Your blog readers mean much more than you think

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How many times do bloggers try so hard to get more readers, get more likes, more shares and more comments.

Countless number of times. All in a bid to have a great blog. All these are good but one of the most important aspects of your blog is are your readers.

Can you imagine producing great content day in day out for your readers. Every time you publish a blog post, there is a tribe waiting to read and if possible comment and share. In no distant future you will increase your followers, readers and community because those people will share the content they love with their friends. 

However if you focus on just promoting posts, begging people to follow you, you may not get that. large following. 

When people love what they see and notice that you are consistent they will advertise your blog for you. 

Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. Identify what your readers want, like and need and stick to it. Your followership will increase in leaps and bounds. 

These tools will help you blog like a boss

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Sparkle Writers, how are you doing? and your blog? Fine we hope.

You know how time consuming it is to manage a blog right? It’s even more difficult when you are trying to do things right. In between finding the right images for your blog, editing the images and posting on facebook, twitter and instagram time never seems enough. 

Here are a few tools that can help you blog like a boss.

Fiverr

Ever heard of this amazing community? It has a pool of experts that can help you with several blog activities. Logo design, template creation, programming and lots more. All you need to do is get started by signing in. What’s best? It costs $5dollars. Well you can get them for that amount or higher, depending on what you want. 

Grammarly 

Grammarly is a great tool  that helps you improve your writing. It helps to correct your typos and grammatical errors. What do you think about having something that helps you edit your work just as you are typing.  Well that’s if you sync it with your computer. Grammarly is that tool that can work for you.

Mailchimp

What serious blogger does not communicate with his reader via email? Not sure there is any. Mailchimp helps you send messages to your reader, talk about blog posts and grow your community. They have free and paid versions so you can choose what plan suits you.  

 

 

How responsive is your blog design?

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Hey Sparkle Writers, did you know that mobile users spend more than 63 percent of their time on their phones accessing mobile websites and apps? 

So what do you think this means to you as a blogger? Your blog design must be responsive enough to accommodate all kind of users. 

Mobiles and tablets are now a primary source of web traffic all over the world.

If your theme doesn’t respond well to the smaller mobile screens there is a good chance you will be losing valuable traffic as people click away to find something easier to navigate

If you want to keep these people there’s only one way to do it, make your blog design responsive. 

You can use this to test to find out if it is responsive or not.

We’ve checked ours and its very responsive! 

 

 

 

 

Your ideas are valuable

Your ideas are valuable

If you are a blogger then you already know that blogging is not all cake and ice cream. You need a lot of work and plenty ideas to keep your blog running. One post per month will not do justice. 

So how do you keep your blog running properly? The trick is to maximize every idea you get. No idea is useless and you have to learn that.  To keep the content coming, you need to have ideas to write about. When you get an idea, write it down. You don’t have to use it now but just write it down. You never can tell when that idea will make sense to you. 

Again, no idea is useless. So when next you get inspired by something seemingly unimportant, grab your journal and note it. A day will come when you’d want to develop that idea but if you can’t remember the topic how you will you flesh out an article?

Another option is to curate content from others or do an alternative post, such as using video.

Whatever option you go for, just know that every idea is valuable. You never know who needs to read that next post. 

This is why bloggers must be honest

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Blogging can be a very attractive activity. Just knowing that you have a tribe of people who love you and are loyal to you is enough. Most times bloggers tend to inflate the truth  or edit their reality just to make people interested. You want to pretend to be who you are not because other bloggers are doing it. 

Here’s a piece of advice. 

Stop faking it. Bloggers who are not honest will not last. You will not be able to keep up for a long time. Imagine having to always put up a picture with your face made up because you’ve made your readers believe that you are a beauty enthusiast when in fact you have days when you just want to walk around with your bare face. 

When you write, write honestly. Don’t try to fake another bloggers writing voice because you think that’s why he has so many readers. It won’t work. 

Readers sense fakes a mile away.

Most times you want to follow the trends, when they say there is a new style in your niche you immediately want to jump on it and even put your on twist to it.  After all blogging and trends have a lot in common. But you must be careful so you don’t loose yourself and essence in all the trends. 

Your readers love you, they want to see you don’t disappoint them. 

 

This is how to switch things up on your blog

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Hey Blogger. It’s been a whole week since our last blogging post and today we want to talk about how to switch things up on your blog when things seem to be falling apart or when you are getting bored with it. 

We will give you three points but please note that there are several ways to switch things up on your blog.

The first thing you can do is: 

Host a giveaway

Who doesn’t like something free? If your blog is down on readership one of the fastest things you can do is host a giveaway. Link the giveaway to a blog post and direct the traffic to your blog. Make sure the gift is something that will be useful to your readers so that they feel encouraged to join. 

Create a list of something 

People are lazy. They don’t want to waste time on searching and gathering information. That’s the reason why lists are popular. Create a TOP10, or better yet, a TOP100 list. Lists of movies, books, influential people, or any other topic can easily generate buzz. Just make sure its something that will benefit your followers. So if your blog is a travel blog create a list on your favorite restaurants in a particular city and see how much  people respond to it. 

Interview someone 

Do you know any celebrity or someone who has a great story behind their work/life/career? Try an interview. It gives your blog a different feel and adds some spice to it. Make sure that whoever you interview has something that will add value to your readers.

Or why do you want to add some spice to your blog if not because of them? 

