Finding readers: How to get the people to your blog

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One of the most common questions I get when I tell people I’m a blogger is, “But… how do you get all of those people to read your blog?”

I’m not holding a room full of people ransom with laptops in theirs laps insisting they read Fat Mum Slim, I promise. Creating and writing a blog is the easier part of blogging, I guess, and getting people to read it a bit harder. So today I’m sharing my best tips for getting people to read your blog. Because when you’ve gone to all the effort to put it together, wouldn’t it be nice to have people to appreciate it? Of course.

Write stuff worth reading

I think you have to step outside of yourself and think about what would make you read a blog. You have to make your blog read-worthy. If your blog is a space for you to moan about the world, I’m probably not going to read it. But if you’re going to moan about the world with passion and creativity, or even humour – well then you’ve got something worth reading!

Be a commenter

I’m a bit of an accidental blogger. I started a private blog, enjoyed it and opened it up for everyone to read. I love the blogging community and would comment regularly on my favourite blogs. I’m still friends with those people today. So find a few favourite blogs and comment on them. They’re sure to come back to your blog and read it too, and even the other people leaving comments might pop over and become readers as well. I used to love commenting at Mamamia {not realising that people were seeing me comment and coming over to read my blog}. It was a bit of an accident, but a happy one.

Be social on Social Media

Think of social media this way. Imagine you’re a shoe designer and you’re just starting out and you’ve got a great little range you want to share. You could stand on a corner and hope the people come to you and buy them, or you could turn up at the party where the people already are {wearing fab shoes, mind you} and be seen there. Facebook is just like this. Facebook is the party where all the people are already at {as are Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc} so you need to go to that party. Start up a page, or account with other platforms and start growing your presence.

Create shareable content

This rule combines the first rule {write stuff worth reading} and the social media rule. If you’re creating really great stuff, people will want to share it. Say you wrote a really passionate piece about a topic. The topic resonated with Judy so much that she had to share it, so she did on Twitter to her 403 friends. A handful of those friends read it, and perhaps felt compelled enough to share it too. And that, my friends, is a very happy moment. I wouldn’t expect every single piece on your blog to be that shareable piece, but try and create a few golden nuggets every now and then.

Are you a blogger? Share a link below and hopefully the people will come.

photo credit: victoriapeckham via photopin cc

  • Lena Antonacci

    Let’s see if this works! I’m one of those awful bloggers that read but don’t comment. I guess that’s what I get in return huh?

    Lena xoxo
    http://www.qualityrivets.blogspot.com

  • Tahnee (milkpleasemum)

    thanks for sharing chantelle, the fb part is something I have given thought to but seeing as I don’t use it much personally I wondered how I could learn to like using it for blogging. but you’re right – it’s all about getting to the party! x
    http://milkpleasemum.blogspot.com.au/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553166463 Gemma Klamer

      I found your’s Tahnee through one of your comments you left at the beetle shack!

  • ames4eva

    Those are some good tips, Chantelle! I started as an accidental blogger as well but have really enjoyed the blogging community so started trying to put more quality content as of this year and it’s been good :) Still need to get better at commenting on other blogs though… this is a good start I guess! Here’s one of the posts I had fun writing up: http://www.amelbournegirlatheart.com/2012/09/momofuku-compost-cookies-feat-snickers-3-nuts/

  • http://twitter.com/Edspire Jennie Edspire

    Great post. I blog at http://www.edspire.co.uk

  • Eve Myers

    Great tips! I always love getting tips from great bloggers! http://www.lovealwayseve.blogspot.com

  • shambolicliving

    I think getting blog readers is the toughest part of blogging – “build it and they will come” doesn’t apply in the blogosphere. You’ve got to build it and then find time to “market” it as well. I always find it difficult to split my time between creating the content and then spending time on social media, commenting etc. Perhaps I need to focus more on your last point about creating shareable content. Thanks for an informative piece.

  • mumabulous

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I love commenting on other blogs and enjoy the online friendships that have developed from that. I would also add that having an attractive looking blog with great layout and photos really helps. Its an area where my blog is somewhat lacking (but I hope to make up for it with cheekiness).

  • Jourdan

    I just started my blog in July, after reading some really great ones! I’d LOVE it if you checked it out (:
    http://www.twomillionmiles.wordpress.com

  • Nicola

    I’ve felt for awhile that I need to start commenting more and this has really hammered it home :) http://www.manycupcakes.com

  • Sonja

    Thanks for sharing! I love to read your blog and I hope, i’ll be successful with mine ;-))

  • Sonja

    May I leave a link to my blog?

    http://sos-scrap-und-so.blogspot.de/

  • http://twitter.com/mightymarce Marcy Hogan

    I love that you have content as #1, I feel like people forget that part sometimes when giving advice on how to promote blogs. ; ) Commenting is such an important part of the blogging network, too. I’ve been commenting less since I started reading blogs more on my phone, which is a PITA to leave comments with…but am trying to get back to it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553166463 Gemma Klamer

      Yeah I find that too Marcy, I usually go through Facebook instead of a reader and then I can go back and leave a comment on the facebook link to let them know my thoughts and that I was there.

