50 SHADES OF BLOGGING

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I’m feeling quite generous today so let me spread the knowledge that I have gained within my two years of blogging.

1.If you write about a serious or dark topic, break it up with a little fluff sometimes. Or write about something else. But don’t lose your focus. As for the rest, they don’t care as much as you think they do. That soul-baring post is probably only embarrassing to you.

2. If you have a post you’re afraid to make public, make it public anyway. It’s okay to run naked in public sometimes. You’ll feel freed.

3. You are going to have haters. It’s unavoidable. If you can’t handle people hating you or your blog, you have no business blogging.

4. If your blog starts getting popular, your haters will be more numerous and more vocal. It’s okay to have haters. Love your haters. They’re obviously obsessed enough with you to visit your blog and that increases your views.

5. Some people you thought were your friends or supporters are not. Be careful who you trust.

6. Nothing is too personal to write publicly about. There will always be someone who will be grateful you shared

7. Trolls are easily controlled. Just don’t approve their comments or send them to spam or trash.

8. Be agreeable. Don’t attack commenters who disagree with you. Most people are reasonable and disagreements can lead to some interesting debates where both of you may learn something.

9. If you decide to run advertisements, you’re not selling out. If you’re serious about blogging or writing, it’s a good idea if you have enough traffic.

10. You do not need to pay for SEO. All you need is patience. If you post often enough and your blog starts getting enough hits (USE THE SHARE BUTTONS–or at least have them available under your posts so others can do your dirty work for you), those hits will eventually lead to more hits, and this keeps feeding on itself. Eventually you’ll find some of your posts appearing at the top of the search engines, and once that happens, the sky’s the limit.

11. You can’t “make” a post go viral. There is absolutely no way to tell what article of yours may go viral or when. It could be one you never expected to, or it could happen months after you first posted it. When it happens, it’s a complete surprise and a completely amazing feeling.

12. Don’t write something just because you think it’s popular if it isn’t something of interest to you. Don’t try to be cool–people can always tell if you’re trying too hard. You’re either cool or you’re not, but you don’t have to be cool to have a great blog.

13. You are going to lose followers. It’s inevitable. As long as you are gaining more followers than you’re losing, then there’s no problem. The people who are unfollowing you are probably not people you want to have sticking around anyway.

14. You will change in ways you never expected. Blogging is an adventure.

15. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day and don’t post. We all have those days we need to take a break or just can’t think of a good idea. If it really bothers you, reblog someone else’s article or post a funny picture or inspirational saying. People always love those.

16. When all else fails, post a picture of a cat or a cat meme. Cats on the Internet are like sex in the movies. They attract viewers. Kittens are even better. Everyone loves kittens, even people who hate cats.

17. Use pictures and graphics, especially in long posts (but don’t use so many your post looks like the cover of a supermarket tabloid). No one wants to read a wall of text, even if you’re the best writer ever. But they want a clean look too, so be careful how many graphics you use, especially if you are running advertisements too. No one likes a cluttered, messy looking blog that makes their eyes hurt or gives them flashbacks to the MySpace era.

18. You don’t have to be a great writer. You just have to be original and willing to take a few risks.

19. Always be honest even if your opinion might be controversial or unpopular. Controversial posts may get you more haters, but they’ll also make your views soar.

20. Haters can make good fodder for new posts. Sometimes those posts will be your most interesting. But be careful about calling out specific people by name; you could get in trouble for that.

21. Try to get ideas from your audience so that you can publish blog posts that answer the most interesting questions from people you engage with on social media.

22. If you understand your audience better you will have a better idea of what blog content will resonate with them, which is a good start when you get to writing blog posts.

23. Write for yourself first and  foremost. Ignore the fact that anyone else will read what you write; just focus on your thoughts, ideas, opinions and figure out how to put those into words. Write it and they will come.

24. If you start building your email list from day one, you will be able to promote your new content to your audience directly without worrying about search rankings, Facebook Edge Rank, or other online roadblocks in communications.

25. You should love the readers you already have. A lot of bloggers get quite obsessed with finding new readers – to the point that they ignore the ones they already have. Yes – do try to find new readers but spend time each day showing your current readers that you value them too and you’ll find that they will help you grow your blog.

