7 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog – Hugh’s Views & News

Friday blogshare

 

Today’s blogshare is from prolific blogger, author and friend, Hugh Roberts’ – Hugh’s Views and News. Hugh always has some wonderful tips he shares with bloggers to get the most out of blogging. In this post he is offering 7 important tips for bloggers to grow your readership.

 

 

7 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog

 

 

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked how to generate more readers, comments and followers.

Make no mistake about it, with limited amounts of time, millions of other blogs to read, readers have a vast choice of not only which blogs to follow, but which posts to read and/or comment on.

Here are seven tips I have implemented as a blogger which have got me more readers, followers, and comments left on my posts.

 

Eyecatching Post Titles

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I don’t know about you, but I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not. The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If the title has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these two titles –

 

My Blogging Tips.

 

Why My Blogging Tips Will Bring You More Readers.

 

Given you only had the choice to click one of those titles, which one would you choose?

Think about it this way. What makes you click on a title of a blog post? What is it that makes you want to find out more? Make a list of the blog post titles you click on, and analyse the results. Look for keywords in the titles that are repeated continuously and which attract you to click on the link. Start creating blog post titles that you would want to click on.

And, heavens forbid, always ensure your blog posts have a title before publishing them. Nobody wants to see a blog post title that is just a line of numbers (that is what happens when no title has been added, and a post is then published), as it gives them no idea what the post is about.

 

Scheduling posts

Once you’ve got yourself some followers, you need to do all you can to keep them and ensure they keep coming back. You may have blog post titles that will have readers clicking on them, but overload your followers with too many blog posts in a short space of time, and you’ll probably have some of them running for the hills.

Scheduling blog posts, to ensure you have a large enough gap between every post, is something every blogger should consider. Did you know that WordPress condenses blog posts on the WordPress Reader? Publish too many blog posts within a short period of time, and your posts are condensed to allow content from other bloggers to show up. It isn’t a nice look, and many readers see this as ‘blog spamming.’

 

How much time should you leave between each newly published blog posts?

My advice is at least six hours. This is a broad enough gap to stop your readers seeing your posts as spammy. Plus, your posts are less likely to get condensed by WordPress. However, if you’re somebody that does lots of reblogging (and don’t forget to tell your readers why you’re reblogging a post), then a three-hour gap between reblogging posts is a good approach. . . Continue reading at Hugh’s

 

 

Source: 7 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog – Hugh’s Views & News

#Tanka Tuesday Challenge – World Peace by D.G. Kaye

#Tanka Tuesday Challenge

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

 

This week’s poetry challenge from Colleen Chesebro asks that we create a poem using any of the style choices stated in the rules. Colleen has given us two word prompts to include in our poems – Love and Time, using only synonyms for those two words.

 

 

Clocks do not stand still Tanka

 

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

 

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

 

Visit Colleen’s blog HERE to read more and join the challenge.

How to Deal with Writer’s Block by DG Kaye | No Wasted Ink

Reblog and featuring

 

I had the pleasure of being invited over to Wendy Van Camp’s No Wasted Ink to contribute an article on writing. Today I’m sharing my article here on the topic of the dreaded Writer’s Block.

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH WRITER’S BLOCK BY D.G. KAYE

 

A common problem many writers encounter is the dreaded writer’s block. It can hit us smack in the middle of our writing. We’re happily writing along until, boom! The creative well runs dry.

Because our craft is guided by mental focus and inspiration, it’s not difficult to imagine that sometimes we might get shut out from our creative energies. When life issues get in the way, I know I’ve certainly fallen victim to this freeze out of creativity while life is testing me with unforeseen circumstances that can take the wind right out of my writing sails.

When we implement self-imposed deadlines for our work, the mental pressure we put upon ourselves to accomplish our goals often have us scrambling to force our creative abilities.

Many writers have found their secret formulas for helping to get the creative juices, or their muses and mojos flowing, but many others struggle when the well of creativity begins to evaporate. So, what’s a writer to do?

Don’t change course by slacking off completely. Keep your imaginations open. There are many things we can do to re-ignite our creativity, often when we least expect it.

 

Read

Get newly inspired by reading a book or an interesting article or blog post. If you’ve allotted this time for writing, do something else to keep your mind in the creative realm. You will be surprised to find the ideas that float into mind while our concentrating efforts are focused on something else.

 

Write

Yes, you may get stumped on your current WIP, but working on another writing project will often summon up some new ideas for exactly the project you’re taking a breather from. If you don’t have another project to work on, use writing prompts to get the juices flowing again. Writing of any sort is a stimulant to our creative centers. Often, writing about a completely different topic will spark an idea for something else we’re working on. . . Continue reading at Wendy’s blog.

 

 

Source: How to Deal with Writer’s Block by DG Kaye | No Wasted Ink

Smorgasbord End of Summer #Party – Weekend August 25th/26th 2018 – Invitation. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Reblog Share

 

Join Sally Cronin’s ‘End of Summer’ party at the Smorgasbord Invitation. Sally is inviting everyone over to her summer’s end party this weekend! To take part in the fun, read her post below, choose your favorite food and music by answering 3 simple questions:

 

 

Smorgasbord End of Summer #Party – Weekend August 25th/26th 2018 – Invitation.

