The struggles and successes of Wordpress

For the past three weeks, I have been blogging twice a week on the online platform Wordpress. I have been blogging about TV shows and films I have watched on Netflix, I have been recommending this content to my readers. This is the first time I have ever used Wordpress or in fact blogged. During this time I have been fortunate to feel success but I have also encountered problems.

I would say a success in itself is the fact that I have been able to fully commit to two blog posts a week, I have been consistent with the timings of when I have posted as well. I have posted on both Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm, when initially planning my blog I decided it was important to have a schedule.

A way that I have been able to evaluate my success on Wordpress was to look at my statistics page. I’m able to see how many views and likes each post has had. One of my most successful posts in terms of views was my recommendation of Stranger Things. The reason that this blog post was popular, is the series is contemporary and has proved very popular with younger people with whom are my target audience as essentially they are the biggest consumer of Netflix.

On this screenshot you can see that this post has been viewed 24 times.

However I don’t just view my success on how many views I’ve had but on the engagement from my audience. On a number of my blogs I have had positive comments from my audience. My recommendation of Amanda Knox attracted one reader to share their own personal opinion on the murder, I value this sort of engagement more than just views.

Screenshot of a response from a reader of my Amanda Knox recommendation.

One of my biggest triumphs arrived recently in the form of a like on a tweet sharing my blog on The Fundamentals of Caring. The tweet was actually favourited by the Writer/Director of The Fundamentals of Caring.

Writer/Director of Fundamentals of Caring liking my blog post.

However one of the downfalls of my Wordpress blog is that I haven’t gained many followers on the site. I find this result disappointing despite the amount of views I’ve had on my channel. One of the reasons for this is that many of my views have come from twitter accounts and not Wordpress accounts therefore it involves more steps for them to be able to follow me. Nonetheless the followers that I have gained are people who blog about TV shows and films. I’d much prefer to have 5 followers who are genuinely interested in my content than 20 followers who are spam accounts. Therefore I need to invest more time into following other accounts similar to mine and supporting them so they will do the same in return.

Overall I’m very happy with the progress of my channel and will be continuing to improve. For my first time blogging, I feel it is going very well for the reason that people are connecting with me and the positive feedback that I have been receiving.

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