❤

10 Blog Goal Ideas

1. Find a new blog theme that you absolutely love.
2. Redesign the layout of your site.
3. Update your profile picture.
4. Write new types of posts / blog series.
5. Collaborate with other bloggers.
6. Get a printable calendar (like this one!) and plan out your blogging month.
7. Experiment with your photography skills to include in future posts.
8. Participate in a 7-day or 30-day writing challenge.
9. Look into going self-hosted (if you’re interested!).
10. Host a blog party or virtual get-together.

My 2018 Blogging Goal

Yes, I only have one true goal in mind when it comes to blogging this year! That goal is to simply blog comfortably. Just like I described in detail back on this post, writing current posts that make me truly happy to compose and share is what I am passionate about on WordPress this year. ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOUR blogging goals?
Do you have any suggestions for others?

— Maggie

12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

Hey guys, and happy Thursday! ❤ I hope that you’re all doing well. As you can see by the title, I have an awesome blogging post to share with you today!

Informative posts like these really help other bloggers out, and I knew that making my own would be a lot of fun. xx I hope that it can inspire you and be an encouragement, as well; there are so many fun and easy ways to make readers come back to your blog for more amazing content, and the tips that I came up with for today are just some of them! Here are twelve ways to grow your blog’s audience! ❤ Enjoy!

12 Fun and Easy Ways to
Grow Your Blog’s Audience

1. Respond to every comment you receive.

The bloggers who stand out to me as the nicest individuals in the community are the ones who take the time to have conversations with me in the comments! The comment section can be so much more than just feedback on yours or someone else’s post; you can get to know others and make new friends, too. By making sure to thank and chat with those who read your posts is a huge encouragement for them to come back, as they know their responses will always be seen and responded to.

2. Be a regular reader of your friends’ blogs.

When you visit someone’s blog regularly (even daily!), not only do you genuinely get to know them, but you also become a valuable reader to them! Just like with other online communities, bloggers thrive on give-and-take relationships. So, if you consistently reach out to a blogger and show how much you enjoy their blog and their writing, chances are high that they’ll check out your blog, and probably become a reader of your blog, too.

3. Find other bloggers in the Reader that share common interests with you.

Think about the main topics that you cover on your blog. Once you have a good list, add those keywords as tags to your Reader and browse them! I enjoy finding new blogs that write about similar topics as I do on my blog, because then I enjoy reading what they write, and since the writer and I have common interests, we usually both enjoy each other’s content!

4. Tag your posts accordingly.

The reason this is so important for your readership is because by tagging your posts irrelevantly (i.e. ‘food’ on a beauty post) and obsessively (60 tags versus 15), you’ll suddenly be getting blog viewers that aren’t even interested in what you blog about, and by over-tagging, you’re risking being blocked in the Reader. On WordPress Support, it says in bold, “The more tags you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings.” Read the rest of this help page here. As you can see, relevance is key!

5. Write genuine comments.

Giving your honest feedback on posts is highly appreciated by bloggers, and through experience, I have learned that the more thought-out your comment is (as well as how lengthy it is!) makes a huge difference. Like many other bloggers, I myself enjoy receiving and reading longer comments more; it makes for more conversation, you can learn more about the person, and comments like that have a positive impact on the person who gets them! Short, genuine comments can be sweet, as well (it depends on the post), but I will always enjoy reading comments with more words more.

6. Give your readers posts to look forward to.

You can tailor this to your own blog and interests! Throughout my months of pretty consistent weekly posting, I have found that having blog series you keep up with, as well as telling your readers in advance about a post you’re stoked about sharing, gives those who visit your blog an awesome incentive to come back! I find myself looking forward to certain days of the week because I know different people I’m following post specific things those days, haha ❤

7. Develop main focus/es for your blog.

Blog readers really appreciate knowing what you typically post, whatever it might be! If you know what to expect from a blogger in terms of topics (that’s why series are fun for readers), it’s easier to follow along with the mood of your blog, because it all goes together. Testing out types of posts to see what people like is a good idea, but I’m still a firm believer in post consistency; when bloggers post random things all the time, it makes their blogs feels scattered and disorganized to the readers.

8. Use photos – utilize all of the free image sites available online.

From my own personal experience as a blogger, as well as watching how many views and comments posts gets, I can safely say that a blog reader is much more likely to read and enjoy a post with photos over one (even on a similar topic) that doesn’t, or only has one. Oftentimes, I don’t have pictures taken that are relevant to what I’m writing about, which is where free stock photo sites come in handy! If you’d like to check these out for yourself, I highly recommend Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash – they all offer beautiful, high-quality photos on a huge array of subjects, completely for free. Some require that you sign up for a free account to download the pics, but all three of the ones that I mentioned don’t require attribution unless you want to give it. They have been a life saver for my blog many times!

9. Mention other bloggers in your posts.

There are few things more exciting in the blogging world than when you suddenly see your name mentioned in the post of a blogging friend of yours, haha! Whether you’ve been included in a blog tag, or they’ve credited you for the post idea they wrote that day, including others in your writing makes your blog so special to them! This isn’t something you have to do, nor is it something I’d recommend that you do all the time, but it is a great way to feature your readers.

10. Give your blogging friends the spotlight.

On my blog, I regularly interview other bloggers, have included bloggers in the summer memories series I did this past month, participated in a blogging challenge with a few blog friends of mine, held a weekend-long blog party, and collaborated with other bloggers a few times, as well! If any of those types of posts would appeal to you and fit your blogging style, I’d like to encourage you to pursue that! Bloggers love participating in blogging events, collab posts, etc – including me!

11. Write helpful / how-to / informative posts.

It is often the posts that readers really get something out of that become fan favorites! Whether you’ve taught them something new about history, or introduced them to an easy recipe or craft, writing helpful posts like this at least every once in a while is a great way to boost readership. Learning something helpful and new (such as what this post provides!) is often deeply appreciated by blog readers.

12. Make your posts interactive.

Depending on what any given post is about, there are some that can be more interactive than others. Prompting conversation by asking a closing question (like I usually do), or by making the post easy for any reader to comment on (i.e. I encourage everyone that reads my Little Accomplishments posts to tell me what they’ve gotten done that past week!) makes your content more reader-friendly.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I hope that you could find these tips helpful; even if just one of them helps you, that would be a blessing to me! Getting to 1k followers in less than a year on Dreaming of Guatemala was achieved by following the advice that I have shared with all of you above! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Which piece of advice helped YOU the most?

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