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What’s Your Favorite….? 01/12/18

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Many thanks to everyone who shared where they get their inspiration for their blogs – it became quite apparent that inspiration really can come from anywhere. Thanks for sharing your tips about keeping track of your ideas too. I’m definitely going to be implementing some of them.

Continuing with this month’s blogging theme, your question for this week is

What’s your favorite way to grow your blog, other than reading and commenting on others’ blogs?

Yeah, I know….I probably took away everyone’s top answer, but I thought it would be good to find out some of the other ways people have found to connect with others and grow their blogs. :o)

Here’s wishing you a wonderful, relaxing weekend!




    1. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers. I figured the top one would be reading and commenting on blogs, but I want to see what other ways people increase their blog traffic. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks for sharing Heather! I figured the reading and commenting would be number one.😊 I’ve been thinking about getting on Twitter, and even bought a “For Dummies” book, but haven’t been brave enough yet….😄 Hope you and Dizzy have a wonderful weekend!

      1. Hehe, has the book helped? It is abit confusing at first. I must admit I was on it for about 5 years before actually doing anything! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂 xxx

      2. Ha ha….It would probably help if I read it…. I bought the book but haven’t gotten up the nerve to get on Twitter yet, so I set the book aside until I’m ready.😊 Maybe I’ll get brave and just dive in.

  1. If somebody could answer this one, they get a million bonus points! My blog grows at a snails pace, buy hey at least one person follows me! 🙂 Although the thought of thousands reading my thoughts is really cool, I have also realized the number does not matter. If one person reads and it helps them, then I really have fulfulled my purpose and I write for myself anyways. However, I use Twitter and of course I post everything I write on to Facebook.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Tabitha! I love what you said about how if your blog helps just one person you’ve fulfilled your purpose. I feel exactly the same way. I share my posts on Facebook and Pinterest, but I really need to get up to speed on this Twitter thing.😊 Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Interesting topics expressed creatively to help people do a “double take” on their own perspective seems to stimulate likes, comments and followers. Even with all that, however, many people seem to simply hit the “like” button and/or “Follow” button attempting to get other people to do the same on their site. This, unfortunately, reduces the quality of followers as well as the impact many of our blog sites are intended to have. It’s a labor of love, requiring an acceptance of this reality. Knowing that some people will benefit from the content I share provides the motivation I need to remain persistent.

    1. Thanks for sharing Dr. Jonathan! I agree that for many of us it’s a labor of love, and our motivation is the desire to help others. I like what you said about causing people to do a double-take on their own perspective. I know you’ve definitely caused me to do that with some of your posts.😊 Have a great weekend!

  3. I would perhaps say via Facebook blogging groups, especially if you can find one in your niche – you can share your posts, find other like-minded people and check out new blogs while your at it to expand your horizons 🙂

  4. The best way to grow your blog is by not even thinking about it. Just keep the great posts coming from your heart and the follows will happen. It’s quality not quantity that’s important and making the time to communicate 🌹

    1. Thanks for sharing Elaine! I love what you said about the quality, not quantity, because for me, one of the very best things about blogging has been the online friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Yeah I’ll agree with Elaine. Building blog, attracting traffic is painstakingly slow. Most people with lots of followers have been blogging for years. So instead focus on writing and producing content. Follow prompts and still write on your own initiative. I discovered that days when I get lots of traffic with one or two followers are days when I’m writing more and vice versa. So I just write as much as I can. All good thing takes time, including blogging. 😊

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! You guys have really come up with some great tips this week! I agree that the most important thing is to have great content. After all, isn’t that why most of us started blogging to begin with?😊 Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks for sharing Lisa! I agree, the blogging community is fantastic! I think you’re right about sharing posts, whether it’s through reblogs or social media – it definitely helps us make connections we might not otherwise make.😊 Have a great weekend!

  6. I mainly use Facebook and Instagram. I created “business” cards on VistaPrint with my website name and a short catch phrase with my name and e-mail. I keep a few in my purse and hand them out if I happen to strike up a convo with someone while I’m shopping, out to eat, etc. My family hands them out for me as well. They aren’t too costly, especially if you buy them while they have deals going on.

    1. Thanks for sharing Amber! I really need to get more up to speed on the social media stuff. I have a couple of accounts but I’m sure I’m not using them to their full potential. I like the idea of the Vistaprint business cards. That’s a great way to get your website out there. Have a wonderful weekend!

