Thankful for Over 2,000 Followers-What I Have Learned

I am thankful that this past week my blog went over 2,000 followers. I appreciate all of you who have followed my blog, read my posts, liked and especially the ones who have commented on my posts. I wish I could follow everyone back but realistically that would be impossible.

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I thought I would share a few things I have learned in regards to blogging. I hope they are helpful for you in your blogging journey.

Be Patient

It takes time for a blog to grow. It took four years for my blog to go over 2,000 followers. It is extremely rare for a blogger to be an instant success. Give it time.

Be Consistent

If you blog once a week, do it on the same day. If you blog twice a week, do it on the same days. By being consistent, you help your followers know when to expect a post from you.

Be Communal

Interact with other bloggers through comments. Comments that connect to the content of their posts not just a quick spammy type comment like great post, Comments that connect to content and being consistent with them are a great way to get the attention of a blogger.

Be Open to experiment

Give yourself permission to try new ideas in your blog. When I first started sharing about chronic illness, I was hesitant but felt Jesus wanted me to do so. I started a series Wellness Wednesdays where I share about chronic illness and mental health. Some of those posts have been some of my highest viewed ones.

Be True to Yourself

If I tried to write lifestyle type posts, it would not go over well. I am a single guy who lives cheaply. I share what I know about or have truly experienced. That is my voice.

Be Kind

Yes some bloggers grow their blogs by being part of the debate society seeking to argue points. It can work. But for me, I would much rather be remembered as someone who encourages others and seeks to build up. There have been bloggers try to engage me in negativity and I simply delete their comment and block them.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to share tips in the comments.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Want to Connect with Experienced Bloggers?

I remember when I first started blogging and wondered how I could connect with other bloggers and how my blog could grow. So I thought I might share a few thoughts for new bloggers about connecting with other bloggers, experienced bloggers.

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A recent example stands out to me which is David of davidsdailydose..org. He followed my blog and did something that will catch my attention. He left a meaningful comment that related to my blog post. He did not spam, ask me to follow him, or try to leave a link to his blog.

David did something else. He did not do a one and done comment. He would comment once or twice a week. That really caught my attention, so I checked out his blog. I followed his blog about four weeks after he began commenting on myt blog posts.

Why did it take four weeks?

I really wish I could follow all of the bloggers who follow me, but that would be impossible. So I tend to wait to see if the person seems genuinely interested in connecting with me.

Some things that tend to turn me off

1- people who follow me and like more than one of my posts but I never hear from them again

2- people who leave spam type comments- those I delete

3- people who try leaving a link to their blog but I have not interacted with them before

4-comments of- like my posts too or follow me too.

There is another benefit to commenting-meaningful comments- on the posts of other bloggers. The others who comment will see your comment too and may check out your blog. But if it is a spammy type comment, chances are they will not check out your blog.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Question and Answers with Me- My Answers

I would like to thank the bloggers who participated in my Questions and Answers post. I enjoyed their questions. Please check out their blogs.

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Here are the questions, along with a link to their blogs, and my answers.

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com asked- Do you have a favorite childhood memory and what was it?

My dog was my best friend. She followed me around the house. She slept in my room. She is my favorite childhood memory.

Ryan Callahan of authorryanc.com asked- Of all your trips to foreign countries, which is your favorite?

My second trip to Brazil in June/July 2015. I went to teach English at a small university in a city of about 65,000 people. I was the only American in the city for most of my time there. It was so much fun to experience the culture, improve my Portuguese, and live in an apartment taking care of myself for most of my time there. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to live there.

David of davidsdailydose.org asked– Who is your favorite disciple of Jesus, and why?

John because I love to teach from John in the bible. It gives such a close view of Jesus and his interactions with people. I also admire Paul even though he was not one of the disciples. He was an apostle. I admire him for his passion and missionary work.

Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com asked- If someone gifted you cooking lessons, would you use them?