  • Sonia Bowers

    Thanks for your insight Chantelle!! Enjoyed!

  • http://twitter.com/korymae Kory Woodard

    This is really great. I’ve been blogging since February, and I had a slow start with readers until I started communicating with others in the community. I don’t have a huge influx of readers now, but I do see some come in from comments I’ve left on other sites. It definitely encourages me to keep giving feedback on other sites!

    http://www.korywoodard.com

  • mamafuchs

    Thank you for your advice! I’ve been trying the comment thing for a few weeks now, but i still have very little reader. Recently started my twitter account… Let’s see if it works. My blog is in german only, but maybe there are some german speaking people around to check it out: http://mamafuchs.wordpress.com

  • shoppegirls

    Thank you for sharing your expertise Chantelle.
    Love your blog,
    Vicki
    http://shoppegirls.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://www.withgraceandeve.blogspot.com/ Elisa {With Grace & Eve}

    Great post Chantelle! I’m started off commenting at mamamia too, before I had the confidence to blog xx
    http://www.withgraceandeve.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/madeline.fountain.7 Madeline Fountain

    If you love the sublime beauty of the sky, the Ministry of Clouds might be your cup of tea.

    The Ministry is a self appointed bureaucracy of artists, governing the ungovernable. We encourage everyone to ‘just look up’ a bit more through our photoblog. The material is both curated and original work and our motto is ‘IN NUBIBUS GLORIA’ – to the glory of clouds.
    Visit the Bureau at http://www.ministryofclouds.com
    The facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/ministryofclouds.
    or you can view our performance ‘Cumulus’ from this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL7oZvun4IA .

    Hope you like it! Thanks Chantelle.

  • Snappystreet

    All fantastic advice! I really try and leave comments on blogs that I connect with, but think I need to broaden my horizons a bit more. I also like to use social media as a source as well, any chance I can get to have people view my blog I’ll take.

    Mine started out as a place to share my budding photography passion and to be honest I didn’t think anyone would even view it! I am so grateful for everyone who has stopped by, and would love anymore feedback

  • http://twitter.com/altait Allison Tait

    Terrific post. I remember when I first started my blog and showed up at Twitter, wearing great shoes… and quietly slunk back out of the room, wondering what it was all about. I felt as though I was talking to myself, in a corner, while the party swung around me.

    But persistence is the key. And finding one or two people to really talk to. Then that number begins to grow.

    • Rhianna @ A Parenting Life

      This is exactly how I feel Allison

    • http://www.handmadetearsandtriumphs.com/ Kelly HTandT

      Absolutely talking to myself in the corner. It’s rather embarrassing!

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Totally agree. I still feel that way, most of the time. Don’t try and talk to the whole party – just one or two and go from there. x

  • http://twitter.com/amazonmad MJ in LA

    I’m generally very slack when it comes to commenting regularly. I’ve realised I’m never going to have hoards of people visiting my blog, though, and I’m actually okay with that. I primarily do it for own little outlet of sanity, and to have some kind of document of life living overseas – that my kids might read one day (www.amadworld.blogspot.com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750521628 Jos Parkinson

    I still find it hard to believe some days that even 1 person wants to read about my life! It is amazing! Thanks for the advice. Blogging had become an accidental part of my life & I love it!
    http://sewcooklaughlive.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://twitter.com/MamaMarmalade Steph @MamaMarmalade

    I’m a relatively new blogger and am amazed at this whole other world that I’ve stumbled across that I never new existed. It all seemed so hard in the beginning to get readers and to keep them coming back but it’s getting easier with thanks to people like you who share your tips. I really love your blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=676204679 Michelle Leanne Barrington

    Another great post Chantelle. Your blog waaay back when it had a pink header and a cupcake with sprinkles it what got me into blogging, when our little ladies were just babes. Since being used to document our travels now it documents our daily lives, which are still filled with adventure. I am hoping to give my blog a little more lovin with it’s own domain name and professional site design – time for a fresh overhaul before our adventures with 2 kids begin.
    http://www.geeyourebrave.blogspot.com

  • ambradambra

    I’ve met some great blogger pals and regularly comment on their posts – and they on mine. so thrilling when someone discovers my blog and adds their thoughts and/or ‘likes’.

