Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Blogging Tip of the Day: Vol. 59
One of the biggest arguments was that you give yourself a shelf life of only 24 hours, when your blog needs to sit a while to gain popularity, especially on social media. I have taken a different track on all of this based on my own experience, The average attention span on social media is instantaneous, and NOT something that lingers for EVEN 24 hours. Post something to Twitter or Facebook and see if you can even find 2 hours later. It already assumes that you have a frothing band of die hard readers coming after your content. Of course they were pretty concerned with our ability to come up with "great" content every day, and our abilities to "edit it" and make it "professional" if you are posting every day.
Here's where I stand on all of this, and I have a little experience. Do whatever makes your brand work best for you, but don't go whole hog on suggestions to blog less. Every day, every other day, once a week, just be consistent, but short blogs like this one, every day, grew my audience faster than "perfectly edited" gifts from the writing Gods once a week. Perhaps there is something in between, but please try both methods before you dismiss one as being the wrong method. I say this out of experience as well. I have sat back after writing "the greatest blog ever" and waited and waited, and got more frustrated by it getting no attention, while during the times I figured I wrote too much, saying "oh well my ship will come in." When my ship came in it was from posting daily, and I was able to re-post all of those old gems that didn't get the attention they deserved, and then they did.
This Is Me
I have been bouncing around online for just about 20 years, so I have been there and have done that. It doesn't mean I didn't like it and wouldn't do it again. As most humans, I am a social animal. To be a social animal on the internet it is social media that binds us all together. I prefer Google + and Twitter but have pages on the other ones that I ignore, so you probably should too.
I blog a lot. If you don't like people that blog a lot then I don't know how you got here to begin with. You may want to just move along.
Contrary to popular opinion I hate politics, but have political opinions ..
The easiest way to get under my skin is to apply the "all you talk about is politics" tag. This is a common knee jerk reaction some have when they see something political, and unfortunately I don't hold back sometimes. As a matter of fact, I share more about health, fitness and blogging than politics, which you would know if you weren't busy dismissing me. I actually follow and interact with more people that disagree with me than agree with me politically. The list of "other than politics" seems to be growing everyday and it probably looks a lot like this:
- Blogging (I am a blogger and I blog a lot. Get used to it.)
- Health & Fitness (Avid bodybuilder and diet guru)
- Photography (If I don't know your language now you know why I follow you)
- Android (I love Android, and wouldn't wipe my rear end with an iPhone)
- Humor (If you are funny, I am going to like you)
- Sports (Patriots and Red Sox mostly)
- Music (You'd be surprised how diverse I get here)
- Quotes (I love quotes from historical and hysterical figures)