How to build and maintain a loyal reader base for your blog

by Melody on September 13, 2012

You should definitely start out by selling your house.  Pack and move with 2 little men under 4 years old in (essentially) two weeks.  On some days, you should even forget you have a blog.

Take a trip to Vegas with your husband during the week (which was great) and trust that your fabulous assistant will keep the blog up and running (which she did).  While you are there, don’t even think about your blog for one second and definitely don’t write any posts.

Move completely out of your house with no final date as to when you will get to move in to your new house.  Move in with your parents for an indefinite amount of time where you have more help, but life seems to move at a snail’s pace and a rocket’s pace, all at the same time.  You should definitely move during fair week, where your little brother is involved with FFA and your parents are super busy getting him ready and bouncing back and forth between the fair and home.

Blog furiously between 5:15 AM and 5:30 AM, which is when your little Dudes decide to grace you with your presence.  15 minutes is surely enough time to squeeze in a week’s worth of blogging, right?  Sit down with the computer again in the evening and try to focus while your brother insists you watch endless episodes of How I Met Your Mother, his new favorite show.  Remind yourself that he will be going off to college soon and probably won’t have much time to watch TV with you.

Drive your 4-year old 1 1/2 hours to preschool so he doesn’t miss his first day.  Plan on blogging at Starbucks while he is in school.  Forget your computer at your parents.  You should probably get a $175 speeding ticket along the way, it makes life more interesting.

Be (technically) homeless for 13 days and counting.  Remain calm as setback after setback kicks in on your house purchase.  Turn your life upside down and rearrange it sideways.

Every so often, thank your lucky stars that you have really amazing (and patient) readers who put up with your sporadic posting.  Count your blessings, including the fact that you have one fantastic assistant and that you have the opportunity to move into a house that you have been dreaming of and saving of for a LONG time.

Were you looking for actual tips on how to build a reader base?

Spend two and a half LONG years building trust, getting up at 5 AM, writing posts that nobody reads, hoping and praying for a comment that doesn’t come from your best friend or your Mom, staying up late, networking with other bloggers, networking with some of your favorite companies, typing until your fingers want to fall off, eventually writing posts that people read and relate to, most of the time wondering if what you are doing is really worth it.

After all that, know that when you are going through 3 of the craziest weeks of your  life and can barely focus on the computer screen, your readers will trust you and wait for you to come back. Hopefully.

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Trina September 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Sorry it’s been so incredibly crazy!!! My July was like tha , (well – different types of crazy) but I don’t have a blog. I look forward to reading your fun posts, and I don’t mind if you’re not posting all the time. Focus on what is MOST important, the rest of it when you have time.

And I’m not your mom or your best friend, and I AM bummed that I’ve never actually met you IRL – even at the Finley’s pickup!!

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Melody September 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Trina! And there is a reason you don’t see me at the Finley’s pick-up, it’s always my husband. You’ve probably passed him and never known it!

You are a faithful commenter and you don’t know how much I appreciate it. :)

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Trina September 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Well, I do love reading your blog, it’s a nice treat when I have some free time!

And hopefully someday I’ll recognize you IRL and I’ll definitely say “hi”!

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Melissa W. September 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

Even those of us that don’t comment much are here … I check everyday just to see whats been posted. I hope your life calms down soon … I remember 3 years ago selling our house (took 4 buyers) and not sure if we were going to get the short sale on the new house we were trying to buy … but it all turned out in the end :)

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Melody September 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thanks Melissa! In the beginning, I just hoped and prayed for a comment to show that someone was reading. :)

Sorry you had to go through the craziness too, we just never thought it would be drug out this long. Makes the final result that much sweeter I hope!

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Emilie September 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

You have done a great job of keeping up (without my help honestly!) in this crazy time. Don’t beat yourself up, we all still love you and I bet nobody noticed. :o)

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Lora September 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Awww! You poor woman!! I know you weren’t trying to have a pity party, but I seriously feel bad for you! There’s nothing quite like moving stress….we have moved 9 times in 11 years of marriage. :) Don’t worry, we all still love you and your blog. Sometimes we get busy too and don’t visit for a while – so it goes both ways! Hang in there and I hope things calm down for you VERY soon! Congrats on your new house!! Yea!! Would LOVE to see pictures sometime!

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Brenda September 15, 2012 at 4:00 am

Melody,
Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere!
Do what you need to do and we’ll be here when you get back!
As proof to your dedicated hard work over the last couple years (and your assistant!), you have built a loyal fan base that can help you out by posting helpful comments when you’re not able to. I, for one, appreciate their help as well.

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Karen September 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

I like your blog because you’re a real person with a life, not a giant team pretending to be one person. So I’ll come back again, even if it’s quiet while your move disrupts the blogging process! PS- I found your blog looking for Costco price comparisons (what’s worthy buying there, what’s not). I always check your blog before new coupons start to see which deals are best.

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Trina September 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Yes to this>> “I like your blog because you’re a real person with a life, not a giant team pretending to be one person.”

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Andrea September 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

I was wondering what happened to you. Glad all is well, just horrifically busy. Hope your son loves preschool!

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marie September 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I loved your rant. Putting it down in writing, does one of 2 things. Relieves some of the stress, or really makes you see how bad it was.
It will get better.

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Heather September 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I’m here. I haven’t been couponing for a while now because life has been crazy, not like your 3 weeks but I’m still here! I appreciate your blog so much and even though you feel behind, we’re still here, not judging or whining or anything!

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Melody September 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Heather! I haven’t been couponing at all for the last few weeks, my coupons are packed away somewhere. Full price for me these days and not caring much about it. :)

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kim September 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

Just so you know, I’m not a friend or relative and I check your blog often. You spoke at our MOPs meeting last year; it was great to put a face to the blog.

I especially love your Costco match-ups and I’m a regular shopper at Fred Meyer (although have fallen out of serious couponing). I also appreciate your Amazon and other on-line deals. I’ve been stocking up on “free” items for Christmas gifts (photo magnets for the grandparents and personalized notes for teachers).

I understand about the craziness of life right now. It will get better (Right?). Or maybe WE will get better at juggling it all. Anyhow, keep up the good work!

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chris September 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Hi,

I’m just checking out your site and I love it! I’ll will be back on a regular basis to check it out :)

Chris

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Heidi S September 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

I found your blog from your Rite Aid posts at FrugalLivingNW.com. I always read your article that’s highlighted at the top of the post. I especially like to read your fitness updates. Thanks for the inspiration!

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sara gilden October 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for keeping with this blog. It’s great and I really look to it for your great advice and wonderfully put together posts keep up the good.work ;-)

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