Are you creating useful content in your blog/site?

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Before I ask you something, let me just answer myself to it.  And the answer would be a NO!  I think I am NOT doing justice to me or my site for the past few months.  Although there were various reasons behind, the bitter truth is still the same.  I

WHAT IS USEFUL CONTENT?

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You can argue all you want about how this blog is mine and it’s entirely acceptable to post what I want.  But, at the end of the day, I CARE whether the post that is published is useful or satisfying any one of my readers.

I CARE whether the post that is published is useful or satisfying any one of my readers. #blogging Click To Tweet

Who wants to see a long number of ongoing cover reveals, release events and excerpts delivered to their feeds or their inbox?  NO ONE!!!  I, for one, just scroll through those type of posts without even reading them.  I am definitely not saying that these contents are just waste of time and space.  But, when it comes to blogging, why do you think people follow you?  They are interested to know more about you or what you have got to say.

People think there would be something beneficial in reading your post. Click To Tweet

Through a recent survey, CoSchedule Blog found out that you want to get more traffic…

15% measure pageviews
15% measure visits
13% measure traffic in general
8% measure unique pageviews

…but 22% say that the biggest professional challenge is finding time to create content.

22% say that the biggest professional challenge is finding time to create content. #coschedule #blogging #traffic Click To Tweet

I agree!

SIMPLE CONTENT CAN BE MEANINGFUL

You need not be a pro to create such content.  Information you post should be valuable or create interest or at the least, it should make them relate to their own self.  When it comes to book blogs,

  • Yes, reviews are good, but I don’t think I will follow a blog which only reviews day after day…after day.  The truth is I don’t care about most of the books you speak about.
  • Author bashing or writing to hurt the feelings of others creating negative publicity?  NOT OKAY!  Yes, people may start reading ‘those’ kind of posts, giving you more page views.  But, one of the biggest charms in book blogging is its community.  And you will be wise not to lose the trust of those people.  Or YOU ARE GOING DOWN.  BIG.  If you are going to adopt such cheap publicity (pathetic!), think again.  Trust me, no one is that desperate.
  • Lists?  Yeah, TOTALLY COOL!  Now, we are really speaking here.  Yes, it’s verified and proven that lists create more buzz than regular paragraphs.

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  • “How to” posts?  YES!  I personally believe that every bloggers has something to tell to the community.  It can be as simple as a new WordPress plugin that’s useful to you or how you just managed to get some reading today.  Because there is always new things to learn.  Let us know how to do things.  Knowlege sharing is one of the best ways to keep your readers interested in your blog/site.
Whether you are the person who teach or the person who is learning, share your experience. #share #blogging Click To Tweet

RESULTS

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Although we try not to be bothered about the infamous page views or unique visitors, you can’t stop yourself from being excited, when the content you posted starts a buzz in the community.  Right?  Yes, you are so like me. 🙂

According to the survey by CoSchedule Blog, 51% of all bloggers measure their success by some sort of traffic metric.

 

I guess that’s understandable by the way.  How else would you do it?

Creating traffic is not only to increase your page views or monetise your site, it’s also satisfying to know that people are actually interested in what you write.

SO, LET’S DO THIS, PEOPLE!

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Keep writing, but try to make time for meaningful content.

Is the content alone enough for creating an awesome blog post?  Are there easier ways or tools to do this?  That’s the topic for another day.

What do you think about this article?  What are the other forms of useful content that you think is missing in the above list?  Please share your feedback.

Thankful Blogging Challenge Day #2: Great things that happened this year!

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“Thankful Blogging Challenge” is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee.  I love the whole concept of it and can’t restrain myself from participating in the challenge.  And after all, what better way than to share the gratitude than this week?

Day #2: Awesome things that happened this year!

The best thing that happened in my life is giving birth to my baby.  This whole “being a mom” thing just blows me away.  My son was born near the end of January and that was a great start of the year.  From then on, my learning process as a mom started.  There is so much a child can teach you..and the first thing I learned is patience (and of course, I also learnt that human beings can operate normally with just 3-4 hours of sleep daily).   I am thankful every second to this universe for giving me this wonderful kid to us.

