I create a blog, and write a post. Now all I need is some readers. How do bloggers get people to come and share their stories? I know if I do a Google search I will find lots of ideas, such as… create an easy-to-read and attractive blog, link up to blog carnivals, comment on other people’s blogs, follow other bloggers in the hope they will follow me, advertise through the social media like Facebook and Twitter… There are loads of suggestions and I’m not going to repeat them all. They all have the same aim. They all say: get out there and be seen. Because it doesn’t matter how good a blog post is, if no one knows about it, it’s never going to get read.

But I don’t want to write about such ways of promoting a blog. Anyway, you’ve probably heard all that before.  What I’d like to do is share a few different ideas that just might make your blog hugely successful.

But before I start, I should list my credentials for writing about hugely successful blogs. That seems to be what people do.  For example, I just read a post with a similar title to this one, and the author began by listing all the facts and figures that entitle him to write on this subject: the number of his followers, the number of subscribed readers he has, his blog rating compared to all the other blogs in existence…. It was very impressive.

I will admit I don’t have any such credentials. My blog is little. Half my followers are family. And of the remaining real followers, some people have followed me twice by mistake. The number of followers I have isn’t worth displaying in a Followers gadget, so I don’t have one. I might have a few subscribers but I’m too afraid to look in case I get discouraged by how few people really are interested in what I have to say.

So why am I writing a post called How to Have a Hugely Successful Blog when I don't actually have one? What gives me the right to share some advice? Well, I guess the advice isn't really mine, and maybe I've redefined the term 'hugely successful'. My definition hasn't anything to do with the number of followers. Have I confused you? I think you’ll understand once I start my list.

So here we go…

How to Have a Hugely Successful Blog

  • Write about the things you are passionate about, even if you think no one will be interested in them, because you need to…
  • Be yourself.
  • Write when you have something to share and not when you think you ought to write a post.
  • Don’t spend much time dwelling on your own posts. Write, publish and then don’t hang around waiting for readers. Go and enjoy other people’s stories instead. And I mean really enjoy them. This leads to the next point...
  • Don’t skim through bloggers’ posts quickly looking for something appropriate to say so you can leave your calling card. Take time to get to know a blogger. Appreciate his/her writings. Write a comment because you want to say how much you like a post, not because you want to be noticed.
  • Don’t visit and comment only on the big name blogs. Go looking for those smaller pearls where not many people stop to chat. Find some posts that don’t have any comments, read them and appreciate them. Someone took time writing them. Stop and say hello.
  • Comment on other people's posts even if they haven't commented on yours. Be understanding. Sometimes people get busy and can't reciprocate comments, but everyone likes to see some friendly words waiting to be published.
  • When you get busy, don't worry about writing or replying to comments. If we are understanding about other people's lack of time, they will understand when we are in a similar position.
  • Read comments left on your own blog carefully, and respond if time allows. Appreciate these comments. Someone spent time writing them. Great friendships can be made through the comments box. Friendships are more important than followers so…
  • Don’t worry about the number of followers you have. If you get distracted by such things, don’t display a gadget on your blog...
  • And don’t follow other blogs just so those bloggers will follow you back. If you follow, be a real follower.
  • Don’t worry about stats at all. Just enjoy writing and sharing, without wondering how many people are reading.
  • Never compare your blog page views with that of other blogs. (I’m wondering about the value of a displayed page views gadget. Is there actually any value?)
  • Instead of promoting your own blog, consider promoting someone else’s.
  • Go off and enjoy life when you’re not blogging, instead of hanging around to see how successful you are.
  • Be generous.
  • Think of others and don't focus on yourself.
  • Spread joy.
  • Be loving.
  • Enjoy.
  • Be thankful.
  • Be kind.

Now it’s time to make a confession: I am hopeless at taking my own advice. I haven't necessarily done all of the above. So if I haven’t been following my own suggestions, how do I know they work? Well, I have been observing. I’ve been watching my favourite bloggers, those 'hugely successful' bloggers who have befriended me and drawn me into their circle. I am slowly learning from them. They know what is important. It isn't lots of followers. It isn't being popular. It isn’t stats at all.

No, what's really important is kindness. All the above suggestions can be summed up in that one word. From kindness flows joy and love, which connects people together and touches hearts. I am sure God works through such blogs, in big ways, as well as small ones. Size does not matter at all.  

So how can we have hugely successful blogs? All we need to do is rethink what we mean by 'hugely successful'...

