As someone who runs a blogging company I am always very curious about the trends that blogging itself is undergoing.
This is especially important to me as a lot of people look to this website for information about best practices when it comes to our much-loved medium.
And something that has been popping up more and more over the last few years is whether or not blogging is finally dead (or at least dying).
Today I want to show you some interesting data that might help you determine for yourself whether or not you want to keep putting time, money and effort into your blog.
Let’s take a look.
It’s a horrifying thought, isn’t it? All those hours spent writing blog posts, emailing subscribers and developing your blogging skills only to see your site start to die. So what do you do?
Unfortunately this is a really common event and can happen to any blog in any niche. It might be Google penalty or maybe the topic of your blog is no longer trendy.
In this post I’m going to fire up the defibrillator paddles and press them on to the chest of your dying blog! Or… something like that.
Let’s hope it helps someone out there.
We often look at “external” metrics like email subscribers and traffic levels, but should we also occasionally look at our own blogging skills to see whether they are developing nicely?
This idea has been floating around in my brain for a while now, and so I decided to do a type of audit to see what skills I had and what skills I wanted.
In the end I decided to put together a basic blogging skills checklist that you can use as an audit or guidepost to see where your skills are and what you might want to develop. Hopefully it helps bloggers who aren’t sure what is the most important area to be working on.
Let’s take a look.
Last week I asked everyone about the biggest blogging battles that they face. It turns out that time management is a huge issue – many people want to blog but just can’t find the time.
This is a pretty big problem.
If you want to run a successful blog but can’t find the time to do any work you’re setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even begun.
Today I’m going to share some strategies that have worked for me over the years in the hope that they give you something to work with.
This month Blog Tyrant celebrated its fifth birthday and all I really want to do is say thanks.
I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone!
It’s been such a crazy and happy adventure – making the decision to focus on one brand that I really love – and trying my best to produce content that is (even in a very small way) useful to people. It’s forced me to keep experimenting and learning about everything that goes along with blogging.
But more than anything I’ve loved the friendships and connections built as a result of this little blog.
It’s time for some shout outs.
*queue the Academy Awards long-speech music*
What are you really battling with when it comes to blogging?
Every now and then I like to take a break from the regular blog posts and have a discussion with you guys to see what you’re working on.
This is quite useful for me because it gives lots of insights into what stage everyone is up to, which really helps for future content ideas.
But it’s also really nice to start a discussion and help each other on the spot.
So let’s get some comments happening!
Should I start a blog that addresses multiple topics or have a different blog for each topic?
This is a question I get emailed about all the time and as such I thought it would be a good way to kick off a new segment here on Blog Tyrant where I publicly answer your blogging and online marketing emails (with permission!) so that everyone can read them.
If you’d like to ask me a question just send me an email or leave a comment on this post.
So let’s dive into this first one.
Every now and then I get an email from a blogger that goes something like this…
“Hey Ramsay. Been following your stuff for a while but after a year of blogging I’m still not achieving [insert expectation] and think I’m going to throw in the towel. What do you think?”
It’s a problem that many of us experience from time to time.
So, how long should you wait and what can you realistically expect to achieve in your first year of blogging?
Let’s talk about it.
This is a blogging problem that can affect any blogger in the world.
Most of us have been through it at one time or another – I think about it before I hit publish on every single post.
In fact, in the past it’s caused me to delete entire drafts because I became so uncertain.
So what’s going on? Let’s find out.
I’ve been blogging (often badly!) for around a decade. In that time I’ve failed at a lot of things. Today I want to share some stories in the hope that you can avoid making the same mistakes.
When you learn a new skill, whatever it might be, you always go on a steep learning curve.
And the thing about blogging and online business is that the learning curve can be especially steep because the technology is always changing. (That’s why I do these yearly predictions).
When you have changing technologies you also get a lot of commentators saying different things and giving different bits of advice.
And that can lead to confusion and mistakes.
Here are some blogging mistakes that I’ve made over the years. I’m really interested to know how you all feel about these ones.