Archive for January, 2007

Strategies for Blog Growth

There are many different strategies for growing your blog, its readership and your traffic. These strategies are endlessly debated on a large range of blogs. Many bloggers come to blogging expecting quick monetary returns. It doesn’t work that way.

Chris Cree on his blog Success CREEations has an excellent article about using the steady growth strategy he uses for growing his blog. He encourages the following sensible strategies:

A Winning Strategy

Personally I’m a fan of slow but steady natural blog growth. Here’s what I mean by that:

  • Consistently write quality posts
  • Read other blogs in your niche (have them in your feed reader)
  • Comment those blogs in a way that adds value to the conversation
  • Link to all the good stuff you find out there (with trackbacks)
  • Be patient

You can read the whole article here. I recommend it.

Turning a blog into a book

When I started out blogging some eighteen months ago it was just a bit of fun. I just wanted a web presence and to be able to share my love of birds (see my birding blog here).

After some time I realised, with heaps of encouragement from my son, that blogging can be a serious writing activity, not to mention income generating. Since that realisation dawned on me, I have treated blogging far more seriously. The income is still modest, but the trend is encouraging and the potential enormous.

In the early days I did not associate blogging with traditional book publication. I could see the potential of selling an e-book as an offshoot from one’s blog, but not a printed book. More recently, however, there have been enough examples of this happening with other writers that it becomes yet another potential income generating avenue.

At this stage this process is not for me but may well be sometime down the track. I am more interested in producing an e-book at some stage. There may be some of my readers who are interested in taking this road. If so, someone has already successfully gone down that track.

Gina Trapani on her blog Lifehacker has explained the process she went through to write, develop and convert her blog into a printed book through a traditional print publisher. Read how she did it: part 1 and part 2.

Thanks to Darren on ProBlogger for drawing these articles to his readers’ attention.

Poem #23 Nightmare


Suddenly I began to
Fall… fall….fall…..falling……
Spinning…..crazily tossed
Like a discarded autumn leaf
Before a gush of wind…..
I was falling deeper…..deeper…..into a
Dark, gloomy, desolate void –
Falling…..falling…..tumbling, twisting,

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Copyright 2007 Trevor W. Hampel

This poem was first published in my high school magazine in 1966.

Short Fiction #30 Sleepy


John gave a yawn large enough to swallow a prize-winning watermelon.
‘I think I should go to bed before I fall off to sleep,’ he muttered to himself as he staggered down the hall.

As he entered his bedroom Flipper, his two-month-old kitten, suddenly pounced him upon him.

“Yeeoow! That hurt! Why can’t you practice your claw sharpening on something other than my ankles?”

He shook the kitten free. The cat flipped over on to his back, rolled, crouched and prepared to pounce once again.

“No more!’” growled John. “Time for bed!”

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Copyright 2007 Trevor W. Hampel

Haiku #31: Pelicans

Pelicans snapping
And clacking a constant
Chorus of beaks.

All rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Trevor W. Hampel.

Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican