Woes of Adolescence

One moment I’m smiling,

The next I run and hide.

For a while now,

It’s been a roller coaster ride.

Trust comes easily,

And so does affection.

Followed by betrayal,

And a wounded heart.

I feel the weight of the world,

As it comes crashing down.

On my feeble shoulders,

Made heavy by bitter words.

© Abirami

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WordPressing – 101 (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Hello there! 🙂

You may have just started a brand new blog, or you may have been blogging for quite some time. Congratulations on that! 🙂 It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? To have a voice. But what good is a voice when what you’re saying isn’t reaching the right audience?

Here are some tips to increase your stats and get the readership you desire.

  1. Keep it short. The longer your post is, the less likely it is to get read. Even an interested reader might get discouraged by the size of a long post.
  2. Tagging your post is really important. You can add tags to your post in the post-settings area. The WordPress reader is the best source of readers and tagging your post under the related topics will help the right kind of readers find you. But no more than 15 tags (including categories) otherwise your post will not appear in the reader.
  3. Reposting is not a crime. Think of the wordpress reader as a stream of posts. Your posts gets a mere 10 minutes in the limelight. Reposting it simply gives you a little longer.
  4. Interact with other bloggers. Every relationship needs some give and take. How can you expect others to read your blog, when you’ve never given them a reason to? Develop a few friendships. Like and follow new blogs. Leave a few comments. Socialising is key to improving your stats.
  5. Reblog at least one post every day. You might make someones day. And its a mutually beneficial practice. It get’s you your views when you don’t have ideas of your own and you’re helping out a fellow blogger by sharing their content.
  6. Quality over quantity. I have seen bloggers who post once a month having over 10k subscribers. So, spend the time you’re not writing, socialising on your blog. And do the occasional repost of your old posts.
  7. Posting at the right time. Check your stats, which day do you get your best views? What time is your best hour? Schedule your posts to be posted at times you get high traffic. Set your post up for success.
  8. Add visual aid. Pictures and videos supporting your content, will give it that extra spice and reel more readers in. But be sure to credit your source for the pictures if you found them online! And also personalise your blog with strategically placed widgets and a nice clean design.
  9. Make your blog everything you are. Don’t niche your blog way too early. Write what you feel like. People relate more to blogs that represent a real human being rather than static sites that post about the same thing all day, every day.
  10. Catchy titles really make a difference. Make your titles reflect the style of your blog. The title of the post is the first thing anyone is going to read. Get that right and you’re halfway there.

I hope these tips were useful. 🙂 Please leave a comment if you have any new tips or if you have any questions. Happy Blogging!

– The Obsessive Writer.

Getting Readers on WordPress. (Tips for new bloggers and old)

All of us here on WordPress have one unanimous goal, and that is to have our content read. Either it’s just for personal satisfaction, or it’s to make a few bucks.

Thank you for the amazing response I got for the WordPressing-101 post. 🙂 If you haven’t read it already, you should check it out. I covered some tips and tricks to get started off with blogging here on the WordPress platform.

Once you’ve attained that initial followers goal, or a few likes here and there, it feels pretty great doesn’t it? But what’s next? Most bloggers just stay in that initial response state and never think about establishing themselves. This post is about that part and what you have to do to find yourself a place in the World Wide Web.

1. Follow other bloggers.

When I say “follow”, I don’t mean just hit that follow button. I’m sure that the mass following technique gets you some follow backs, but increasing your follow count doesn’t necessarily mean more readers. I get a few hundred views a day and most of those readers are new, and visit only once. But there a notable few who show up often and they stay on my mind. So I’m naturally more inclined to visit their blogs, and read their content than the blogs of those who never visit again.

Think of blogs like shops. You don’t get a discount coupon when you buy one tooth brush. You get all those sweet benefits once you become a regular customer. Similarly, pay attention to those blogs you enjoy. Keep going back for more. And I’m sure, you’ll get something good in return.

2. Choose who you follow.

This is just an attempt in driving home my previous point. Follow blogs you enjoy rather than anything you can set your eyes on. That way, your “followed sites” feed in your reader will be something you don’t mind going through and dropping a few likes and comments here and there thus engaging with those blogs you actually intended to follow.

If you follow too many blogs you don’t actually like, your feed will have too much clutter and it will be harder to find and connect with your favourite blogs when they send out a post.

3. Follow back.

It is impossible for someone to get to 10K followers by following just 10 other people. And also it’s a nice way to appreciate those who show interest in you. I don’t mean just blindly follow back everyone who follows you but go give their blog a read. That’s the least you can do. This doesn’t only apply to your followers. Even likes and comments should be reciprocated with some gratitude. Trust me, this will help in a huge way.

4. Writing the right content.

When you’re looking for inspiration on what to write, go through your stats. Crunch some numbers. See what posts are doing well and what aren’t. Find out what you are good at and what your audience like. You don’t have to completely abide by this, but using it as a guiding light can help a LOT.

5. Don’t be a spammer.

If you’d like to be taken seriously, don’t let all your comments be along the lines of “Hey come visit my blog”. Every writer here puts a lot of work on each and every post. Take the time to read and actually comment something relevant to their post and they just might visit your blog without you asking them to. Linking to your blog is not a crime. But there’s a difference between sharing and spamming so just keep that in mind and you’ll be fine!

6. Develop a community.

Reblog posts you enjoy, it’s a great habit! And help readers you know connect. I have made some good friends here on WordPress and it’s a kind of relationship you’ll never find anywhere else.

7. Organise events and prompts.

This is something you should attempt only once you have a significant following. (Think of this as the rule : If you think at least 10-15 people will participate then you can go ahead.) Make up weekly challenges, prompts, some chain writing events and engage your readers. It’s all about making an impression to be remembered. And once you are remembered you have a place.


I hope these tips were helpful. 🙂 I follow every single one of them, or at least I try to. Most of them are just basic things that everybody knows but I still listed them just in case. If you have any of your own words of advice, please leave a comment below. And if you found this useful, share so it helps others too. Just be sure to credit back to my blog!

🙂 Thank you for reading and have a great day!

-The Obsessive Writer.

The Obsessive Community 

Hey there! 🙂 I hope you’re all doing well. Thank you for all the positive response I’ve been getting lately. I’m extremely grateful for all the feedback. I’ve always loved writing, but knowing what I write is actually making a difference to people has changed it all. And I want that for you all as well.

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers leaving links to their blogs in the comments asking me to check it out, well I think you guys deserve a permanent spot where you can leave links for not only me but for my readers as well.

I will leave it up as a sticky, I hope you find it useful. 🙂 Feel free to leave links to your blog, or any particular post you’d like for us to read. Introduce yourself and maybe even describe your blog to give the readers who are interested in your content, an easier path to find you. Good luck! 🙂

Please share this post as much as you can so it reaches a wider audience. Thank you in advance!

– The Obsessive Writer