      1. Social Media can be overwhelming. There are so many different platforms out there. I am sticking with Facebook and Instagram for now. I’m still trying to build my followers on Instagram. It’s a challenging task! Enjoy the week ahead 🙂

  7. Hi Terri,
    I am a newbie to blogging having just started my blog, I have found this a great learning curve. I also have chronic health issues including Fibromyalgia which came to stay… after my lovely husband passed away from brain cancer only 12 weeks after diagnosis.

    Please drop by and join me in a morning, afternoon tea or even a late night time of sitting with a hot beverage you love, adding a tasty treat of deliciousness & reflect with me for awhile… you are most welcome 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jennifer, and welcome to the blogosphere! I’m sure you’ll meet a lot of wonderful people.
      I’m so sorry for your loss; I know that has to be hard.
      I’ll definitely pop over to your blog for a visit. Blogging definitely comes with a learning curve, but it’s so rewarding.
      Thanks again for visiting!

      1. Marie here, Jennifer and it’s my pleasure! I’m a big believer in how powerful words are! Kind positive words can make a difference to others and if we practice using them; they also work on ourselves!

  8. I link up to groups. Bernadette at https://haddonmusings.com has a weekly Senior Salon. Some blogs have blog parties which I found great when I started out. I joined photography challenges and a gratitude link for 48 weeks. I also link up to a monthly garden group. I think though that just being yourself and blogging about your passion helps…

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Brigid! I just love seeing all the different ways people are growing their blogs. Linking up with other bloggers and making those connections is huge, isn’t it? I’m such a shy person by nature that the blog parties are a little difficult for me, but they sure are a great way to meet people. I like what you said about being yourself and blogging about your passion – our blogs are where we get to just be who we are and talk about what we want to talk about.😊 Hope you have a lovely week!

  9. This is a great question to ask and for others to get insight from other bloggers.

    I have actually been doing too much concentrating on reblogs, commenting on other blogs, sharing my blog like I am begging for followers. I have come to discover though it helps I need to grow my blog for me and do it my own way. Not that I will back away from socializing in the wordpress community, but that I think the best way to grow my blog is to work on it for me. Make it look more professional, make it more organized (I lost touch for a bit, but my blog is a year old as of this month and I am still learning.) That if I grow my blog in a way for myself, it will eventually come naturally and maybe grow on it’s own as well and not just with me begging for follows etc. I understand that remaining active in the blogging community is important and is one of the better tips, but I don’t feel it is the only way to do it. It is someone else’s way of doing it. I am not here to socialize as much as I am here to write. So if I love my writing I hope people will love it too without me having to force it on them per say. I need to find a balance of both, how to get people to still discover my blogs, but still always make my blog’s outlook and writing my number one priority. I am going through some growing pains with my own blog, even thoughts of starting a new blog over again and removing this one, now that I have goals in place and know the tools a lot more here. We will see. 🙂

    I think one answer I would say and maybe not many people think about is the importance of tags. Tagging your posts are so important because it makes your blog a higher chance of showing up in the Search engine when people search blogs. People often search blogs of their interests, so if you have a similar interests and tagged your posts that way, people will discover your blog and follow because of the common interest they searched. If that makes sense. The most important thing to remember about tags though is to only pick a few (I suggest 4-6. Try to stick somewhere in that general number of tags) and be straight to the point. If say I blog about something that has to do with autism, which I do often my tags are some variation of (Asperger Syndrome, Autism, ASD, and whatever topic relating to autism I discussed in that particular post) that is just one example of many. WordPress has mentioned that if you use too many tags for your post it is likely to be considered spam and will not come up high on the list in the search engine, and sometimes not show up at all. I am not sure how google or other searcg enginesworks with all that, but should look into it for myself. Haha.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s been wonderful to see all the tips from fellow bloggers. As you were talking about, it is easy to get “in the weeds” if you concentrate too much on just growing your blog rather than actually writing what is on your heart to write. I love reading and commenting on others’ blogs because I love the connections I make with people. I started my blog hoping to help others who deal with some of the same “stuff” I do, and that’s always at the forefront of my mind. I just always remember that I’m not helping anyone if no one is reading. :o) I agree with your tip about the tags. Relevant tags definitely help the search engines find your posts. Thanks again for stopping by and for commenting. I’ll pop by your blog in a little bit. Have a great week!

