I was tagged by Eshita to write this post.
After a few years of blogging, most people wonder – what next? Their posts are going out to the interwebs, they have some followers, some readers, but what can they do to grow their blog?
A quick Google search throws up tons of articles on SEO, mailing lists, social media optimization and more.
It’s easy to believe that if you don’t have thousands of followers and tons of likes and comments, you’re wasting your time, or are a failure at blogging. But, I would like to offer you a different alternative.
Instead of aiming to be a “blogging sensation” or to monetize your blog and make it a primary income stream, what if you change perspective? What if you look at it as a creative sandbox – a place where you get to experiment with your voice, record your thoughts and passions, map out the landscape of YOU. If you find like-minded people who come visit you in your sandbox, it’s great. And even if you don’t, you do it anyway because it’s an expression of you.
Not everything has to be about fame and glory. Sometimes quietly plugging away at something without any expectations can open up ideas or insights that you may not have found any other way. Sometimes, just saying what you have to say is much more important than focusing on page views and subscriber counts.
Ultimately, weather or not you want to – or even do – take your blog to the next level shouldn’t be as important as enjoying the journey. That, after all, is what it is all about.
I now tag Pooja to write her take on the topic.
I want to take my blog to the next level with Blogchatter.
Something I continuously try and explain to people.. that what if you could create a brand first and then think money..
Absolutely agree with everything you said! Enjoying the journey without expectations! Looking forward to more interactions with you! Cheers
I so agree with you – I do view my blog as a creative sandbox. I am intrigued by this online medium and am always on the lookout to push the boundaries.
Found you through the Theme Reveal.
http://www.thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com (No. 115 on the list)