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Lovely Blogging Tips from Long-Lasting Relationships

Happy Senior Couple Looking To Sea on A Tropical Beach

Quick question: what’s the longest marriage on record this year in the country?

This distinction goes to Dale and Alice Rockey of Olathe, Kansas upon winning this year’s title for the Longest Married Couple Project.

The couple was married on December 29, 1933. That’s a mind-boggling 81 years together.

This annual event was sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encourage (WWME), one of the first faith-based enrichment programs in the US.

The project aims to show that it is possible to have a long-lasting marriage. Difficult, but possible.

It’s no secret that marriage takes hard work, patience, perseverance, and lots of love. That’s what retirees shared about their happy marriage to their respective spouses conducted by gerontologist Karl Pillemer upon conducting the Marriage Advice Project.

Below are the insights he gathered:

  • Follow your heart when choosing a spouse
  • Use your head
  • Look for someone with similar values
  • Talk, talk, talk
  • Tread carefully when discussing difficult topics
  • Put your relationship first
  • Lighten up on in-law relationships
  • Stay out of debt
  • Focus on small things to keep spark alive
  • Enjoy intimacy
  • Respect each other

Using these points above, we can apply the same thing between bloggers and their readers.

Follow your heart when choosing a blog topic

Never choose a topic because it’s the most profitable or popular.

When planning for a blog, you need to choose a topic that you’re passionate about. This will encourage you to carry out your content strategy even when the going gets tough.

Use your head

Blogging is difficult and time-consuming. But if you prepare yourself on how to blog the best way possible like using this checklist guide, you will succeed faster and more effectively.

Think like your audience

Find out what ticks them and use these ideas as talking points on your blog. Develop an editorial calendar from these ideas and publish them to drive more of your target audience to your blog.

Talk, talk, talk

Couple communicating in the park.

Respond to comments on your blog posts. Reply to tweets that mention your name. Reply to emails from your readers.

Never. Stop. Talking.

Always find a way to continue the conversation and keep them engaged.

Don’t be too controversial with your posts

Lighting the fire of your readers by supporting unpopular opinions is a good way to drive engagement in your blog. But don’t be controversial just for the sake of being controversial.

Always present the facts and never make claims without evidence. This way, you are able to respectfully carry out your relationship with readers even if you don’t see eye to eye on certain topics.

Put your readers first

Your subscriber list is your most valuable online possession. Always deliver content tailor-made to them. Never send them anything less. NEVER SOLICIT YOUR LIST.

Keep the spark alive

Make long-time readers feel part of your blog. Send them free ebooks, white papers, and exclusive content straight to their mail. Run a contest to your subscriber list to keep them from being more than just subscribers, but also brand advocates.

Respect

Every nurturing relationship is borne out of respect. Pay attention to what your readers want and give them that. Never disparage them for their opinions. Encourage them to speak up and tell you that you made a mistake.

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