  • thelifeofclare

    Love this! Am always looking for tips and tricks of the trade. I write a food and lifestyle blog. http://www.thelifeofclare.com.au

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553166463 Gemma Klamer

    For me all the points you have raised come down to good relationships and the chicken and the egg. I have made the most gorgeous friends through blogging. They are the ladies that can truly see through and feel your words, because they feel the same. It’s pretty different from other friendships too. When you can do that, the social-ness, shareability and stuff to write about just emerges in the most fabulous way!

  • janine shaffer

    Thank you for this post! I enjoy your blog so much! I blog over at wwwthreewishes.blogspot.com if you would like to have a peek.

  • Daneyl Green

    Always love more tips on blogging. I love writing and am in awe that people actually read what I have to say. :) My blog is http://www.thestrandsofme.com

  • http://www.balmainbeauty.com/ Karen

    Thanks for writing this article. I believe a lot of reader’s come from other blog’s and share’s etc. so yes it’s well worth commenting on posts written on other blog’s or on facebook etc.

  • Julie

    Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Mamamia, I am always on the look out for good/interesting blogs to read.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://twitter.com/TriciaEco Tricia Hogbin

    Great tips Chantelle.

    I’ve never really been comfortable with the idea of having to spend time on social media and commenting on other blogs – I LOVE blogging – but don’t have the time to spend loads of time online trying to attract readers. So I’ve learnt to be happy with less readers. I focus mostly on trying to ‘write stuff worth reading’ and over time my readership gradually increases – very very slowly. But I’m OK with that. I recently picked up a weekly column in the Saturday magazine insert for my local Newspaper – so something must be working.

    I often see bloggers focus loads on finding readers – so much so that they forget why they are blogging. They also lose their unique voice. I guess I just wanted to say its also possible to be a successful blogger without loads of readers.

  • Rhianna @ A Parenting Life

    This couldn’t come at a better time for me, I have been trying to work it how to grow my readers as well. I guess it is a slow process though. Thanks for sharing.
    I blog over at http://www.aparentinglife.com in case anyone wants to drop in :) the door is always open

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    As usual, a great post Chantelle. I think content and making relationships with other bloggers is the key – if your content is good and you build real reciprocal relationships with other bloggers then the audience will come and, more importantly, will come back for more as more and more people share your posts. I’m still working on this one myself, mind you, but practice makes perfect, right?

  • Jo

    This is all so true. I started blogging as an outlet and to keep the grandparents in the loop, but just by commenting on other blogs did I find people were starting to follow me. Having followers isn’t my goal, but it’s nice to see some people like my stuff enough to stick around. jolizie.blogspot.com/

  • Rebecca Cooper

    Great post Chantelle! :) Simple as That: http://simpleasthatblog.com

  • Belinda Spencer

    Thanks for the tips Chantelle!! Your blog is always a joy to read.

    Here’s mine:
    http://happyscrapspace.blogspot.com.au/ :-) xoxo

  • http://www.inspiredwish.com/ Jeanie

    I often find I try to fit a weeks worth of stuff into a day. I might read a lot of blogs but only comment on just one. (Note to self, make better commenting effort, starting now).

    After a year of blogging, one thing I’m doing different is turning the story around, so it becomes more worthwhile to my reader. EG I can show you photos of how I got my brows done (for free) at a Fashion Event. Or I can turn that around and show you the great products I brought from their and demonstrate what they do. Therefore making the post all about the reader and less about my freebie brag. I think the people that did my brows would appreciate that more too. http://www.inspiredwish.com

  • Mother Down Under

    Thanks for the tips!

    I really enjoy reading and commenting on other peoples’s blogs…and I have found that the more I read and comment the more people read and comment on my blog!

    I blog over at http://motherdownunder.blogspot.com.au/ so if any of you would like to visit, I would love to have you!

    Cheers,
    Caitlin

  • Teegs_88

    Great tips. I have found that linking up with blog hops has been a great way to both find great new blogs and to grow the readership. Feel free to check out my blog at http://musingsofthemisguided.blogspot.com.au

  • http://www.alwaysjosefa.com/ always Josefa

    a very honest and straightforward post – simple and easy tips to follow
    great advice

    you can find me at http://www.alwaysjosefa.com – grab a coffee and come over and say hello xx

  • Esika Des

    I’ve started in much the same way and haven’t bothered to get any readers or followers… yet! I really love reading blogs that are from people in my local area. Anyone from Tassie let me know, would love to subscribe to your blog! http://prawnandprincess.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://twitter.com/Nikki_Barcus Nikki Barcus

    I started blogging about the lessons I learn from my kids and also about personality type at http://www.nikki-studebaker-barcus.blogspot.com I love when people read, but I also love that some of my kids’ stories are there for them to read no matter where they are. Please stop over at Lessons from the Carpool Line and leave a comment that you were there.

