Lessons on Blogging #1: Know Your Readers

Glitter Dreams at Rent The Runway Georgetown Welcome, my loyal followers (or random drive-by commenter who will probably just say something sweet about the photo and move on). I introduce you to a new [semi] feature on QSS entitled, you guessed it, Lessons on Blogging.

Now, I’ve been a blogger for 6 1/2 years now. Six and a half YEARS. Holy Toledo that’s a long time. I’d like to say it’s been so wonderful, I’ve grown some much and have amassed such a following that I now am living the dream but let’s not be fake here. It’s been hard. I’ve given up a few times (read: long breaks where I cry over how shitty I am as a blogger, nobody likes me blah blah blah in my yoga pants and cardboardeaux). Miraculously, though, I’m still here, in front of a computer, writing to you all and sharing tidbits of my life. This new feature will showcase some things that I’ve learned along the way. While I’m in no way a super famous blogger with tons of credibility, I’ve still been doing this for years and have plenty of knowledge to share (as well as plenty to learn!).

For this inaugural lesson I want to talk about readers. Recently I’ve wondered why I blog; who am I blogging for? Generally, I try to generate leads to my blog by reading other blogs, leaving comments on other blogs, and trying to interact with other bloggers both online and in person. After doing some research about where my readers are actually coming from I’ve learned a lot. Most of my readers are not bloggers. The people reading this blog for inspiration are friends on Facebook, friends in real life, family members. The next biggest generation of leads? Search engines. People are coming to my blog (and yours too!) from Google and PinTerest searches where they’ve typed in a magic set of letters and words and ended up on your page (this is called SEO and I’ll do a lovely post on that later). THEN come the other bloggers, leaving their comments to generate leads back to themselves with ideals of their own personal growth.

That being said I’m trying to take on a new mentality. I’m going to post what I want, when I want (because nobody is sitting there typing QueSeraSahra in every day looking for a new post) and hope that I inspire someone at home, on Instagram, or on PinTerest to do something that they may not normally, to do something they may not have seen because they don’t follow or read a slew of hundreds of blogs because they themselves are not a blogger. I will not fret about comments or how many other bloggers see me. This is for YOU.

My loyal readers, this is my promise to you. You will continue to receive curated content by me. It may not be the most unique, or the most “popular”, but it will inspire you (I hope) to try something new; a new beauty product, a new nail design, a new accessory style, a cool new DIY, or a new mentality.

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15 responses to “Lessons on Blogging #1: Know Your Readers

  1. Hi Sahra! This is definitely my first time “driving by” (let’s hope not just haha) but want to say keep up the posts!! I think it’s great that you want to post whatever you want as long as it interests you and I’m sure the people you care about most who are reading your blog will appreciate anything you put out. I think all of us “bloggers” go through those kinds of moments where we need a break so don’t worry about it (and no crying in yoga pants!). Haha just know that there are people out there who support you!

    Sartorial Diner

  2. haha this is so to the point and dont even get me started on “great post” type comments. Sooooo freaking annoying ( I delete them all, do you?)

    I am looking forward to the SEO post yet to come, there is so much I need to learn. I’ve only been doing this for 7/8 months so compared to you I’m a baby in the blogging community! Do share some wisdom with us pretty please? 😀

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. I couldn’t agree more with commenters. I’ve been sitting on the fence recently on whether I should allow these types of comments to be published on my blog. I’m really not sure what to do as I don’t want to offend anyone by deleting their comments. I’d love to know whether you delete these types of comments or do you keep them?

    Beth x
    http://www.ProFemaleBlogger.com

    • I actually leave the comments! Those people are working hard to get themselves out there so who am I to hinder that? I just don’t pay as much mind to it; I used to try to befriend everyone who wanted to comment but then I found they don’t really care :/

  4. Amazing lesson darling! Thanks for sharing!!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

  5. Thanks for the post!
    kisses…

    Zapatos Rojos

  6. Great article and sharing!
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    instagram.com/grace_njio

  7. That’s so true! It can be easy to forget that just because 99% of the people leaving you comments are bloggers it doesn’t mean that most of your readers are too. I think a lot of bloggers forget that one. I’m glad that you’re going to write more of what you want to. That’s what I’ve been doing too!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  8. This is a great highlight to blogger life.
    I’m happy to see positivity on your words.
    Yeahh, not all our readers are our fellow bloggers.
    There are some people love to see your blog too

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  9. I really loved the post!
    I think that it doesn’t matter if people who comment bloggers or not, as long as they get their inspiration from you it’s all that matters)

    http://www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

  10. Great post! I think it’s important to stay true to yourself as a blogger, and to your readers. The best posts are the most authentic!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

  11. Love the post! so true.

    thechicflair.blogspot.cz

  12. I just started my blogging journey and right now, it can be pretty hard, so I’m looking forward to more posts on this! Really thinking about who will read my posts really helps when deciding what to write, but I also try not to get too hung up on that….

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