Monday, August 31, 2015

Don't Drop the Ball

Fumble!!! If you're a football fan, you've heard that cry before. We're an enthusiastic football family and it's an easy game to compare to other things in life and that includes blogging.

When you're a running back and a hole opens in the line, you have to go for it and quickly. The same with blogging. When you have an opportunity to guest on another blog or exchange links with them, take advantage of it. Opportunities can disappear in the blink of an eye if you don't react as soon as you see it.

Be a team player. A successful blog is one with lots of friends and followers. Those wonderful people leaving comments are your team. They help you and you help them back. Promote others as they promote you. Link to them when they share something you really enjoyed and they'll have your back at some later opportunity.

Pick up your teammates when they get down. If they're not blogging as often as they used to or express discouragement in their posts, tell them how much you'd miss them if they stopped. Remind them of the fun things about blogging.

Keep your eye on the ball. Why did you start blogging? What did you enjoy about it? Make sure you're don't stray from what works for you. Eye on the target.

Play with heart. Blogging is work even when you love it. Put your heart into it and enjoy this wonderful network of like-minded people.

Don't be afraid to try something different if what you're doing isn't working. Adjust and blog on!

Hope you football haters didn't cringe at the comparisons. Or the football lovers. And as an extra, I should point out that it's easy to visit blogs while you're watching football. There's always time in between plays.

If you want more football goofiness, visit my blog, Susan Says, as I use football terms for some writing motivation. On another note, there is a big announcement coming to IWSG this Wednesday. If you're a writer, you should be part of that group.

Are you ready for some football?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Teammates are the best part of blogging.

Ann Bennett said...

Meeting people is the best part of blogging.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

There's time DURING plays. lol

betty said...

Great advice for bloggers :) Always good to have a winning team of bloggers supporting each other :)


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lots of people ready for some football!

Debbie D. said...

The best aspect of blogging is to meet wonderfully talented people from all over the world!

Stephen Tremp said...

Susan, great analogy. And yes I'm ready for football season to start. Hoping my Detroit lions make it to the playoffs again

nashvillecats2 said...

My yongest son used to be a pro. football player until someone smashed his ankle in a game.
Loved the post.

cleemckenzie said...

Very nice analogy, even if I'm not a football fan, I get the point. And I'm always heartened by the team spirit I find here.

cleemckenzie said...

Very nice analogy, even if I'm not a football fan, I get the point. And I'm always heartened by the team spirit I find here.