26. Focus on building an amazing call-to-action. I screwed up for years. I’d blog and blog. Some of my posts were doing very well on  but I had such hard time getting return visitors. And very few people bothered to follow me on Twitter. Don’t rely on people to do the work to find your Twitter account. Don’t rely on them to do the work to find your details in a sidebar. People are blind to sidebars. Thanks banner ads! Finish your blog post with some kind of call to action to sign up for an email list or follow you on Twitter.

27. If you can, give stuff that adds value to people’s lives away and they will love you and become loyal fans.

28. Make sure you consistently blog so that you maintain your regular traffic because is much easier to lose your traffic than it is to build it up.

29. Give away your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to showcase what you know. Too many bloggers hold back the good stuff out of fear of giving away the “secret sauce.” There is no secret sauce in a world where everyone has high speed Internet access at all times. Today, you want to give away information snacks to sell knowledge meals.

30. You should be true to your voice. Stay true to yourself and your voice. People don’t care to follow sites so much as they care to follow people.

31. If you plan to invest in blogging for a long time, you will have to be patient before you see a return. The web is a big, noisy place and unless you’re willing to invest more over a greater period of time than others, you’ll find success nearly impossible.

32. If you’re blogging to create a business, a movement, or to support a cause, then you need to build an email list. It’s not an option. Caring about these people, writing for them, and delivering value to them should be your number one goal.

33. You should write catchy headlines because no matter how great your content is, it won’t matter unless you have an amazing headline. People have a split second to decide if they should click on your post, and your headline will make them decide. The headline is also essential in making it easy and desirable for people to share your post. Keep your headlines SPUB: simple, powerful, useful and bold.

34. Be yourself. You don’t have to be too “professional” or use “big words” to impress others.

35. Keep your posts short. Keep them in the 1–2 minutes read-time length. You generally need about 300 words minimum to get indexed by search engines, but otherwise the length of your post is up to what you think feels best. Shorter posts will be much better received by readers and shared more. A blog post should be like a miniskirt. It has to be short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject.

36. Make your posts worth referencing. One thing I always try to keep in mind before publishing a post is would anyone want to “cite” this for any reason? Just like interesting research is great because it leaves you with a fascinating finding or an idea, I like for my posts to be the same. That doesn’t mean relying on research, but simply making sure each post has an original lesson or actionable item, making it “citable” on the web.

37. When choosing a creative topic to blog about, try and find a niche. Make your blog about something very specific and you’ll please both the search engines and your readers. Try not to be too general and really focus on one specialist topic and stick to it. Find your own niche and go for it – just remember to stay on topic.

38. Write about what you love
Write about something you love, otherwise you’ll show no passion in your writing. And if there’s no passion, your content will suffer, so find a topic you are comfortable with and only write about that.

39. If you don’t provide something the public wants, your creative blog will never be a success. Give people what they’re after and offer real value to their web browsing experience. What do I mean by this? Well, value is demonstrated in the content you publish. If your content isn’t valuable people won’t read it or return to read more. Really think about what you’re putting out there and give the people what they want.

40. Focus on marketing your blog. You won’t get anywhere if you just launch a blog and hope that people will come without any marketing effort. You have to actively market your blog and you can do that through a variety of ways. You can start chatting with other bloggers by leaving valuable comments on other people’s blog posts – this will help draw people back to your own site. Or you can make use of the search engines and write about topics that are popular in the searches, like this very feature. Or you could even offer to contribute to influential e-zines or blogs to help raise your profile. Whatever you choose to do, just get out there and market yourself like mad. There’s really no excuse not to.

41. You should encourage interaction, that is, get people talking on your blog. Ask them to add their comments on various articles. Encourage interaction wherever possible. Ask for feedback, respond to people’s contributions, build a community and be nice. People love to interact, so make sure you’re friendly and welcoming.
Make commenting easy
Just be aware that there are many reasons why people might not comment on your blog posts. It could be anything from not providing easy access to log a comment to writing about negative things people don’t want to be a part of. Bottom line? Make commenting easily accessible and write about stuff that gets people talking positively. If people can interact on your blog, they’ll keep coming back for more.

