Hi new followers! I like that you’ve followed my blog. Thanks! I’ve noticed something about some of you, though.
On a consistent basis, one of the posts that makes everyone’s “most popular” list is the one about how to advertise their work.
It’s not just on WordPress. Across the board, people are trying to figure out how to write good posts, how to write well, how to increase their audience, how to become a better blogger, how to provide the best content for their viewers, etc, etc, etc.
AY MAMA. You’re treating it like a job!
Yes, I understand that for many people, this is a job. And I like that! I’d like to make money doing this, myself. But what I’ve seen, across the board, is that the truly popular people aren’t the people who did their research and worked their butts off at marketing their content.
It’s the people who had a blast doing what they’re doing.
Okay, that came out wrong. But when you put time, energy, and genuine emotion into your work, followers will come to you.
It’ll take a while. Your fan base will not sprout overnight. It never does.
But if you truly love what you’re doing, that means you’re interested in doing it.
If you’re truly interested in doing it, that means you’re interested in learning about it.
If you’re truly interested in learning about it, that means you will probably improve, because you will probably be working hard, and you will create genuinely good stuff.
If your stuff is truly, genuinely good, people will like it.
If people truly like it, your audience will grow.
I say it because I’ve seen it happen, again and again. People start doing things “just for fun,” and then whoah, hey, this is now my primary means of support for myself!
Of course, it’s not going to happen the same way for everyone, but the point is this:
Stop worrying about your audience.
Create things you are passionate about creating–write things you are passionate about writing–and your audience will come to you.