Q and A

I thought I'd answer some fun questions I received during my blogiversary give-away post. This is the fist one:

What tips do you have to generate more blog traffic and what kinds of posts do you think readers like most?

I consider myself pretty much a blog expert so everyone should probably write this down, mmkay? (No, not really.) So while I've never really set out to consciously increase traffic on my blog, I've noticed that some of these points have brought in new readers and and have helped me keep loyal ones.

Show you care. I always try (though sometimes fail miserably due to time) to visit a commenter's blog, and I really make an effort to leave a comment. If your readers take time out of their days to leave you a comment, I strongly believe you should reciprocate the kindness. I have found the most wonderful blogs this way! I take the time to do this when I can, because I really want to show my readers that I care and that their comments do not go unnoticed. Like my comment box says: "Your comments are like Brangelina--so pretty I could cry."

Make the first move. Unless you wish to remain anonymous, take a few seconds to comment on other people's blogs, whether they leave you a comment or not. I know, I know.........so many blogs, so little time. While I love me a good lurker as much as the next blogger, "de-lurking" can really make someone's day! Before you know it, you'll see the same act of kindness in return on your own blog. 


Good credit. Be sure to credit your sources! Also in conjunction with the above, share the blog love: credit those responsible by mentioning how you found a particular blog ("Stumbled onto your blog via _______'s blog."). Every 10th referral, gets you a free blogger account.......oh, wait.......right. =)

Worth a 1000 words. Posts w/ pictures rule! I know what you're thinking: "But your photography skills pretty much suck, FC." A bad pic is better than no pic in my book! And when it comes to home reno's, before and after shots make my heart palpitate.

Here's an example of my horrible photog skills. Even Hiro knows it.

Let's laugh.
I don't know about you, but I like to blog because it allows me to escape my reality for a little while. While I do enjoy those posts about venting, opinionated "soapbox" moments, and life's ups & downs (blog friends can be a wonderful support system!!) but inject some self-deprecating humor every so often and I am sooo there.


It's all about me. That little "About Me" section on a blog can really do wonders. Whether it's a clever blurb or a whimsical photo, you never know. You might just turn up in someone's google search and be the answer to their blog prayers. Hopefully you're not the result of some sort of kinky-inappropriate search terminology. That'll teach you to never google "decor porn" ever again........ I'll leave that up to you and your life coach to sort out.

It's all about you. The nature of blogs are all "Look at me! Look at me!" but it's nice to get your readers' feedback, too. That's half the fun! I simply adore seeing people's personalities come thru when I ask for advice or anecdotes.
For my blog in particular, I think my readers like home decor/renovation posts the most. Seeing as how this is also my obsession, it's not hard to write most posts. If being a home voyeur is wrong, I don't want to be right, and the more the merrier!! However, the post I received the most responses/feedback to (besides my blogiversary give-away post) was this one, where I turned the spotlight on my readers. It's one of my favorites.


Thanks for the fantastic question, newlyb!!

So there you have my long-winded answers. Hello? Is anyone still awake?
I know that not everyone who has a blog strives to win a popularity contest, so please take my advice with a grain of salt. It shouldn't be a race to see who gets the most comments. Blogging should be soothing to your mind and soul. And if a blog ever feels like a burden, take a break from it. More often than not, you'll be back, properly refreshed.

Hope this was helpful! More Q & A to come.
Do you have any additional blog advice?

33 comments:

  1. i agree with you! delurkers make my day and blogs with pictures are the best :D

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  2. Since you are the reigning queen of beautiful comments and awesome posts, you are the perfect blogger to dole out tips...love it :)

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  3. Great tips! And I'm with you, comment in return, pictures pictures pictures, and let the readers talk about themselves.

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  4. Like your tips! And love your posts :) I agree - pics rule (especially if your readers are hooked on Befores & Afters like I am).

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  5. Can I just jump in and say you hit the nail on the head. I have removed many a bloggers from my dashboard for that very reason (not commenting back or even recognizing my visiting over and over). I myself got tired of going everyday reading and commenting and nothing from them. I am a commenter and get I get comments so I know the feeling. I like you dont always have time for all but come on. Thats just showing respect. There is room for everyone in the blog world...and its okay...

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  6. You had me at "self-deprecating humor." ;)

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  7. I don't blog, but I love blogs, and I also find that blogs are one of the friendliest places out there. I love that Commenters are always so sweet and positive, and that the Blogger's hard work is appreciated. So thank YOU!

