Every writer should have a blog; a place to share all of their work, get feedback and to meet fellow authors. This is a great place to start building your audience and feel out the mood of the times. Readers will tell you what they really want with an interactive blog.
The creating of a blog is not the hard part. You can use many web services to create a blog such as Blogspot or WordPress to name a few. The hard part is driving the traffic. There are many ways to drive traffic to your blog, but to someone who doesn’t have the tools or the knowledge, it is a hard task.
I speak from experience. I can cruise through the internet; find what I want on a search engine, but cause people to come to my website? This is a challenge. I am still working on the technology of keywords. I have found that linking to my facebook or twitter account helps to drive some traffic.
I would like to have global coverage. I found an application that I can add so that a reader can translate the page to their own language. That does not help with traffic, though; when traffic comes they will be able to read the entire blog. Forums are another great source for traffic. They will bring other writers with similar interests.
What does this all boil down to you may ask? If you are well versed in HTML, blogging, and keywords nothing; if you are challenged like me, it means a lot of time, patience and persistence. When I first started my blog I had unrealistic expectations. I wanted to have at least two hundred views a day. I deluded myself that I would get instant gratification.
I have had help creating my blog and am still working on how to drive traffic. Right now, the most time consuming part, is putting up enough content to bring people in and then hook them to keep coming back. I am joining forums to help reach a bigger audience and I am still trying to find a way to make my blog searchable in Google and Yahoo.
I will leave you with a few things I wish I had done before starting my blog. Instead of jumping in head first, be prepared. Make sure you know what you will have for content ready. Find ways to drive traffic and have the URL’s of any forums you are one written down. Seek advice from an experienced blogger. Above all make sure that what your want to name you blog, isn’t already taken. Simply search for it before you create it.
You will have a functioning, searchable, traffic driven blog in no time. Make sure you update you content, respond to readers’ comments, and stay active with it. Most of all have fun with your blog.