This post is for the budding bloggers who need help growing their readership. Last year, I posted – How to Start a Blog and Why You Should. It is a good guide and I’m proud of it. However, that’s not quite enough for new bloggers. A few people told me they needed more help. My guide helped with setting up a blog, but that’s just the first step. Blogging is only fun if you have readers. That’s why I’m posting this follow up on how to get more readers for your new blog.
Set a schedule and stick to it
One big problem with blogging is that a lot of people quit after a few months. It’s not easy because life is already busy. Blogging takes a lot of time and blogging is not much fun in the beginning. To be successful, you need to keep going for at least a year. It takes time to build an audience.
During the first year, set up a blogging schedule and stick with it religiously. You need to build a new habit and get rid of some old ones, like watching TV. Once you’ve done it for a year, blogging should be routine. When I first started, my goal was to blog 3 times per week. There were times when it felt impossible, but I pushed through it. Quantity is just as important as quality at this point. I was still finding my voice anyway so some articles weren’t that good. While you should aim for excellence with every post, but some subpar posts are okay in the beginning. Fake it until you make it.
You’ll have to figure out your own optimal blogging frequency. I think 3 times per week is good, but that might be too much for most people.