After ten weeks of studying in Marketing with Social Media course, I learned a lot from the class and by looking at Professor Bill Belew on how to create and design my blog – Walking in Ancient Silk Road, but I am still not a professional blogger and need to continue learning how to improve and evaluate my website. Here, I will share the hardest parts about blogging from my experience.
1. Cannot find many topics to write.
My website, Walking in Ancient Silk Road is about introducing my hometown Xinjiang located in Western China. I had to appreciate Professor Bill Belew, who required us to write 21 articles and post on our website every week. After ten weeks of studying, I have posted and published around 200 articles about my hometown. During the process of writing these articles, I found out that I actually didn’t know my hometown as much as I imagined, although I lived there around 18 years. But after writing 200 articles, it is really difficult for me to find more topics to write.
2. Get more visitors and comments.
As we know, it is essential to respond to people’s comments in our blog post. At the same time, it is also important to often visit other blogs in our industry, and write down your comments. By doing that, we can get more information about ourselves and the industry we are in. So that we are not only able to have more thoughts and topics to write in our own blog, but also we can have more topic to talk with friends and meanwhile to get them visit and comment on our website too. But so far, I have not yet gotten too many people to visit my blog, just some people and friends who are interested in my hometown like Xinjiang’s natural scenery, minority culture, beautiful prairie and favorite food. So I still need to learn how to get more visitors and make my blog more appealing.
3. Didn’t have enough time to write.
I do know one essential thing, that is to be a good blogger who do not stop writing and still managing its blog content. Professor Bill Belew is a good model to become a good writer or a professional blogger. For example, he reads newspapers from 6-8 different countries every morning and do that constantly for a couple of years. He leaves comments daily throughout Asia from multiple posts. These experiences let Professor Bill Belew know more about different areas and different people. But meanwhile, we know Mr. Belew works full time as a blogger. For me, I have to work more than 8 hours a day and have other things need to done at night and weekends. It is very hard for me to take much time to read newspapers and write articles even if I want to make my blog better and appealing.
4. Ensure good content for blog.
Whether a professional blogger or a beginner, we cannot do anything in blogging without a content. If we want to make our blog popular to attract more and more visitors, we not only need to write and publish blog articles every day, but also need to ensure the content not just quantity. As a new blogger, I deeply feel that it is not easy to write high quality blog post. It requires a good writing skills and wide knowledge to let my readers have a better understanding of my topic.
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