In the Beginning was the Blog

I started my blog on May 5th, 2012. The first post had 12 hits, and one comment. I was thrilled. Now, four and a half years later, the posts regularly get 1-2K hits, sometimes rising to 3K for reasons I still don't understand.

I began blogging because I had finally managed to upload my first ebook to Amazon kindle, and a fellow writer advised me that no author should be without a blog. Gradually, over time, the blog took on a life of its own, and has now became an outlet for all sorts of different and experimental pieces.

So what makes a 'good' blog? Sorry, I can't answer that. I am still learning. However, here are four important things that I have learned:

  1. Content: This is the most important. I actually spend time writing, re-writing and re-re-writing posts, in an effort to make each one the best that I can achieve. I always include visuals that are interesting ~ not too many, about 2/3 per post. I deliberately don't have any advertising. We are bombarded with it everywhere. My blog is advert free and will forever remain so.

  2. Consistency: Regular followers know that my blogs are always posted on Saturday morning at around 8 am. That is probably why they are regular followers. I also try to keep them reasonably short. There is nothing worse than clicking onto what looks like an interesting blog post to see pages and pages of text. We are busy people. Short is good. Like this post.

  3. Commitment: Goes with the other two 'C's'. I'm committed to providing a variety of interesting content. Maybe historical related (I write Victorian Crime fiction), or a guest post. Sometimes, a humorous piece about life as an elderly eccentric writer (yep).

  4. Courtesy: A lot of people now read the blog posts ~ I know because I see the visitor numbers. Some are kind enough to leave a comment. I enjoy and very much appreciate all the comments, and I believe it is part of my role as blog host to respond.

This is my first blog post for Missinglettr. In future posts, we shall consider other aspects of blogging: how to structure a post, how to engage with readers, how to promote your blog without getting on everyone's nerves. I hope you will join me on the journey.

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