42. Don’t get stage fright and believe in yourself. Once your blog starts to get more than 1,000 visitors per month, it’s only natural that you may lose confidence in yourself and your writing. Don’t get stage fright and keep at it! There is a reason why you have so many visitors, so believe in yourself and keep writing fantastic content.

43. Most people do not know this but WordPress.com blog owners have the power to edit the comments left on their blog by visitors. It is also very possible to edit your own comment on your blog.

44. You should provide easy reading. Research suggests that people view and scan web pages rather than read every last bit of copy. Therefore, try and keep your articles as easy, quick reads. Provide lists wherever possible and break up the text. From an SEO point of view, you want to provide at least 250 words of copy. But it’s also good to stick to this number for your readers — unless of course you’re writing an article such as this one – in which case, add in bullet points or lists because it will hold people’s attention more.

45. When designing your blog — either creating one from scratch or using any of the free blogging platforms online — try and keep the layout clean, fresh and uncluttered. Avoid adding lots of unnecessary features. Keep it easy on the eye and you’ll please your blog visitors and have them coming back for more.

46. Get social. Don’t neglect social media elsewhere like Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you hook these up to your blog’s RSS feed and update your followers and fans with your latest post.
Twitterfeed is a great tool that automatic publishes your posts to your Twitter and Facebook accounts — great for Twitter but looks a bit spammy for Facebook at present. Test everything first and make sure you’re happy with the automatic updates and tweets you’re putting out there.

47. Keep an eye on analytics. Keep track of how people are landing on your blog and how they’re finding you. You can then tailor your blog posts to your readers’ needs as well as making best use of those external sources that are really drawing people in. If you invest in any online advertising, your analytics will also help determine your ROI (return of investment) and whether it’s working or not. Keep an eye on your web analytics and ensure your blog is working as powerfully as it should be.

48. Allow easy following by placing “follow” badges on your blog wherever possible. For example, on Blogger you can add a free widget which encourages people to “follow your blog” in their own Google readers. Tumblr has something similar but this is already integrated. Make sure you provide an easy follow option on your own blog, even if it’s just clear links to your RSS feed.

48. Get personal. Reveal more about who you are in your posts and your audience will love you for it. People want to follow people, not brands. Include an “about” section if possible and a photograph of yourself. By offering a personal slant, you’ll be encouraging people to like you and by tapping into their emotions you’ll encourage loyalty hence happy, returning visitors. Add a personal touch to your own blog.

49. Spell checking and proof-reading. Finally, before you hit the “publish” button, it’s crucial you check your spelling and proofread your article again and again. Bad spelling will not only ruin your credibility, it will damage your SEO as the search engines won’t appreciate poor copy. Make sure you check everything before you go live.

50. If you go on holiday, make use of scheduling tools on your blog so that you can post articles automatically while you’re away from your desk.

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About Emmanuel Muema

Hi, I'm Emmanuel Muema, a Human Resource University graduate, an obsessive blogger, a graphic artist and a huge hiphop fan. I enjoy Lil Wayne's music quite a lot. Find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google Plus. I would love to connect with as many Wordpress users as possible. Let's trade likes and comments.

Posted on June 8, 2015, in MISCELLANEOUS POSTS. Bookmark the permalink. 705 Comments.

  1. I haven’t read anything else you have written. I really enjoyed this post. I am a newbie here in the blogging world. I just share what I like.
    I can’t wait to read more of what you have posted.
    Have a good night. Sarah.

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Thanks alot for dropping by and welcome to the blogging world. Feel at Home Sarah. WordPress is truly the best, even better than blogger. I’m looking forward to your likes and comments.

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  2. Almost forgot. I laughed at the “Slow Internet” comment. We had High speed internet for awhile. 4 years ago it was pretty good. Then our service went Down hill. Now it is sometimes hard to do anything. Yet, I keep at it.

