A fellow blogger from Finland, Snow from Snow Melts Somewhere, wrote an excellent and thorough post on blogging, social media and what kinds of things you can take into account when aiming to raise your blogs statistics – views and visitors. I started writing a reply to her post and noticed that even though I know nothing about SEO’s and SEM’s, I suddenly had a lot to say on the matter. Not necessarily anything more than some random ramblings but enough for a blog post of my own. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject too!
I’ve now been blogging since November 2015, so it’s been almost a year! I did have a blog a long time ago for two years which concentrated on books. But one day, writing the book reviews started feeling like another chore in addition to everything else, so I lost motivation. So that was that. Last Fall I had some extra time on my hands and decided to start again which was a great decision, as I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
What I love about blogging is being able to write and naturally having the chance to connect with other individuals from around the world. I wish I had more time to read everyone’s blogs.
Someone once said that you shouldn’t write your blog for other bloggers. Why not I ask of you? Personally I don’t mind who reads my blog, as long as someone does, LOL! I appreciate every single follow out there and I love to read everyone’s comments – readers are part of the motivation to continue – the most important one at that.
When I began, I was very obsessed with numbers. I wanted to grow my statistics – to be truthful – I was hoping of getting to the point where I could commercialize my blog. Now that some time has passed, that silly idea has gone with the wind.
I don’t want to offend anyone but I actually find myself annoyed with blogs that have become market-places for all kinds of products, be it oatmeal, moisturizer, hotels, or even chicken to name a few!! Yes, blogs have on a large scale taken over the magazine market (I cannot even remember when I last bought a magazine!) and thus I understand that advertisments have to be moved somewhere. I like to read hotel and restaurant reviews but I wish they weren’t paid for, as it does bring a small doubt into my mind about the authenticisty of the review. You’re bound to love a hotel if you get it free (or cheaper) or at least emphasize the aspects you liked even if there were things there you did not agree with. Each to it’s own – I’m not saying it’s wrong to commercialize your blog but it’s something I have thought about and come to the conclusion that I don’t want to do that. I have a day job and blogging is my hobby.
Now one hot potato is Blogger versus WordPress. I’ve tried both. I think Blogger is awful to be frank! I find WordPress much easier and versatile. Saying that, I have had quite many problems with my WordPress reader lately, for example photos take ages to download and also writing posts has been difficult, as saving drafts has been impossible for some reason. I’m not sure if this is due to my internet connection but it’s really slowing me down! I have also understood that bloggers who use Blogger get much more followers.
For commercial blogs, social media is extremely important. I too am on the social media bandwagon even though my blog is purely for fun. I love social media but not all aspects of it.
I have Facebook for personal use, for my blog and I even have a personal work profile! My blog profile is basically just to offer a platform to follow my blog and I mainly just publish posts via that. Facebook is very annoying in this aspect – it might hide the post from followers’ news feeds and in the end the posts get very little clicks via Facebook. Facebook keeps telling me to advertise my posts but having tried that, I cannot recommend it. The likes you get, etc. are not from real people, as none of them ever read the posts they liked. Otherwise I think Facebook is an easy way to stay in touch with friends from all over the world.
I simply love Instagram. I have been on for years but I’ve only had a public profile since I started blogging. Before, I was very vary of my privacy and didn’t want everyone to see my photos or find out more about me. These days I don’t give a hoot! If someone is interested in the food I photograph or random photos of Finland or our sailboat, then that’s fine.
One thing I cannot stand are the IG spammers – have you noticed this? People who follow you and then when you don’t follow them back, they click unfollow. Please – I would rather have people following me who are actually interested in my content than just getting a new follower. It’s frustrating. One day I have 210 followers and the next 200!!!! AAARGH! So growing my following on IG is not really happening as I do not click follow unless I am really interested in following the feed represented to me. I also want to keep my feed manageable, as I don’t have extra hours in the day for liking photos and scrolling through the feed.
Twitter.. Now Twitter is very difficult for me to grasp for some reason. I have an account where I publish my posts but I never tweet anything else. I also started a work account for Twitter when I saw people tweeting interesting tweets at a conference which were reflected onto a whitescreen for everyone to see. It would be great publicity but I have a feeling that I would have to tweet 24/7 and have interesting content to share, so it seems like a huge effort. I think Twitter is something I may never master.
My daughter first introduced me to Snapchat (mrssuvi). I love it! But I simply don’t have enough time to Snap all the time. I don’t have many followers either. Only a handful of my friends are on Snapchat. It’s a good way to stay in touch with what my daughter is doing though. You might think this is weird but she’s 20 which means that mommy doesn’t know her every move any longer!
I was at the Helsinki Travel Fair last year and there was panel there about social media. That was the place where I learnt what Periscope really is. People seemed to be very interested in it but it didn’t sound like fun to me. So that’s something I know nothing about really and I don’t really care to learn either.
How about the genre of a blog? At first I thought I would write a travel blog but this blog has not turned out to be just a travel blog. I like how a friend put it – she said that my blog is a feel-good blog. That sounded great to me, although I might have more followers if the genre was more clear…
These photos are from the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä and the last three are scenes I saw whilst walking there. I am actually sitting on one of the stools he designed as I’m writing this!
What are your thoughts on all of this? Have you tried Blogger or is WordPress more your thing? Are you looking into commercializing your blog? If you are – why? Are you a fan of social media? I would love it if you had some time to share your views in the comments below.