New Blogger Blues

Dear blogger friends: I don’t usually play my I’M SO SAD violin in public; heck, I’m a borderline Pollyanna (one friend says I live “a charmed life.” SO not true!). But I AM SO SAD over the lack of visits to this new blog!

I think I write good stuff (OK, so I may be deluded), but the trickle of traffic is truly disheartening. Writers write to be read!  (My wife had to listen to me rant in a very ungodly manner last night!)  What can I do?

Experienced bloggers: Tips?  Help! Make me not sad!

OK, putting ego back in drawer now.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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38 Responses to New Blogger Blues

  1. Key Payton says:

    Like, hey Mitch-man! A couple of “tips,” off the top:
    — Post some endorsements from excited “advance” readers.
    — Reassure us that your mini-chapters will not be just more junk cluttering our inboxes, but rather “a weekly pick-you-up, inspire-your-day, hook-your-heart mini-fiction that’ll take you away from it all while also helping you deal with it all better!”
    — Promise that “important clues” will appear throughout your mini-chapters, then promote semi-monthly “Clue Quizzes” where you’ll be awarding acclaim (or maybe an ice-cream-coupon link) to each month’s top “clue-catcher” (or some such).
    — Always make it where readers can back-link to previous mini-chapters, or regularly furnish the email dates of prior chapters, That way, if I’m disconnected from the web for a month, I won’t have any problem catching up with the story when my WiFi gets’ reconnected.
    — That’s all for now, Mr. Value-added Author!

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  2. keypayton says:

    Like, hey Mitch-man! A couple of “tips,” off the top:
    — Post some endorsements from excited “advance” readers.
    — Reassure us that your mini-chapters will not be just more junk cluttering our inboxes, but rather “a weekly pick-you-up, inspire-your-day, hook-your-heart mini-fiction that’ll take you away from it all while also helping you deal with it all better!”
    — Promise that “important clues” will appear throughout your mini-chapters, then promote semi-monthly “Clue Quizzes” where you’ll be awarding acclaim (or maybe an ice-cream-coupon link) to each month’s top “clue-catcher” (or some such).
    — Always make it where readers can back-link to previous mini-chapters, or regularly furnish the email dates of prior chapters, That way, if I’m disconnected from the web for a month, I won’t have any problem catching up with the story when my WiFi gets reconnected!
    — That’s all for now, Mr. Value-added Author!

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  3. I write some tips on how to expand your audience if you are hosted through wordpress.com. You have a high subscriber number so what is the issue? Comments and interaction?

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Opinionated, thanks for your reply! The high number of subscribers you’re referring to is mostly made up of Facebook friends (I’m pretty active in that sphere). When I see ramblings from 20 year-olds with 80,000 blog followers, I wonder, “What do they know (or do), that I don’t?”

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      • Well I am 33 and have been blogging for almost two years now on WordPress. But I am a powerblogger and that is why I am close to 45,000 subscribers so far. If I wrote more “fluff” I’d be at 200,000, but I am happy I will hit my one million view mark here in a few weeks. It can be done and a lot of it has to do with knowing how to separate your time. I run a blogging model that focuses on splitting my time 3 ways, 33.3% on interaction, 33.3% on gaining followers, and 33.3% on writing. To powerblog or even to gain traffic period, it takes a splitting of focus. You can’t only wait for people to find you, have to go out and find them first in most cases. And that work is something many aren’t willing to do. I wish you the best with your blogging! If you are interested in those articles they are on my blog under the blogging/powerblogging link. -OM

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Jason, you were a great encouragement to me back in the day. Thank you!

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  4. mitchteemley says:

    OM, thanks so much. I WILL check out your powerblogging advice!

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  5. Me Margo Carmichael says:

    Hi,Mitch, you have a good blog going here. Have you read Michael Hyatt’s or Seth Godin’s books or blogs on blogging, etc.? They have all kinds of info.

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  6. BARBARA says:

    MITCH:JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR BLOGS AND COULD RESPOND TO EACH OF THEM IF——–ONLY I HAD MORE TIME!EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ENTERED IS QUITE THOUGHT PROVOKING ,INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE.I AM ENVIOUS OF YOUR WRITING ABILITY.PERHAPS YOU JUST HAVE NOT FOUND THE BEST OUTLET FOR EXPRESSING YOUR FEELINGS AND IDEAS.SO AS I WAS TOLD—-“-DO NOT GIVE UP” SINCERELY,BARBARA

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  7. Steve Kimes says:

    In the emails that go out to your followers, you might want to only put a teaser instead of the whole post, that will encourage us to go to the blog itself and check it out, instead of just reading your post in the email.

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  8. I agree with opinionated. The personal interaction to show your interest in your readers. effort on 3 fronts. The ones I read sound like someone is chatting with me about their topics. I know better, but it is a warm encounter with me. Though a teaching model is like a good self help book, definitely has its place. Another thought is are you addressing what people would be asking about or what you want to tell them…

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  9. Jim says:

    This has a very interesting start as all fantasy should. Looking forward to more

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  10. lenahedges says:

    Brilliant rant. I feel exactly the same. I could almost have been listening to my own rant. In the interest of this please take a moment out of your day to check out my blogs 🙂
    http://www.lenahedges.wordpress.com
    http://www.forayinyofashion.com

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  11. mitchteemley says:

    Thanks, Lena. If ya gotta rant, rant right, eh? ;>) Enjoyed reading about Haybag Annie, btw!

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  12. Curious how your blogging is going lately. Are you still sad or have you found your inspiration from others ideas? Just curious.

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  13. mitchteemley says:

    Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:

    Dear blogger friends: I wrote the little rant below a month after launching my blog site. Flash forward: I just crossed the 2,000 followers mark! THANK YOU!

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  14. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi Mitch, I think you write very good and interesting content in your blog. The issue for all of us is how to be found, so I suggest one tactic is to do as many meet and greets as you can. Check out my latest blog post, in which I reblogged one from another blogger. Also, do you do Facebook and Twitter? They do help with followers. I wish you good luck!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Charles, I will! Yes, I have an active Facebook account and a tolerable Twitter following (never really sure how to up that outside of buying a bunch of pseudo-followers). Thanks, blog bro!

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  15. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Congratulations, Mitch, for acquiring 2,000-followers. Well done! ‘Am going to check out some of the blog-marketing ideas mentioned here. What a brilliant idea you put into action: Ask the experienced, successful bloggers for their input! Many bloggers are surprisingly generous with their expertise.

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  16. Ron Huston says:

    Mitch —

    You are perhaps the most talented person I have ever met. The talent is undoubtedly a gift from God.

    — Ron

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  17. Happy for you to meet the 2,000 mark. You rock!

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  18. tearupthebox says:

    Mitch, I just wanted to say “thank you” for having this mini-rant! It allowed me to gain some valuable insight from the advice of other power bloggers who are doing an outstanding job of getting their content out there. There’s always something we can learn, and we’ll never know until the question is asked! Have an outstanding day! -Lindsey @TearUpTheBox

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  19. I remember this feeling. It creeps in sometimes, but I shoo it away quickly. Writers do write to be read, but bloggers read the writing of others — engaging with the text and building community. P.S. I know this is an old post, but it still resonated with me. 🙂

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