On today’s post I’ll be giving you my thoughts on what makes a good blogger; looking specifically on the idea of quality and quantity. Of course, there are more factors which do play part in being a good blogger, but since this is the most asked question that I’ve seen when on twitter, I thought why not write a post about it. Even I’ve questioned which element is needed most when blogging and you don’t know which to focus on more than others… If you know of my blog well, you’d know that I like to value quality over quantity when it comes to writing blog posts. However, this was not the case at the beginning when I first started blogging.
I grew to notice the level of interaction (in myself) towards my posts change and I inevitably became lazy, as well as disinterested to write even one post. It was only then that I decided to really focus more on the quality of my writing rather than the quantity. I mean at the end of the day, I wanted to write well on the things that I’m passionate about, rather than trying to catch up on the number of posts that are due for that week. I cannot speak for everyone that reads blogs but, I prefer reading posts where I can tell that the writer invested their time on it and wanted to share the thing they’re interested about. These are the kind of bloggers that I find myself more drawn towards, as it feels more personal between the writer, the reader and the post itself.
For instance, I attempted doing blogtober (this is where you post throughout October for 31 days), although I did enjoy the number of new bloggers/creators I met through it, not all my posts were as great as I would’ve hoped them to be. During this time, all I could think of was the way in which my posts would raise the quantity level and possible traffic for Melanin Talks. Obviously, I did enjoy writing about child representation on colour, Frederick Douglass and participate in guest posts. However, I found it hard to keep up with and (mentally) pressured to write. It was around halfway through October that I decided to just stop blogtober and go back to my old routine. I found that posting 2/3 posts per week was much more enjoyable and less pressuring for myself. As stated at the beginning, these are merely the impact that I saw on my personal blog and could well be different for someone else. For others, providing a high number of posts consistently can be the foundation of their blog and for others it is their quality which raises traffic for themselves.
In a long kind of winded way hahah, what I’m trying to say is that whether quality or quantity is your blogging foundation, it is something you figure out through many trials and errors in your blogging journey. For myself, I found that proving good, personal quality posts is what I was most comfortable with and found it to be the best way to interact with my viewers. I’d say the most important things when it comes to blogging and finding a pace that suits you best, is to consider these 3 things:
- If blogging is a hobby for yourself, does the way you post feel like a 9-5 job or still something you enjoy doing?
- What was your initial aim(s) that you set for yourself when you first started, that drove you to write?
- Are you remembering to have fun and exploring outside of your comfort zones to find your blogging pace?
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and feel like you could’ve taken something out of it, no matter how small it may be. I hope you nothing but the best for your blog and the journey itself. If you have any advice to share from your own personal experiences, don’t be afraid to share them below on the comments section.
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