“Don’t write what you know—what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers. Write about what interests you—and interests you deeply—and your readers will catch fire at your words.” ~ Valerie Sherwood
If you are a writer or a blogger or both, there is the constant need to be able to put your thoughts into the best possible words. You want your writing to be impactful, to be helpful, to be understood and ofcourse you want it to spread far and wide. In other words GROWTH is what we are aiming for.
The pressing question I get asked a lot is HOW we can make our blogs grow without breaking our backs in the process.
Ask any blogger/writer and they will tell you its hard work to grow our blogs. There will be stories of late nights and less sleep and sometimes even exhaustion. I have been there too. Infact the writing isn’t as hard as the ‘putting it out there’ to grow is.
There are a few loving ways I have adopted to make sure the blog grows constantly at a steady speed. I’m all for slow and steady not fast and furious.
5 Positive ways to Lovingly GROW your blog:
- Write from your heart:
“Dont write because you want to say something, write because you have something to say.”~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
The heart knows what it wants to convey. Dont let other people, other writers or bloggers ever EVER affect the YOU that is right there in your heart. You might think emulating someone might get you a super blog, but that emulation can’t be consistent…and without consistency a growing blog can come to a standstill. You want your readers to know YOU through your message, not someone else’s.
- Be honest:
“All stories should have some honesty and truth in them, otherwise you’re just playing about.” ~ Nigel Kneale
I have heard the ‘honesty is the best policy’ so many times when I was growing up, not realizing it had so become a part of me. Writing/blogging is in my opinion an art form. And no art is created by faking it. You can’t fake art! When you write from the heart, honesty becomes as paramount as the air you breathe. An honest sentence from the heart touches another heart so directly and so so deeply. That connection with the reader is what will make your blog grow.
- Put yourself in your readers shoes:
“Walk a mile in my shoes is good advice. Our children will learn to respect others if they are used to imagining themselves in another’s place.”~Neil Kurshan
As writers we write what is in our heart, but the way you write it should be for the readers. Each person who comes to your blog, your writing, will be a unique individual who will only keep coming back to read your writing if and only if he/she connects with it. For topics to write, think about the topic and then put yourself in the readers shoes and think how you can fine tune it further to make it more connectable for the reader.
- Connect with like minded folk:
There are social networks cropping up everyday. A good social network is one in which you have friends and colleagues who teach you something new everyday. Networks are like bands of best friends…you support each other, listen to each other, root for each other and like in life you even cheer for each other. You give more than you get, which makes growing together all that much more fun. I invite you to come join my social networks and I’ll introduce you to everyone I know. Hand in hand we WILL grow.
- DON’T do it for money:
Add monetary gain as your first and only goal and all your so called ideas come spiraling down to the floor. The crash is mind boggling to many. Many bloggers wonder where they went wrong. When your goal is completely selfish, no amount of growth can come from it. When every article you write is to sell something or make some cash, the reader sees through it. You have to assume that the reader who is coming to your blog is intelligent and smart. You can certainly add ‘making money’ to the long term goal, but your first love should be ‘your purpose for starting the blog’ in the first place. Growth will happen, we just need to go at it the passionate way.
What is Heart Centered Blogging?
Heart Centered Blogging is now a monthly column on Positive Provocations.
Heart Centered Blogging simply means to blog with Love, completely. In this column I’ll share my personal experiences and give you first hand info on how you too can become a Heart Centered Blogger.
I’m opening myself up more to answer any questions you may like me to address about Heart Centered Blogging. Lets put the LOVE back in blogging! I know there is a lot of technical stuff that goes into making a blog, but here in this column I’ll share what I feel works to touch a readers heart and soul, not just tickles their fancy.
What are YOUR thoughts on this topic?
Do you have any questions, queries or thoughts to share about the above 5 positive ways to lovingly grow your blog? If you’re a blogger, what is the most challenging part of the whole process…according to you? Do share your thoughts and comments in the comments below.
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
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