22 Jun 2007

Advice from the ProBlogger

One friend recently asked me about the number of people subscribing to my blog feed. I joked "Fantastic! It has more doubled since January." If you don't understand why this is a joke, please look at my archives.

Anyway, today morning I was reading this post titled "10 Techniques I Used To Go From 0 To 12,000 RSS Subscribers In Seven Months - With No Ads Or Leverage" by Darren Rowse. In case you don't know who Darren Rowse is (where have you been hiding under), let me tell you. He's the original ProBlogger.

This post really answered a lot of my questions and I also see what I was lacking in. For example, #10 in the list is 'Email readers as much as possible.' I realise that I seldom do that. Thought that replying on the comments box was enough but I doubt whether the visitors will come back to read whether I replied to their comments.

Another one that really motivated me was #5 Don’t give into negativity.
At some point, you’re going to be jealous of the success of another blogger. At some other point, you’re going to believe that the game is rigged against you - that there’s no way you can become really popular.

I have heard so many people tell me that and I had started to believe it - after all I have been blogging for more than 4 years now. All the doubts were there - "maybe I am not good enough" and all the other maybes...

Rowse adds something that gives me hope:
Don’t believe a word of it.

Go over to his site and read what he has to say and maybe you can get a fraction of what he achieved in 7 months.


1 comment:

Michael said...

Thanks for the heads up, Darren's site seems full of useful information.