Writing

Forgetting And Following

I forgot an idea I had. I want to say it was a good one. Too bad I’ll never know now.

I guess I have a habit of remembering bad ideas and forgetting good ones. Although, by that logic, maybe those good ideas aren’t so good after all.

I know, I know. I should have written down my brilliant idea. But by the time I got around to doing so, I forget all about it. And now I’m annoyed I can’t remember what I wanted to write about.

A part of me wishes someone could follow me around, recording all my ideas down.

On second thought, forget I ever said that. I do not want anyone following me around. I don’t care how much I love you. Ideally I’d spend about 22 hours in a day alone. 2 hours of interaction with other human beings is enough, don’t you think?

I really hate forgetting ideas. Why can’t my brain just remember them…

Blogging

8 Tips On How To Gain (More) Followers

I’ve shied away from doing a post like this for several reasons, which I won’t get into right now.

But someone sent in a question over at my Tumblr blog, asking me for advice on getting followers, so I thought I’d adapt my reply and share my tips here as well.

I didn’t start my blogs with the intention of growing a following or having anyone read my writing. That being said most of us want someone to appreciate our work. I think you really have to enjoy making videos, taking photos, etc., to continue doing it even without a following. If you love the creative process, you’ll not only enjoy blogging a lot more, you’ll also attract like-minded followers.

I don’t claim to have the largest following in the world, but I have come a long way. I remember those days when I had zero followers, which is why I’m grateful to have some now. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why anyone follows any of my blogs. Thank you if you do.

I’m very particular with how I run my blog so I can’t claim to do what most articles or other bloggers will tell you to do. This is what has worked for me. It might not work for you (or you may not agree) so take what does and toss what doesn’t.

  • Post consistently. Aside from rare occasions where I forgot or a technical mishap occurred, I post (original content) at least once every day. Anyhow reblogging (which I don’t do) or anything else that keeps your blog active works as well. You can schedule posts to go out on certain days if you know you’ll be away from your computer and living your life.
  • Post at certain times. I have experimented with this. Frankly, I just post when it suits me best. I will say that posting at a peak time when many bloggers are online means more people have the chance to see your work, although you’ll be competing with more content. Posting at other times when there’s less traffic means fewer eyes stumbling upon your content but a higher chance someone will see your work and share it. If you’re like me in that you don’t care then just post what you like, when you like.
  • Find a niche that will attract an audience. Granted different people will like your blog, but see if you can narrow down who you’re writing for. On the same lines, narrow down your purpose. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
  • Stand out. Do something or make stuff that people can’t find elsewhereRather than reblog everything I come across, I create my own articles. Post original content whenever you can. When you first start out it’s hard to get noticed. Over time people will.
  • Tag your content with common tags. Obscure tags are funny, but people won’t actively search for them. Come up with relevant and prevalent tags for your posts so more bloggers can find your work.
  • Pay attention to your layout/theme. If your blog is hard to read, hard to navigate, etc., you’ll turn potential followers away. Keep it simple. Keep it neat.
  • Approach others. I’m horrible at striking up conversations in real life and on the Web so I’m a total hypocrite for including this.
  • Be kind to everyone. Respect people even if they don’t respect you.

That’s all you’re going to get from me today.

Blogging

You Know What I Love?

No this isn’t one of those “What I Love” blog posts that I publish once a month.

I didn’t want to save it until the next one, which comes out on the 22nd. I just realized I have an essay due that day too. Oh well, I’m a writer. I’ll manage.

So what’s so pressing that I need to say it now, rather than save for later?

I love when bloggers support other bloggers.

It’s even nicer seeing bloggers with a large following follow smaller blogs.

I mean at some point we all had zero followers.

Writing

Writing Is Easier When…

You outline.

But I never outline properly.

I always end up straying away from my outline because my characters have minds of their own. Not that I’m complaining or anything.

Characters are people too.

Blogging

Blogging 101: Say Hello to the Neighbors

So the assignment for today is:

Follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.

In case you’re wondering, I just followed the following (ha, get it?):

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Beauty
  • Food

And after I finish writing this post, I’ll stalk some bloggers. Oops that was an honest slip of the tongue. I meant to say I’ll follow several new blogs.

If you’re reading this and I’m not following your blog, I grant you permission to call me crazy.

Blogging

Blogging Resolutions

I am quite fond of creating New Year’s Resolutions, but since I am a blogger, I figured this year I’d make some blogging resolutions instead.

First I’d like to start off by sharing my generic goal:

“I want to be a better blogger.”

Next I’ll tell you how I plan to accomplish that.

I promise to comment more often. I am the absolute worst at this, so let’s hope this year I’ll be better. If I do not follow through with my promise, you have every right to yell at me. In fact, I encourage you to do so. Leave a comment or twenty nagging me about my lack of interaction and I’ll step my game up.

I resolve to follow more blogs. As much as I love having followers, I love following other blogs as well. So if I don’t follow your awesome blog already, annoy me until I do. I’m open to following any type of blog as long as you guarantee you’ll post some amazing content, pictures, videos, etc.

I will try to read more posts. Don’t get me wrong, I do this already. But I want to hear more of what you have to say, receive what you have to share, and read what you have to write.

That sums up my three main blogging resolutions. I know I may not follow through perfectly with my promises. Nobody is perfect. Not me, not you, not your mother.

I invite you to create resolutions of your own. They don’t have to be blogging related at all. If you plan on creating a post similar to mine, I’d love to read it.

Have a fantastic start to the new year! I wish you all the best in everything you do. Continue to blog because someone out there is always watching (or in this case, reading)!

Best regards,

Herminia

Blogging

What It Means If Someone Follows You

Obviously I am referring to WordPress followers (not stalkers) and basing this post on my personal blogging experience. Anyhow, some of this will probably be applicable to other social media sites that involve followers or following others.

If someone follows you on WordPress (as well as other sites like Twitter or Tumblr), you can assume it is because of one, a combination, or all of the following:

  • They like you.
  • They like your voice.
  • They like what you have to say.
  • They like how you say what you say.
  • They hope you will follow them back.

Let’s break it down, shall we? Actually I will break it down while you nod your head in agreement and read the rest.

They like you.

An extremely common reason why someone would follow you. In fact, some of your followers might be people you know. Maybe even people you know well. Most likely if they follow you, they like you. As a person. As a friend. As a guy or gal who sometimes says interesting, funny things.

They like your voice.

This one is more applicable if you have a blog. Your voice matters. There is something special and unique about it. And people want to read or hear more. What’s more, the more you use your own voice (not a fake intimidation of a random dude), the better. So keep blogging, keep writing, keep sharing. There’s no harm to it.

They like what you have to say.

Even if they don’t like what you say, they respect or appreciate what you say. End of story.

They like how you say what you say.

This matters. How you say what you say has a huge impact on whether a person clicks the follow button or moves on to someone else. Say what you like, but your tone and attitude is more important than your actual content.

They hope you will follow them back.

In some cases, this is the worst reason to follow someone. However, I can’t tell you how to live your life. And I certainly can’t tell you how to live your virtual life.

We have reached the end. All I ask when you follow someone is you at least think about the reason why you’re clicking the button. Or even why others follow you. If you think about it hard enough, you’ll begin to realize why you don’t follow every blog in the world and why some bloggers don’t follow you back. Profound stuff, huh?