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7 Random Ways to Make Your Blog Work Better

This is the sixth and final part of my 90 Days of Blogging Series.

Well, I think it’s time to wrap up my little series on blogging. And I thought I would do it with a bit of a catch-all lesson, hitting all the major tips and lessons learned that didn’t fit neatly into a previous category. So here we go:

7 random tips that can make your blog work better for you:

  1. Pay attention to your layout
    I’m a big fan of 3-column blog themes. It just gives you more options when it comes to links and widgets on the side (see below). I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and from a simplicity standpoint, a 2-column layout is probably much better. But the 3-column gives you much more opportunity to put content and links above the fold (the bottom of the screen before someone has to scroll down). And I think that’s important. I like the one I’ve been using so far, but I think I might mix it up in the next week or so, give it a little different look and see what happens. The good news is you don’t need to bother with making a theme unless you really want to. There are plenty out there for you to use out of the box, especially with WordPress. Find one that fits with your personality, or topic, or whatever, and let the good times roll.
  2. What’s a blog without widgets?
    “Widgets” is the all-encompassing category of links and fun stuff in the sidebars that makes a blog, well . . . a blog. I’m not a big fan of having tons of crap all over your page, but there are many widgets that can really make your blog pretty robust and drive more traffic. The musts you need are recent posts, archives, categories, an RSS feed subscription link, a search bar and links to other sites (your blogroll). Your blogroll is an important one simply because once friends see that you’re putting up a link to their site on your blog, they’re likely to do the same for you. I am pretty picky about who I put up there, but in all honesty, I should probably be a bit more liberal with it. By having all of these links on your site, easy to find, visitors can get around your site pretty simply, and they can quickly get a taste for what your blog is all about. But, I left out the most important widget of them all . . . .
  3. Make your top posts a top priority
    I’m a big, big, big fan of having a “Top 3 posts” category. You can edit the number (to top 5, etc.), but I wouldn’t suggest it. Keep it narrow. People love”top” lists, and these are the links your visitors will most likely want to check out. Which means you put your best foot forward. And because it’s automated, that foot is determined by your readers, not by you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written a post, thinking it’s awesome, only to see it surpassed by one of my more shallow posts like this one. But that’s OK – let the readers determine what’s the best, and then let people see it. It will attract them like nothing else on your blog.
  4. Link it up.
    At least once a week, have a post that just shares links to great stuff you’ve come across. I call it my “Weekend Reading“posts, and I take the approach of just giving a brief description of several good reads I’ve found over a weekend. For one, your readers will love the occasional reference to other sites. For another, you’ll gain a couple new readers just because you link to their blog – they’ll have to come check yours out. I’ve probably gotten more new readers who actually comment by doing this than anything else. Word of caution, though: don’t do this too much. I’m not fond of blogs that just list long lists of links 4-5 times a week. That’s not a blog; it’s the yellow pages. Instead, you should consider this . . . .
  5. Don’t forget the commentary post.
    What I call a “commentary post” is one in which you link out to an article you’ve read, then add a paragraph or two on your opinion of it, or some thought that reading it has sparked in you. In my mind, these are key to keeping your blog fresh and updated daily. None of us can write six paragraphs of good content a day. But most bloggers do read at least one thing every day that gets them going. So write about it. It’s a great way to keep your momentum going while sharing the link love with some great blogs our there and increasing your traffic. Here are a couple examples of commentary posts I’ve written.
  6. Leverage your time.
    Most blog services allow you to write something and arrange for it to be published at some time in the future. On WordPress, it’s called the Post Timestamp. Use it as much as possible. Sometimes, your writing will just flow, so you’ve got to capture it. But if it’s not a timely piece, don’t unload 5 posts in a single day just because your brain decided to work overtime today. Space them out and set it up to where they all post at different times, say, over the next 2 weeks. Or save them in your vault of ready posts, and when the well is dry, you’ve still got something fresh to put up there (at least fresh for your readers).
  7. Capture your ideas.
    Kinda along the same lines as the previous points, one thing I do quite a bit is that I simply save a headline and a link or single idea in a post and come back to it later. Because you don’t always have the time or the will to actually write about something at the time it hits you, but you know you don’t want to lose it. I probably have 10 posts saved right now in my WordPress backoffice, just waiting for me to figure out how to write about them. In the same way, have a pad of paper or audio recorder handy in the car, at the office, wherever. Stuff will start popping up from all over the place on what to write about, so capture just enough of it so you’ll remember it later, and then move on.

