August 15, 2015
The secret life of a couch blogger
Bloggers or at least bloggers like me, have tried to find the perfect way to create and maintain a blog or at least a blog that has readers and not just myself lazily reading my own blog. I have read many posts and articles and even some books about blogging and I have yet to find anything that really help except perhaps some tutorials but really, there is no perfect way nor any secret methods to blogging. There is only the doing and the hoping that readers will just enjoy what you post without noticing any missteps or mistakes. At least, that is my hope.
Here are some things I do as a blogger that you may not know:
01/ I don't have a sidebar - I like my blog to be neat and organized so I don't really have a sidebar. I don't think there is ever a way to organize a sidebar without having one or two items looking out of place. So I only have sidebar items some of the time for special post links or announcements.
02/ I read what I am going to post about a million times before actually posting them - There is a lot of spellchecking, reading, reading out loud, reading while trying to be sober, editing to remove unnecessary words, correcting grammars, re-reading and more re-reading, setting up a post and more re-reading and still, there are mistakes and that's why number 3 is needed. And if you ask me how long it takes to write a post, I would say a couple of days and sometimes a week or two if the post is particularly long.
03/ I edit/change/correct posts that had already been published - if I see a mistake in a post, I would go and correct it and republish it even if it's a couple of months old. I don't think it's ever too late to make corrections plus people might be reading your archive and that's reason enough.
04/ I edit my photos a lot - I crop out things. I remove objects. I blur ugly spots. I even sometimes remove little bits of blur/shadow/edge of something from the corners of photos. Here's an example:
06/ I don't use custom domains - I find it is not worth spending the money and I change urls far too many times to go around getting new domains every time I switch blogs. If people want to find me, they'll find me. I don't need a fancy address for them to look up.
07/ I don't check my stats - I used to check the stats for my blogs to see who is reading and visiting my blog and how they got here but not anymore. It really does nothing for me plus I hate to see how badly my blog is doing so it's best not to even peek at it. I don't have a business blog nor do I make money off my blog so why bother with stats? I do want more readership but sometimes I think it's just not worth fussing over.
How about you? Do you secretly do something that you hope or wish your readers do not know or notice just to get your blog to some sort of standard or at least, keep readers around?