(Closed) NWR: How do you make a blog popular?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

LOL i think if you remain true to yourself your blog guests more attention.. I just am who I am and if folks like to read, great, if not, well that’s great too.  There are a number of us signed up in the tell us your blog section that miss buttons created way back when..

Post # 5
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4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Become active on alot of communities! People will start to recognize your name and then start to wonder what you’re about. Advertise… and don’t be afraid to tell as many people as you can!

Post # 6
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@mr. bee: i thought I was the only one.. I was beginning to think I was updating too many times, but hey I’m not at 8 yet, tell Bee she’s a gal after my own heart.  ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 7
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653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I leave comments on all the other blogs I read too but I am finding it’s slow going gathering readers.

Post # 8
Bee
13063 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Definitely make blogger “friends” and comment on their blogs, follow them, etc.  Blog often and put a lot of care and effort into your writing and make sure that your blog looks pretty as well.  Consistency is definitely key!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

i’m not sure. i think it’s just a combination of having a really good writing style and great content. there needs to be a clear reason why someone keeps coming back to read and tell others about the site.

weddingbee started as mrs. bee’s personal blog on xanga. i think i saw it there sometime after she got married and right before she moved it to it’s own separate entity. what i liked about it was the different perspectives that was presented and the information that was given.

i don’t necessarily advertise my blog outside of telling people i have one on the few threads that popped up here, but i do include it in as a hyperlink to my name when i comment on other people’s blogs/comments. usually when someone says something really interesting, i’ll click on their name and see where it takes me. i’ve found a couple other blogs i read that way.

oh, and be consistent with writing! i suck at that currently but since i’m not actively planning i give myself a little leeway. but i always get a little disheartened when a blog i love hasn’t updated in a while.

hmm, maybe i need to take my own advise!

Post # 10
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715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

um. Maybe this is better directed at the pros.

1. Shameless advertising

2. Comment on blogs that you think fit your type/writing style

3. Develop something. This is most easibly attained via writing style IMO

4. Update/update/update

5. Reader friendly layout. Font. Etc

6. Keep the faith. It is slow going. For a LONG time.

๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps

Post # 12
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4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Aww, I feel cool-sauce. Thanks for the shoutout. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post. Every day, if you can. Try to have some meat to your posts.

I think the best way to get readers is to just be loud, and work an angle. What makes you different and stand out? Play that up.

Twitter is your best friend. New blog post? Bit.ly that sucker and twitter it.

Making blogger friends, as well as just commenting on other people’s blog is a great way. BUT. DO NOT just put blah blah responses, because people see right through it, and it’s just annoying. :p Also, don’t plug yourself in other people’s blogs, that’s typically seen to be in bad form.  (Unless it’s asked for, etc. Use your judgement! :p )

One thing that is big for me, even though I use RSS, is I like reading pretty blogs. I know it’s superficial, but I guess my mind works like this… I love good design, planning a wedding (plus all aspects of life!) require a lot of good design and taste, if someone’s blog is ooooglay, then I guess my brain goes, “Well, if they think this is okay, then we don’t share a compatible aesthetic, and I won’t like/agree/be stimulated with/by the design/planning” and I go away. (This is a REALLY weird picky thing about me and blogs. I’m sure the rest of the blogosphere doesn’t really work this way. I’m a weird one).

 

I hope that was helpful, and not too confusing! (And I hope I didn’t sound like a biznatch. Those are just things that I’ve found/noticed!)

 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you need to have a cohesive feel to your blog.  Be who you are, and be true to your style. 

I blog and blog about being an encore bride, mom, and a woman who is more excited than you can imagine about having an intimate, elegant destination wedding!  That’s just who I am.  I have a blast and love throwing parties.  Whether a birthday party or a party for friends or host as I once did, a friends’ wedding reception!   

As for the blogs I love, they’re ones that make me go “ah ha!”.  I have drooled for over a years now reading stylemepretty and loved the debut of southern weddings’ blog.  I think this site piqued my attention because of the boards and the welcoming spirit they had for a woman like me marrying again.  Plus I love seeing all the different styles here.

I like elegance too.  It helps having a nice header, and a good writing style.  I love writing, was editor of my newspaper in school and was co editor of my college yearbook so writing is natural to me.  Just have fun with it!  Write about what you find interesting as a bride or what you enjoy doing.  What is your wedding style?  Have you done anything fun yet wedding related?  Dress shopping? 

There’s endless ideas.  Again, just go and have fun with it.

Post # 15
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1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

I’m just agreeing with what was said, but it is wonderful advice! Make blogger friends; follow other blogs, leave USEFUL comments, and advertise new posts via Twitter…I started linking my posts on Facebook as well (I have 1500+ FB friends…I know them all I swear…moving 15 times really gives you a diverse friend-base). It might not be instant…but you will see your numbers begin to grow.

Of course, having interesting content is also essential. I try to use a lot of pictures if possible in my posts…people like pictures!

Post # 16
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think consistent posting as well as frequent commenting on other peoples blogs is the way to go.  Also posting stuff that is relevant and interesting to people OTHER than you is important.

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