The spring/summer has turned out quite busy with gardening and weekends at the cottage therefore I have spent a lot less time on my blog! Not a good way to increase my number of visitors and page views per day and finally obtaining guest participation. However, a good blogger should show passion through their writing and this cannot be forced. Taking a break once in a while might be a good thing! So, enough rambling and let’s look at the results from the survey I conducted to find out more about blogging and bloggers:
73% of the bloggers I surveyed have a full-time job and 70% have a job that is related to their blog’s main topic.
People get into blogging for a variety of reasons (in order of frequency):
#1 To promote a business or oneself
#2 To share lessons learned
#3 A platform for self discovery
#4 To improve one’s writing skills
#4 For something to do (was bored)
#5 For fun
#6 To let people know what they are up to
On average the respondents spend 5 hours per week on their blog (spread from 0 to 20 hours) and another 4 hours (same spread) reading and commenting on other’s people blogs! That is a lot of time considering most also have a full-time job!
As far as the minimum number of hours required in order to publish a successful blog, well that varied widely. Some felt it depended on the niche or the person. Out of those who gave a number of hours, the average was 7 hours per week.
In order to be successful, a blog MUST:
-Have new content on a regular basis (96%)
-Be neat and clean (80%)
-Have niche content (64%)
-Comments from readers (60%)
-Graphics and images (40%)
– A mix of content, interviews and video (16%)
On a scale of 1 to 10, 58% of respondents gave a score of 7 or 8 on writing abilities in order to publish a successful blog.
There were lots of great comments and advice provided by the respondents which I will have to analyze and format in a way that I can easily share.