How To Build & Sustain A Blogging Community — Lifesfinewhine

Building And Sustaining A Blogging Community Recently, I got a comment asking me to write a post about building and sustaining a blogging community and I thought that was a really great idea for a blog post. It’s something I haven’t really gotten into much detail about before but it’s also something I think is […]

How To Build & Sustain A Blogging Community — Lifesfinewhine

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.