14 December 2014

THE TRUTHS ABOUT BLOG GROWTH

Every blogger wants their blog to grow. It's such an achievement if you reach a blogging target which lets your blog grow a little bit more. There are so many posts out there that are titled " How to get 1000 Followers in a month"  in the past I did read these posts I thought everything they were saying would guarantee me the followers I thought I needed and deserved. The truth is growing your blog takes a lot of time unfortunately, I suppose a small part of us wishes we could press a button that would enable us to suddenly have an engaging audience who comments and appreciates your content and blog. 

This isn't how it works but we don't have to see it as a negative factor to blogging. The journey that we take during blogging helps us to develop, creating a blog that we as creatives are proud of. I think if you are a new blogger or someone who has been blogging for a while now and your blog isn't growing as fast as you would like let me point out a few things ;

It's takes a lot of hard work to get anywhere - when I started blogging I would have never thought that it would become such a big part of my everyday life. I am always thinking about what content I could create , photographs I need to take or simple things like scheduling a tweet.

There will always someone with a bigger blog - no matter how hard you try there will always be another blog which has a higher number of followers than you so there is no point in becoming obsessed with trying to be number one otherwise your blog will be boring and probably very spammy. 

You will get there - my blog has grown at a very slow rate especially compared to other blogs that started around the same time as me and yes at the beginning it did bother me I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong. I later learned that my blog and me weren't at the right stage to have a high readership.

Take time to figure what you want your blog to be - it probably took me a little longer to figure out my blog than others but I needed to experiment with different niches and topics to see what really suited me and my readers. I strongly believe that once you know what you want to write about your blog will grow at a steady pace.

Every blog experiences different ways in which their blog has grown and how they achieved that but I will share with you the trends I experienced when my blog was growing.

  • Once I reached 100 followers my blog grew at a steady speed 
  • It took me a full year until I got proper blog interaction 
  • You will lose followers along the way 
  • It's taken me two years to know what I want to blog about
  • You will have days when your blog hardly gets any views

Blog posts I have found actually help when wanting to grow your blog 


What have you learnt from blogging growth ?

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  1. As a blogger who's just reached two years of blogging and still with a small readership, I realise that over the next year I really need to organise my blog and get it just how I want it with the content I post. I've learnt that your blog won't grow if you haven't found yourself in the blogging world yet. While I don't want to find a niche and just stick to that, I know that for my blog to grow I probably will have to.
    Sarah x
    http://www.saraheliza.co.uk/

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    1. i think there is too much pressure to find a niche for your blog take your time and enjoy the process

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  2. I blog for over a year and I feel the same, my blog just doesn't seem to be growing as much as other ones that started at the same time but you know what? I like what I do, I don't blog to be famous, I blog to share my opinion, my passion in the beauty world mostly. If I have people actually reading my blog, commenting, it makes my day. It is a reward for the hard work I put into my posts. I sometimes feel lost but it takes time to know where to go with your blog. I'm glad you shared your opinion and experience :) xx

    Mary Bloomy

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    1. what a lovely comment I'm so glad that you know why you want to blog as many don't really have the heart in blogging. no matter how long you blog you sometimes have moments when you don't really know where your going

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  3. This is such a good post and shows how you can grow your blog at a healthy rate :) x
    casualyetchic.blogspot.com

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  4. I've been blogging for six months and I have a steady readership but nothing amazing. My aim for 2015 is to get to 100 followers (either on BlogLovin or G+) and I think you just have to be realistic and stick with what you are doing.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. good for you i hope poi read that target its the best feeling in the world. If you put in the hard work and dedication you will be rewarded

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  5. I'm a baby blogger but I get comments on all my posts, but I do put an effort into reading and commenting on other blogs I enjoy. I don't have the time right now but hopefully in the New Year I will be more focused. I've written what I wish to achieve and do, I think even doing that helps to focus you.

    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. i think making a list of what you want to achieve can really help motivate you and make your blog better

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  6. Love this realistic blog advice - there's so many posts out there that say do this and do that which kinda make me cringe a bit. As you say, everyone wants their blog to grow but there's no use comparing someones chapter 20 to your chapter 2. Brilliant post! :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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    1. i love this and we often do compare ourselves to others who are way more developed as bloggers

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  7. I used to be a lot more obsessed about the number of followers I had and i was also really bothered by the fact that so many blogs that started out at the same time as me are a lot more popular. But I guess it kind of made me work a lot harder to improve my content, so yeah over almost 2 years if blogging I've realised that your blog will be what it is, good or bad, no matter how many followers you have!

    Yet Another Makeup Blog.

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    1. we cant define our blogs by the numbers we have on our side bar whilst it would be amazing. i follow blog s that have loads of followers but i don't enjoy enjoy them as much as ones with a far smaller readership

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  8. There are times when numbers do bother me and although it's nice to know people are reading, it shouldn't be the main focus. I recently changed my blog name and I haven't been getting as much traffic and interaction so it can bring me down a bit, but it also spurs me on to keep creating better content and enjoy blogging without thinking about numbers etc. So this post is really great!

    Kathryn from This Outlet

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    1. i think at some stage of your blogging journey you will get a bit down by the amount of followers you have but as you said it shouldn't be the main focus. I think not getting hits all the time makes you and your blog a lot better because you are more determined to make it better

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  9. Thank you so much for this post. Honestly. I've been blogging for around a year now and my blog is growing, but slower than I expected. I hate sometimes that my readership bothers me. But your words have encouraged me. I think it's going to take me time still to figure out my blog entirely but that's fine. Over Christmas I'm planning on re-jigging everything and reworking my editorial calendar. I can't wait and thanks for the encouragement :)

    Holly xx

    http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. your welcome. Sounds exciting .I am also going to try out the editorial calendar too over the christmas and see if i can get anymore organised. I am so glad that this post has helped you

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  10. Thanks for the advice, I know it's hard of my blog sometimes comparing my blog to huge ones.

    MY BLOG:
    www.withinjayslife.blogspot.ca

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    1. we have all done that once but compare your blog posts now to the ones you started off with and you will feel a lot better about your blog

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  11. My blog is also one that has grown much more slowly, and when I look back on my old content it makes sense as it has only gone uphill from the beginning. It's all definitely a learning curve and as long as you keep improving, I believe you blog will grow alongside that.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. i am the same my content was terrible and not worth a high readership . reflecting on it I'm glad i didnt have a big audience who was witnessing my terrible content

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  13. I'm still figuring things out and I've been blogging since 2008!

    A Forte For Fashion

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    1. i don't think you ever really figure things out when it comes to blogging it just becomes more clearer

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  14. This is so helpful because I felt like I was the only one it was happening to! I love this post thank you xx

    annaboho.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. your welcome everyone is in the same position

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  15. I agree a lot with what you said about taking time to figure out what you want your blog to be like. I've been switching up my post content, and I'm a lot happier with the direction it's taken me than with what I originally started out with. I was frustrated that I didn't grow as a new blogger, but in reality my blog just wasn't ready. I look back at all my old content and cringe. It's stereotypical, but totally true. You do need time to develop your blogging voice and content naturally, and you only get that with experience.

    mascarawarrior.com

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    1. i am also glad that i took a new direction with my blog things were getting so boring over here. I think every blogger cringes at their old content but that is how we develop to make our blog a must better place

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  16. This is really encouraging, thanks for sharing your insights! I especially like your point about not knowing what you wanted to write about for a long time, I've only been blogging for just over a month and have found myself stressed over not knowing what to write about, but you've reminded me it takes time! Have a good day :)
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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