After the blogging 101 post I did in January, the question I got most consistently was, “How do I get more people to visit/follow my blog?”
Here’s the best advice I can offer: Take a dip in the Community Pool.
It’s a great place to meet other bloggers and build a community of followers. It’s also a wonderful place to get feedback on your writing — and it offers a ton of articles on everything from beginner resources to blogging etiquette to blog-post ideas.
That’s my answer.
But the question I really want to ask you is:
Why do you want more blog traffic?
Do you hope it’ll bring riches … or respect? Do you think it’ll make you more creative? Do you believe it will make you happier?
Whether we paint or write or shoot photographs, one of the joys of being creative is sharing our work. We’re lucky to live in an age when blogs allow us to reach a global audience, and to get instant feedback.
But the rub is that it’s easy to confuse followers and “likes” with approval — or to let a lack of feedback erode our self-worth.
Focusing solely on your stats (and comparing yourself to other bloggers) is a superhighway to creative bankruptcy and self-doubt. Please believe me; I’ve been down that road.
So here’s what I suggest instead: Be curious. Follow your bliss. Write about things that intrigue you, and photograph or paint what moves you. Be generous. Be genuine.
And maybe the traffic will follow! Or maybe not. But even if it doesn’t, you’ve at least created something that speaks your truth and makes you happy.