    "If being a house voyeur is wrong, then I don't want to be right" made me lol. It's true in my case too.


    jbhat

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  8. I agree with Katie {on most things actually lol}. I don't think there's a better person to answer that question or give tips! :)

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  9. You know what draws me in the most? You're hilarious! I can always count on your blogs to make me laugh ;)

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  10. ITA! You are one of the funniest and stylish bloggers in the blog world! :)

    Great advice and loves me so Hiro photos! Makes my day!

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  11. I'm a baby blogger so that post was very helpful to me! I love your blogging "voice"-- it's very relaxed and fun to read. That and your fab home decor photos are the main reason I visit! :)

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  12. awesome post! Sometimes, probably like a lot of bloggers, I wonder if there is a point to all of my rambling and really, does anyone care? But then there are days when I go back and read through my old posts and I get so glad that I've done them, even if it's just for me.

    Pretty pic too!

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  13. Great advice - you always respond with awesome comments that make me feel like we're BFF!

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  14. You are totally qualified to be giving this advice... it's interesting to see what your most commented post was. I don't have a most commented post, they are all tied at 2 comments. ;)

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  15. I love all the advice!!! I agree with everything. However, I think I may be one of the few people out there that really doesn't put much thought into how many "hits" I get. I value the friends I've made because of my blog, and I really love to help people, but interestingly enough we actually started our blog for our baby. This was she can see someday how excited we were to meet her and over time it has evolved into everything from babies to life events to decor. Thanks for always taking the time to brighten my day with your awesome comments~

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  16. FC, you are so right! Love your advice and you! Thanks for being my blog bff! : )

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  17. THANK YOU to everyone for your kind and heart-warming words! I can't begin to express how speechles I am by your incredibly sweet and genuine comments. Wow, just wow. You've made me happier than you'll ever know =)

    Kim~ LOL! You crack me up. 2 comments average? Puh-shaw! I've seen way more than that on your blog, girl! Us Iowa girls are all about the quality not the quantity, right? =)

    Holly~ I think your reason for starting a blog is hands-down the sweetest I've ever heard. Way to keep this blog thing in perspective! Wren's got some glorious reading ahead of her =)

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  18. "Let's laugh" is so you. You are a funny gal who writes like she thinks. Thanks for keeping it real, sista.

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  19. It helps when the blogger is naturally funny like you are. I enjoy reading informative and funny text almost as much as the photos.

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  20. You rock. Have I told you that lately? ;) Thank you for this post! All we fledgling bloggers really appreciate it! :)

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  21. Thanks for those tips. I agree with you on the last one - take a break from blogging if it feels like a burden.

    You have a very pretty blog, I have you bookmarked and will come back for more!

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  22. Great tips FC! I agree w/you on all of them, you little blog Yoda you! ;) Just like your home, I love your blog and once in it, I will never leave. Hope you like extended stay "blog guests"!

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  23. you were right about that pretty image thing...
    and i'm glad i found your blog. because i think i like you...

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  24. Great post, I love all the tips you wrote up!

    Adorable dog too btw!

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  25. Awesome post! Just discovered your blog and I love it! : ) Look forward to more reading! : )

    Mina
    www.bohemianvintageonline.com

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  26. Just found your blog,I love it already,and Thank you for advices,really helpfull
    hugs from millie

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  27. Thanks for the tips. I just started blogging and am really enjoying stumbling across the tons of interesting and witty blogs out there.

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  28. Thanks for the tips. I've just started my blog (www.bakerlanegang.com), and I have been ready a lot about ways to increase traffic. I'm not looking to make any money or anything, I just think it's neat to know that you're able to share ideas with others.
    Christen

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  29. You're a funny gal! Good points and with great humor.. "decor porn" my favorite. I'd die if that was how someone found my site!

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  30. such great tips!! I just stumbled across your blog-its going into my favorites! I finally started my own blog about a month ago (after years of wavering over what to write about...okay actually years of procrastination!)
    Do you have any more ideas about how to connect to more readers and bloggers out there?
    Bria

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  31. Thanks for sharing those tips! I loke the one about pictures. I basically have no clue! I have not been doing this too long! You have a very nice blog, and I love your graphic design. I stumbled onto your blog via 'GET IT GIRL STYLE'. Thanks again!

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  32. Thanks for the great tips!!!

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