90 Days of Blogging: Lesson 5 – The Pitfalls of a Blog

PitfallThis is part 5 of my 90 days of blogging series. Here’s the intro, part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Blogging is great, and I love it. But there are some serious issues that can come from blogging that you need to be prepared for so you don’t become one of those geeks that spends your entire social life in posts and tags rather than at restaurants and clubs.

A recent article that explains it all much better than I ever will is here, the Dark Side of Blogging.

To help you prepare for what will surely become obstacles you must deal with, here are some quick tips on how to beat the pitfalls and balance your life while still enjoying all the benefits of blogging:

  1. Don’t take on a completely different personality online.
    It’s easy to get caught up in the “new you” you could become online where no one really knows you. Don’t do it. You’re just fooling yourself, you’ll freak out your friends and eventually your readers will detect you’re faking it.
  2. Talk about this stuff outside of your blog.
    Early on in starting this blog, I realized I was writing about stuff that I didn’t talk about to anyone. And it kinda scared me. So, I made the effort to talk about a lot of what was on my mind, even if I was thinking in terms of “this would make a great blog post.” It’s not that I didn’t want to talk to people about it – I just wasn’t. Once I did, though, it actually helped my blog and, more importantly, enriched my life. For some of us, writing is easier than talking, so a blog is a great place to work your thoughts out. And that’s a good thing. But don’t let that allow you to not talk about this stuff to someone else (especially your spouse!).
  3. Spend enough time away from your computer so that what you write about will be interesting.
    Pretty simple – get away from the desk and go live life. I’m reminded of a quote in Mr. Holland’s Opus where the principal (William H. Macy) is telling Mr. Holland (Richard Dreyfus) that the school is canceling the music and arts programs so kids can spend more time learning how to read and write. Mr. Holland responds,”Without music and the arts, what will kids have to read and write about?” Same thing with your blog – live life so you can better blog about it.
  4. Go easy on the stats.
    Don’t become a stats junkie. Blogging is addictive, and you’ll find yourself checking your stats every chance you get. There are 2 main reasons not to do that: 1) it kills your productivity, and 2) it takes away from some of the joy of checking your stats. If you just check, say, 3 times a day or so, you’ll have more surprises to look forward to simply because there’s been more time for traffic and pingbacks and comments to occur. Space it out.
  5. Don’t become a blog snob.
    I’ve found myself a couple times answering someone’s questions with “Well, you can just go find that on my blog.” Don’t be like that, using your blog as a resource for others so you don’t have to deal with them for any other reasons than your own.
  6. Take it in stride.
    Similar to #4, take this blogging thing in stride. There are times you’ll feel like you’re completely tapped out. There are other times you’ll have 7 posts you’re ready to write immediately. Take advantage of when the funnel is full and write as much as you can. Just don’t post all of them. Save some of them and post them on those days that you ain’t got nothin’. You might be out of the flow, but your readers will think you’re always on just because you’ve always got something up there new.
  7. Don’t blog about everything.
    One of the symptoms of too much blogging is that you think of everything in terms of what you can write about it. This movie, that restaurant, this customer service experience, that street sign – it’s amazing how it can take over. Keep it in perspective, and remind yourself continuously that not everything is blog worthy. Spare your readers of all your bitter rants and all your pointless observations.
  8. Don’t stop just because no one is reading.
    You’ll be tempted to stop. According to the article I link to above, it usually happens somewhere around 4-6 months, and it’s normally because no one is reading what you write. Hang with it, investigate ways to increase your traffic and things will happen over time. The good news is that it’s exponential in growth. And remember why you’re doing it in the first place – it’s more than the traffic.

90 Days of Blogging: Lesson 4 – A Comment on Comments

This is part 4 of a series. Catch the intro, part 1, part 2 and part 3 here.

Blogging would be nothing without comments. It’s what makes it unique. What keeps people coming back. What makes it interchanging and fascinating.

It also leads to lots of good traffic, good content and overall good blogging karma.