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  1. When I read the title of this Blog Post, I thougth "E`What on earth happened to Sue Elvis"? I had to read it at once --- and had my peace of mind restored. One of the things that make your blog extremely readable is your relaxed attitude towards numbers of readers and such.
    These advice are lovely, and I'll try to follow them I am sure that you're "Hugely succesful" in your own way ;)

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    1. Uglemor,

      I am sorry I disturbed your peace of mind! And I am so glad you like my blog just the way it is. There is something very nice about being small enough to really get to know readers who stop to say hello.

      Hugely successful? If I think about all the wonderful friends I have made through blogging like yourself, and how my blog has given me the opportunity to write which I enjoy very much, then I think I can be quite content with my level of success. Yes, being hugely popular isn't important at all.

      Thank you so much for your comment. I'm very glad you hopped over to read my post at once!

      God bless.

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  2. Hi Sue - how true! Kindness, love and loyalty - sadly, so rare in today's world.

    To me, a successful blog is one that is 'real' - not some blog that's forever bragging about how fantastic, wonderful, and successful they are - but one that shows true feelings, true emotions, and lets their readers in on even some failings.

    So for me, that's why your blog is a 'success'! I love reading it! God bless.

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    1. Linda,

      "Kindness, love and loyalty - sadly, so rare in today's world." That is so true. I find it especially sad watching my adult children having to deal with a world lacking these qualities. We teach them how important these virtues are, and then they go out there in the world ready to show kindness, love and loyalty, and no one reciprocates. In fact, they can be taken advantage of. I encourage my kids just to remain true to what is right (and they do), but sometimes it is hard watching them get hurt.

      Showing true feelings and emotions? Oh how scary it was sharing these at the beginning of my blogging career! But readers are kind, and don't seem to mind the 'real' me. I could say the same about you Linda. We haven't known each other all that long, but I feel I know you quite well because you are willing to let people see who you really are. Life and blogs are much more interesting when we do that. I agree!

      God bless you!

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  3. What a great post! And a good reminder to bloggers about what matters most. This is my first visit to your blog and I look forward to browsing around. :-)

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    1. Bobbi,

      Thank you for visiting my blog! And stopping to comment too. That was so kind of you. Don't you just love seeing a new blog comment and making a new friend? I do.

      Most of my posts are ones that don't go out of date so I hope you enjoyed looking around my blog. Please feel welcome to return. Stop by any time!

      God bless!

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  4. Like :) sadly I haven't found time to blog in a long while...reading others OR writing.

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    1. Amanda,

      I have been thinking about you, and I'd noticed you haven't had time for blogging. I guess we all have phases like that in our lives, when we get busy and other things are more important. I always love hearing from you whenever you do have a moment to stop and say hello.

      God bless!

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  5. Sue-

    My blog is so UNsuccessful by the "blog rules". I have very few followers and often don't get any comments at all on my posts. I do get discouraged sometimes and think, "I should just quit. What is the point if no one is reading it?"

    But, the few followers I do have, have become cherished friends and the comments I do get are heart felt and helpful. And, I enjoy blogging. So I keep going back to my original prayer and just ask God to send those who might be touched by my words. Then I try to remind myself to do it for His glory, not my own. And I just keep plugging away.

    Your tips for a successful blog should be read by everyone who is starting out. They are perfect and so, so true!

    As usual, your words are such a blessing to me, and I am sure many others as well.

    Thank you for all you do, Kari

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    1. Kari,

      You can't quit blogging because I enjoy reading your blog, and I am sure others do too! Our blogs have given us a great opportunity to get to know each other. You encourage me along, especially with my novel writing, when I are ready to throw it all away. No, your blog is important, and I'd miss you.

      We shall have to band together and form a new movement in the blogosphere, where success means something different from normal, and there are different rules. We shall change the attitudes in the blogging world!

      I remember when I started out blogging. I was so concerned about getting known and attracting readers. I wrote a couple of posts expressing my yearnings for more followers. It took a while but I learnt and changed my view. The posts are still somewhere in my archive, keeping me humble. I guess I could delete them, but somehow that feels like cheating!

      Kari, thank you for your kind words. I am really glad we are blogging friends.

      God bless!

