I’ve often wondered about the different methods writers (and all bloggers in general, actually) use to keep people coming back to their blog. While I am not one to relentlessly obsess over the number of hits my blog gets in a given period of time (nor will I actually give out the numbers), I have noticed a gradual decline in the numbers. If you believe in the traditional rules of bog success, then I suppose this decline is partly because of the fact that I don’t blog as often as I used to. Looking back at the stats, I have noticed that it was during my freelance period, when I was writing a new entry almost every day, that my numbers were at their highest.
This could also lead in to the fact that I had more time to explore the blogosphere. Since I have taken up a 9-5 job, my blog reading has fallen behind and I leave fewer comments on other blogs than I used to. That could obviously be cause for the slight drop off of readership here on my blog.
Again, I don’t want to come off sounding as if I am losing a popularity contest or something. But as a writer that is trying to make a name for himself, I think it is important to find out how to keep regular readers coming back and how to attract new ones. I saw a bit of success in this when I held the Poetry Month giveaway contest, but that was to be expected. Yet, I am in no way, shape, or form prepared to offer a new contest every month.
I also know that keywords and tags have something to do with it, but that is an art that I have never really even tried to learn the secrets to. Maybe one day…
How about you guys? What tactics do use to try to get new readers and to keep the blog interesting?
As for me, the only tactic I have is the following (and yes, it sis both an example and a true statement): Sometime early next week, I’ll have a pretty great announcement to make. Stay tuned!