Special note: this may not apply in case your life partner is also your reader.
Blogging to your readers’ expectation can be a very hard job. Exactly like living to your life partner’s expectations. Yet you like your blog, but how can you divorce your readers and get new ones, who’d like you more? Watch this:
- Readers are important, but one single reader doesn’t matter. So never interact with your readers at one-to one level: no comments moderation, no welcome e-mails, nothing.
- Comments are good for a blog. So don’t delete the spam, and don’t activate Akismet. In 2-3 months you’ll compete with the most commented on blogs on the planet.
- Positive comments make you feel appreciated. Edit your readers’ comments, so they display what you want to see. They won’t notice anyway. How many of them go back to read their own comments left on other blogs?
- Time is money. Spend it to build your blog. Don’t comment on other blogs, because there you are just one reader, who doesn’t matter (see point 1). Save all your time for writing.
- Too many categories make choice more difficult. So why not define only two: The Stuff and The Other Stuff? Or you may add a third one: Make Money Online, but make sure not to promote any programs in there, because you respect your readers and you don’t want them click on your affiliate links.
- Beware of trolls. If you got one, be happy: you’ll have an interactive blog without bothering to do anything. Just lay back and watch the show.
- Pictures make sites load slow. Don’t use any photos in your posts. Let your readers put their imagination at work. They are creative, after all.
If after all these you still have loyal readers left, you should change your statistics program. It sucks!