Monday, December 22, 2008

Problogger Wannabes: 4 Things to Expect During your Early Months of Blogging (Part 1)

This is PART 1 in a mini-series of posts on Problogger Wannabes: 4 Things to Expect during your Early Months of Blogging. The full series is PART 1 (Few people will read your blog), PART 2 (Expect little to no traffic at all), PART 3 (Patience will wear thin. Enthusiasm will run dry), PART 4 (You won’t earn thousands right away).

1. Few people will read your blog (unless you’re famous). Who would care to read a 5-post “unknown” blog by an “unknown” blogger? The most common answer would be “no one,” unless of course (1) you are a talented writer (that you get to capture your visitors right away the first time they read your posts), (2) you’re famous in the real world (you’re a celebrity who decided to make a go of blogging to “lure” more fans), or (3) you have told all your friends and family that you have a blog and that they should check it out. :-)

Yes, of course, there are other factors (aside from the ‘newness” of your blog) that contribute to having few readers. One is, the type of your blog (example: personal); another would be your niche, or your usual topic (example: you’re writing about ducks, or about spoons, etc.). Here’s a post that you can read, it’s about How to Choose a Niche Topic for Your Blog by Darren Rowse, the Problogger.net guy.

But let this not discourage you. It’s normal. Darren Rowse said that the “most successful blogs don’t hit their strides ‘til they are at least 12 months old.” Keywords you need to take note here are most, successful, and at least. Sure you can easily start a blog, but if you want to have a successful blog with a staying power, it’ll take time.

Here’s another post that you can read: When It Feels Like Nobody is Reading Your Blog, again by Darren.

Again, here’s the full series: PART 1 (Few people will read your blog), PART 2 (Expect little to no traffic at all), PART 3 (Patience will wear thin. Enthusiasm will run dry),
PART 4 (You won’t earn thousands right away).

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