 

You are invited to the End of Summer Party on the weekend of August 25th and 26th to enjoy music, good food, witty conversation and an opportunity to plug your books and your blog.

Of course in this virtual world of ours music is great, and so is the wit, but the food is less fattening. It is a chance to mingle and make new contacts and learn more about your fellow bloggers which is always a good thing.

To enable you to do this, there will be four meals where you can be a guest over the two days.

Brunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday Lunch.

I want to make this as easy as possible to accept this invitation so please just answer these three questions. . . Continue reading at Sally’s blog

 

 

Source: Smorgasbord End of Summer #Party – Weekend August 25th/26th 2018 – Invitation. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Sunday Book Review – New Reviews Are In! Books by D.G. Kaye

Sunday Book Reviews

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today for my Sunday Book Review I am not finished reading my current book so I thought I’d share 3 new reviews that came in for my books – Words We Carry, Conflicted Hearts and Twenty Years: After “I Do“. The most gratifying thing for an author is to receive a review from a reader who not only enjoys our stories, but who also connects with our writing and absorbs the messages within the pages.

 

Twenty Years by D.G. Kaye

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Michelle Clements James

August 8, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

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Words We Carry 
by

D.G. Kaye (Goodreads Author)

 

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Lisa Thomson‘s review

Jul 19, 2018
it was amazing

bookshelves: self-help

This would make a wonderful women’s book club read! There is so much material in “Words We Carry” that women will relate to, and want to weigh-in on. Physical beauty vs. inner beauty, self acceptance, fashion, make up, relationships and how they all converge to create a positive self image and overall lifestyle.

D. G. Kaye shares her childhood and early adult experiences that shaped her self esteem. She also shares many ways to improve self esteem for anyone who has gone through a tough childhood or devastating relationships. She courageously bares all to help the reader understand that confidence and self esteem are within our own control. I give this a solid 5 stars and highly recommend for women young or old.

 

Conflicted Hearts, D.G. Kaye

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on August 11, 2018
I give this author kudos for revealing the deepest parts of her soul and sharing her experience with readers. Many readers, myself included, will identify with many of this author’s feelings of loss and abandonment in childhood. The guilt, anger and resentment felt growing up and the sense of urgency to break free was well-described—even to the point of triggering in me some of the feelings I also experienced. These are feelings that when held inside eat away at us and make us physically and emotionally unhealthy. Letting go of the guilt, anger and sadness is sage advice. This is a must-read self-help memoir for those who have harbored resentment and have yet to let go.

#Blue Sky Tag Challenge – #Blogchallenge – Tag, You’re it!

#Blue Sky Tag – Time for a little fun and distraction…#TGIF

Blue Sky Tag

 

I’ve been invited to hop on to the Blue Sky Tag Challenge by Sally Cronin. The rules of the challenge are:

 

 

11 tags, 11 answers, 11 questions

 

Use the Blue Sky banner  (that Rachael Ritchey designed).

 

It is sort of polite to mention the person who tagged you (even if you are busy and have not time for fun)

 

You need to answer the 11 questions set by your tagger (even though you wonder where they dredged them up from)

 

You will need to make up 11 original and interesting or funny questions for those you tag.

 

You need to tag 11 people

 

You can read Sally’s post and the answers to her questions HERE

 

blog challenge

 

 

And now for the questions Sally has put out for those of us she has tagged:

 

What was the name of your first pet and what did you love most about them? (if you have not had a pet, substitute, boyfriend, girlfriend, or film star!)

I didn’t have any pets – save for a few goldfish. But my first boyfriend was Brian. He lived on my street and we spent lots of time talking and plotting that we should elope and get married. I was 13, he was 12. Well, he went off to summer camp and quickly forgot about me when he met somebody else. I saw him a few years later and he apologized for his indiscretions and told me he ruined a good thing. Ya, well . . . he did, lol.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?

I don’t think I’d want to go too far back into history. I would have loved to have met with Norah Ephron. I think her and I could have been great friends. I love her writing, her honesty and after reading bios, almost all of her books, and watching documentaries about her I just feel that I can relate to her.

 

What is the most common misconception people have about you?

I think because of my chosen style and my big personality., at first appearance I come off as bold and sometimes intimidating to those who haven’t yet met me. Just proves one shouldn’t choose a book solely for its cover.

 

If you could buy any car in the world what would it be and why?

Lol, I’m not really a car freak, but I do like a bigger car with good pick-up. I’ve also become filled with high anxiety when driving on our crowded streets. I should think if I could afford to buy any car, I’d buy a limousine and hire a driver to do the driving for me.

 

Do you have a hobby your friends don’t know about?

Well, I really miss playing poker. I’m not sure if everyone knows that I enjoy the game and I used to be quite good at it. But I’ve given up that passion when I became a full time writer. Poker is a game that requires lots of time, patience and studying your opponents. Some say, an hour to learn and a lifetime to master.

