Warning: 5 Things That Will Kill Your Blog

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These Are 5 Things That Will Kill Your Blog

Everyone who has ever written a blog will tell you that blogs are like a living thing. They are ridiculously easy to give birth to or to bring to life but keeping them alive, keeping them healthy, keeping them growing is hard work. They require constant care and attention and continual feeding of words, ideas, pictures and concepts. Without them they will languish and eventually die. Within that process there are 5 things that will kill your blog if left unchecked.

5 things that will kill your blog

If you treat them in the same way that you would treat an ill person, you can aid in your blog’s recovery and bring it back into good health. By being vigilant against these 5 things that will kill your blog, you can keep your blog healthy and vibrant. Read them over carefully and examine how you have been treating your blog. Maybe it’s time to give it a little more tlc or maybe a lot more TLC.

5 Things That Will Kill Your Blog Are

1. Sloth (Inactivity)

Nothing will kill your blog faster than you doing nothing. Seriously, this is by far the biggest killer of blogs. Inactivity is the cancer of the blog world that starts slowly, almost imperceptible in its infancy, and then once it has taken hold it is almost impossible to overcome.

Symptoms: A steady decrease in the desire to put pen to paper, and a gradual shortening of blog posts to the point of hardly any at all, and then eventually nothing.

Treatment: Write and post a minimum of two riveting blog posts a week. If symptoms persist double the recommended dose.

2. Indifference ( I Don’t Care)

IndifferenceWhen you don’t care, it shows. Your blog is a reflection of you, and rightly or wrongly that is how people perceive you. If you don’t care about your blog, you may as well quit shaving, showering and wearing clean clothes. People will drift away and avoid you.  5 things that will kill your blog

Symptoms: Fewer and fewer posts, no replies to comments, posting anything that fills the white space.

Treatment: Focused, topical and well written posts that are unique, useful, urgent or ultra specific. Continue to treat until patient has undergone a full recovery.

3. Lack Of Attention To Detail

When you are a real bigshot with millions of readers you can get away with doing pretty much whatever you want – for awhile. If on the other hand, you are just like the rest of us and one of many toiling in the garden of verses, you had better do all you can to not turn people off. Grammar, punctuation and spelling matter. If you can’t spell, get prepared to be dismissed as being less than relevant.

Symptoms: Poorly constructed sentences, lack of use of commas, bad misspelled words.

Treatment: Buy a Thesaurus and a Dictionary and USE THEM. Do not rely on the online versions of either. You will not receive half the benefit if you do.

4. The Used Car Salesman Syndrome

Your blog has accumulated a following, and you suddenly decide to foist upon them a never ending series of ‘recommendations’ of products from ‘friends’. The only trouble is you have a new friend everyday, and they all have some gizmo or ‘save the world’ product to sell. Your page now resembles a used car lot with twirling graphics and fluttering coloured ribbons and streamers.

Symptoms: Your blog posts reek faintly of the smell and sights of a carnival – in the early morning light. Fading and chipped paint, rancid popcorn, bruised toffee apples. Continual selling of products just to sell. No content and all tacky ads and links.

Treatment: Produce informative and useful blog posts without any product links or promotions for one full month. Slowly reintroduce fully vetted products at the rate of one every two weeks. If patient shows signs of faltering, cut back to once per month.

5. Verbal Diarrhea

Your writing skills are so finely honed that you can’t shut them off. You have so much to say, and what you have to say issilence is golden so important. You feel it is necessary to bombard people with your words and messages several times a day, and at all hours of the day. You can’t stop talking and writing and spewing out words and going on and whew…..got all caught up in just pounding the keyboard. 5 things that will kill your blog

Symptoms: You can’t help yourself from pushing the send button or the post button, every other hour. Blog posts and emails are flashing by like a picket fence at high speed.

Treatment: Slow down, speed kills. Take her down a notch Tex, and concentrate on the message and the content. Make useful short posts that people can easily digest and use. Of the 5 things that will kill your blog, this is the one that I struggle with. I am a random thinker and all too often a random writer.

I hope that you enjoyed this unique look at what can hurt your blog and that you find it useful. It was, as always, a pleasure to write. Which of the 5 have you been guilty of?  Please tell us in the comments below.

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10 Responses to “Warning: 5 Things That Will Kill Your Blog”

  1. Jory Fisher Says:

    Yikes! You want I should write “riveting” blog posts twice a week??? The heat is on!!!

    This is an excellent prescription, Sigrid. Love your style. Love your wisdom.

    Thank you!!!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Ha ha Jory, just be thankful that I didn’t prescribe three :) I thought about it!

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  2. Martin Says:

    I LOVE this post Sigrid,
    The style is so great and attention keeping. You should do more posts just like this one.

    Concerning the topic… I’ve probably been guilty of all 5 at times.

    I loved the picture in the airplane, it was very appropriate.

    Keep up the great writing!
    Martin
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Thank you Martin, I really enjoyed writing it as well. I glad you liked the writing style and I will do more like it.

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  3. Pat Campbell Says:

    I love the analogy to a prescription. And yes as a new blogger, message taken. Will get to implementing!

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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    way to go Pat!
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  4. Ruth Narveson Says:

    Enjoyed your article on 5 Things That Can Kill Your Blog. It was well organized and to the point. Your points are well taken. Time to get busy writing.
    Thanks for sharing your insight.
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    You are very welcome Ruth, we are always glad to help in any way that we can. Thanks so much for stopping by..
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  5. Carla J Gardiner Says:

    Wow! Great points and I can honestly say that over the past 3 years I’ve been guilty of all of them at one time or another. However, now I’ve found a balance, a system that has helped teach me how to use my blog the right way. My creative juices are flowing again and I’m redefining success after 50 now.
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    So have I Carla, and I suspect that most people have. The trick is to recognize what it is we are doing, and course correct. Thanks so much for stopping by..
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