Even though I had a high GPA in college, I am sure that I would fail cooking lessons so better not to try. 🙂

Catsandcoffee of midlifecatlady64.wordpress,com asked- What is your favorite wild animal?

I love dolphins. I have never seen one except on TV. When I was young I was on a swim team and loved the butterfly stroke because it imitated how dolphins move in the water.

Ariel of arielaonthego.com asked- When it’s safe to travel, where do you plan to go for a vacation!

I have some Brazilian friends living in Winnipeg Canada. I could drive up there in 12 hours. I would love to visit them.

Georgetta of journeythroughlifeministry.com asked- Question, how do you repost another Bloggers article to bring awareness of them to others?

At the bottom of the post, you can click on share. This is a picture from your most recent post.

After you click on share, there will be options to choose from. You can choose from. One of them will be for you blog. Once you click on your blog to share, it will create a post for you to publish.

bigskybuckeye.com asked- In your first year of teaching, what subjects and/or grade level did you teach?

I have always taught English Second Language. I started with teaching adults and then began working with teens who want to go to college.

Crissy of walking-by-faith.blog If you could have a conversation with one person, alive or historical, who would that be and why?

First it would be with Jesus to just sit and listen. There are many to choose from. I would love to have a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King because as a child he inspired me. Mother Teresa would be another person.

Alicia of forhispurpose.blog asked- Do you have siblings?

I think I have four siblings but am not sure. In my family I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, but my sister’s family she has 4 brothers, so it seems we might be from different families. 🙂

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked- What is some of the best advice you’ve ever received?

Focus on Jesus while in the midst of difficult times.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Started A Blog? Remember the 3 Cs

Started a blog this year or last year? Wondering how to grow your blog? I would like to share some ideas that I have found helpful.

First please remember that for most people it takes time and patience for a blog to grow. Don’t give up too soon.

The 3 Cs

Consistency

Be consistent about when you post. If you post once a week, try to post the same day each week. If you post daily, try to post close to the same time each day. If you post twice a week, try to post the same days each week.

By being consistent it helps your audience know when to watch for your posts.

Connection

Connect with other social media platforms to share your blog such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

Community

Interact with other bloggers but remember it is a community. Meaningful comments get my attention. What I mean by meaningful comments are ones that relate to the content of a post. If you want to get the attention of another blogger, a meaningful comment can do that but a one and done type scenario does not get my attention. I have followed other bloggers because they have been consistent about commenting on my posts.

Avoid spam type comments. If you comment something like- great post, or follow my blog too, or I wrote something like that (with a link) that comes across as spammy to me and I tend to delete those.

Reblogging a post by another blogger is a good to way to build community with other bloggers.

If you like a post, make sure you have also viewed it. There are bloggers who have clicked like on my post, more than once, without viewing the post.

Hope the 3 Cs help you in your bloggin

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Journey Together in Blogging/Ideas for My Blog in 2021

I saw this quote and felt it expresses my sentiment about my interactions within the blogging community so well.

It is a huge blessing for me to see other bloggers grow in their following and in their writing. I love sharing the journey with other bloggers and try to help them in their journey.

Whether it is creating tags and tagging other bloggers, reblogging posts, leaving encouraging comments, sharing links to other blogs in my posts, or sharing blogging tips, it blesses me to be a small part of helping other bloggers grow.

Thank you to those who are on this blogging journey with me 🙂

Recently I tried something new which is sharing posts about John in the bible on Tuesdays. Last year I shared a short term series of Let Their Voices Be Heard. Blogging tip for today- Don’t be shy to try something new.

While praying, one thing I feel led to do starting next Wednesday is a series focused on wellness. Not as a health adviser because I am not a medical professional. It will be spiritually focused sharing my experience on various aspects of mental health, chronic illness, relationships etc. We will see how it goes. The first post next Wednesday will be about Chosen Family.

This year I plan to finally make my blog one with a private domain. When I do, I might explore a different theme for the blog but am not sure about that.

Thank you for being on this journey with me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.