BT: Answer me this: Creating a following + Finding a Niche.

Welcome to the 5th installment of the BLOGGING TIPS!

If you have missed the previous ones, feel free to check out:

JANUARY – rules; an introduction

FEBRUARY – tells you how to get the most comments.

MARCH – gives you tips on how to promote your content.

APRIL – gives great advice to newbies and reminds us of the basics.

I hope you find some things there that will help you make your blogging world a better place.

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April’s question:

2-in-1 again. I thought they were different, yet similar enough.

What makes you follow and unfollow a blog?

What makes you subscribe and unsubscribe from an email list?

OUR answers:

We decide to follow because:

  • we find the posts interesting.
  • the posts teach us something new.
  • the posts make us think.
  • the posts make us laugh.
  • the posts make us feel good.
  • the posts are personal and we can relate to them.
  • the content is inspiring.
  • the blog keeps us updated on things happening in our own niche.
  • we know the blogger personally.
  • the author of that blog is very supportive towards us and we want to repay the favor.
  • the author engages in conversation in the comments.
  • the author participates in events hosted on our blog.
  • the author comes across as genuine.
  • the author followed us.
  • another blogger recommended a particular blog to us.
  • the author’s comments on other blogs are interesting.
  • the blogger posts systematically.

We do not seem to unfollow all that often, but when we do it is because:

  • we want to declutter our Reader.
  • of the constant, toxic negativity of the writer and their posts.
  • the author of the blog starts posting too often.
  • the author continuously ignores our comments or just does not engage with us enough.
  • the author bites our head off for something we said innocently.
  • the relationship with the author dissolves.
  • the author never interacts with us on our blog.
  • the author does not post often/ is MIA for an extended period of time.
  • the posts become uninteresting.
  • the posts’ quality becomes sub-par.
  • quality content turns into whining.
  • the title or keywords are click-baits and the content has nothing to do with those.
  • the posts get overly political.

Regarding email subscriptions:

  • We do not subscribe that often.

When we do, it is when:

  • the emails contain something extra special and/ or is useful (ex.: quality content, tips, and resources).
  • the emails are motivating and help us grow.
  • there is no other way to track new posts from that particular blogger other than an email subscription.

We unsubscribe when:

  • the emails turn into spam, often geared towards only selling a product.

May’s question:

What type of content do you read most often? (ex.: lifestyle, book reviews, poetry, etc.)

If you could point out the top 3 (three) and assign a percentage, that would be great.

Please share your answers in the comment section so that new bloggers have an easier start. After all, we all need the community to grow. More bloggers, more potential readers. Plus, we can never stop learning.

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A huge THANK YOU to those who participated last month. You are making this blogging world a better place. Please consider contributing this time around, too.

Mimi’s explanation as to why posting regularly is important opened my eyes. “This way, I know I can connect with someone for a longer period of time.”

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Please feel free to go through my Contact page and share with me what YOU would like investigated and answered by the Community next month.

Stay golden,

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    1. Would that be 100% of what you read on here? Or would there be other categories?

      I survived Mother’s Day. I stopped by for a moment at my partner’s parent’s house, said the obligatory wishes, hung around loosely for a few mins and then left. Did not make it to the dinner, which supposedly was understood. I will find out next time I see them. LOL

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      1. LOL, you sure will….I bet it’s alright though. 🙂

        No, I don’t exclusively read lifestyle blogs, even though those are my preference since they tend to be authentic and relatable, like yours.

        I read pretty much everything though. I especially like research pieces with a bit of historical facts in them. I liked the one you did on body piercings and tattoos, that was so well written with a bit of history.

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      1. Unknown. I think the lifestyle bloggers tend to post most often, so it seems like I follow more of them, but when I think about it, I jusy don’t see as many posts from the beauty and fashion bloggers I follow. I haven’t categorized and tallied up the blogs I follow.

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        1. I see. I was just asking for a rough estimate of the posts you read. You’re right – the amount of blogs we follow in a specific category does not always translate to the amount of posts from that category that we read.

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  1. 🙂 Goldie, I usually read whatever that shows up on my WordPress Reader. In addition to that, I would check out an average of sixty percent technology-related blog posts.

    I also enjoy looking at photography blog posts and lifestyle blog posts.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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      1. 🙂 To be most straightforward, my WordPress Reader comprises of miscellaneous topics topics.

        Lifestyle-related topics would be an average of thirty-percent.

        Well, you already know about the percentage of technology-related blog posts that I like to peruse.

        And, the remaining percentage would be a bit of everything.

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  2. Thanks for this helpful post and nice like and comments.

    I tend to mostly just follow other bicycle blogs. Sometimes I’ll follow someone following me if they’re appealing. I have to focus on finishing my book so regret I don’t engage as much as I should or would like. Frankly no one told me that was expected so I probably lose followers that way. I’m way more interested in readers, though.

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    1. That makes sense. I see plenty of bicycle bloggers who really spin in their own circles.

