1.5 years ago, I was on the beach. Not a beautiful sandy beach teeming with oceanic life, but the consulting beach. Meaning, I was in between projects and had some down-time. Being the American civilian I am, I took the German militaristic approach to life on the beach: be efficient! Productive! Do not waste ze time on ze beach (that may be a French accent, but you get the point)!
I poured myself into writing my blog, reading other blogs, and even going as far as to contact authors of other blogs, to inquire how my blog can be as popular as theirs.
This is what came of it.
Geraldine, the author of The Everywhereist, is famous in the world of blogging. I mean, just look at how aesthetically pleasing her blog is! She has thousands of followers. I reached out to her and we had a conversation re: “Blogging Do’s and Don’ts”. Following is the ever-wise advice Geraldine gave me, and how I am tracking to her advice.
A Blogging Extraordinaire’s Advice on BloggingAnd how I am tracking to said advice
- Pick a topic; make your blog about one thing
- It literally took me 6 months to come up with the tagline “Travel Tales & Miscellaneous Mishaps”. I have no idea what my blog is about; I just write what I feel at the moment. Can “funny stuff I think in my head” be a legitimate topic? If so, I am definitely changing my tagline.
- The name of my blog is “Traceymichele.wordpress.com”. Creative, I know. I should change it to funnythingsinmyhead.wordpress.com. Advancing the topic!
- Write consistently; whether that is every Monday, every other Friday, just make sure your readers can expect your next post.
- Epic fail. There was a period from March to May, 2012 where I blogged 18 times. 18! That’s every few days! Multiple times a week! I was an addict; I’d hop out of the shower with an idea in my head and blog while shampoo was running into my eyes. Fast forward to the last 6 months, when I’ve published 5 posts. 5. Fail. Epic fail at consistency.
That was pretty much it. Then we discussed making my blog a lesbian travel blog with the tagline “Lez go travel”. We also discussed why I had a banana theme as my background (because of it’s three-fold irony: phallic shape which I do not enjoy, it’s a fruit like me, and I actually really enjoy eating bananas). I promptly changed my background from bananas to pink polka dots. Much more sophisticated.
It is Thursday morning and I am going to publish this blog. Does that mean my next blog will come out next Thursday and be about blogging? Maybe! Or maybe it will come out tomorrow and be about how jellyfish are taking over the world. Or about how my entire life I thought I was an extrovert, then I read this Buzzfeed article, and now I know without a doubt I am an introvert. Game changer.