Writing blog posts that people want to read doesn’t just happen; it takes intention and planning. Here’s what I learned from my post popular blog posts.
September was a huge month- by my modest standards- for Winstead Wandering. My little blog was viewed more than 10,000 times, and I had a few really popular posts.
I’m beginning to learn that popular posts don’t always happen by chance. Sure, sometimes a post will explode for seemingly no reason; more often, though, we can analyze the components of a successful post and, at least in part, duplicate that success.
Here’s what I learned from my most popular blog posts of September:
This is one of my favorite posts because it’s one I continue to make. A lot. As a food blogger, I rarely make the same recipe multiple times because, if I’m going to create something in the kitchen, I want it to be something new that I can share here. This is one recipe that’s sticking around.
what I learned
This post, even though it’s a simple salad dressing recipe, was years in the making. I’ve been dissatisfied with store bought ranch dressing for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t taste anything like the kind you get in restaurants, and that sucks. When I finally decided to make my own, I did it because I wanted a better option. Sharing the recipe here was almost an afterthought.
I learned that you should write what you know. This is something I’ve mentioned before, but the success of this recipe is a great reminder. I didn’t ask readers what recipes they wanted to me to make (although I’ve done that before here); I made a recipe that I knew would make my life better. I shared that recipe here and people happened to agree.