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9 Tips for Newbie Blog Growth

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Blog growth is not easy for new bloggers. Many experience few expected results and quit posting at all. Here are a some tips I’ve learned to grow your blog’s reach:

  1. Stick to it and post frequently – the more posts you have the more there is to see and appear on internet searches. Blogging requires consistency and commitment. It’s a common axiom among bloggers but it’s true.
  2. If you have a way to share blogs from other bloggers do so – WordPress has the re-blog option.
  3. WordPress has another feature – Publicize. Use this to broadcast your post to social media. If you are on another source or can get a plug-in like this make use of it.
  4. When publicizing to social media do so effectively. For instance, with Twitter use appropriate hashtags in the message. When I forget to add hashtags my site visits decrease but when used well I have more visitors.
  5. Re-post when you aren’t blogging. When you have enough posts schedule some old ones to be re-posted during the times when you don’t post. This will increase visitors to your site. See my two recent results posts here and here regarding this strategy.
  6. Write posts and schedule posts in advance. This way you can stay ahead of your schedule and relax while your site does the work. Being organized leads to growth and this is one way to accomplish that goal.
  7. Use pictures, clip art, podcasts and other visual media. For more information on accessing free photos and art clip see this post.
  8. Invite someone to write a blog for your site based on your topic. I’m trying this one soon myself.
  9. Similarly, host a blog book tour if you have a site based on writing. This is a great way to attract visitor and possibly gain followers.

Bonus: Have patience – it takes time to grow a blog.

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Have you been tempted to give up blogging? What ideas do you have to attract readers to your site? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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Blogging Outside Your Normal Schedule Pt. 2

Chess pieces on chessboardLast week I enacted a strategy to improve my website analytics over the weekend  which can be seen in my former post.. The results were very good so I continued testing my strategy this week.

I’ve added a few tweaks:

  1. I started using extra hashtags including #WordPress for the tweet from Publicize.
  2. I tweeted and posted on Facebook more during the weekend over two weeks ago so that my average engagement was much higher during the week.
  3. I’m posting an older blog on Saturday and a newer one on Sunday.

Here are the results for this week:

  • Saturday, 10/11/14: The strategy continued working well with 27% more visitors over last week and by 8.5 times on 9/27. Interestingly, due to a lack of time, my Twitter engagement was down somewhat but the strategy still worked with targeted efforts.
  • Sunday, 10/12/14: Visitor stats increased by 35%  over 10/5 and was over 6.5 times greater than on 9/28. Again, due to my schedule on this day my Twitter engagement was half what it was on Friday, 10/10 but didn’t affect the outcome. Again, targeted effort was just as effective.

These results continue to prove my strategy useful for now. It also continues to improve my weekend Twitter engagement.

Next week I will report once more on this little project as well as any changes or additions I make to the strategy.

Having An IdeaHave you developed a strategy for your unscheduled blogging days? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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Deep POV Pt. 6: Editing for Emotion

Editing

If there’s one problem I have trouble conveying in my writing it’s emotional expression. Sure there are opportunities in deep POV for these to occur but the question is how they should be expressed and appear in the story?

My characters sometimes read as too distant. If you have this same problem here’s some suggestions about editing for this problem.

I’ve started using the Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman to edit for deeper emotion. It’s a great resource to help you nail down your character’s actions and reactions, especially when trying to attain a deeper POV. It’s well organized and provides a wealth of information about  particular emotions and how they may escalate into a stronger emotion as well. The book lists external and internal workings of emotion and long-term effects as well.

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But how do I edit for it if this aspect is missing at some point where it should be present? Here’s my approach:

  • Identify where it’s missing. I make a survey with comments where I find my POV character to be emotionally distant in my manuscript – clearly these are places where characterization is flat.
  • Identify the emotion that may need to be shown. I add comments regarding what I think is the emotion that should be expressed with external or internal cues.
  • Consult the Emotion Thesaurus.  I look for that emotion and what relates to verify that my concept fits. Sometimes I find an similar emotional state that fits better, especially if there is an escalation building to a related emotion. Then I choose a sample the emotion is expressed and add it to my comments.
  • Find a way to work that emotional expression into your story. Once the survey is complete I have a template of changes to make that allow me to see the arc of changes needed that – hopefully – follow the story-arc. I try to weigh what emotional cue to use – an external or internal reaction to circumstances. Sometimes more than one is needed for clarity, especially the deeper your POV. Combining these cues with internalization and dialogue  should convey the character’s emotional state well.
  • For further thought on characterization: See this blog post from M. Talmage Moorehead at Storiform.com.

I use the survey for a full short story but it can also be applied to an entire chapter at a time. The Emotion Thesaurus is teaching me many ways to creatively express emotion rather than simply stating it.

What method do you use for showing emotion in your writing? I’d love to hear from you so please leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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