Know The Rhythm Of Your Blog




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When you start your blog you may have no conception of how long you're going to be doing this for or the time and effort that it is going to take on your part, but when you become a seasoned blogger, you'll be able to look back (and look forward) and see your personal seasonal rhythms with your blog.

We all have our ups and downs and habits that we get into, and our blogs will reflect that over time. Right now, it's getting into fall, and for a a lot of people summer is one of two extremes - it is either the time where you're lazy and don't maintain your blog as much, or you're coasting along with your blog because everyone is engaged and involved. After this, you're going to have to make one transition or another - either get more involved with your blog and write more or expect less involvement from your audience. Or you're one of those lucky few that get consistent involvement year round - know I strongly dislike you.

For those who are just starting - know that you will likely get into routines in different seasons (the weather may not correlate...but it will happen.) Blogs have life cycles and phases just as a business does. You'll probably get into a winter funk, and there will be some bumps and scrapes along the way - balancing life, work and blog isn't always easy.

As I said, your seasons may not match what you're seeing outside of the window, but you really should take note of what kind of life cycle your blog has, where the ups and downs and peaks and valleys usually occur. If you don't notice these things, your blog could become completely stale or irrelevant without you noticing. Years will run by you, and your blog hasn't grown or evolved at all. Maybe you don't get to know your audience, or haven't don't any kind of SEO, but SEO is a whole 'nother topic.

Just as a fact of life in the real-world seasons of Fall and Winter, you will be faced with a lot more holidays - from Halloween to Christmas. You'll need to decide to what degree you're going to want to share your personal experiences of the holidays, or the ways in which you're going to allow the holidays you do (or don't) celebrate color your content.

Winter

The winter of your blog is a test of discipline. Long days and little to show, at this point you're just trying to get through your posting schedule. You don't have the heart to start any new promotions or launch any new projects. You just slog through the mud and keep on keepin' on. Do you have the devotion to really keep doing this blog? Your winter is your benchmark.

Spring

Spring - buds are blooming, birds are chirping, the sun is shining. In short, things are looking better. You've got new subscribers or maybe you just got pitched a great promotional deal, but things are going so much better than they were. Whatever is making you excited about your blog again, you're posting so much more and are engaged and active, riding on cloud 9.

Summer

As I've mentioned earlier, the summer of your blog (which likely corresponds to the actual season) can be one of two things. Either you're hot and lazy and kind of abandon ship with your blog, posting less frequently, engaging less often, or you're continuing the high of summer and you could almost be on vacation because things with your blog are evolving so naturally and everything is going so easily.

Fall

The fall of your blog is the time that you need to take to analyze your blog. Do you need a new design? (Do you want a new design?) Do you need to reach out to a different audience? Guest post somewhere? Start in on a new topic or a new angle? Fall is the time to ask those questions, and figure out what is going on a bit deeper with your blog - figure out how to grow it, how to nurture it.

Don't forget your blog is a reflection of you, and you go through cycles and rhythms. Follow them, understand them. Don't try and fight them or get frustrated with it. Ups and downs happen with everything. Keep in mind the larger picture of you and your blog and how they fit together - and a big part of that is identifying and acknowledging the rhythms that your blog goes through.


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9 comments:

  1. Interesting, never thought of the blog as in seasons. I try to outline week to week but organizing by season may be helpful.

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  2. great post! Yeah, online life is always related to the real life.. i do agree with messages in this post although i just only have 2 season in my country.. :)

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  3. thanks, dear , after many days , I find your new post here , thanks again your presence

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  4. This is very informative things.. thanks!

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  5. "Right now, it's getting into fall"

    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but about 20 odd years ago the net went global.

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  6. Great article. Thanks for sharing it!

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  7. Wow, as I was reading this I was nodding my head in agreement.

    I went through my "blog summer" this summer and now starting back up again...

    I changed the name of the blog and added a few different elements. I'm in a transitional phase of my life and my blog reflects that- clearly moving into winter!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. You have opened up my eyes to see my blog from the new perspective.

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  9. Insightful thoughts, really changed the way I take Blogging now

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