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Hahaha…Im always happy to make someone laugh. I Publishing exremely funny joke sthat will bring you down to your kneees. I also had a high speed modem but it has been shut down.. The internet im using is sooooooo slow

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  3. Emmanuel Muema

    You are very very welcome…and thanks a lot for reblogging.
    Im glad to be of help

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  4. Amazing Write!! Thanks for the advice 🙂

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  5. Duly noted, excellent advice…thankyou 😉

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  6. Well this is a fun post! Thanks for your insight as I am only a few months into the whole blog world there are some good reminders for me. And yes, some days, I come to the table with nothing and I’m like… it’s ok if I don’t put something out there today. I don’t wanna fall into the trap some are in of just slamming out anything to have a piece published for the day.

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  7. Well stated dear Emma! … You have learned a bunch of cool stuff! Keep it up with the blogging… All my best wishes! Aquileana 😀

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Thanks Amy…I appreciate your comment plus you dropping by…I will def blog more. Its too addictive

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  8. Emmanuel Muema

    Hey thanks for your wonderful comment.. im glad that you loved my post . I hope that it gave you some few tips/pointers…Have a lovely day New Journey (hahaha I dont know your real name)

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    • I have had many names in my years….Roxanne Cuttyshark in my younger, younger years…LOL…Natasha at all Starbucks, Bitch from my second husband, Liebling from my current husband, Katrink from my father as a child, just to think of a few… but my real name is Kathy, friends call me Kat…

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Hahahaha…I feel bad that I laughed at “Bitch” from your 2nd husband…
      Wow, you definitely have a quite a load of names.
      Its great to meet you Kat
      I have really been putting a lot of effort in following as many peeps as possible on WP

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    • thaks…and don’t laugh I was a bitch…he made me one…LOL I am now back being the wonderfully happy soul I once was before I met him, however he did help me produce my wonderful son, so something did come from something so bad!!! I meeting everyone on here….and from all over the world….a great way to connect…

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Yeah WordPress is in many ways better than Facebook. At least here you can express your thoughts and feelings in various ways. I have been blogging for only two years. Sorry about the bitch thing…
      Wow, at least something nice happened. Personally I haven’t started a family yet

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    • I meant to say don’t be sorry its okay to laugh….I was really was a bitch !! LOL I wouldn’t of wanted to be married to me either….face book is okay but I find its a little like the old saying, if you sleep with one man your sleeping with everyone else he has too…meaning, I become your friend on Facebook and then I am friends with all your friends too…I used Facebook to follow my children’s lives and see what they were up to, until one time we were all at a family gathering at my house and I mentioned that…now they are way more careful at what they post…LOL I didn’t meant to let my little spy secret out….oh well…..you look young…take your time….wife, family will come soon enough and then life changes, sometime for the good and other times not so much….

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Oh cool then..If you don’t mind me asking, Why do you say that you were a bitch?
      My parents aren’t on Facebook or Twitter. And I wouldnt want them to join those social sites. They might see some stuff which they are not supposed to.
      Yeah I’m still young and I haven’t gotten a job yet. A family cant eat love or pay a mortgage with love. Hahahaha. i definitely have to organize myself financially so that I can settle down after a while.
      Phew, family responsibilities seem quite tough.
      Its an observation that I made as I was being raised by my parents.

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    • I guess I was a bitch because I was in a situation that I hated….being stupid and young and not knowing how to fix it without leaving….I had just had my son and was hoping that my husband would stop acting like a jerk…I was attracted to men from other countries…so when I met this man, Salvadorian, I should of taken the hint, he was moody and controlling, but it never dawned on me that it would go against me someday, love is blind in many ways….but eventually you wake up from it and wonder WTF you are doing in this situation…so I just had to deal with the hell I had brought on to myself and unfortunately it turned me into a huge bitch, I was kind to my son but after I saw it was taking a toll on him, I finally said enough was enough, I moved on and let me tell you how wonderful the first night away from him was….I felt freed…..so be sure you know who your gong to marry…if they are mean and nasty to others trust me it will come back on you 10 fold… I have learned in my years, if you meet someone, observe the in as many situations as you can, see how they react to life and if they treat others nice, and care for those who are important in there life, than who knows…..