 

What was the last movie you saw at the cinema?

I’m embarrassed to say, but I haven’t been to the movies in years. I just prefer to watch at home on my big screen TV, where I can pause it when necessary, and be comfortable on my couch.

 

Describe your perfect day?

Sun shining, no worries, and a glitch-free computer day.

 

Summer or winter?

Summer in winter – when I go away to the sunshine, leaving the cold winter behind.

 

Looks or Personality?

Absolutely personality!!!!!!!!

 

City or countryside?

Born and bred a city girl; I love the country for great escapes, but I require the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

Action or comedy?

I love to laugh so I’m always game for a good comedy, but also a great critic of comedies that aren’t funny. Give me a great chick-flick any day!

 

Tag! You’re it:

 

Stevie Turner, Adele Marie Park, Hugh Roberts, Marcia Meara, Marjorie Mallon, Balroop Singh, Norah Colvin, Jane Sturgeon, John Maberry, Christy Birmingham,

 

Here are your questions:

 

If you don’t choose to join in, you are forgiven. and being that there are only 11 to be tagged, I welcome any and all of you to join in!

 

  1.  What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

      2. Share one thing you’d like to do on your bucket list.

      3. Your favorite holiday destination.

      4. Name the best movie you’ve seen in a long time.

      5. If you could have one do-over, what would it be?

      6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

      7. Your favorite all time book?

      8. Tell us one quirky thing about you.

      9. Write a one sentence quote for world peace.

     10. Share one great thing blogging has done for you.

     11. Name your favorite color and tell us why and what it represents to you.

 

I’m looking forward to your responses. If you choose to participate (and I hope you do, come on, I did!), please come back and add your link here in comments so I can gather them and share in a new post featuring links to all your contributions. ❤ 

 

Source: #Blue Sky Tag – Time for a little fun and distraction…#TGIF | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

#Tanka Tuesday Challenge from Colleen Chesebro

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

 

For this week’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s blog we are to write a poem in any one of the suggested forms we choose and to use only synonyms for the these two words included in the poem: Congregate and Passion.

 

 

Tanka Challenge

 

 

 

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

 

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

Continue over to Colleen’s blog for the rules to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Sayin’ – About Reviewing Books – Be Fair!

Just Sayin'

 

I spend lots of time looking at books, blurbs and reviews. I’m astounded at the amount of people who rate books with one star reviews because of issues that aren’t related to a book they’re reviewing.

 

I’ve seen countless bogus one and two star reviews with statements such as: they weren’t happy with the speed or state of their delivered book, the book wasn’t in their preferred genre, and many more ridiculous reviews. Heck, I recently received one of those reviews on my latest book – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Let’s keep in mind that this book is a memoir about how to keep a good marriage going despite tragedies and circumstances that can happen. I also don’t claim to be famous, I’m an Indie author and proud of my accomplishments. Here was the latest review on my book:  “Really? I thought when I borrowed this from Kindle that it would be funny and have meaning. NO What I got was a memoir from someone that nobody knows.” Yes, there you have it. I have obviously misled a reader into thinking I am a famous author and my book was written as a comedy.

I have no clue why Amazon doesn’t put out any good information to readers about the importance of the rating system. So many uneducated reviewers giving one star reviews for issues totally unrelated to the book itself! I would wager a guess that these reviewers have no clue how their one star complaints ruin an author’s book rating because of their inconsequential complaints.

In the instances when these readers aren’t satisfied with the Zon’s service, I would highly recommend they contact customer service to rectify their issues and not take it out on authors. Writing a review and giving it a one star rating despite the good writing and storyline is not warranted because the reader read a book in a genre they didn’t like. Here’s an idea – DON’T READ IT! Or better yet, please don’t leave a bogus review.

I don’t mean to sound biased here because I’m an author. Certainly if a reader has valid reasons for not liking a book they are entitled to voice their opinion, but what I’m saying is to be fair! If there are valid reasons for not enjoying a book then by all means state your reasons. Give us constructive criticism that can help us improve our stories. These issues can be rectified. But telling an author their book isn’t your personal taste isn’t helpful. Tell us if you found plotholes, unsatisfied endings, editing issues, too much head-hopping. Those issues are fixable and constructive. Sadly, us authors aren’t responsible for the manner in which your book was delivered!

Low ratings have consequences for authors – especially Indie authors. The majority of Indie authors don’t make a living from theirs books, let alone able to pay one monthly bill from them either. Us writers spend our days and nights writing, and even more time publishing and marketing our own work – burning the midnight oil almost daily so that we can inform and entertain readers. We also pay money to advertise our books, and laughably, even if we are paying for ads, some companies won’t even advertise our books if there aren’t enough ratings, or if the ratings are below a four star review on average.

So all I’m asking is for readers to be fair with your judgments. Think about your review and rating before you hit ‘post’. Authors rely on readers to enjoy their work and spread the word to others who may enjoy it. Give a writer a chance and be kind.