  • Jess@homevolution

    Thanks very much for the tips! I’m a new blogger (and definitely in an awkward stage where I often feel I don’t know what I’m doing!) so the advice is much appreciated!
    http://homevolution.blogspot.com/

  • The_Snowball_Effect

    Some great tips Chantelle. I used to comment a fair bit. When I started uni this year, my commenting and blog writing dropped off, and so did my readers. Time to pick it back up again.
    http://www.thesnowballeffectblog.com

  • thefifowife.com.au

    thanks lovely. Beautifully written as always and yep that’s how I found you…hmm. Commenting is like the small town grapevine.. one thing leads to another..xxDeb

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      One thing definitely leads to another. So glad we found each other. :)

  • Mine and me- personal blog

    Fabulous post! I am new to blogging( I started this week!) and have no idea what I’m doing! I liked your blog many moons ago on my personal page and it’s still my fav! I will start commenting on the blogs I read and see where that takes me! My blog is http://mineandme4.blogspot.com.au/ and my face book page is Mine and me- personal blog. Thanks for the advice! xx

  • Steph

    Chantelle, as always your blog is informative and really easy to read. I think you’d be a wonderful teacher. Thanks for sharing these tips. I blog, and I read other blogs but sometimes I’m a bit lazy about commenting – thanks for the virtual nudge in the right direction. BTW – I bought BB Cream on your recommendation and LOVE IT! I went and got some for my teenage nieces too and they were thrilled. I blog here: http://www.sassmouthmama.com
    Thanks and have a lovely weekend!
    Steph xxx

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      How good is BB cream? And can you please be my aunt – that’s awesome? I love that it doesn’t feel dirty but is lovely and creamy. xx

  • http://www.handmadetearsandtriumphs.com/ Kelly HTandT

    Great tips. I’ve seen the “write well” or “write great content” tip often and I wonder, who’s the judge? Because when I sit back and think about what I would like to read, then I think to myself, of course I would want to read my blog, it’s HILARIOUS. Then I pour another glass of wine, and consider the fact that the ‘hilarity’ is in fact ‘inebriation’…?
    And I love to comment, but sometimes I just can’t find the words, so rather than sound like a twat I just become a silent lurker…
    Anyhoo, thank you for the tips.
    Oh, and I’m here!! http://www.handmadetearsandtriumphs.com

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      I think you should be your own best judge. If you think it’s hilarious, I’m positive others will too.

      Can I say – this comment is great? And you should do more of it? Oh yes! xx

  • Justine Gordon

    These words are so true, love what you write but haven’t yet put it in to practice! Love your blog by the way

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Thanks Justine. Good luck with your blog. x

  • Justine Gordon

    forgot to write my blog name! http://justinegordon.blogspot.com

  • Nonny

    I love reading your blog!! Thanks for sharing such great tips!!
    Nonny—www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

  • Debbi

    I love blogging and have been around, in two incarnations, for six years. It helps to find a niche, obviously, as evidenced by wildly successful bloggers who end up writing books or being featured in magazines. I even saw a Jeopardy contestant recently whose job was “blogger!” So we’re growing in number AND stature and we’re not going away. You, Chantelle, are a true inspiration. http://knitrunrepeat.blogspot.com

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Thanks Debbi. Now I want to go on a game show so I can have my occupation up there too!

  • Hannah Cagney Lace

    What a great post, I’m quite new to blogging and although I blog because I love it I would be so happy if more people came across to my blog and loved it too.

    http://www.cagneyandlace.com

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      I’m going to take some time this week to pop over and read everyone’s blogs. See your blog soon. x

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalycec.studio Dalyce C December Art

    I have been blogging privately for a year and a half and have just gone public with it in the aim to build my online art business. I have to admit, I have done all the things you mention EXCEPT being consistent and growing a presence. This a comfort zone thing for me, for sure, but whenever I think of the alternative (ie not making art for a living) it drive me to step outside the comfort zone. And, really isn’t this the point of living anyway? Thanks for your advice!

