Photo Credit Dano’s photos
This blog topic may sound hypocritical. After all, every Tuesday I showcase a new blog and ask my readers to pay them a visit.
I believe a good blog starts with a solid foundation. A foundation that is the result of research, a good theme, writing ability, knowledge of your chosen blogging platform, and a little bit of HTML code.
But soon after we start blogging, we want to “be found”.
We read how we should form communities, network, comment on other blogs, add blogs to our RSS feeds, join StumbleUpon and Digg posts.
All of that takes time.
Lots of time.
But we want growth, so we spend countless hours on these activities. Often too many hours.
What happens during this process, is we begin to neglect our own blog.
The rock solid foundation we built, begins to crack.
When visitors do show up, the “cracks” are apparent.
The great blog that was once a favorite of many, is showing signs of deterioration.
Soon our loyal visitors move on. Traffic and RSS reader counts plummet. Comments decline. Stumbles and Diggs soon stop.
We sit there, shaking our head, saying “What happened?”
What happened is that you didn’t set priorities.
For me, my blog comes first, just as yours should.
I answer my comments as soon as time permits, do maintenance behind the scenes, then proceed to work on my next post.
Usually at the end of the day, I have free time to visit other blogs, comment, and do some Stumbling.
With a full time job/home office, my blogging schedule often changes, but I try to follow the same order. If I run out of time by day’s end, visits to and comments on other blogs must wait.
There are exceptions to the rule. I visit my UK bloggers early in the day, due to the time change, and if I see a fellow blogger needs help, support or encouragement, I will change my schedule and pay them a visit.
Do you find yourself spending too much time away from your own blog?
Do you have a blogging schedule you follow?
Do you have “old favorites” (blogs) that are showing signs of deterioration?