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  6. I love this post! I have gone from trying to be hugely successful to a redefinition of what that means. Do I want to have work, eat, breathe, sleep my blog because some bloggers have done that. They may say they are relaxed but I think not. They want to make a go of it. I had to reexamine what I wanted my blog to be. Thank you for the perspective. I've tried to be a good follower but life is sometimes so busy that I have to ask myself at every comment or view I want to make if I should be attending to someone or something else at home. I do pray for all the bloggers I follow. And I appreciate their friendship. Thank you for yours, Sue! You do have a hugely successful blog in my opinion.:)

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    1. Grace,

      Thank you so much for commenting! I really do understand about time. There just isn't enough of it sometimes. I guess when I wrote about stopping to comment on other people's blogs, I was thinking about myself. I waste so much time hanging around my own blog, which could be better spent enjoying someone else's posts. It's a phase of life thing perhaps. Sometimes we have the luxury of lots of blogging time, and sometimes we scarcely have time to write a quick post of our own.

      I am now thinking I need to add another rule, about commenting and time. I will think about that after I have finished here! I am so glad your comment has made me think this out some more.

      I appreciate your prayers, Grace, and your friendship too. It is always so good to hear from you.

      With return prayers. God bless!

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  7. Hi Sue,
    This is by far the best post on successful blogging that I've ever read. I wish I could say I do all the things on your list all the time but that wouldn't be true. However, I have come to similar conclusions as you have about what's important and I try to follow it to the best of my ability. You are right about kindness and I see this in both your writing and your comments all the time. I can tell you honestly care about people!

    Thanks, Sue - this post is wonderful!

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    1. Mary,

      You are wonderful! You always take the time to encourage me. Thank you!

      I keep dipping into Fr Lovasik's book "The Hidden Power of Kindness". It makes me realise how much the world is in need of this virtue. Kindness isn't a very popular concept. Most people just want to get to the top of the heap and be noticed. The book also made me aware of how we can think we are already kind, but actually we could do so much better. I am a work in progress!

      I am glad you enjoyed my post. You understand because I am sure you do work to these rules. Your blog is always a very kind place to visit.

      God bless!

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  8. I came to leave a comment, and realized that the one just above me (Mary333) said exactly what I was going to say! So: DITTO! And kindness, genuine kindness, is what your blog (and you) POUR OUT in abundance. Thanks be to God.

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    1. Nancy,

      Thank you! Guess where I learnt the rules of kind blogging? From you and Mary and so many other beautiful bloggers who have drawn me into the fold.

      Thanks be to God for blogging and friendship.

      God bless!

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  9. There's a lot of good advice in this post. It makes sense.

    As my friend Shakespeare once said in one of his soliloquies (whatever they are) we Blog for our own enjoyment. Readers may come and readers may go but whatever we write stays written and perhaps never read. (Hey that's good - I wish I said that).

    Anyway, don't worry. You have a successful Blog and you know it. And if you didn't know it then I've just said so.

    I don't worry about how many followers I have because quite honestly I don't know where I'm going.

    God bless you successful Sue.

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    1. Victor,

      I remember Shakespeare's words well:

      To Blog or not to Blog
      That is the question.
      Whether it is nobler in the mind
      To keep one’s thoughts to oneself
      Than reveal them to all
      On screens large and small.
      And by doing such
      Suffer the slings and arrows
      Of outrageous readers
      Who’d rather Block you
      Than read your feeble Tweeters.
      Or to bravely face your qualms
      And courageously Blog on
      Regardless of your audience
      Be it great or be it small;
      Just Blog on into eternity
      And have yourself a ball!

      I don't know where I'm going either, Victor. I'm on a big adventure. Anyone's welcome to follow on behind!

      Thank you for your kind words.

      God bless you too!

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    2. Just gotta pop back in (sorry... "gotta!") to thank you for sharing this wonderful Shakespearean "quote." What a smile it gave me on a smile-needed-day. We'll all just follow GOD, and if we go where HE leads, we don't NEED to know...!

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    3. Nancy,

      I love Victor Shakespeare's quotes too!

      Of course we know who we're following: God. But where are we going? "we don't NEED to know...!" So true! Thank you for that!

      A smile-needed day? I will say a prayer for you, Nancy. Some days are hard.

      God bless!

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  10. I loved this post. You're a hugely successful blogger in my eyes. You know, in January I thought about just stepping back and closing the blog to the public again but then I thought, "what about Sue??!!" It's so lovely to have you come over and visit and that's what I want...relationships and not "readers." I tried the whole readers thing for a week, you know, following people in the hopes they follow you etc etc and I just didn't like it. I stopped following the big blogs...they're so big, there's no need to follow them. If I ever want to read them, I can just google them. Doing that has given me so much more peace and time to follow "real" people, like you. XO!

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    1. Elizabeth,

      You are so right: relationships, not readers. This is what successful blogging is all about. I love it when readers stop to say hello. Before long commenters become friends, and we are enjoying great conversations. That is good!