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Congratulations! I think you have to keep edging out of the comfort zone, definitely. x

  • Meetoo: Kate

    Chantelle I am a bit of a lurker (what an awful realization & image!) – I guess I read everyone’s comments and feel its all been said so I don’t comment because I just feel I have nothing original to add. I love the party analogy as it is so true!! I am a bit of a wallflower and I guess I am doing myself a little disservice but being quiet and retiring… Thanks for another excellent post, http://www.meetoo.com.au Kate

  • Coleen Mosher

    I love your blog! Thanks so much for posting this. I have just started blogging over the last few months, but really have no idea how blogs actually “take off” – I am happy to read that it sometimes, just happens. I hope that I am able to keep readers coming back! Thanks for everything you do, you are an inspiration!
    *Coleen
    http://www.skinnyinstilettos.blogspot.com

  • Amy {The Misadventurous Maker}

    I just love the way you write Chantelle. Your tone draws people in. Even this topic which could be showy is simply real and social (ie I’ve seen posts that are more about getting followers for the sake of followers and stats rather than sharing your blog and engaging readers). I first found you from your comments on Mamamia. It’s funny, that was the first blog I ever read or commented on and that’s where I met so many lovely bloggers through years ago, but now I’m so busy reading their blogs (and trying to remember to update my own!!!) that I’ve moved on from Mamamia.

    There are some lovely bloggers out there and some inspiring and fun people who I would have never met if not for blogging, so it’s been a great addition to my life in the past year. Even if I’m a small fish, I’m very happy to just be splashing about with the likes of you!xoxo

  • Sammie

    Hey Chantelle! Love your blog and especially this post! Of course, I love my blog and would love other people to love it too. I love following other people’s blogs but sometimes Ifeel like a poor relation, they’re all so fabulous sounding and looking, It can be overwhelming! I’m an innocent bystander, I look but I don’t write! However, after reading your post, I’m going to get out there and just comment!

  • karenmundt

    This is a great topic because, yes, getting the readers to your blog is a little tricky. I’ll keep plugging away! Thankyou for paving the way, and all your great tips you provide here on FMS. http://littlebirdiequilting.com

  • dawnro1101

    I love blogging and started a personal blog about everything years ago…back in 2003 when blogging was starting to become popular and my company scared me from having a blog until a few years ago I started one back up and this time its more health and fitness related. I love having a place on the net to call my own and meet new people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashleighkate.campbell Ashleigh-Kate Campbell

    I’m a new blogger, only starting this year & it’s slowly becoming a daily thing – Reading those I follow & typing up posts in my spare moments (Most I haven’t gotten around to publishing yet!! So many going at once!) My stories are all about things that I LOVE. So they aren’t about one thing in particular, just about things that inspire me! I hope some more people find my blog & read it, at the moment it is just my family & close friends. Here goes! http://lifebyink.blogspot.com.au/

  • yohannah

    here’s my blog:
    http://yohannahs.blogspot.fi/ about my life which contains a lot of dancing and photgraphing, and how I live between helsinki and london

  • Rachel Noel

    I love your blogging advice, Chantelle. It really inspires me when I’m having a hard time finding the energy to keep at it. I appreciate you giving fellow bloggers a chance to grow! You are an amazing lady. Thank you! http://thequotationsareimportant.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/TheInsurist The Insurist

    Chantelle…love your style and what you’ve done with photo a day. What a great following you’ve created! http://theinsurist.com/blog

  • Luisa Munoz

    Hi Chantelle, thank you for sharing your tips!! Too kind :) I’m new to the blogging world and almost feel a tad shy to start posting to Facebook for all my family and friends to see. I will definitely take on the ‘becoming a commenter’ on my favourite blogs and see what happens. I’m 25 years YOUNG! and mother to two boys under 20 months!! So with all the changes I have a lot to write but so little time. I have a few posts up so if you would like to come and read my link is http://luisacmunoz.tumblr.com/ if you can’t see any posts then just click the header “The Sum of Us”. Still trying to understand how to run a blog!! Thanks again. :)

  • Linda

    I have been blogging for a little over a year now & one of my biggest problems is how much of a time commitment it is! I love the blogging world though and am trying my best to devote enough time, there are just so many awesome blogs out there to read, I tend to get very behind on keeping up with them all!! Thanks for the awesome tips :)

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=783628469 Kylie Clark

    Great tips Chantelle – now – please can we have some tips on how to find extra time in each day……..

  • http://twitter.com/katiemwilkin Katie Wilkin

    I started blogging last year when my youngest daughter was going through chemo treatments. I also gave birth to my second daughter during all of this, so I lost all of my free time to keep it up. I’ve recently picked it back up, and I’m always looking for ways to improve or any tips. Thanks so much for this post!!

  • Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life

    I am a blogger and I love every minute of it. I would love to have you or anyone else come check out my little piece of blogland. If I interest you stick around and follow me and if not that’s ok too! Thanks for visiting!! You can find me at several social sites that are on my blog so hop on over to: http://www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com and atleast say “HI”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.fowler1 Vanessa Fowler

    Hi Chantelle, I would like to start my own blog… could you suggest where and how please? Been meaning to for some time now and this seems like as good a time as any… NOW. Any help much appreciated. I came across you due to the November photo page on FB which I love as I take photos most days anyway. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • taniamccartney

    I’ve been blogging for five years but it seems a lifetime, especially as my blog has gone through so many transformations and moods. Now it’s a happy blend of work and play. I can’t imagine life without it – and I love the sheer freedom blogging offers. You don’t need to follow anyone’s rules. http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/

  • Cheri Marks

    I write a blog post about every photo of the day picture I take from your lists. I have other consistent posts too, but that’s essentially what my blog is about. The photo topics are my blog topics! Thank you for your inspiration! http://clmarksonlife.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/NewLifeOnRoad NewLifeOnTheRoad

    I love blogging – and commenting on other blogs ~ lately I havent had much time to sit and write…so when I do I try to keep it short n sweet :)
    Yep I also like to share from the heart ~ those are my most popular blogs. Great tips here on how to get people to connect with your blog.

  • BlondieInk

    I’ve been blogging for about 2 years and have learnt so many lessons along the way about content. Usually the post I think is the least interesting can get the most comments, readers are so unpredictable about what they like and I love that :)

  • Leanne @ SweetStyle

    Hi Chantelle – I love blogging also and it was because of blogging that my business was created and people came and trusted to buy things via my online store! It is a wonderful medium and something I hope to grow even further in 2013! http://www.sweetstyleblog.com.au

  • http://twitter.com/IamWRoberts Wayne Roberts

    Hi Chantelle, Really helpful and concise post that certainly hits the mark when looking for what works from a bloggers and the readers perspective. Really appreciated it and I have forwarded your post to all our bloggers@ 30ish.me for inspiration thank you :)

  • Vicki

    Hi Chantelle, I LOVE your blog. I started out blogging because I wanted to be on design teams for scrapbooking and you had to have a blog. After I gave scrapbooking up, I really missed having a blog and so I started a new one last year…your blog is a constant inspiration to me, especially on the days when I don’t feel that motivated :) http://thedomesticatedme.blogspot.com.au

  • Sherry Ellen Photography

    I appreciated your post on blogging and wanted to say thank you! I just started blogging and am still trying to wrap my head around it. You can find my blog at http://www.sherryellenphotography.com/blog. I know there r lots of blogs out there and wasn’t sure what if there were any “rules” on leaving comments. So it was wonderful reading this!

  • http://twitter.com/holdengirl23 Ali Moloney

    I stumbled on your blog a little while ago – through instagram! I do blog – here –

    http://www.moloneystylestamping.wordpress.com

    I have been blogging on and off for a couple of years, but kids get in the way (triplet 2 year olds!!!!)

    Am doing the POTD with you this month, so far, so good!
    Have a great day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanne.dickie.79 Joanne Dickie

    Hi Chantelle Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’d love to know what widgets/plugins you also think really have made a difference in getting people to access your blog.

  • http://twitter.com/Antonia_Gregory Antonia Gregory

    Hello! Thanks for the great tips! I’ve just started, and this gives me some encouragement!

  • Mari

    These are really good tips! :) I recently started blogging, I´m still not sure about which direction is my blog going. All I know is that I´m slowly learning my way into photography and enjoying this new community!

    http://marilovescupcakes.blogspot.com.ar

  • Sarafina314

    Hey I’m a really knew blogger and its interesting and helpful to hear people such as yourself talk about how you got readers and subscribers.

    Thanks for sharing

    My blog is http://thespicksandthespecks.wordpress.com

  • Katt

    This is so helpful!
    I just started up my own blog but the blogisphere seems like such a daunting place! There seems to be more bloggers than ever before!

    My blog is based around me trying to gain success in music (another area which is difficult to access haha!)
    https://thekattspyjamas.wordpress.com/

  • najihahb

    come visit my blog ! najihahbahara.blogspot,com

    • najihahb

      sorry it’s najihahbahara.blogspot.com

  • Harriet

    I’m new to blogging so please check out my blog and fee free to give me feedback :) http://boredwhenim.blogspot.co.uk

  • ola

    I love to blogger but am just getting a bit bored to be honest!

    http://www.legallyiista.blogspot.com

    • http://Www.singlemomagain.com/ Singlemomagain

      Well maybe you could find something else to blog about, that happened to me before too! http://Www.singlemomagain.com

  • ola

    I meant blog not blogger sorry

  • Istina Mavit

    I actually blogged about my lack of readership! I called it “Bloganymity”! I would, however, like one reader who isn’t married to me! My blog is: http://beginnersguidetoanervousbreakdown.blogspot.com.au/

