Are You Improving In These Areas Or Have You Stalled?

Chasing The Sun

We all strive to improve and get better at what we do. In blogosphere, the success of your blog is a measure to gauge the strength of your efforts.

But how do you measure the success of a blog? Simple, by your subscription stats, the number of comments others leave on your blog, and the amount of buzz you create in the blogosphere.

A methodical approach towards making all these factors count in your favor often pays off.

Below is a rundown of areas you need to improve to become a successful blogger (and so do I).

Improve your writing

You are first a writer, then a blogger. How can you ever get better at blogging without improving your writing? Make sure you learn how to write well, and actually apply the techniques other great writers have discovered over the centuries.

I have noticed that even if I find a writing advice useful, I go on with my own untamed writing habits rather than following the advice. I have also discovered that an easy way to incorporate what I learn into what I do is to practice it again and again until my knowledge becomes my action, and comes naturally to me when I write.

When I say learn, I mean learn the art of writing, not mimicking your favorite bloggers. Some bloggers do write very well, but 1) they don’t teach you what made them excellent writers 2) and they know only enough to be good at it themselves, but can’t impart their skill to you effectively. The best they can do is give you a few tips on improving certain aspects of your writing.

You have to spend money to learn and get better at it yourself. Since bloggers are freelancers and freelancers rarely fancy joining an institute, your best bet to improve your writing is to go back to reading books.

I’ve put together a check list of things to do and avoid that I consult before writing to stay on track. And it has clearly brought about a positive change in my writing.

Improve your content

The more you know about your niche, the better your content. It is critical to stay on top of latest trends and provide unique commentary. It is also vital to stay away from the hype to keep your voice distinct.

There is so much information on the net and so many blogs to read that if you try to consume ever blog post, you’ll end up exhausted and still itching to read more. Being selective about what you read and spending more time on creating your own content is the way to go.

Therefore, the best way to improve the quality of your content is to strike a balance between learning and doing, and be selective about who you read and what you say on your blog.

Improve your social media influence

In the social media world, success awaits those who help others succeed.

If you come across an interesting post or an article while browsing, don’t hesitate to submit it to your favorite social media site. In return for your one minute or less of promoting another blogger’s content, you earn his goodwill and assurance that he will vote you up whenever he stumbles upon your content.

Another way to build influence is to get involved in discussions on other blogs. When a blogger notices repeat visits from you and senses your enthusiasm in adding something useful to his discussions, he makes a mental note of it and returns the favor whenever possible.

Your social media success boils down to your involvement and contribution to the social media. After all, the social media is all about getting social, isn’t it?

Improve your design

Blog design is like a neglected child that, indisputably, merits more of your attention.

Ever since I launched this blog, I have been tweaking its design. There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t improved the aesthetics and usability of my blog. Even now, I am cooking up new ideas to make my design better. I also know from the feedback of my blogging pals that I have done well so far. I couldn’t have made my design better if it wasn’t for the helpful reviews of fellow bloggers.

There is no way you can see where you have gone wrong unless someone else points it out for you. Your familiarity with your design doesn’t let you see its flaws. So, ask others to review your design and point out the good and the bad of it.

I recommend going to the following places to get your design reviewed:

Improve your stats

If you do all the above, you inevitably improve your traffic, comments, and subscription stats. Just set yourself a goal every week, e.g. If you have 200 subscribers now, make it 210 a week from now. Write down your weekly or monthly goals on a note-taking tool and see how the mere act of writing makes you do whatever it takes to get to that goal.

Improve, improve, and improve. You are never good enough at anything. So stop slacking and start improving now!

Now you say and I listen

Do you make a special effort to improve your blogging or just drift along wherever circumstances take you?

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