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I think most people want their blog to be read. After all, why write it if not? Although, no doubt most writers are looking for an audience, I can think of a number of good possibilities as to the “why not”:
- perhaps they need an tactile outlet for expression and venting…
- writing can crystallize thought…
- writing is cathartic…
- writing is fun…
- keeping an online journal is kind of cool…
For many people, I think, perhaps, they just want to be “heard” among all the noise in our technologically [tag]insane[/tag] world. People are important, their opinions matter and blogging gives the common person a chance to “fight back” and push ahead despite others that might oppose them with “big” resources.
A recent article in the CAPITOL WEEKLY talks about [tag]bloggers[/tag] providing “focus, attention and nuance in political coverage”. Not bad for the “common” person, not bad at all.
Many people [tag]blog[/tag] because they have great ideas and opinions and want to share them with others in an affordable way. Others blog because it’s part of their job, like [tag]Major Nelson[/tag].
I think most bloggers blog because they DO have something to say even if they are only talking to themselves. Lev [tag]Vygotsky[/tag] had a lot to say about this subject with his social development theory and it wasn’t all bad!
People can be [tag]obsessive[/tag]. I haven’t seen a study yet, but I would wager that bloggers fall in to the “obsessive” category more often than not. Just in casual perusing about the topic “[tag]blog traffic[/tag]”, I’ve seen an enormous amount of interest in this subject. It seems to be a “top” topic of conversation.
I’ve collected a list of links that may be very helpful to those of you looking for [tag]TIPS[/tag] to increase your blog [tag]traffic[/tag] and be heard. I have included a link to a half-dozen of the most useful tips I’ve read below:
- How to build traffic to your blog
- Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days
- How to boost your blog traffic
- Seven offline tips for increasing blog traffic
- 10 tips for more blog traffic
- How to keep your blog traffic
I have begun this particular blog for many reasons. I certainly find that writing clarifies my thoughts and allows me to have better organized opinions about things. Hopefully one of them was the idea to write this article!
Remember to pace yourself as you write so you don’t suffer from “blogger burnout“. For those interesting in increasing traffic, the idea is to get better traffic statistics not become one!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.