29. Three Ways to Improve Your Blog

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Blogging is hard.

There. I said it.

Although simple in theory, blogging can be quite challenging. Sometimes it drives me insane, yet other times it clothes me with a blanket of satisfaction.

When I began the Lingering Lamb in October, I assumed blogging would be easy, quick to fill the desire I had for writing.

I can’t say I was completely wrong… or completely right.

The Lingering Lamb is still young; its wool is cushioned with almost 30 articles and nearly 1,500 hits. I never imagined it would do this well in only five months. Of course the success is attributed to my awesome subscribers (both in and out of WordPress); without you guys, my job would NOT be fun.

I know there’s still lots to learn, so I’ve uncovered three aspects I need to improve on as a blogger:

ONE) Consistency

My heavenly Father, family, and school are my number one priorities; blogging/free time come second (or fourth… however you want to interpret it).

Of all my priorities, school drains my time the most. It burns away hours that could be well spent blogging, reading, or playing video games.

With all my homework deadlines, it’s difficult to meet my personal goal of posting every Saturday and Tuesday. But if I push myself to be consistent, I can make my blogging goal work.

TWO) Relaxation

I have this twitching urge to constantly check this blog’s stats. On average, each post gets 50 to 100 views, and I’m always wanting to see if a current post breaks the record for the most views.

If I can somehow learn to prevent from clicking the stats button, I think my focus would be geared more toward the writing than the progress.

THREE) Inspiration

Inspiration is something bloggers yearn for more than anything.

It is also a lie…

Although important, inspiration is not what sustains a blog or book (or anything for that matter). It is a lie because inspiration is not the energy that propels a work forward, rather it is the spark that ignites possibility.

Unless I fuel my inspiration with habit and practice, my blogging/writing dreams will never be realized.

It is habit that gets things done, not inspiration.

I suppose number three can tie in with number one. After all, a great way to develop habit is to be consistent… That is… If you don’t worry about it (hehe…see what I did there?).

When I merge these three weaknesses together, I believe my blogging journey will be much more fulfilling (and your reading experience more enjoyable). If I write on a consistent basis, develop writing habits, and just be “worry free” everything will work out for the better.

So what do you guys think? Are there other things that would make my blogging experience better? And bloggers, are there areas where you need to improve?

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2 thoughts on “29. Three Ways to Improve Your Blog

  1. Hey there, just wanted to say you have a nice blog, but I did have to feel a bit of a stalker to find you …
    Not sure if it’s wordpress or gravatar you might want to check as clicking your icon takes me to the wrong web address (thelingeringlamb) .. just think of all those stats you are missing out on 😉

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  2. 1) Consistency is definitely a “problem” for me, not only in blogging but in many other aspects of my life. But that’s beside the point.
    2) I actually don’t check the stats that much, mostly because after a few minutes i kinda forget i posted something.
    3) Inspiration is not so much an issue with me as laziness is. I’ll have something i want to write about in my mind for days and never get to it just because i don’t muster the courage to start it… – -‘

    But overall i think you hit the nail in the head. If you consistently post about something, anything really, the readers will begin to expect it and appreciate you for it.

    Just as a note, you’re leaving loads of blank space between the last line of your post and the end of it. On the next post delete those empty lines at the end of your text so that it looks prettier 😉

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