I visited a blog today that totally inspired me. My own little corner of this great virtual existence is tenincy. (Yes, that’s a word I’ve used all my life! Long I in the middle – tea-nIne-cee.) I’ve been tickled that ANYONE came by and have LOVED “meeting” folks online. Some of them, I’m getting to meet up close and personal from time to time. That’s fun!
But after almost nine months of daily blogging, I’m not quite reaching the goals I
aspired to. Or all the folks I hoped to. So I looked up a posting about the 25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic. Most of them I’ve heard before and I do. Not because I want a whirlwind of traffic, but because it’s the right way to do things – like posting regularly. That’s being dependable in my work place. Visiting other blogs. That’s supporting and encouraging co-workers. Linking, tweeting, and all that goes with it are things I can improve upon, but I still practice with regularity.
I didn’t see anything that really glared at me except for the ever-on-my-mind “Create a Niche” until #21 rolled around. Craft an Editorial Calendar, and yes that was linked to another post. Calendars, mmmmmm. I LOVE calendars and spreadsheets and anything to organize. Don’t ever take me to the Container Store – just saying.
So I hit the link and found the author’s weekly plan for his blog.
Oh. I do that.
But wait. He had his goal for his blog. Now that’s big-picture thinking. I haven’t done that. And that provoked some thought whether to increase traffic, or just make sure I’m not spinning my wheels.
What do I hope Faith-Driven Fiction will do for readers this year?
Because I’m a fiction author, I want to entertain. I hope to make readers laugh or think for a moment. Maybe even cry? (If anyone else shed a tear, you can bet I bawled big-time!) But I’m not only about fiction. My stories point to the Author and Perfecter of my faith. The same must be with my blog. I hope to be used as His pen to inspire His people.
So I’m using part of this week to develop the goals for my blog and set my plan into action. Don’t expect a face lift, as I’m looking more to the long-term content rather than the short-term make up, but you never know. And maybe as I’m developing my goals for this blog, the elusive niche will spring up.
In the meantime, I developed a working synopsis for my romantic suspense, Cat’s Eyes. I pray for mentoring judges who will encourage rather than blast. I’ve heard some horror stories about this contest!
So I’m pleased with my gains. It’s hard to see them, such small steps on a massive path, but their there and moving forward. I have to call it a win!
Your Turn: What wins have you enjoyed this week?