Remember that when you are getting tired of your blog, it is probably time to spice things up. You should never be afraid of change things up. 

This is what makes you inconsistent with your blog

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There are too many blogs out there for yours to be ordinary or don’t you think so? What’s even worse there’s probably someone else blogging about the same theme you are blogging about. So what makes yours different or why should readers read your blog instead of another? In fact what makes some blogs visible and others not so much?

Consistency. This is one of the biggest problems every blogger faces. Whether it’s because of a seeming lack of words or the fact that life happens or sheer laziness many bloggers struggle with staying consistent.

Today we are highlighting how these factors can inhibit consistency and ultimately reduce your blogs ratings.

No plan

If you started a blog just because and have no plan on how to sustain it and keep it flowing with fresh content you will soon become inconsistent, it is only a matter of time. If you have not started your blog yet, you have time to do things right. Decide how many times a week you want to post and follow up on that. Don’t let your readers and the internet as a whole see you as lazy. If this happens, you and your blog will not be taken seriously.

Procrastination

It’s easy to say “I will do it later” but most times later becomes never. When you remember that you have to prepare a blog post do your best not to shift it for later. Whatever needs to be done should be done by all means. There is no use procrastinating. Can you imagine if procrastination stoops you from posting in almost a whole month?

You’d most likely lose a lot of loyal followers.

This and a lot more is what inconsistency is doing to your blog.

It’s time to do things differently.

 

 

This is why you shouldn’t change your blog template so often

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Hello Blogger!

Its time for another #BloggingSeries, we hope you are ready? Today we are talking about blog templates and how necessary it is to frequently change them.

Your blog template determines the general look and feel of your blog and goes a long way to determine how visually appealing and accessible your blog is to readers.

There is nothing wrong with changing your blog template, in fact change can sometimes be good especially when it is done right. Imagine choosing the right color scheme header and gadgets for your blog. Your readers will definitely thank you for it.

So why then are we saying you shouldn’t do this so often?

You are building a brand

Whether you believe it or not, your blog is your brand. You don’t want to be seen as inconsistent or confused because you keep changing the template every time you see something new. That is why you have to be sure of your decision when you are choosing a template. Make sure it is what you love and can work with for a considerable length of time.

You can upset your readers

Your readers are one of the most important stakeholders in your blogging journey. You can imagine if every time they visit they have to start searching for where the home button or other important buttons are on your blog because you keep changing the template. They won’t want to visit as often as they should.

There’s more to your blog than the template

This may sound harsh but trust us when we say we are just being honest. If you keep changing your blog template at the slightest chance, will you ever have time to create content,write, reply your readers, promote your blog posts, attend blogger meet ups?

Not really.

 

This is why you shouldn’t copy somebody’s content on your blog

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Hello Blogger! Welcome the blogging series on the Sparkle Blog. Today’s topic may sound strange to you ( If you’ve never copied somebody else’s content before) but we know there are a few people who still need logical reasons why this is wrong.

Today’s post is dedicated to that group of people

Reason 1: Copying is the same thing as stealing

Do we need to explain this any further? There’s no point using a trendy name for it. Copying content from somebody else and posing it as yours is stealing. Period.

Reasom 2: Somebody worked hard to get what you just want to spend five minutes copying and pasting

Think about it. It will take you about five minutes or lets say 10 minutes to take the content from the original source and paste on your blog. The writer probably spent the whole night working on that piece. You are disrespecting the work by stealing it. If you love it so much why don’t you get express permission from the blog owner before you use it?

Reason 3: You are diminishing your creativity 

Creativity is like a muscle, the more you flex it, the stronger it becomes. When you refuse to use your creativity over and over again and prefer to steal content from other people you are doing yourself more harm than good. Do you know that no matter how much you write you can never use up creativity? So don’t be scared to flex those creative muscles.

Do you have more reasons why people need to stop stealing content? Share with us in the comment box!

3 quotes that will get you through the difficult blogging days

 

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Despite how fun blogging can be, there are days when you feel blue. You don’t feel like writing, you don’t even want to hear the word ‘blog’ around you. It’s almost like it gives you nausea.

Other times the malicious or seemingly unpleasant comments don’t even help matters. But what happens when you have a deadline and your readers are waiting?

These quotes will help you get in the blogging spirit again!

“If you accept all the praise, you have to accept all the critique.” – Chris Brogan

There are some comments that you don’t necessarily want to hear because they are not the ‘job well done’ comments you expect but it’s not every negative comment you get that you should dismiss. There are some comments that are not so pleasant but are the truth. So if you accept all the praise you get from readers, be ready to take some critique too.
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“Your value does not decrease based on somebody’s inability to see your worth.”

We are not even sure why we put these two quotes to follow each other. But you need to hear both sides of the truth.

So yeeees! Those times when plain hateful and anonymous people post those annoying and sometimes hurtful comments about your hard work and you feel like giving up, remember this. Your writing talent does not decrease based on somebody’s inability to see your worth so just keep blogging.

“What you do after you create your content is what truly counts.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Do you create content and expect miracles? Or do you reach out and make connections?

If you are discouraged because your blog is not making money like you have envisaged, then this quote is for you. Don’t expect money miracles if you don’t reach out and make connections. You’ve created enough content why don’t you go out and make connections, network with other bloggers and you’d see how your blog reach will increase.

We hope these quotes have encouraged you, inspired you and hopefully gotten you to open your laptop and continue blogging.