    • http://Www.singlemomagain.com/ Singlemomagain

      Lol, I’ll definitely go read it… :-)! Mine is http://www.singlemomagain.com if you’d like to check it out

  • Joshua Black

    Just starting the whole blogging thing, looking for information to get people to read my stuff. It feels like its in the smallest corner of the internet universe : )

  • StitchedByCat

    I started blogging a few days ago as part of my new website, think I’m loving it but unsure it its just me or anyone else – http://www.stitchedbycat.co.uk/blog

  • Ruby McConnell

    I am a blogger that doesn’t fit well into any of the typical categories. My focus is on personal essays and current events, but really its a little bit of everything, what I am thinking about at any given time:

    http://littlemissgonewild.blogspot.com/

    • http://Www.singlemomagain.com/ Singlemomagain

      From your description you’re what they would consider a “lifestyle” blog/blogger.

  • Lauren

    This is awesome. Definitely some things for me to think about. My son and I have just started a blog together, and views are low, I’d like to make it something he can be proud of as he gets older.

  • Foodie*Fairy

    I have been trying to get my blog off the ground for quite some time! I’ve started a couple but have never invested the time that a blog requires because I was a bit too young to devote time to it. Anyways, NOW, I have the time, and am hoping to get it going! I post lots of delicious recipes and I try to make them a bit healthier (exception on the holidays)! http://foodie-fairy.blogspot.com/

    • Liz Fisher

      For my deaf blog it took 3 years to get properly noticed, and from there just built up. My other 2 blogs which are newer are being looked at with ocassional comments. If you enjoy blogging, you won’t go wrong. Enjoy.

  • victoria bodanyi

    i’ve been blogging for two years, but i’m trying to find my niche and build up my readership. but it’s really difficult! using social media to promote it has definitely helped, but any other tips are always welcome!

    http://icecreamandsunshine.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.l.mccoy Becky McCoy

    I’ve got two blogs. One is about our crazy Air Force life with a new baby (mylifeinfourbags.wordpress.com) and the other is my photography blog (dancingwillowphotography.wordpress.com)

  • life-muse

    I am a closet blogger, does it counts? LOL… sometimes I blow hot and cold on my blog as its very much a personal space for me to jot down my thoughts, yet at the same time, I would very much like for it to grow. But nevertheless, write what you love and thats all that matters. http://www.life-muse.blogspot.com

  • Uniquely Undone

    Great advice and inspiration to go out there and get some readers!!! Thanks for the offer to share our links too!!!

    uniquelyundone.blogspot.com

  • RainbowsAndThunders

    I have two blogs. The first one is from Blogger and the second one is from WordPress. The WordPress is however,still new. I love to write about all the ups and downs in my life (about emotions and feelings,mostly) and I know that it is not worth reading. But my blog from Blogger turned out to be too public and my friends usually teased me about things that I wrote in it. Especially when I wrote about crush, jealous, etc. That’s why I made a new blog using WordPress, but I have no readers so far. It is true that I don’t want my blog to be too public but at least i just want some people too read it, someone that I don’t even know, (random people) to hear my problems and stories. (i just don’t want my friends to read it)

    So, yea. It would be nice if some of you guys here could follow my new blog. And I’ll follow you back. =) –> http://rainbowsandthunders.wordpress.com/

  • Ari

    Visit my blog, i write on love, reationship, tips on how to stay happy. http://www.motionsoftheheart.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://Www.singlemomagain.com/ Singlemomagain

    Great advice & tips! The other key you forgot to mention is consistency. I just started a new blog that’s dear to my heart so hopefully all goes well! I haven’t done the social media push as yet I’m not ready to share with my “friends” I want people to simply find it or I’m a case like this click my link or name. But on my Facebook folks would know it’s me, I prefer the quality of strangers rather than the quantity of plain ole nosey lol

  • http://Www.singlemomagain.com/ Singlemomagain
  • honour

    t-ealicious.blogspot.com
    thinkingofyou18.blogspot.com

  • Liz Fisher

    I have a deaf blog where I have met many friends through this deaf blog I write. I have been writing Liz’s Deaf Blog since 2008. This can be found here http://lizsdeafblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    My other is Through Liz’s Eyes which when I start doing your photo a day challenge in April, I will be posting my photos there at http://photographybyelizabethfisher.blogspot.co.uk/

    My newest blog not a year old is http://lizscraftedcardsblog.blogspot.co.uk/ which I write to give latest news of my handmade cards business; Liz’s Crafted Cards which I do in my spare time from my part time job. I am giving my business 3 years to get off the ground, before deciding its fate if its worth carrying on. At the moment I put money in to keep website going. But if it does not continue after 3 years, I shall still make handmade cards myself. And i can say I tried. Its such a big market as there are lots of handmade card sellers out there.

