After almost nine years of blogging I can tell you with more than an ounce of conviction that you can make money online and that you can do it through blogging.
There are more than a few ways to skin the cat we call monetizing a blog and I can help you with any or all of them, but this post isn’t about that.
That is because this post is the one where I stress the importance and value of community…again.
This post is where I say thank you to all who answered my call for help and reiterate the importance of being willing to ask for it.
Plan To Fail Or Fail To Plan
Some of you might look at the headline of this post and recognize it as being a derivation of “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and wonder why I modified it. I did it because I wanted something shorter and experience has taught me that this adjustment will work.
It will pull in readers and that is the purpose of a headline.
So let’s talk about planning and why I asked for help.
I went through both platforms and started adding many people at once and didn’t wait to let people add me back. The net result was that it made my profile look unbalanced and that can have a negative impact on how people view your profile.
Take a look at the photo below:
I am following 661 people but I only have 423 followers. That’s the imbalance I am referring to and some people think it creates an impression that your content isn’t very good and/or that you are a spammer.
Thus far I haven’t found anything but anecdotal evidence to support that, but I figure there is no harm in trying to balance things. And if there is any truth to my experience response rates to my tweets have been improving the imbalance that existed.
The Triberr Effect
Some of the improvement has to be attributed to my increasing my involvement with Triberr. That has increased exposure and generated a significant increase in the amount of traffic here. But there is much more to this blogging gig than that.
If you ask my friend Adrienne she will tell you about how a boring blog can kill your circulation and she is right. But this gig has more moving parts than just creating content that is interesting.
People are what make the difference. They are the engine that drives social media and your number one goal is to more than entertain/educate them with your content.
Engagement should be your number one priority. When you find a way to engage your readers things happen. When you reach out and ask for help people will respond affirmatively and it is a wonderful thing.
What Is Your Plan and What Do You Hope To Accomplish?
There are quite a few of us “old timers” hanging out around these parts and if you want you can be a part of this crowd too.
I love being a part of the blogosphere and I love to write. I have fun. Those three elements are a significant part of why I have lasted as long as I have and why you will continue to see me around these parts.
What you have to do is figure out what makes you happy and what makes this fun for you. If you don’t find the fun in blogging it will chew you up and spit you out. It can be a grind. It is not always easy to produce content on a regular basis, especially when you aren’t being paid for it.
While I will always argue that comments aren’t currency they do provide some validation that your words are worth something, but not everyone of your posts will receive them.
There will be moments where you wonder why the response rate is so low and times when you feel like you are on a giant hamster wheel.
And that is why I keep talking about a plan. When you know why you are out here and what you hope to accomplish you create a position in which you are able to build a road map to get from point A to Z.
My plan is to use this blog to generate more writing/marketing work, to keep my writing skills sharp and to help establish a foundation for writing books. I know where I am going.
What about you?