It feels funny writing a post that isn’t fiction. I say this because it has been a while since I wrote an article for my blog. My last few posts have either been poetry or an announcement. I have been busy working on my WIP and my latest venture as Goddess Artemis of All In The Pantheon. I am proud of the fact that I am writing a lot; however, I am guilty of neglecting my blog. I wish I were able to post as often as I used to in the days when I had just started this blog. Trust me; it’s not a lack of desire for interaction that has reduced my posting frequency. The reason continues to be the multiple projects, and everything else demanding my time that was hindering my blog love. Sometimes, I wish there were more than twenty- four hours a day. Sigh!
Those who have been following me for some time will agree when I say that I am a solution-oriented person. I believe in identifying a problem and finding a solution. My mom always says that if you have a problem, there are two things you can do. One is to acknowledge the problem and work to find a solution OR recognize the problem and learn to live with it if you can’t find a solution.
I recognized the problem – a dormant or barely active blog. What was the solution? Simple, revive the blog; write, and post more!
Sounds simple enough, but when I thought about it, I didn’t just want to churn out post after post and lay it on my readers. I’d rather create something useful, that improves interaction, and helps someone along the way. My blog’s theme may have changed from Mind and Life Matters to a writing-related one, but the idea of helping people still appeals to me. This got me thinking, what can I do to revive my blog and improve the quality of posts.
I analyzed the problem in a classic analyst style and came up with some exciting ideas. My analysis was based on data that collected from my blog and a bit of research to learn from the more successful bloggers. The research helped, and I was able to come up with several ideas to revive my blog. Since I believe in sharing information such as this, I decided to write this post and share the tips for anyone who may need them.
One of the most common tips shared by successful bloggers was to do something that I had started way back in 2016, right before I took the sabbatical for school. If you guessed “Guest Blogging” then, you guessed right. Guest blogging is essential to expand your readership and maintain quality blogging standards according to many successful bloggers. I reached out to the Writing Community through my Twitter account and found established and published authors who were ready to guest blog for me. I made a quarterly plan, utilizing my love to organize through a spreadsheet for guest blogs.
I thought of other exciting ideas that would create a unique niche for my blog. I hit upon an idea that I think is really cool. The idea is to create a monthly theme for the blog and write to the theme. I added this to my quarterly plan. I reached out to some of my talented writer/author friends to write fiction or short stories as a part of the monthly theme posting.
I came up with themes for the last three months of the year. October is my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month, but it is also Fall and the season to decorate for Halloween – one of my favorite holidays. Obviously, the theme for October is Spooktacular! This month you will see short stories based on the theme.
Fantasy is one of the most popular genres among readers, especially the YA (Young Adult) or NA (New Adult) crowd. Therefore, November has the theme – Fantasmic – as in everything related to the Fantasy genre. As writers, the more we know about the genre, the better.
The last month of the year is one that brings joy and celebration to all with its holiday spirit, which is why the theme for December is Holiday Spirit!
New Features – Author/Agent Interviews
I found all of this exciting, yet it didn’t feel enough. Research says that readers are always excited to find new features on blogs. It can be a temporary feature or a permanent one, but the excitement of seeing something new almost always has a positive impact on a blog’s readership. That was when I decided that it was time to introduce a feature to my blog.
After much thought, I landed on Interviews! With published authors and agents! Writing, editing, and querying are the crucial aspects of publishing, be it traditional, independent, or self-publishing. Who better than published authors and agents to guide us aspiring authors with answers to the many questions we have on writing, editing, and querying and what not! I reached out to multiple authors and agents to feature information on traditional publishing, self-publishing, as well as independent publishing right here on this blog. I know that as an aspiring author who is soon going to start querying, I would love to have as much verified information as possible.
I am so excited about everything I have lined up for my blog that I am sure is interesting as well as informative. Of course, despite all the guest posts and interview posts, I will continue to write for some of the regular features of my blog. Hopefully, I can keep up with posting regularly and revive my blog to its former glory!
What do you think of these tips to revive a blog? Would you be interested in trying it out for your blog? Let me know in the comments!