My blog is relatively young (i.e. less than 300 posts) and the numbers of followers I have is commiserate. So how does a blogger like me generate more traffic? One activity that worked really well for me last year was to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge. I’m the 900th writer on this year’s list!
Essentially what you do is press 26 posts out during April, one for everyday with Sundays off. The posts correspond to a letter of the alphabet, you visit other blogs that interest you from the list, leave comments, Share great finds, and enjoy the blog-o-sphere in a new way.
My theme last year was my Writing Issues and Books, a nebulous category that allowed me to generate content chasing the rabbits of my author career. What does that mean? Well, take a look at some of the posts. C is for Cards: Issues for a Blind Character discussed the research and challenges of developing a character for my second novel, Death Taint. I (or my husband) wrote few genre focused posts such as P is for Post-Apocalyptic and R is for Romance. Popular cultural influences got a nod last year in X is for X-Men and Superheroes and T is for Top Fiction of the Twentieth Century. I also took the opportunity to go public with excerpts from some of my WIP’s (Works in Progress) such as F is for Faery Lands and Z is for Zombies.
Really, I was all over the place and learned a lot of basics about what makes some blog posts more popular than others and how to improve my posts in the future. That was back in the dear old USA.
Now I live in Europe, am adjusting to a new culture, travel more extensively, and my blog topics have followed my transition. Now my most viewed articles are Holland Expat – The Dr. Said What?!, Sinter Klaas w/Black Pete and Racism News, and Congo Christmas – Dengue Diet.
Which leads me to today and the time to reveal my blog theme for A to Z 2015……(drum roll please)….
“Back to Africa” the A to Z Observations of a White Woman in East Congo and West Rwanda. Expect never before seen photos, travel insights, unusual moments and heart wrenching tales from my recent travels.
There were so many posts I couldn’t fit in during my Congo Christmas series and getting the word out about my nonprofit, Future Hope Africa, is a big part of this effort. So here’s to Blogging for Your Cause.
Are you a blogger too? Become the 1083rd blogger to take up the A to Z Challenge for April 2015 and see your readership and expertise grow.
Kristin King is an author, publisher, and president of of the nonprofit, Future Hope Africa. She lives with her family in the Netherlands as an expat, loves Jesus, all sorts of people, travel, reading and animals.