I started blogging in 2018 after someone at my work complained: “David is sending Bible verses through the email.” Oh gasp! It was simply uplifting thoughts, from a Christian perspective, I sent to members of our faculty prayer group.
Rather than plant the Christian flag and fight for my religious rights, I decided to make davidsdailydose its own dedicated site. Four years, and many blogging friends later, here’s the top four things I’ve learned:
4. Choose Your Post Titles Carefully
A good post title draws readers in, making them want to know more about your topic. My friend from Colorado, God Still Speaks offers some great advice: limit your post title to six words.
For example, a post about how God is always working for the good of His children (Romans 8:28) could be entitled, “His Favor Will Find You.”
Also, another blogger (sorry, I forgot who) suggests it’s often best to choose your catchy title after you write a post. This way, the right welcome mat is laid out for your readers
3. Be Consist with What, and When you Post
Many readers appreciate knowing the flavor of your posts will be consistent. People don’t like surprises–unless they’re good ones. For example, if a travel blogger posts an occasional political rant it will likely turn off (at least some) of their followers.
In the same fashion, it’s also important to have a reliable posting schedule. Followers look forward to hearing from you in a predictable manner. My friend, Chris Thelen, from 140 Character Christian excels at this; his posts appear like clock work in my feed. Chris also shares his posting schedule-what and when–for each month. In other words, he makes himself easy to follow.
2. Prepare for Trolls
Most folks in the blogosphere are genuinely interested in your content. That’s why they follow you. However, there are a few readers and commenters who just want to make trouble. If you haven’t already encountered a troll on your site, trust me, you will.
One way to deal with this is to create a community comment policy for your blog. Mine is in the “About Me” section of my site, and at the end of every post. This doesn’t need to be a lengthy document, it’s simply a way to let your readers know where you draw the line on comment content. My policy consists of three simple questions–with brief explanations: “Is it respectful?, Is it reasonable?, Is it responsible?” If not, I reserve the right to not publish the comment.
1. Tell a Story
My other Word Press friend named Chris is the master of this. Every post on Devotions by Chris starts with a brief story, followed by a biblical application. As another master story teller, Mitch Teemley likes to say, “Everything Starts with a Story.”
So, whatever your blogging niche, begin your post with a story, and then make an application to everyday life. It will keep more readers with you, right to the powerful conclusion of your post. Guaranteed.
Speaking of consistency, this post is not one of my typical offerings. I promise to be back to my modern-day-parables-in-the-life-story-niche next Saturday at 6 AM (CST).
Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.
PS. If you have blogging tips to add to the discussion, I’d love to hear them.
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