I’m not great at commenting; I need to do a better job. But I have noticed quite a few benefits of it since starting Brett’s Blog in January, so here they are:

  • Comments inspire your own content.
    If you have a blog, you’re gonna go through times of inspirational drought. Comments can pull you out. Surf through a few of your favorite blogs, read through the comments and become a part of the conversation. Either your own reaction to the post or someone else’s will inspire a great post for you to write.
  • Comments drive traffic like nothing else.
    If you want traffic, then commenting is the foundational thing to do to make it grow. When you comment, you leave your blog’s address. Readers click on it, and see if you’re worth their time. They are obviously interested in at least one thing you are, so chances are pretty good that you can get a steady reader out of it. The key is to have posts that are relevant to much of what you comment on.
  • Make commenting a part of the posting process.
    If you want to get systematic about it, write a post, then do a Technorati search or a Google Blog search on the same topic. Find out who’s writing about what you just wrote about, read ’em, and comment. And leave the link to your specific post that relates. It’s a great way to gain additional perspective on what you’ve written, and drive traffic at the same time.
  • Respond to comments as quickly as possible.
    If someone takes the time to comment on your blog, respond to them. Soon. It shows appreciation, and it increases the chances of keeping the thread going.
  • Ask for comments.
    I’m not great at writing in a style that begs for comments. Brian Heys is awesome at it, and because of that, he gets good comments. I’ve noticed that he often ends his posts with a question for the reader to answer. That’s brilliant, simple and leaves a great call to action for your readers. Remember, this is the web, so make it as dynamic as possible.
  • Add a personal touch.
    One of the best techniques I’ve seen is writing a quick email to someone when they comment on your blog for the first time. Ron at Marketing ROI did this with me a few months ago, and I haven’t forgotten it. It’s great “customer service,” and it’s kept me coming back to his blog religiously. And it only takes 30 seconds. Just be sure you require an email address in order for someone to post a comment.
  • Comment first for the conversation.
    Ever been around someone who blurts out something irrelevant in the middle of an otherwise good conversation? If you start leaving random comments that don’t really have much to do with the post you’re commenting on, you will become the blog equivalent of this person. Traffic is important, but relevance is more important. Don’t stoop into the gray area between healthy commenting and spam to boost your site traffic.

That’s about it. The benefits of commenting are pretty straightforward, but it takes time and a little thought to do it right. That’s why so few people do it. If you want your blog to really soar, it’s a must.

Here are the top commenters so far on Brett’s Blog – thanks to all!

  • CWD – no blog, but a lifelong friend. Very entertaining comments.
  • Moth1 – TheHapps (aka the Jack Bauer of Search Engine Optimization)
  • Harris – 1Lord.org
  • Few4th – Frank’s Blog
  • Bruce Clarke – Write On!

So what advice do you have on commenting?

9 Ways to Generate Blog Traffic Now

This is lesson 3 of my 90 Days of Blogging series, highlighting the lessons I’ve learned in my first 90 days of blogging.

So, here’s the big question: what does it matter what you write if nobody reads it?

If you’re blogging, you’re obviously interested in getting people to read what you have to write. Otherwise, a traditional diary would do just fine (or at least you’d have a blog that’s password protected). So how do you generate traffic?

The key question you need to answer is just how much do you want lots of traffic, and how much are you willing to give up to get it. I think there are three major types of traffic-hounds in the blogosphere:

  1. More traffic = good traffic: Lots of bloggers are traffic addicts. And its understandable. Maybe it’s cuz traffic is measurable with the reports you get with your blog, but there’s just something exhilarating about writing something or doing something that drives people to your blog. For some people, that’s all they want. This group usually falls into the category of affiliate marketers who have Google ads and affiliate ads all over their blog. Most of these ads pay out on a per click basis, so it makes sense to want more traffic. More traffic means a higher likelihood of those ads getting clicked. The problem (at least to me) is that I’ve found most people who are generating income via their blog aren’t really giving the reader great content. So I rarely return.
  2. The right traffic = good traffic: This is the category I fall into most of the time. Don’t get me wrong; I want lots of traffic. But I want the right kind of traffic, not just random people who come to the site and find out they couldn’t care less about what I have to say. To me, it’s more important to talk to 50 people a day who are vaguely interested in what I’m talking about and can carry on an educated conversation about than 500 people a day who couldn’t care less about what I have to say and just happened upon it cuz they searched a certain key word. So, my approach to traffic in most cases is to get the right people to read.
  3. Any traffic = good traffic: There are lots of bloggers who are just fascinated that anyone would read what they have to say in the first place. So they’ll take what they can get. God bless ’em.

With mindset of driving the right kind of traffic, here are some tips I’ve either put to use or learned in 90 days that have helped drive some decent traffic (in April, I averaged 61 view a day + 17 feed readers). I’m no expert, so I’ve also left some links below on some really good posts about driving traffic from guys that know a lot more than me.

