At the start of 2018, I completed and published a post on my goals. I thought I had done well until I looked back and saw how little I had accomplished. Although, this is the first time I looked at the post since I published it, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. The lesson in this, if you want to work towards yearly goals it is an advantage to have the goals close by to refer to.
I have resisted writing a post like this for a couple of weeks. What is the point of promoting my 12 most popular posts this year? If you haven't read them yet then why would you want to read them now? Then I took my own advice and wrote for myself. So especially for me here are my top posts one from each month.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Are you a meticulous planner, or do you let your ideas and characters drive your novel? I have written posts in the past about the perfect structure for a post. Although I follow this, I don’t always plan my posts. In the beginning, I have a headline in place. Later I will refine this into a killer headline. I also have a rough idea about where the post is going and the information I want to include. For some posts, I will plan this in detail. Most, however, I let my author’s voice guide the writing.
Sometimes less is more. Over the months I have spent time publishing to both Medium and my website, growing a good following. Although I am pleased with this progress, I have been completely ignoring my novel. I was told off by my partner this week, who said I should be concentrating more on what I wanted to do and less on blogging. Although, none of us like being told we are wrong, she has a point.
Search Engine Optimisation is the steps you go to in making your site more attractive to search engines. When I started blogging it was a foreign language. Over the months I have researched ways to improve my Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). I have slowly started to advance up that ever slippery ladder. Most of the pages dedicated to improving SEO suggested you download plug-ins to your website. Easy enough except to use plug-ins you have to have a business site at £18 a month.
Recently when looking through my posts I realised how much I mention Medium. I wrongfully presume that everyone has heard of this amazing platform. However, in some cases, this might not be true. So allow me to introduce you to the wonder of Medium.
I have been writing seriously for six months. I learn something new every day and I love it. Blogs are a place to read as well as write. It is like strawberries and ice cream you can’t have one without the other. Over the months I have moulded my techniques for my personal needs. With this advice, you can start to mould your writing to suit your routine and life. With these simple techniques, you will make your follower count sore.