      I am so glad you didn't go private with your blog. I love visiting you! "what about Sue??!!" Elizabeth, you are so beautiful. Thank you!

      Just recently I have visited several blogs that used to be public but aren't any more. I feel kind of sad when I can no longer pop in and catch up with the news. Though I do understand that there are times when a blogger needs to withdraw. I feel like that sometimes. If you do go private in the future, you can be sure I will be emailing you instead!

      I stopped commenting on big blogs, even though the posts are worth reading and I could add something to the conversation. I guess it's easy to get lost in a big crowd.

      Elizabeth, I always love seeing you here on my blog. Thank you for sharing yet another one of my stories, and leaving your kind words.

      God bless!

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  11. Amen! I didn't realize I was looking for relationships and community for my writing --not fans, not followers! BTW, count yourself lucky your family & friends follow you. Mine lurk around secretly thinking I'm a zealot.

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    1. Anabelle,

      "I didn't realize I was looking for relationships and community for my writing..." I am smiling! Maybe all your fans and followers turned into friends. That seems to be what happens!

      I can't wait to start reading your novels. I am sure you'll soon have one more fan.

      Anabelle, my family might follow me but not many of them read my blog. I think they are too afraid to. What embarrassing story will I have told about them this time? BTW, they are good sports. I never write without their permission.

      God bless!

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  12. Good advice Sue :)
    I try to remember that the only success that is really important and essential is our end destination - Heaven.

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    1. Kelly,

      I once read a post in which the blogger talked about the stress of blogging: keeping up with posts, encouraging followers... Then one day she said she woke up to the fact that when she dies, no one is going to ask her, "How successful was your blog? How many followers did you have?" These things will have absolutely no merit at all at the end of our lives. You are quite right... the only success that matters is our successful arrival in Heaven. We often forget, so I'm glad you shared this thought. Thank you!

      God bless!

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  13. Now look how much of an impact you've made Sue by your honest post about blogging? I think we can get our ego's consumed by blogging if we're not careful. I know on my own, when I post about abortion, blasphemy or religious freedom, there is very little traffic and comments. When I post about Catholic crafts, I tend to receive more traffic and comments. The heavier topics seem to be overlooked or avoided altogether. And those are the ones I'm most passionate about so I will continue and not worry about it.

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    1. Noreen,

      It is very sad that a lot of people don't take the time to share the important stories such as those about abortion. Keep writing, Noreen. I can feel your passion and concern through your posts. God is working through your writings, even though you may not sometimes see this.

      I try to say to God, "Do what you will with my blog," and then not think about success. It's hard sometimes though! It is joyful sharing stories and comments with friends, and when everyone disappears, for whatever reason, it does feel lonely.

      I have noticed that some of my posts are more popular than others too. Actually, posts about blogging seem to be top of the list. 5 out of the top 10 posts for this month on my blog are about blogging! (This is true as I am writing this comment. The list can change suddenly!)

      I try not to overload my blog with grief stories because I think readers may get fed up with the sadness. Silly really, because when we feel the need to write something, we should just write it. Readers are very kind even if I do indulge myself.

      I shall continue to read your posts, Noreen. You inspire me with your work, work I am not in a position to share, but work I support with my prayers. I pray each day for you and the missions you are passionate about.

      May God bless you!

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  14. You are very kind and encouraging my friend! Thank you!

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    1. Noreen,

      You are welcome! I am glad you are my friend. Do you know you are my oldest blogging friend? I must write about that!

      God bless!

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  15. And you are mine! We started about the same time and the Holy Spirit introduced us!

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    1. Noreen,

      That is so special! The Holy Spirit introduced us... thank you for that thought. I like it very much.

      God bless!

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  16. I would only add:

    * Write what is in your heart or feel needs to be said. (Expanding on "Be yourself".)

    * Consider success as reaching 1 person and helping their journey, even if unknown to you.

    * Even if your blog unintentionally is a private diary, you grow spiritually from it!

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    1. Hi George,

      Thank you for visiting my blog! I like your additions to my list very much. Thank you for sharing them. And thank you for the opportunity to link my post to your New Evangelists Monthly magazine.

      God bless!

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  17. I just wanted to say that I highly recommend the ebook "How to Create a Successful Catholic blog". It would be well worth the read:

    http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-create-catholic-blog.html#comment-form

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    1. Matthew,

      Your book looks very helpful. Thank you for the link. I will take a further look at it.

      God bless!

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