  1. Write very, very, very consistently. Blogs might not cost money, but they do cost a little time. If you want traffic, the best thing you can do is write often and on point. If you can’t commit to at least 4 times a week, don’t expect much traffic.
  2. Commenting is the catalyst. Commenting on other blogs and responding to comments on your blog is so important that I’m gonna save the details for the next post in the series, so check back later this week for that. In the meantime, know that the best way to generate traffic is to find blogs like yours, make relevant and appreciated comments, and be sure readers can somehow link back to your blog from your comment.
  3. Links are the key. Remember this is the web – treat it like one. Don’t be satisfied with people just staying on your site. Point them to other great stuff on the web – they’ll remember you for it. Plus, the author of whomever you’re linking to will see that people are getting to his site from your site (it’s in the stats) and will then check out your site.
  4. Don’t forget the trackbacks. I personally like trackbacks more than comments. What’s a trackback? Basically, when I link to someone’s blog from my blog (see #3), I can also copy and paste their trackback link into my administrative tools. When I do that, not only is their link live on my blog, but my blog entry is now live in their comments section on their blog. Which then means people reading their blog will click over to my blog to see what they thought about it. As an example, here’s a great explanation of trackbacks. Within a day, you should see a mention of this blog post in the comments as a trackback.
  5. It’s the feeds that matter. If the right kind of traffic is the goal, then it’s your returning viewers that really matter. Which means your feed stats (your subscribers) should be held in much higher esteem than other traffic. Do everything you can to make it easy to subscribe, and give various ways of doing it. At the very least, I suggest using FeedBurner for RSS and FeedBlitz for email feeds – they’ve done me right. Interestingly enough, since starting my series on blogging, my subscriptions have grown by 50% . . .
  6. Can you Digg it? There are lots of sites out there today that allow users to determine what news is important. Digg.com is one of them. I’m no expert at all in leveraging Digg on your site, but I have gotten a little traffic from it, and I know I could get lots more. By the way, if you’re reading this and think it’s halfway decent, just click on the Digg icon here and help a brother out.
  7. Remember your search engines. My top post so far on this blog has been this one. Which is odd, because it’s unlike any other topic on my blog. But, I did it to gain search engine traffic. Here’s the story: Dr. Preuss was featured in USA Today a few months back and mentioned an AdvoCare product, Carb-Ease. Accept it was spelled CarbEase (no dash). Obviously, the AdvoCare website had the correctly spelled version, but if I read that article and wanted some of it, I would type in CarbEase, not Carb-Ease. So I misspelled it on my blog post on purpose with the intent of finding some of that traffic. It worked. To date, that post has been viewed 483 times, and there have maybe been 5 days since February that it hasn’t been viewed at all. Point is, figure out how to leverage search engines. There are tons of sites out there that can help with that.
  8. Tag it Like It’s Hot. Tags your posts so people can find you. Tags (at least on this blog) are the same as categories. But they’re much more useful and noticeable on keyword searches on Google and Technorati, which means more traffic. So, tag enough to make a difference, but don’t overdo it.
  9. Use Catchy Headlines. It’s amazing to see how many hot blog posts are provocative in nature, only to present something that is completely irrelevant to the headline. I’m not advocating that, but you do need to make your headlines stand out (esp. since most people will see your posts through an RSS Feed). Having a list in your headline (like in this post) or a “How to . . .” is always successful. Outrageous headlines like this one and this one and pretty handy, too. And, of course, if you’re fishing for some search engine traffic, then be sure to put your keyword in your headline.

90 Days of Blogging: Lesson 2 – Have a Plan

Hang in there; this is a long one. And, here is the intro and part 1  and part 3 of this series.

A blog can get overwhelming pretty quickly. If you don’t have a basic strategy and idea of how you’re going to implement it, your blog will probably go down in flames faster than Kenny Mayne lasted on Dancing with the Stars.

The main objective to overcome is deciding what to write about. This may sound simple and obvious, but if you really want to attract consistent readers and steadily grow traffic, you need to offer them something that’s fairly consistent they know they can count on. Especially if you are doing your blog for business reasons. It all comes down to the branding of your blog; the more specific you are, the better you’ve branded it (and the better niche group you’ll find as readers).

