So what happens after you finally start to pick up some momentum on your blog? You finally start getting views in the double digits every day. You begin getting more comments. You're getting some pretty nice compliments on your blog - and then it happens. It all comes crashing down, and all of a sudden too! Your number of followers may start to drop, or site hits plummet. That's when you know you've lost your mojo.

This very thing happened to me this week. My writing blog had peaked at 39 hits one day and I was getting site views in the teens every day. I was feeling pretty darn good. And then my blogging world that I had spent so much time to build was crashing down. 0 site views one day. Then the next. 1 view the day after that. That was just a cruel joke.

So what was I doing wrong? I had no clue. I read the recent posts I had and tried to see what was missing. Am I losing a bit of my voice? Was I not being as engaging? I couldn't put my finger on it, but I was convinced that I was obviously doing something differently that was wasn't working. So I wrote a new post and tried to find my mojo in the process. I thought I'd done it.

I posted what I thought would solve all my problems. I did the usual, tweeted it, went on some social sites for bloggers and plugged it here & there. I had a bite on the line folks. A very thoughtful comment from a friend and 11 site hits. 21 the next day. Not bad.

I'm still trying to make sure I hold onto my mojo and post something even better in the days to come.

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Comment by Dominique on September 29, 2009 at 8:15pm
You know it's harder than I expected to find writing blogs, besides those that are already ridiculously popular, which I thik is an entirely different breed than start up blogs like mine. But it is good practice to read those too of course......and I do try to post comments on a number of blogs/week. Thoughtful comments of course!
Comment by Karen on September 29, 2009 at 10:06am
I think the web can be a roller coaster sometimes. Don't be afraid to step back and take a break. Watching your stats too closely will drive you nuts. Great when there up, devastating when there down. The comment tip is great. Just make sure it's not comment spam like, 'Loved your post, check out my site.'
Comment by Shay on September 29, 2009 at 9:38am
I've had that happen before too. It just happens sometimes! Just have to keep on, keeping on! It seems like some types of posts garner more traffic than others. I also try and comment on blogs that are similar to mine. Twitter & other social networking will definitely help.
Comment by Elizabeth Edwards on September 29, 2009 at 8:03am
Can I make a suggestion? You have your blogs on and on, which are both free hosting sites. You'll get much better traffic from search engines if you buy your domain and host your blog yourself.

Also, the best way to drive traffic to your blogs is to go and comment on other people's blogs and leave your URL in the comment field. You mentioned promoting your blog on twitter and social sites, and those can help drive traffic, but by commenting on blogs in your niche, you are showing others who are interested in reading about the same topic what kind of writing you do.



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