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Thats great advice. I have to carefully choose the right woman to marry. She has to be ‘The One’
      I dont wanna wake up next to her one day and think, “How th f*ck did I end up with this sorry ass person!”
      Having regrets about marriage really has to suck.
      How old were you when you met him and later had your son?

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    • My first husband I met in high school, his family was from northern Italy, what wonderful food, and life the Italians have, that lasted over 10 years and I have a beautiful daughter from that union, ended on a happy note, just fell out of love, parted friends….my second one, the one we are talking about, I was in my late 20’s and I met him in my driveway he was putting up fence in my neighbors yard….we had an instant lust connection….great sex, a lot of late night romps, he was here illegal so it started out as a friendship to help him get his papers, marry and then we would divorce and stay together if that was what we wanted, but then life got messy, I got pregnant, should of been the first red flag when he told me he never thought an American could carry his child, as we are all pretty much ignorant…but being young and blind by sex/love I never thought he meant me…wrong!!! that is exactly what he meant….so our plans of marriage, legal papers and divorce went by the wayside and I tired as futile as it was to make this a viable marriage….no matter what I was never going to be his equal much less someone he loved..he was nothing but controlling and angry all the time….so after my son was 5 I left….by then I had no feelings left for him, just disgust and guilt over yet breaking up another loveless marriage…and hurting my son in the process….however later I did realize that I was actually doing my son a good thing…I was no longer a beaten (literally not physically) down person and the woman I was before I met him finally reappeared and I felt human and freedom again…..regrets only over only not being mature and educated enough to understand red flag warning and thinking I could take on the world ( I was the – I am woman hear me roar types..LOL). its all good, I think of my past lives as learning experiences…I have 2 wonderful children from those lives, I am still friends with my daughters father and his new family…as far as my son’s dad, I tried my best for my son, he recently got married and I put all my anger for the SOB away and offered an olive branch so my son cold have his father and mother at the events of the wedding, but he was still just as controlling and ugly as ever, so I have vowed never to try to make an effort where its not wanted again…I just feel sorry for the woman he has married as she is where I used to be…in a very sad, controlled situation…..and my son understands and has thanked me for tying…..I was single for over 13 years and enjoyed having friends with benefits in my life…didn’t want anyone in my life on a permanent basis, I have always been okay with it just being me and my kids…I met my 3rd and final husband on e-harmony….we have been together for over 8 years….nice guy…from Germany…LOL

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Wow, you have been through quite a lot. Leaving him was the best decision.
      Its amazing how our generation has casual sex all the time, no-strings attached .. I may be off topic but you have a way with words, (lust connection).
      Sorry I took long to reply. I was commuting back home

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    • No problem I went to lunch for my anniversary…its been a splendid day….hey in the beginning of my days we had casual sex all the time, no strings attached….I came of age at the end of the “flower power” era….free love, hippies and all that stuff….sex was just sex…had to be care just the same of getting pregnant or STD’s…but then aides happened…changed the whole concept of free sex, really put a twist on sexual encounters…all I could think about was who and what had they (the man) been sleeping with…so I gave up casual sex and had only a couple of friends I would see, and even then it was extremely safe sex…LOL I always wished they made a body condom…LOL so your generation is doing exactly what our generation did….now that I am older and my hormones are gone, life had changed for me….so enjoy your younger years, wisely, safely and cautiously….at my age I have lived several different chapters and have learned something from each one….no regrets, I can go to sleep at night knowing I have done the best I can by myself and my family….I have read some of your stories on your blog….enjoying them….

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Thanks for exploaring my blog…Im glad you loved my stories .
      Hmmmm i kinda wish that AIDS didnt exist. Its the worst compared to Ebola and all the rest….
      At least most diseases have a cure or control and therefore u can still remain alive for a long time…
      Aids has truly ruined casual sex… I definitely use protection.
      Cant risk it, especially in this country tht I am in.
      Pheeeeeeew! It super sucks.

      Hahahaha, but a body condom would be wierd . it would feel like fucking a balloon, or a tyre, or better yet the inner tube of a tyre….there would be no direct body contact thus sex wouldnt be very enjoyable.