Some questions to ask to help you decide what to write about:

  • What makes you want to blog in the first place? What’s driving you to dive into the blogosphere? Is it curiosity? Is it a business reason? Is it cuz you like to write? Is it cuz everyone else is doing it? Knowing and remembering your answer to this question will prove to be tremendously helpful as you continue blogging.
  • What is your goal with your blog? Every blog needs a point. Usually, the fewer the points the better. What are you trying to accomplish with this thing? Some people use blogs as thought-starters for a book. Others look at them as an online diary. Some bloggers see blogs as a web-based newspaper column, where you’re not necessarily writing about yourself, but it’s your spin on things that people appreciate. Lots of corporate blogs are hoping to give a voice to their business and interact more with their customers. Don’t start a blog without knowing your goal – it will save you all kinds of frustration.
  • Do you want to earn some money with your blog? This is really a subset of the goals question, but it’s important to know what you want to do here as it affects your design and your content. The web provides lots of ways to generate income, and blogging makes it even easier. There are really two different ways to earn income online: 1) Your blog is business-based, and it attracts new readers and customers that would not have been attracted to your business otherwise. You get income because they buy your product or service. My other blog SupplementalScience.com falls into this category. 2) You allow your blog to have sponsored advertisers. This can range from banner ads to pay-per-click content to having various affiliate programs, like Amazon.com. Most “full-time bloggers” are doing it this way. I’ve noticed that anyone who takes this route needs lots of sidebar space on the blog (probably a 3-column layout will work best) and they need to be really good at driving consistent traffic. Here are couple blogs to see as examples.
  • What few topics are you passionate enough about and informed of enough to write about consistently (4-5 times a week)? A key to blogging success is consistently updating it. And not with just fluff, either. To do that, you need to be passionate, interested and relatively informed on what you’re writing about. Be sure this is clear in your head before you start blogging.
  • What can you talk about that will be interesting to other people? Similarly to the above point, most of us want people to actually read what we have to say. That won’t happen if a) what you’re writing about isn’t interesting, or b) more importantly, how you write it is boring and hard-to-follow. I’ll cover more layout and pure writing techniques in another lesson in this series.

Now, with all those questions on the table, I can tell you I did not completely follow my own advice.

First, if you read my very first post Initiative, you can see I struggled so much with picking a topic that it delayed starting a blog in the first place. My main obstacle was to throw caution to the wind and just do it and see what happens. So it seems like I didn’t have a plan. But I did.

My plan was and is to a) become familiar with current web marketing and communication techniques by doing them, b) formulate my own personal philosophy of marketing and business, realizing it would evolve all along the way, c) share my thoughts on personal passions and interests such as my faith, sports, politics and life in general and d) pass along some cool stuff I find as I’m surfing the web.

In many ways, my blog is the overflow of who and what I am. Most would see that as too broad a topic, and in many ways it is, but I actually now see it as a very, very narrow niche that occassionally attracts people outside of that niche. And that’s really good marketing.

Here’s what I mean: the bullseye of my target audience is a married male Christian marketer who likes sports (especially as it pertains to the Chiefs, Cowboys or Kentucky Wildcats), is interested in nutrition and blogging, somewhat intrigued by politics, appreciates good conversational writing and enjoys a good laugh here and there. Because that’s who I am and what I write about.

But I bet none of you are all of those things, so does that mean I’m screwing up on my target?

I don’t think so. Many of you are several of these things, and that’s why you’re reading. We all have a few things in common. And thanks to the web, it’s pretty easy for us to find each other and talk about it. And just because you’re not the bullseye of the target doesn’t mean you’re not at least on the radar.

Back on the topic of goals and purpose, of the various topics I cover, I definitely write about marketing the most. My primary goal for this blog is to develop my marketing skills and experience for myself the power and convenience of Web 2.0 features. And that’s working.

OK, enough of my rambling. With all that being said, and with my own admittance that I did not properly answer my own questions above, here are 11 tips I would pass on to anyone starting a blog who wants it to become relatively substantial:

  1. Be committed to posting at least 4 times a week. I would strongly encourage you to hit 6 times a week or more when possible. If you want people to come back, you got to give them something to come back for.
  2. Write at least 10 of your posts before you go live and save them so you have something to post when you can’t think of anything to write.
  3. Post at least 2 short posts (2 paragraphs or less) to every long one. This post is extremely long, so make that the exception. Readers don’t want to spend all day on your site.
  4. Search for blogging tips from other bloggers. They’re everywhere. ProBlogger is a great one.
  5. Be persistant. I guarantee you your traffic won’t be where you want it after a few months. But it’s exponential in growth, so stick with it.
  6. Look for ways to become a better writer.
  7. When it’s live, email it to everyone you know.
  8. Don’t forget your main purpose for the blog. You’ll be tempted to use it for reasons beyond that, but if you do that too much, your purpose won’t be obvious.
  9. Be the expert of whatever you’re writing about, at least most of the time.
  10. Don’t forget to live life. Blogging can be addicting, but you need to live life, and maybe talk about some of this stuff face-to-face with someone. Plus, it’ll give you more stuff to write about later.
  11. Use WordPress – they’re great and free.

