best-coaching-blogs-20091This blog is entered in the Best Coaching Blogs of 2009 competition, and has lasted for the first two rounds. Of 45 blogs that started the competition, only 20 are left.

Thanks to all who have visited and voted and commented.

But this blog currently has only 13 votes and 5 comments, compared to the winning blog, which has 297 votes and 38 comments.

This makes me wonder what the top-voted blogs have that this one doesn’t.

Is it the look of the blog? All Paths To Victory is very plain, but it’s not cluttered. Nor does it have bright colours, lots of pictures, or a banner heading. Maybe the appearance of the blog has an effect on the readers.

Is it the number of blog entries? Mine has only 32 entries. One blog in the competition has over 50 categories alone!

Is it the content? Many of the blogs in this competition talk about the Law of Attraction, or how to make money, or how to become a coach, or how to be a successful business owner. Mine doesn’t. My blog talks about a variety of subjects, all loosely connected with goal setting and achievement, and productivity, which are the major pillars of my coaching business.

Is it the lack of social bookmarking? The lack of a subscription list? The lack of readers because the blog is not updated regularly enough or because I don’t market it widely enough? Is it the lack of freebies offered on the blog? (Watch this space!)

Or is it a lack of focus? What does the reader want to read? I’m having a hard time getting people to comment on the blog (and that’s a topic for another post), so I’m blogging away in the dark, not knowing what people want to read.

These are the questions that a blog owner, or a website owner, continually asks when the blog/website isn’t producing the desired results.

Whatever the reasons, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be in this competition. I’m also grateful for the votes and comments I’ve received so far. This whole exercise has been wonderful in many ways.

Please go to the Best Coaching Blogs of 2009 page, and vote for the blogs that float your boat. Then subscribe to those that appeal to you. It might help you, and it will certainly give the blog owners a boost. And isn’t that what blogging is about?

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8 Responses to “Blog competition helps business”

  1. David Brennan on June 16th, 2009 12:01 pm

    The first thing I’d say is, I think, the first thing Gaye Wilson would say if she were commenting on someone elses’s achievement:

    Congratulations!

    On your first foray into this competition, you’re No. 14 out of 20, against what looks like some quite professional – one might say aggressive – competition. If this were the Tour de France, you’d be getting herograms.

    As you say, even in this rather limited field, there is quite a range of entrants with quite a spread of focus. You’re not on about success in business or making money, and you’re not in it to win a blogging competition (you said that from the start). You’re asking some pertinent questions of yourself, but I hope you’re also taking time to give yourself some credit.

  2. Gaye Wilson on June 16th, 2009 12:12 pm

    Thanks for that comment, David. In fact, I am currently No. 14 of 45, which is really something!

  3. Birubi on June 20th, 2009 5:57 pm

    I find the blogs on this website thought provoking and helpful. Some of the other coaching blogs, including some of the most voted-for, are really just an individual’s thought processes. They have no apparent training or qualifications.

    THanks, Gaye, for offering more useful and practical suggestions.

  4. Extenze on August 4th, 2009 4:51 am

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post.

  5. ElenaLisvato on August 5th, 2009 4:07 am

    Hi, I can’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please :)

  6. gryphon on August 5th, 2009 9:32 am

    Hi Elena,

    To add this site to you RSS reader, click on either of the links at the top right of the page where it says Want to subscribe to this blog?

    You can subscribe by feed or by email.

    Good luck!

  7. Michael on September 5th, 2009 1:11 am

    I just love your weblog! Very nice post!

  8. ytbggg on June 6th, 2010 12:24 am

    Good article. Thank you so much.

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