Now, let me set something straight. This blog is my baby. I love planning it, writing it, and posting every few days. I enjoy sharing my life, ideas, experiences. It helps me get out there and try new things. I have fun interacting with those people who leave me comments and/or share my posts on their social media pages.
But lately I’ve been feeling unfulfilled by it. I desire more.
When I revamped this blog a little over two years ago (April 2nd, 2015, to be precise!) my goal was to write often, posting more or less what I still post today, gain more readers as time went on, and hopefully catch the attention of other bloggers and small companies who may want to work with me to create affiliate posts.
I’ve worked with a few individuals and companies to create content, but saw little return on investment. One company still hasn’t made good on its promise to share the post I made even after raving reviews from my contact. I understand that comes with the territory sometimes, and you have to give, give, give, before you can receive. But I’m at the point where I’d like to receive. Just a little.
I know building an audience doesn’t happen overnight, and the more established bloggers will tell you the same, but after two years and as the months change I’m seeing little progress. Obviously, that’s a little disheartening. Attracting more views is one of the hardest things about the blogging world, in my opinion, even as I look at it with a marketing perspective. And readership means more affiliate opportunities and chances to work with companies looking to advertise their products.
I’ve sought advice from fellow bloggers, and answers were vague or said simply, “it just takes time,” like it’s some big secret they don’t want to give away. Googling the issue gives me advice about things I’m already doing. I’d love to attend blogging conferences and meet-ups, but they’re usually in major cities thousands of miles away and expensive. Ugh. Sigh. Facepalm. All that jazz.
This is where YOU come in.
You readers are a huge chunk of why this blogging thing is so enjoyable for me. I love your feedback, even if it’s on the negative side. Each “like,” retweet, and share makes me smile in appreciation. I’m happy to hear I’m creating content you want to read. I try to be better at this every week, try to branch out into things with which I’m less comfortable (like being in front of the camera instead of behind when filming videos), try to make this blog more interesting for YOU. Doing so makes me feel happy and accomplished.
Therefore, I’m asking all of you who read my weekly ramblings to help me spread the word about this little hobby and aspiration of mine. Word of mouth can be surprisingly beneficial. Share or retweet my posts —even old ones you liked— on your own social media pages. Tell your friends about my blog and give them a nudge with a message containing the URL. Direct them to my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Encourage them to encourage their other friends and family members to take a peek.
With your help, I can make this blog what I’d really like it to be while making it better for you, too.
—Photo by Justin McKee—