90 Days of Blogging: Lesson 1 – Read to Write

Lesson 1: If you’re gonna write a blog, you gotta read lots of blogs

Writing a blog is different than writing just about anything else. At least if you want to do it right. And to figure that out, you’ve gotta read lots of blogs to figure out what you like and what you don’t like, what appeals to you (and therefore will probably appeal to your readers) and what doesn’t.

So read blogs. Lots of them. Everyday. And start doing this BEFORE you start your blog.

When you’re reading blogs, here are a few things for you to take note of that might translate into your blog. By paying attention to this stuff, you can maybe shorten the learning curve a little:

  • How often does that writer post?
  • What reaction do you have when they haven’t posted in a while?
  • What do you like about the layout of the blog? Is it 2-column, 3-column or something completely different?
  • What links and widgets (the cool stuff in the sidebar) does the blog have?
  • How long are the posts on average?
  • How many different general topics does the writer focus on?

I’ve made no hesitation over several posts in my blog that Seth Godin is where it’s at. It’s after reading his blog for about a week that it hit me, “Hey, this blogging thing isn’t as corny as I thought it was.” Mainly, it’s because he writes about something I’m interested in. But he also has a great style and approach to his blog. His posts are simple, they’re frequent and informative. He seems to have just the right mix of his own riffs and rants molded together with lots of links to other sites and posts. In a way, I feel like Seth’s Blog keeps me in touch with what’s really going on with the web.

So that’s what you’re looking for: a few blog mentors. And by all means, if you’re gonna read lots of blogs, you’ve got to do it through an RSS Feed. I currently use Google Home Page (personalized), but I’m considering moving over to Google Reader. Either way, using this saves me a lot of time.

So, start reading. Needs tips on how to find blogs you’re interested in? There’s two major ways to do it: a) Check out Technorati.com – it’s a search engine for blogs (really, it’s a search engine for all kinds of social media) b) On blogs you already read, click the links on the side, the links in the posts, and the links in the comments. These are obviously people somewhat interested in what you’re interested in, so you might find some jewels there. That’s how I’ve found 75% of the blogs I regularly read.

In the meantime, if you like my blog, then here are some great blogs I suggest reading:

Lesson 2 is next! To catch the intro to the 90 days of blogging series, click here.
Here’s the link to Lesson 3 – 9 Ways To Generate Web Traffic Now.

90 Days of Blogging: Lessons Learned

Well, Brett’s Blog is now 90 days old, and it has been one of the best projects I’ve ever done. And I’ve learned a lot. A whole lot. And I want to share (I mean, this is a blog, right?).

So here’s the plan: over the next week or two, I’ll post a lesson to complete the series of lessons learned. If you’re just starting to blog, or even if you’ve been doing it a while, this might be pretty handy. I’ll probably mostly share my mistakes I made early on, and keep making, and what I’ve done to at least partially fix them. Should be pretty interesting, but definitely too much for just one blog post. So, we’ll do it in parts.

In the meantime, here are some interesting stats and tidbits from the first 90 days of blogging. And, if you’ve been reading all along, thanks!

  • Total views = 4,862 (avg. 54 views a day. I don’t really know if this is good or bad. If anyone has some good blog stats to send my way and let me know, I would much appreciate it).
  • Total posts = 88
  • Most views in a single day = 272 (April 5 – I’ll tell you why in a later post in the series).
  • The post most viewed to date = CarbEase, Dr. Harry Preuss and AdvoCare (I’ll tell you why this was so popular, too).
  • Total Comments = 188 (again, don’t know if that’s good – I do know I wish I had more).
  • People who read via feeds = approx. 15-25 a day (this are in addition to views listed above). By the way, if you don’t use RSS feeds to read blogs, you’re probably wasting time. Here’s a great explanation of what they are, so check it out if you need to.
  • Total # of times my Dad has commented to something I’ve written about = 0
  • Total # of times my Dad has commented to something my friend Casey has commented = twice.

OK, that’s it for now. But here’s a question: which post has been your favorite so far? Check out the archives (“The Vault”) if you need to refresh your memory.

UPDATES – Links to the series:

Lesson 1 – Read to Write
Lesson 2 – Have a Plan
Lesson 3 – 9 Ways to Generate Blog Trafic Now
Lesson 4 – A Comment on Comments
Lesson 5 –  The Pitfalls of a Blog