  • allthingsnice

    Chantelle, you are my inspiration! I created ‘all things nice’ so that I could show others what I love and hopefully what they love! the link is http://www.allthingsnice0.weebly.com thanks xo

  • Brittany

    Hi Chantelle! I’ve always loved your blog and recently started my own! Thanks for all the great tips! xx

    http://www.imtwentysomething.com

  • Elissa

    Hi! I write a nail polish and nail art blog! My link is http://tenlittlenubs.blogspot.com (but I used to write at lissaspolishaddiction.blogspot.com). I share nail art, nail polish swatches, tips and more. :) id love if you check it out and leave any feedback you have for me!

  • Devin McCain

    Hey there! I thought your post was really super helpful!! I just started a blog!! I thought that I would just take it up as a fun thing to do on the side of everything! http://mouseinateacup.blogspot.com/

  • jewlz

    Love this post! Thx for sharing. I write from the heart & do not write about politics etc. I just want to share my day to day and maybe I can help or inspire the next person/mom out there. I’ve made friends online w/some I’ve never met across the globe & love it!

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  • Toni @ Finding Myself Young

    Chantelle I love your blogging tips. You have been an inspiration and a huge help with me and my blog – and you didnt even know it. Just wanted to say thanks. My little blog is http://www.findingmyselfyoung.blogspot.com.au

  • Charlotte Hupfield

    Great post, love your blog! I’ve been taking part in your photo a day challenge for May, I only discovered it this month. Looking forward to becoming a regular follow now :)

    My blog: http://www.charlottehupfieldceramics.com/blog/

  • Atarah Niccole

    This are some really simple, but great tips. I’ve been blogging for a while just basically using it as a journal. I’ve struggled with getting and maintaining readers for a while. I’m always on social networks, but I’m going to try to integrate it more to see what can happen with that. letmehearyouspeak.blogspot.com

  • Hannah McLaren

    Great Post thanks for this! http://www.hannahintassie.com

  • michelle

    I’m a fumbly blogger I really love blogging & expressing my creativity BUT, I’m having a hard time getting into the social media thing, its hard for me to balance living & sharing everything :) Michelle

  • Christie Jansen

    There are different ways to attract readers to read your blogs. However, there are some people who actually wanted to search others. Sites like http://www.callnumbersearch.com/ can offer great deals to them.

  • Zenia

    I started my blog about books about 2 months ago. It’s a work in progress. But then again, it will always be.
    ihatespoilers.wordpress.com
    I also started another blog just a few days ago. It’s not book related, but more like everything-else-related. It’s not ready for such public attention though. :)

  • Jody at Six Little Hearts

    Great tips! Congratulations on your recent blog win too!
    http://countesschrystobel.blogspot.com/

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  • Francesca

    I have a Dutch beautyblog. But you can change the language at the right side. it’s not in good english because of google translate but than you understand what it means;
    http://www.beautifulme.be

  • Hunniebully

    Hello Chantelle, thank you for the blogging tips. Blogging has been a frustration since 2001 and I have created a few but deleted it as well. Recently, I tried coming up with another one, hunnibully.blogspot.com and i understand it has a lot to improve.

    Thank you again and hopefully I get to be a real blogger like you and get to touch people’s lives inspite the concept that I came up with.

  • Jennifer Gunn

    Super helpful! Thanks!

  • http://www.momonduty.com/ Kimberley Reyes

    I’ve been a blogger since 2009. Changed names a couple of times, tried to find my “place,” and eventually ended up blogging at momonduty.com. I totally agree with all your tips above. What really got readers checking out my blog is the content and the fact that I also comment on other blogs.

  • Hodgepodge4thesoul

    I love this post. So many great tips that I wish I knew when I first started blogging. Here’s my link. Everyone is welcome :)

  • Hodgepodge4thesoul
  • http://jake-brunton.com/ Jake E. Brunton

    I have a personal blog where I document my life events, thoughts, and so forth. I plan to keep it with me the rest of my life, so some day I and others can go through and read my history of life. http://jake-brunton.com

  • Dayna

    Lovely blog heres mine, feel free to have a look and if you have any adivice on how I can improve my blog feel free to say. http://whatlifeislikesittingonawindowledge.blogspot.com/

  • Ali Moloney

    Thank you for your great posts about blogging Chantelle – it is always nice to hear another side and insight! My blog is my personal battle with kids! You can see it here – http://www.moloneystylestamping.wordpress.com

  • mariana