As far as I see it, the two big blogging habits that seem to be critical in growing your readership are:
1. Write about interesting stuff: If you read anything about blogging, you will know that focusing on content is critical. The idea is you 'find your niche', write killer content and your blog will grow.
The niche thing is hard for me. I don't fit snugly into the "Mummy Blogger" niche because I rarely share photos of my kids and I stray from the topic quite frequently.
And while I've got twins, I am not a typical "twin Mummy blogger" either because I have two singletons and their adventures feature too.
My family isn't big enough to fit in the "large family" blog niche.
My writing isn't accomplished enough to be a "writing blog".
I write about my struggles with weight, but I am not a "weight loss blogger".
I am frugal but I don't focus on it all the time.
With my 'not quite' niche, it becomes tricky coming up with appropriate content sometimes. Trying to 'entertain' readers who have been attracted to my blog for different reasons.
But in the end, I remind myself that it is my life. My posts. My blog. So I just write for me. And hope that you dig it too. Perhaps I am a "personal blogger"?
2. Build a Community: I have to say that I 'lurked' for the first couple of months I was blogging. I didn't find it terribly easy to find things to say about other people's posts. Not that I didn't find them interesting, I just didn't really trust that I would be interesting to them (and I had read that a comment is like a mini-ad for your own blog. Way too much pressure for a woman who isn't into 'small talk'.)
Then one day someone (who wasn't related to me!) made a comment on my blog. It made me feel great! Excited! Like, "Wow! Someone is actually reading this thing".
It was all I needed (along with a stage of the Problogger 31DBBB challenge that MADE me make 10 comments). Now what I do notice is, the days I find time to comment on blogs are the same days that I receive comments on my own. (I told you I am a nerd. I notice these things).
So I have learnt to comment more frequently and more strategically. Add to the post. Be humorous. Write a long comment if all the others are short, and vice versa. Write a question if you want the person to contact you, or respond.
I am still haphazard at best, but it sure has gotten a lot easier. I wonder if it will translate into real life and help me with my 'small talk' problem?
So I will continue to cultivate my Top 2 blogging habits and see where that takes me.
What about you? What blogging habits do you have that you could share with me?