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Getting More Blog Readers: Accountability

I’ve been writing this blog for five months and you may wonder:

1. Why I write a blog?

2. Is blogging a waste of time?

3. How do I find time for blogging?

4. How do I get readers?

5. How is my novel coming along?

6. How do I stay motivated?

I even wonder these things myself from time to time. Here are the answers and a report on my progress so far.

1. Why do I write a blog?

My two main goals are:

  • to inspire people to be more daring and try to achieve their life goals;
  • to get a book published.

My main goal with this blog is to write inspiring and interesting content that builds a decent readership. Then, when my manuscript is ready, I can tell literary agents about my loyal readers.

I read somewhere that agents and publishers will only get interested in your blog if you have at least 1000 visitors each day, so that’s the number I picked. I think it’s ambitious.

Note that the goal of the blog is not to make money, nor to make a book out of the blog contents, but to show agents and publishers that I write well and that people like to read what I write. I know, it’s all a bit pie in the sky, but then this is a blog for people with a dream, and by one.

2. Am I wasting my time?

As per my previous articles on co-motivation and goal setting, here’s a progress report.

Remember the goal is to get 1000 visitors per day, or about 30,000 visitors per month.

I’ve rounded these stats to the nearest 500

Month One, April: 500
Month Two, May: 1000
Month Three, June: 2500
Month Four, July: 6000
Month Five, August: 3000

So I don’t know if I’m wasting my time yet. I need to keep working on the blog. But generally the trend has generally been upwards. Please note that at the beginning of August I moved my site off  WordPress to its own domain name and lost traffic because of that. I’m now back in the search engine no go zone and may have lost regular visitors and subscribers too. Hopefully it will pick up again.

I think that I’ve been successful in inspiring and motivating people. I’m basing this on the positive comments and feedback from readers. It’s frustrating not to be able to reach a wider audience though. It makes me sad to think that an article I spend ten hours writing may only be read by a hundred people.

3. How do I have time for blogging?

I write constantly. I’m always on  my computer. Mainly from 9am until 2.30pm when I pick up the kids, then from 7.30pm when they go to bed until late every weekday. I write on Sunday afternoons too. Oh, I admit, sometimes on Saturdays as well. It’s strange really as I’m usually quite work shy but I seem to have turned into a workaholic because I’m enjoying doing it. The only drawback is that writing is good for the soul but not for the figure.

4. How do I get readers?

I haven’t just been writing what I hope are quality articles to get these visitor stats. I’ve also been plugging my website shamelessly, and sometimes covertly all over the Internet, on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, commenting on other blogs, posting on forums, entering blog carnivals and adding my site to online directories and blog listings.

I share tips about blog writing at Successful Blogging.

5. How is my novel coming on?

I put the manuscript away for six weeks after finishing it to give myself the necessary distance to see what its strengths and flaws are. Now I’m slowly revising, reworking and perfecting it. I will be sending it to agents this month come hell or high water.

But the good news is that I am writing daily, and writing for hours at a time. Here’s what I’ve written apart from articles for In the Hot Spot:

Plus I have about a gazillion other ideas I don’t have time to write at the moment, but I’m collecting them all up so maybe I’ll be able to one day.

6. How do I stay motivated?

1. I’m enjoying it. I love the idea of inspiring and motivating people and it helps keep me on track too with my goals too. It’s a huge challenge thinking of articles to write which will interest people but it’s fun.

2. I’m making progress ~ I can see that from my stats and all the amazing comments from readers. I love the challenging goal I’ve set myself and want to see if I can achieve it.

Thanks so much to all my readers for visiting, reading and commenting. I couldn’t have done it without you. Good luck with all your plans!

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If you like any of my articles, please Tweet them or email a friend with the link. My clever computer boffin has added a little tool to make it easier for you to email it to friends, or add it to your favorite social media website. I hear that if you Digg it, or bookmark it on Delicious or Stumbleupon, that will get more readers here. Many thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

 

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Author: Annabel Candy

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Eat Smart Age Smart September 2, 2009 at 7:31 am

Annabel,

Good for you for having these goals!

I publish my blog to teach, get speaking engament, build a membership site AND get a bood deal!

I too strarted back in April and I’m happy so far of the progress.

Much luck in your journey towards reaching your dreams!

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Seth W September 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

Annabel,

I enjoy your blog and your goals are reachable. If you ever want any tips or ideas specifically for your blog… let me know and I’ll see how I can help you. I have no problem doing a review or anything to help you reach your goals.

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Connie September 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

You strike me as someone who can do anything she puts her mind to.

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Carolyn Cordon September 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Good on you Annabel, I wish you luck.

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Annabel Candy September 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Hey, thanks for all these messages of luck. My email is playing up so I thought no one was reading this or commenting. Is it reachable? Time will tell. I still think it’s ambitious but I need to persevere and give it a year. It’s great to know that I have support and a fab bunch of core readers. Thanks:)

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Hilary September 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Hi Annabel .. well done – it will be interesting to see how you go now you’ve got your own site.

Good luck with the book etc – it is about keeping writing and building blogging friends within a community and building that rapport ..

You have a plan, and that’s the main thing .. all the best
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

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Annabel Candy September 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Hilary – You’ve been hanging out here a while and I really appreciate it. Looking forward to getting to know you better and see what pearls of wisdom you come up with next. I am really so new to this blogging business and there’s heaps to learn but luckily I love learning and I like a challenge. Now, if I can just persevere and try not to get too caught up in the ups and downs of the stats I should be OK.

Usman – Bienvenidos, bienvenue and welcome to our hang out. I think you’re going to love it and it’s great to have you on board.

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Usman September 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Great Post. Very inspirational for beginners. You have got atleast one person now who is going to be a regular visitor :)

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Logomats September 30, 2009 at 12:45 am

Sone great stuff here and found it when searching for something else.

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Nancy November 10, 2009 at 4:37 am

I came here today from reading your blog on Zenhabits.com about decluttering your home. I love your site.
I also have a blog and I know how it is, you get many that read and not respond, so you have your days of thinking, no one is out there. So I”m responding to tell you to keep on keeping on, you have some real good inspiring blogs here, will be back for sure.

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scheng1 November 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I have no doubt that you will succeed in everything you do, the term “dogged determination” comes into my mind when I read your post.

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Bethany November 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

Annabel,

Your passion and inspiration for writing is most encouraging. Excellent post!

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Darren Scott Monroe April 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Annabel I love your posts thought I post a comment here I saw your post on problogger and have RSS feeds.

YOU HAVE PURPOSE
Glad I found you :)

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