It sounds silly. Your blog has karma?
“What does karma have to do with my blog?”, you say.
Bear with me, you’ll understand where I’m coming from soon, promise!
The definition of karma is the destiny that you earn through your actions and behavior.” Your Dictionary
There are many idioms & sayings that define karma; “What comes around goes around”, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”, “One good turn deserves another”, “You reap what you sow”, “For every action there is an equal reaction.”
Each and every one of these sayings prove true to blog growth. Truth!
We are all looking for the answer, the magic formula, pill. potion or lotion that will catapult our blogs into stardom. We read, search, stalk, study…all in the hope that we will figure it out. That a Top Blogger will slip, share or spill, filling us in on the answer, hand us the Holy Grail, the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news…
No one is going to hand you the Holy Grail, no one. They aren’t going to tell you how to pull the Sword out of The Stone. Tell you where to purchase the”eye of newt” you need for the magic spell to make everyone fall in love with your blog. Harry Potter’s wand will not work for you and wiggling your nose won’t either. I know, bummer. I spent months working out my nose muscles to no avail. <sigh>
When I was young I was taught it was “better to give than to receive”. This was a hard lesson. Especially when you paired it with “give the gift that you want to receive.”
My parents would take us shopping at Christmas time, giving us money to purchase gifts for our siblings. The rest of the year we rarely shopped for anything other than groceries, the only stores that we frequented were the grocery store and the butcher.
Back then grocery stores only stocked groceries, not toys and games or pretties.
The week before Christmas my parents would take us to a nearby town to shop, the Christmas lights were all lit, Christmas Carols were playing, we could go visit Santa, the entire town square was full of families. Everyone was out to fill their wish list. It was such a magical time.
We would walk up and down the block venturing into stores full of fun, exciting items. We were amazed, the grocery store could not compete. Our pockets were full of Christmas money and we were wandering about in stores filled with items we had only ever seen on TV. Kids in a candy shoppe, literally. It was so hard to see something that I wanted, more than anything, but know that I couldn’t have it. We could only spend our allotment on other family members, not ourselves. It was excruciating.
Then to be told, “give the gift you would want to have.” It was crushing. The “thing” that I wanted most of all, in my little girl heart, I had to buy it for someone else, for my brother or sister. Heartbreaking.
But I learned from that.
The lesson was difficult to learn then, and it is difficult to re-learn-now.
Although I learned this over and over as a child, sometimes I forget. I get busy in my life and I forget, sometimes. And it makes me disappointed in myself.
Because, this is it.
The answer, the Holy Grail, the Sword in the Stone.
Simple? Too simple? I think not.
When you want more love in your life, you give love, and give love and give. Love is returned to you.
If you are lonely, you need to reach out, call a friend, invite them to lunch, or coffee. Connect. Show friendship and you will receive it.
Whatever it is that you need, give it, open yourself up to receiving it in return.
Reap and sow. Reap and sow. Reap and sow.
Like the shampoo bottle says “Wash, rinse and repeat.”
Do you get it? Kinda? Let’s go a bit further.
Check out this article: “Give Away What You Want to Get Back.”
So, I ‘m not the only one who feels this is the answer; Karma is a Buddist teaching, “Give unto others…” and “Reap what you sow..” are from the Bible, St. Francis, Scientists and Researchers all agree. With me.
So, see…I am not just crazy talking here! LOL.
Now, we just need to use this premise to our advantage.
“The law of circulation states that all things in the universe are always flowing in circulation but at an ever expanding rate. What you give to one person, you will receive from a different source. So you don’t have to give with the expectation of receiving back from the same person you give to, but knowing that it will definitely come back to you multiplied from other sources. It works according to the law of cause and effect where the universe always mirrors back to you whatever you do.”
Sounds pretty cool eh?
And this makes it even better…
“We are all stewards of the universe resources. If you do not circulate what you have for the work of the universe, what you have will be taken away and given to another who is doing so. Don’t worry about people who are selfish and do not give. If you keep giving and being in flow, even what others hoard from you will somehow be made by the universe to be given to you. So you can rest in the truth that you will always have whatever you want and no one can hold it from you. You never have to withhold from giving others what they want just because they withhold from giving what you want.”
You may think that this sounds like a bunch of “Hooey, Crazy stuff.” But, even if you don’t believe the Bible, Buddah, St. Francis or Enoch Tan, perhaps you might want to give me the benefit of the doubt and try it. It has worked for me.
How to grow your blog following and improve your blog’s karma.
1. Read and comment. Read and comment. Read and comment.
I read and comment on 200+ blog posts a week. (This has lessened now that I have a community, but I still read and comment on 100+ blog posts a week) I love all styles of blogs and bloggers. Reading outside my niche keeps me on my toes and reading inside my niche may spur ideas and collaboration.
According to the premise above, if I want traffic and comments and readers, I need to give it first. Therein lies the key. Give and receive. Get out there and give and give and give. It will come back, promise!
2. When you comment make sure that you are leaving a thoughtful comment.
As I have said before, “Thanks for stopping by” is not a comment in my book. It does not rate and I do not waste my time with answering that. This does us both a disservice. It does not spur me to come read your words and I usually don’t approve comments like this, they don’t reflect well on either one of us. So think of something thoughtful. Even if it doesn’t relate to you at this point perhaps it did in the past, or you can comment on the writing style or let the author know that you have a friend that would love this and why. There is always something to say, always.
3.Leave the comment that you want someone to leave for you.
Give the gift that you want to receive. Be a friend to gain a friend. Pay it forward. All of this applies, you need to figure out how you can give what you want and need. And then rinse and repeat. Again and again. The giving makes the receiving that much better.
4. Use linky parties to find other bloggers
Add a post to the link, one that you think people would like to read. A mainstream topic or recipe or book review or how to. The more people that visit you the better, cause now you are going to visit each one of them. This is when CommentLuv comes into play. Leave them a thoughtful comment, keep track of who comments and who you enjoy and visit them often. Forge a friendship. Leave them flowers and candy, be irresistible. Make friends.
More posts on Linkups:
5. Share on Social Media.
Hootsuite is my wing man. LOL! No pun intended! I have it downloaded to my browser, each time I read something I want to share I can do it right from their site with Hootsuite. For free. I can schedule it for later or post it immediately. Guess what, I share and I comment and I am making friends. The cherry on top? I get all that and my blog community grows and grows. The best.
Join up here to increase your following on Social Media Blast.
There is no magic potion
Or lotion, or password to get into the “Secret Bloggers Club”. Perhaps it would be easier to get to the top by magic, but how would you stay at the top? By doing the same things that didn’t carry you to the top in the first place? Personally, I would like to learn the steps to get there so when I get to the top I can stay there! LOL! I just wish it didn’t take as long!
How about you? Let’s work on it together! If you get there before I do grab me some “eye of newt”!
See you in Part 4, Tips From The Top!