#YouBlogYou Vol. 3

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#YouBlogYou Vol. 3 | Awesome in Manila

I may or may not actually have thought about it when I started.

1. How do you classify your blog? In what category does it fall in?
Personal / lifestyle.

2. What is the title of your blog? Share with us too what’s the story behind it.
Awesome in Manila. I was, at some point in my life, obsessed with the word 'awesome'. And I live in Manila. I put it together, it sounded nice and, for some reason, it clicked.

#YouBlogYou Vol. 3 | Awesome in Manila

3. How did you come up with the design of your blog? 
I'm using a free template by ThemeXpose. I tweaked it a bit, did away with the slider and tried to make it a bit more me. I chose a theme that was minimalist, black-on-white and I particularly like the use of serif as body font.

4. If you own a domain, where did you purchase it? If you don’t have one yet, what’s preventing you from getting one?

5. Where do you host your blog? Which platform? 
Blogger. I tried Wordpress and Tumblr before but Blogger is where I feel most at home. It's the simplest to use, too. All other platforms are just...

#YouBlogYou Vol. 3 | Awesome in Manila

So, yeah. I'm sticking with Blogger.

6. How often do you check your blog statistics?
If I'm posting regularly, daily. If I'm not as active, at least once a week.

7. Do you think having a good and fast-loading template affects the traffic of your site?
YES. Do away with fancy animations that take forever to load and I will guarantee a drop in the bounce rate.

#YouBlogYou Vol. 3 | Awesome in Manila

8. Do you use other sites, software or apps to schedule and post your blog posts? If yes, care to share it with us? 
Nope. It's all Blogger. There's a schedule option in the post settings. As soon as it's ready, I share the link on all social media channels that I own.

9. How do you think you earn blog post comments or blog shares?
Content that speaks to real, actual people. Don't write for search engines, write for people. Readers appreciate content that they can relate to.

10. Aside from the activities mentioned above, what other efforts can help increase a blog’s statistics?
#9 aside, it's still good to know a bit of SEO. Like me, you may have some discomfort in inserting (badly phrased) keywords in the copy but there are other ways to play the game.

Be on social media. Set up your own page. Use hashtags (responsibly). Find groups with likeminded individuals. Promote, promote, promote.

#YouBlogYou Vol. 3 | Awesome in Manila

Network. But be sincere about making connections. Don't be the sleazebag who leaves vague comments shorter than the blog URL that follows. Really read other people's posts, appreciate their work and respond the way you would if it was a face-to-face conversation.

11. Check your blog statistics and tell us either what you think helped you attain that number of views or what do you think you could have done to increase it?

You Blog You
#YouBlogYou is a link-up series created by Louise of Louisechelle | Tales and Escapades.  Link-ups are a great way to make new connections and I find that this series in particular will help bloggers 1) look deeper in such a way that can help improve their craft and 2) give the readers a better understanding of who they are as people behind the brand and their purpose for doing what they do. If you blog, come and join the fun! Clicking the image on the left will take you to the full mechanics.

If you're a reader, you're also welcome to the party. Find a question in the list that you can or would like to answer and leave your thoughts in the comments!

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