• Same here. The community isn’t what it once was (when it shut down, that is), however it still allowed people to get traffic to their sites. I don’t think most people realized the impact that it had. To put things in context, 20SB has the most referrals to my blog (non-Twitter) this year despite being shut down for almost four months. The next closest site is Agent Q’s blog…at about 25% of 20SB’s total.

  1. I agree with all these points even though I don’t necessarily follow them. I still find it very sad that people often don’t take the time to read longer posts, even though I understand that we all have busy lives and maybe just don’t want to commit than much time to reading a blog. I admit that I’ve seen a long post, though, “I’ll go back to this later” and then completely forget to do so.

    Posting consistently is definitely important and I think that’s been my biggest issue over time… it’s just so hard to keep up a posting schedule when you’re busy with work and trying to have a life outside of a computer screen… but you have to do it if you want to ever maintain a decent readership.

    • I’ve been known to do that with longer posts, however I find that I’m just as likely to put a short post away for later reading and never come back as I am with longer posts. It’s not always what happens, but it’s certainly more common (especially lately).

      I feel like I’m at the point where I have consistent, though relatively small, readership. I really want to see my blog to continue to grow. That said, my readership has statistically contracted over the last six months (it’s a small decrease, but one none the less). I don’t know if it’s a matter that I got spoiled by my old blog regularly growing, the fact that I’m doing something wrong with this blog, or a combination of the two.

  2. Definitely agree with all of these points. Although I’ve struggled at blogging consistently these last couple of months, because of how long I did, my traffic in general seems to be consistently up as well.

    I think this pretty much covers all the things I would have liked to have known when I first started blogging.

    • Oddly enough, after taking those couple of weeks off, my traffic has rebounded quite nicely. I’d like to attribute part of that to NaNoWriMo and the story I’ve been writing, however I don’t know if that’s the case.

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