Monday, July 25, 2011
Do You Suffer from the "Super-SIZE " Syndrome?
There's no doubt about it: in these economically challenging times everybody is trying to get more for less. True?
We often opt to super-size our meals and our deals.
Some mistakenly of the mindset that "bigger is always better." Not always.
In fact, it's one of the reasons that far too many potentially promising bloggers lose out on reaching their traffic goals and would-be fans.
Let me explain.
I often read some very engaging, effective bloggers across the Net. But I don't "follow" them, or sign up as a subscriber because they don't update their sites regularly. And frankly, I get tired of playing "hide-n-go seek" trying to figure out when the heck they'll update their blogs.
But, what I'm finding out is that the culprit for many is time and a lack of ideas.
So they don't post anything. Sometimes for days. Sometimes for weeks. Sometimes for months. Then they lose their mojo.
Folks, let me break it down as simple as a fraction reduced to its lowest terms.
A blog post does not have to be lengthy or laborious to be "quality".
Are you with me here?
Trust me. In my frequent travels across the Net and with different niches, I've read posts that were long, and went on and on and bored me to tears. If it were a "live" performance, I'd be searching for the nearest exit. For real.
Conversely, I've read stuff that was short and sweet and fun to read.
It's not the size, but the content and the level of engagement that matters.
To help you to discover ideas for fast and "fulfilling" updates, I offer the following suggestions.
1. Post motivational quotes and a beautiful image to inspire readers. Karen Lange at Write Now often uses this technique successfully.
2. Share vacation photos, or pictures of your family or garden. I love learning about the person behind the blog. Don't you?
3. Post a music video. Cynthia at Simply Positive Blog often entertains me with her choice in artists.
4. Share some writing related trivia, or trivia as it relates to your particular niche.
5. Pose a problem or thought provoking question and ask readers to weigh in.
6. Sponsor a contest.
7. Share links of other interesting reads across the Web.
Get the picture? Now get it in gear!
Image George Cochrane