      I’m pretty sure you enjoyed your anniversary lunch to the maximum

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  9. Great points. I do try to put something serious in between all my fluff. It keeps life interesting.

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  10. Thanks- I also enjoyed this! I am also new to this blogging thing but I needed a way to get my words out. 😊 looking forward to it even if I never get any followers it’s more about getting thoughts out of my head than being internet famous lol

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Youre very welcome…Im happy you liked it. Don’t worry you will definitely get followers. Its like saying that you will join Facebook and not get a random friend request from a stranger.
      There are some people out there who will be interested in your blog..

      True..whats more important is publishing your thoughts and feelings

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  11. This is some great advice, and I loved your sarcastic wit. It’s so true cats are like the cat of the Internet world. Thank you for following my journey. 😊

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  12. A really insightful article, a great post!

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  13. I just reopened my WordPress after a year and I decided I will do this. I need to get the premium but I want to make sure I get views first.

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  14. Love your blogging advise. Great humor and wonderful brain treats. Thanks for the follow!

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  15. Thank you so much for the follow.

    And as someone who is fairly new to the blogging game, I really appreciate this post so much. I am happy with my success so far and am willing to play the long game.

    Great advice, Emmanuel!

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      You are very welcome. I’m really really glad that you enjoyed my advice. I will dig into your blog and we can trade likes for likes, deal? All the best in our blogosphere 🙂

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  16. Great tips, you kept my attention the entire way though. Look forward to reading more of your blogs. Thanks for following my blogs- I’m fairly new to wordpress… & really appreciate the follow!

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  17. nineteenwithnoidea

    This is a really useful post.What I’m personally struggling with is the balance between your points 38 and 39… writing about something I WANT to write about, but making sure it can be relatable/interesting enough for the rest of the internet!

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Hi, Ellie. I’m so glad that you found my post interesting. Just go with your gut feeling. What exactly do you want to write about?

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    • That’s kind of the problem, I don’t have one set thing. I’ve been doing creative writing, as well as just more standard blog posts about my thoughts/things I’ve experienced. And I wouldn’t want to choose one over the other, at least not until I get a better idea of what people enjoy more.

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Lol, When I was started to blog 2 years ago, I didn’t also have a specific topic so I decided to be posting randomly. I reasoned that random topics would get many diverse visitors instead of one specific topic. E.g. i post a joke , sometimes a poem, then I blog about a celebrity, then i blog about an important event in my life. 🙂

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Ellie personally I think creative writing and writing about your thoughts are at the same level of being enjoyed. Lol. Maybe you should do both. Or better yet have 2 different sites. One for cr8ve writing n the other for your thoughts/experiences.
      You can also ask your readers what they love more.

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    • Yeah, that makes sense. I guess I’ll keep going with what I’ve started then! Thanks a lot for the advice 🙂

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      You’re more than welcome.Tell me how it works out.

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  18. I’m just getting my start at blogging; and, I’ve been having a great time with it!

    These are very useful tips, thank you for sharing!
    I dig your blog!
    -Jessika

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Welcome to the blogosphere Jess. *Opens arms wide to welcome you.* You’re more than welcome. Thanks, I hope you’ll like my future posts.

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  19. Thanks for becoming a subscriber. happy blogging.

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  20. The cat thing was right on. Cats in clothes or boxes are the best. Check out YouTube or Instagram. Even The Chive has cats on Saturday.

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    • Emmanuel Muema

      Lol, thanks for stopping by Frankie. What’s wierd is that I don’t have a single cat picture in my blog. Let me work on that asap. 🙂

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  21. Hey Emmanuel,

    Funny list. I liked #2 especially. It seems like the more personal the stuff you write, the more fascinated people are. As a longtime blog reader (and only more recent blog writer) I can assure you that there’s a certain amount of voyeurism going on by reading blogs. It’s interesting to read about other peoples’ lives, trials, and tribulations.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I wrote a post about comments you might enjoy; of course you seem to have plenty here.

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  22. That was a great read! thanks for sharing. Random question but are you from Kenya, the surname sounds it – just asking as I’m from there 🙂

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