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Are you a bad blogger?

If you’re a blogger, you want to be a good blogger, right? You didn’t start your blog to be bad, you started it because you had something to say, a hobby, or you thought it was the cool social media thing to do. Either way, you want to be good at it. Your friends and family will tell you it’s an awesome blog because they have to. Your haters will be a bit more vocal and actually tell it like it is. So which one is it? Are you good or are you bad?

First of all, let’s define what it means to be a good blogger. However, let’s not confuse a good blogger with a good writer. Writing involves taking an idea and molding an article and/or blog post around that idea to make something profound that someone will read, share, and love for ages. Blogging is a bit different. Blogging is the engine that propels all that good writing forward. Here are some traits of good bloggers:

  • Bloggers networks with other bloggers
  • Bloggers have mastered the art of promotion – marketing, traditional marketing and social media
  • Bloggers build their brand
  • Attract new followers and subscribers
  • Have a sense of business and would like to go pro
  • They know it takes hard work to be a blogger
  • Manage their time, space and work environment

Taking all this into account, here are some signs that you might be a bad blogger.

You’re not publishing regularly: Sounds a bit obvious but for most people, a blog is like a new year’s resolution. It sounds good at the time but after you realize all the effort  it takes, you just don’t want to do it. Your main task as a blogger is to blog about whatever your subject is. Sounds simple but it’s not. If you don’t publish regularly, your audience forgets about you, loses interest and might unsubscribe. Ouch. If you decide to return, just return. Don’t publish a “sorry I’ve been away post.” Chances are people haven’t noticed and now you’ve given them reason to think you’re a lazy blogger. Oops.

You’re not managing your time properly: if you’re not blogging, you’re not managing your time. In order to be a good blogger, you need to set a time to blog and an editorial calendar of blog posts. All this helps you brain storm what to write, when to write it and then gives you the time and space you need to craft that masterpiece. Sounds hard? Yeah, it can be but once you’ve got a rhythm,  you’re golden.

You don’t know how much traffic you’re getting, what SEO is, etc: Dedicated bloggers track their stats almost 24/7 and if you ask them how many hits they get, what their popular articles are, etc., they’ll have an answer for you immediately, not just a rough estimate. Why? Because they take pride in what they do and are constantly looking for ways to reach a larger audience. If you don’t know what your numbers are, chances are they’re probably low.

You don’t have a plan for your blog: It’s every blogger’s goal to turn their blog into something more than just words floating out in the Internet. A successful blogger has a long term plan.  They’re working with other bloggers, they’re networking, they’re freelancing, guest blogging, and doing everything possible to get their name out there. If you’re not sharing your blog or reaching out, chances are no one will discover your wonderful blog.

Are you a good blogger? Share your tips for blogging success in the comments below.

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