      1. No problem! Yes it is nice to see tips and helpful hints from other bloggers I agree. I know I always look for more help when it comes to my blog or blogging. You can never have enough help I feel. 🙂 And through that try to find your own niche and stick with that. 🙂

        I love making connections too. The most strongest connections I tend to make are with those who I can relate to them or their blog etc, but I love making a connection with a variety of bloggers as well. The most inspiring for me is when bloggers comment on my posts and say how much it has helped them or they can relate and thank me for sharing my experiences. It makes me feel like I have a purpose, I never thought anyone would care about my writing as much until I joined WordPress. It is really inspiring.

        I am glad you hope to help others by writing about the stuff you deal with and I am sure you do. You are right it is hard to help others when no one is reading your posts. Lol. When it comes to blogging I find it goes hand in hand. If I wanted to just write and that was it I didn’t need to join a blog site, I can easily write in my diary or journal etc. I joined mainly because of my love for writing yes, but it’s inspiring to know at times my posts help others.

        Take care and I hope you have a great week as well! Thanks for the follow, I followed you in return.

  10. Great question, Terri….and sneaky to take away the obvious answer!! Facebook groups were my mainstay initially, and then learning to use pinterest etc…..but recently I have enjoyed joining smaller linky parties and visiting other blogs that interest me/I enjoy and I have found different types of bloggers visit me. At the end of the day though, making sure I still enjoy my blog and my connections, and am not pressuring myself for the stats!

    1. Thanks for sharing Claire! I have to be sneaky sometimes ha ha.😄 I’ve found that the connections I’ve made have been one of my favorite things about blogging. I had no idea when I started I would get to “meet” so many wonderful people. You make a great point about not pressuring yourself for the stats. I think when we live for the stats our blog will start to suffer… Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks for sharing Christy! I keep saying I’m going to try Twitter, but I haven’t gotten my nerve up yet.😊 I do have Facebook and Pinterest pages, but I really need to do a better job with posting. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

  11. Hi Terri! 🙂 This is a great question and one I know I think just about every blogger pulls their hair out over lol. Connecting with other people here on WordPress and liking, commenting sharing…the classics is certainly a big part of it and social media is excellent as well. I do have a few tips that might help that I will share with you here. I used to work in a call center analyzing people’s business websites and telling them what they needed to do to improve it and the one thing that was always seriously lacking was properly utilizing SEO that would include things like your tags…actually…you know what? I am going to make a post just for you and break some of it down…like an SEO 101 kind of thing. Would that be OK with you? 🙂 I have a bunch of time on my hands here at work on my night shift right now so this would give me something to do! 😀 lol

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Cavelle, and I love the idea of you doing a post about SEO! Once you get it done, let me know and I’ll reblog it on here. See — that’s why I started this What’s Your Favorite feature, because combined we are such a wonderful resource, and it gives those of us who don’t have expertise or experience in an area an opportunity to learn from those who do. Thanks so much for being willing to share your expertise!

      1. My pleasure! Can’t say I’m an expert lol but I know enough to get someone started 😊 I’m still working on the article because I want to cover as much as I can but explain it in a way that won’t make people fall asleep lol I will let you know when it’s done!

    1. Thank you so much Cavelle! As soon as I get back to my office this morning I’m going to reblog this in case people don’t come back and check the comments. I don’t have much luck using my iPad app for anything but reading and some very-rough-draft writing. I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with us! Blessings and hugs to you!

  12. First I want to say it has been great reading these comments as I am fairlynew to the blogging world! and thank you Terry for liking my comment on Dr Perrys post… so i found your site!
    So far i am taking the advice of others, and learning the “Fundamentals” from the free course by WordPress which is encouraging, and trying to simply enjoy the opportunity to practice writing, sharing ideas, commuincating with others in a positive place- How neat is that!
    I have a few followers and share my posts on FB where i get some feedback as well.. so thats cool – and i opened a Twitter account, but I do little other than read a few others’ Tweets ! It boils down to how do you want to spend your life ?- living it, or constantly figuring out how to broadcast things on every social media outlet that the next techy invents ? Geesh?! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for sharing! I think you’ll find the blogosphere a very welcoming place. I’ve met so many wonderful people since I started this adventure and as you said, it’s an opportunity to share ideas and communicate with others in a positive place. I love the name of your blog, by the way.😊 Thanks also for following – I look forward to getting to know you!

  13. I’ve used Rafflecopter Giveaways a few times and also use a Facebook post every now and then to invite readers to check out my blog and follow. I have gotten some new followers this way, but most of my followers are blogger friends that I follow.

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