Sure, I love to write and can easily fill journal pages. I like words, I do, I do.
Yet, my blog is still not where I want it to be. It must be time to change things up around here. What do I do? Other blogs and articles loaded with blogging advice all say the same thing.
I love advice…but, I really love love advice that is vague and repeated everywhere!
How annoying is it when everyone keeps telling you the same generic thing?
Super, and, still, they’re probably right.
Out of dozens of suggestions, I’ve found 3 to be particularly relevant. I had to limit my goals because a hundred goals would end up in a hundred failures. We’re a lot more likely to succeed in at least one way when our targets are focused and condensed rather than sporadic and overwhelmed.
“If you have 200 goals, you actually have none.”
Let’s get to the tips and what they mean for Harvesting Hope.
Tip 1: Niche, find your niche.
Cool, what is my niche? I’ve never had one of those before. I’m usually just fine right inside my own head. Turns out that’s not where everyone else wants to be.
Truthfully, my current blog niche is be somewhere in between overthought diary entry and choppy philosophies so I need major work here. Pray for me!
What part of the internet world does my personality, experience, and talent combination serve best? Hmmm… well, my day to day activities might be telling.
I love how God saves, psychology, journaling, fun art (fine arts are daunting now that I have an infant), organizing (been working this for months), and cooking.
Tip 2: Audience, write to your ideal reader.
Who is my ideal reader? Looking into the ambitious future of this blog, who do I want coming to my page? I’ve got to write to their soul if I want them to read AND share.
They are probably people like me–women, mamas, artsy farsty types looking for ideas, inspiration and motivation. Wholesome, and hopefully, Christian or searching.
*This was actually hard for me because there are parts of me that are cerebral, stoic, scholarly. Hello, my inner essay-writer! I didn’t want to lose that option, so, I hesitated for a whole day on defining my reader. But that’s silly because I could always make a separate blog if I really wanted to go there. Which is probably a better idea, considering scholarly or philosophical topics don’t usually mesh with cutesy mama topics.*
Tip 3: Consistency, build trust through reliability.
Finally, a posting schedule. We narrowed down my topics, moreso defined a vibe. Now, it’s time for time. Ugh. One of my fellow bloggers shared a posting routine for his blog which motivated me to do one for myself.
Daily posts would be over-ambitious for me and I’d end up pumping out cheap posts. Monday, Wednesday, Friday?
Monday – is Motivation too cheesy? I think a Monday blog post relating faith and psychology is a good way to start the week with fresh perspective. The inner wise guy comes out but speaks life lovingly.
Wednesday – Weekly devotion? I’ll take a verse/topic from either my Bible app or my devotional book and unpack it. The goal here is to encourage a regular meeting time with God.
Friday – Fun, fresh! Let’s do an entry with a creative something from that week to accompany some journal thoughts. This will be a day where we can look back at growth and aim to flourish forward. And it will always included an inspirational photo, or two.
Bonus Tip: Social media presence.
Right now, my blog is connected to my Facebook. My small FB account that mainly holds my family so it’s not driving huge views. I’m thinking about opening an Instagram account, but I am weary because I don’t need any more distraction.
But I love taking pictures! So I might as well, huh? What do you think?
Hopefully, this plan will teach me some new things as I try to teach you some new things. I’m not expecting overnight success but one more organic follower/friend is good enough.
Do you agree with popular blogging tips/goals? How have you worked on your own blog?
I hope you like what’ll be happening here. Tomorrow will begin with a Fresh Friday post!