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Blogging in 2017

This post is a little different today compared to my usual pretty interior images! But I used to write about blogging a few years ago and do talks and I even taught some classes for a while. Then the market got saturated with “how to blog” blogs and I stepped aside. But every now and then I might get thrown a question from someone, or get asked again to hold a class. I also like to know what’s new in the world of blogging. So I go searching for the latest marketing ideas and trends to see what else I should (or should not) be doing.

Here are some blogging stats you might like to take on board…

This infographic above lays it all out. If you’re new to blogging or an old hag like me (who needs a kick up the bum sometimes) then following these 13 basic stats might put you on the right path.

Here are a few things I’ve taken away from the infographic…

Quality Content – this will always be at the top of the list won’t it? The usual finding your niche, sticking to it and providing useful and topical information in that area.

A Good Design (which I have changed 40 times in the last month because I can’t get it right!) – I am always the worst at sticking to a design! It’s annoying I know, so I am going to try very hard to leave the “designing” alone for a bit. Cough cough. Maybe. But in all seriousness, if you’re looking for a blog design checklist then I wrote this one up ages ago. It might help.

Frequent Posting – did you read the stats above? It speaks for itself. The more often you post the more traffic you will get. Ask yourself – where are you getting your traffic from? You can’t just rely on Facebook. To gain good solid traffic you’ll also need to consider writing for Google. That is – people can find you without already “liking you”. I have 2,274 posts on this blog and that means I get a lot of traffic from google. While I think newsletter emailing is handy, I don’t think it’s as useful as it used to be (who needs another email subscription right?).

Social Media Presence – this one is a no-brainer. Free traffic to your blog without doing too much! Pimp out your content via other social media channels and you’ll get some lookers. Here’s a blog post I wrote about how to do just that.

So where will blogging take us in 2017?

Is blogging still relevant? Is it over-saturated? Fair questions aren’t they?

Personally I still blogging is as relevant as ever. But the way in which we do it may have changed. While SEO and keywords are still important I think we need to be mindful that most people visit our blog posts to seek out answers to questions they may have. For me, it’s about sharing information and knowledge to do with DIY, houses, design, shopping etc.

Here are some ways to get your blog going…

  • Tell a story – perosnal, funny or interesting.
  • Be creative – you’ve got to try and be a little different to everyone else.
  • Images are key – visuals are important for rentention.
  • Solve a problem – find a reason why a reader wants to stick around.
  • Entertain and educate – a reader who is nodding as they are reading is a good one to keep.
  • Be personal – everyone loves to sticky beak and get an insight in to who you are.

Whether you’ve been blogging for a long time, or only a short time, there is plenty of room for us all in this world wide web. Be useful, be creative and shout it from the roof tops. Read and write every day. Do a blog course and keep it real. Slowly but surely your own blog will find its place in this busy online world.

♥ KC.

February 1, 2017

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8 Comments

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    Jennie Meiklejohn

    February 4, 2017

    Thank you so much for this Katrina Chambers! After helping me set up My Market Days I’m afraid I’ve let it slip and it seems to have fallen to the bottom of the list of priorities. But not this year – I’m determined to put it back on top of the list (after planning River & Wren Markets) but it seems I need to post more often – much more. Best put the thinking cap on!

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      Katrina Chambers

      February 4, 2017

      You’ll get there lovely! Takes a little discipline and you’ll be on your way again x

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      Jennie Meiklejohn

      February 4, 2017

      Katrina Chambers Ha! So discipline is my problem! Best work on that too!

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    Lisa King

    February 4, 2017

    Just as I’m thinking about giving up blogging for good 🙂 I still don’t know what to do. Blogging for me has never been about getting traffic or making money from it, but I’m still finding it hard to give up totally after doing it for so long. For now I’ll just keep posting randomly until I know for sure that I want to stop.

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    Simone Eyles

    February 4, 2017

    Great post Katrina can’t wait for your sesh at #WSHQ

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    Jenny Quld

    February 4, 2017

    I have followed your blog since before you were on The Block.
    I read everything you write because you are real and feel like a long time friend (even though we have never met).
    I feel what you do, that is so successful, is create personal relationships and showcase beautiful things/spaces that are achievable on normal budgets. You have found your perfect niche.
    You also always post, I don’t feel let down by long silence lol (although I am sad when you don’t have a floorplan Friday or Stunning Sunday post lol).
    I only have time to read online between 5.15 and 5.45 am before the family wakes up and we are all in a rush to leave; I absolutely LOVE how you post early, it is like you do it especially for me!

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      Katrina

      February 4, 2017

      Oh that’s so lovely! Thanks so much. I am glad you enjoy! X

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    Rakesh

    February 8, 2017

    Thanks for share this… Great posts.

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