In addition to blogging, I got so many freelance jobs to keep me going and I couldn’t thank all my employers enough for giving the job at the right time.  I have to quit my day job during the final days of my pregnancy and this job kept me occupied.  I was highly satisfied with my job at the end of the day, mainly because I get to decide the duration of time I spend on work and also I can work at my leisure.  This has given me enough time to be with my child as well.

Actually, the rest of the year went in a haze.  I don’t remember a free moment between taking care of the kid and my freelancing work.  So, I guess I have to be grateful for a busy, happy and productive (literally! ;)) year.

Thankful Blogging Challenge Day #1: People, places or things…

Thankful-Challenge

“Thankful Blogging Challenge” is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee.  I love the whole concept of it and can’t restrain myself from participating in the challenge.  And after all, what better way than to share the gratitude than this week?

Day #1: People, places or things…what are you thankful for?

If someone writes a book about me, the title will be “Blessed Soul”.  Seriously, I am not even exaggerating here.  I am blessed with the best life possible.  No, I am not the grand-daughter of Bill Gates or any other billionaire.  But, I have the caring parents and loving brother.  For me, they are so much more better than being born in the family of money.  My parents were strict, but that’s the reason I escaped so many problems that my friends faced during THE age.  Thank you, mom and dad, for everything.  You were the first two persons who loved me, even when I wasn’t born.  Thank you!  And my younger brother — I couldn’t thank him enough.  He has been my closest friend, my confidant, my counselor, a shoulder to cry and a person who could always count on, no matter what situation I am in.  Thank you, I will forever be grateful that you are in my life.

I got the right job with a good starting salary just during the final semester of my college.  I spent half-a-day in college and the other half in my office.  See, how cool is that?  Thank you to my professors and all the teachers who have made me what I am today.

I am happily married to the first and only love of my life.  And I haven’t regretted even a moment of my time with him.  If there is a person who I pushed to all extremes and who still couldn’t stop loving me, it’s my husband.  I am getting emotional here.  I know I have given some of the toughest times in his life.  There are certain times that I am even afraid or worried even to voice my thoughts.  But, when I finally voice it out, he has never once made me uncomfortable.  Actually, he pretty much supports all my decisions.   The only things every woman wants from her husband is love and support.  Whatever mistakes I do, he always stays by my side and the fact is that I KNOW HE WILL!  And that trust is what makes our relationship better every day.  You are the one who made me think that I am more beautiful, who made me think I am more smart and who gave me the confidence to face my fears.  A woman doesn’t need a man to make her feel those things.  But, being with a man who can respect you like that is something great altogether.  Thank you, husband, for finding me, proposing to me, loving me and supporting me..always.  Thank you for every moment (sweet or sour) of my past few years, I will always cherish it.

My baby is 10 months old.  I don’t understand this whole concept of motherhood or how this bond came all of a sudden.  I can never compare this bond with my son to any other relationship.  Being a mom is great and awesome, and I thank all the Gods in the world for giving this baby to me.  I would forever be grateful for giving me this wonderful bundle of happiness in my womb.

I don’t have a huge bunch for friends, but the handful of them are all incredible.  Each of them have been in my life for so many years and they have been supportive in all my precious moments.  Thanks guys!  You are the best of the friends I can ever have.

If I am not mentioning my colleagues here, I would definitely regret it.  They are not only my colleagues and friends, they are my second family.  I am not exactly what you call social, so apart from my family and job, I spend all my time in my computer.  So, being in my office all the time, they have started to deeply care and love for me.  They know how to deal with me and how to make me laugh.  Thank you!

What started as a hobby, is now my passion and part time job.  When I stayed at home for a few months, I entered the world of publishing.  And you know what, I got more than I bargained for.  I have never been so satisfied with my job, before this.  I started blogging 5 years back and now, I have so many blogger friends across the world.  They are so close to me that they know every important detail of my life.  Thank you to the world of blogging! 🙂  Thanks to all the authors and publishers for giving such wonderful books that contributed so many amazing hours to my life.

A big thank you to all the authors, PR managers and publishers, who is employing me.  I know you put a lot of trust in me so readily.  Thank you so much!

And last, thank you, God, for the health and happiness of all my friends and family.  Thank you for giving me the strength for getting through the tough times.  Thanks for having me surrounded by wonderful people who I can always depend on….and thanks for everything else.   Thank you for making my life so blessed.

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