      Writing does get in the way of reading. I used to read more posts, but there is not enough time in a day to read all of the new posts and write your own and then do everything else. Kudos to you for your discipline with the book writing. I took last November off blogging and wrote. But since then… no edits. I need to get my act together. Is your book about biking?

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      1. Yes it’s a memoir if the two years me ruined in the newspaper profile. Need to finish, start editing, have people read and comment and move it towards publishing. But have to find a job and that will suck most if my time and energy away. Last 18 months I’ve been mostly unemployed so I’ve been able to make myself blog daily since 1/1/18 and the last year rite the book every other day.

        That’s not a bad idea about blogging paise, I’ve thought of that alot. Nice pun, btw. Where are you? Do you bike?

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        1. I do bike, but not as avidly as some of you guys. Just here and there when I have time.

          Good luck with your job hunting. It can definitely be a daunting process, but let’s hope for the best!

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  3. Last month’s questions got some pretty cool answers. Thanks to everyone who participated, this post is a treasure trove of advice for every newbie blogger.

    Now, to answer this month’s question. For me, my top three categories would be posts about writing, blogging, and controversial topics. I’d say I read 50% of blogging-related posts, 30% of controversial posts, and 20% of writing-related posts.

    I love reading inspirational posts too, but since you asked for just three categories…

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    1. I need to really think about promoting this segment. Personally, if I was new to blogging, I’d find it super useful. Even after 2 years of my blogging experience I still get surprised by some of those answers. It’s a great resource. I think I need to get better at social media.

      Thank you for being so straightforward with the top categories and percentages. Very helpful. I don’t want to just show people what categories are popular. I want to see by how much.

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      1. It’s not just you. We, your readers, also owe it to every newbie blogger out there to promote this segment because by doing so, we’re making their blogging experience less confusing and frustrating than it usually is at the start.

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  4. I read mostly about
    50% personal blogs
    30% stories and poetry
    5% tech
    5% lifestyle
    5% reviews book and movies
    3% travel
    2% blogging

    I think I can breakdown my following like this although I do read blogs widely and extensively

    ~B

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  5. Personal blogs where the writer is humorous. 50%
    Entertainment (music, movies, TV, Sci-Fi, photography, artwork…) 35%
    Historical pieces (certain ones) 15%

    I follow a couple of poets because they are interesting but, in general terms, I don’t do poetry. I could care less about book reviews or even any kind of review (unless it is a useful warning about a bad product I should avoid). Someone’s opinion of a book or a movie does me no good and, my opinion of a book or a movie or a song is irrelevant to anyone else. Eye of the beholder…

    I see a lot of bloggers that post constantly about this challenge or that challenge. Just looking at all those posts wears me out. How do you post five times a day, participating in all these challenges and have a life?

    And, no offense to you but, the creative writing blogs…no. I’d rather read real life stories.

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    1. Thank you for such a detailed comment with all the good and the bad.

      The challenges really are a funny beast. I’ve never really done it, because I feel like I would run out of stamina. But never say never. One day I just might dive into it. For one reason, or another.

      No offense taken. I prefer fiction, but I understand that many like non-fiction. However, it baffles me a little. Why? Because I’ve been told a million times how people prefer to read positive posts. Uplifting. Motivating. Bubbly. Filled with rainbows and unicorns. They dislike the tough and rough. By leaving out the darkness, do we not choose fiction?

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      1. I participated in the Music Challenge back in December. That was fun but, tiring. I’ve done a couple of ‘Question’ challenges where another blogger tags me and asks me a bunch of questions. They are alright but, I wouldn’t want to do it everyday. The music one was a daily thing and it was a struggle. So, I don’t dislike ALL challenges…just most. I’m busy.

        Oh. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy fiction. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be the Sci-Fi nut I am. I’ve lost much of my life to Marvel comic books, Stephen King novels and every damn episode of The X-Files. I don’t dislike rough & tough. I guess, in my case, I want my fiction in movies, TV or a good book…not on a blog. I’m weird. Leave it at that.

        I like rainbows and unicorns, too. And, dragons (esp. dragons). And, Faeries. They actually exist, BTW. The bridge to the Avalon realm had to be disconnected because humans became too destructive. The CT material has wonderful and interesting descriptions of the Faerie Folk. The Sidhe’ are a part of Earth’s guardian group. No. I’m not kidding in the slightest. Why do you think these things are in our stories all the time… King Arthur existed, too but, that story has been totally FUBARed by Geoffrey of Monmouth (Galfridus Arturus). He actually made it ass-backwards and romanticized the hell out of it.

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  6. Hmm. I spend most of my time reading poetry blogs. And my favourites also include art, fiction, inspirational content and blogs regarding blogging tips. Also, I like reading personal blogs as well but only when they reach out to me. Like, when I can relate to them.

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      1. Okay.
        Poetry: 45%
        Fiction: 25%
        Inspirational content and blogging tips: 25%
        Art: 5%
        I know that Inspirational content and blogging tips don’t come under the same section but the people who give blogging tips kind of make the post inspiring, too, sometimes so…
        I hope this helps your research!

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