BBAW – How To Keep People Reading Your Posts, And Make Reading Theirs Easier For You

The world of blogging is continually changing. Share 3 things you feel are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.

Today is the final day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (boooo!) and we Quirky Girls have really appreciated everyone who has stopped by to check us out.  That is the goal of blogging, is it not?  To be visited?  Unless your blog is restricted and private, you do want someone to come by and leave their mark via a comment.  Whether you write for yourself or to be noticed, you do want SOMEONE to notice you.  I still remember the first Follower I had over on my personal blog.  Once I realized they weren’t stalking me but actually interested in reading my posts, I was overjoyed.  You like me, you really like me!!!  So I suppose today’s BBAW prompt above is meant for us to address successful things bloggers do to keep people reading.

Be Selective

Most of my thoughts on this were addressed very well this week by Jehara.  Join and build communities.  Go out and visit other blogs – because you like the content and the person behind it.  Time is limited so be selective in the folks you follow and be loyal to those you do.

Mini-Posts

Leave quality comments when you have something to add to the conversation.  Because it is a conversation.  Other visitors will be reading your comment, not just the blogger who wrote the post.  Think of your comments as mini posts – not in length but in care, quality and personality.  Many blogging connections have begun because someone read an interesting comment on someone else’s post and decided to visit the commenter’s blog directly to find out more about them.

Spokes

Finally, engage in conversations away from the blog.  Utilize e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google Chat or any other social networking site or technology you prefer that allows you to delve further into quality discussions.  Your blog is the hub, but these spokes make everything spin forward toward your goal of being visited, read and introduced to some of the coolest people in the blogosphere – your fellow book bloggers.

I have a tendency to have my fingers dipped into a lot of different things at the same time and lose my focus.  I spent a lot of time over the past few years learning about and trying out various social media trends and tools.  I recommend picking one that you feel most comfortable with and putting all of your energy into maximizing that approach.  Otherwise you spread your time too thin.

Easy Reading

We are book bloggers because we love to read. But reading all of those book blogs we love can sometimes become a chore. My favorite discovery has been the Feedly add-on through the Firefox browser.  It organizes your Google Reader into a pretty magazine format that is just stunning in comparison.  Check it out and experience a more exciting, less stressful way to peruse all of those book bloggers’ posts that you don’t want to miss – like ours!

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About thebumbles

In addition to online Freelance Writing, Molly blogs about books on Quirky Girls Read and about everything else on The Bumbles Blog. Visit her often and let her know what you think! Unless you are a Yankee fan - then there might be a problem ;0)
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38 Responses to BBAW – How To Keep People Reading Your Posts, And Make Reading Theirs Easier For You

  1. Wow, thanks for that tip about the Feedly Add-on. I would love to read posts in a “pretty magazine format.”

    Your other ideas are great, too, and I agree completely. I know that I love having conversations with other bloggers, so anything that will stimulate those have my support.

    Today I’ll be writing my post at http://curlupandread.wordpress.com/

    Now I’d better go do that!

  2. Happy to help! Feedly is wonderful.

  3. Carol says:

    I’ll have to check out Feedly. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Erin says:

    “Think of your comments as mini posts.” Yes yes yes, I LOVE that!!! So good. I’m going to tape it on my wall above my computer, for all those times I’m tempted to half-ass a comment. Thanks!

  5. Meredith says:

    “Leave quality comments when you have something to add to the conversation.” YES – exactly! One of my pet peeves is a comment that’s left just for the sake of leaving a comment, but that doesn’t add anything to the conversation or refer back to the original post. I’d rather have one or two quality comments than 5 or 6 that don’t really say anything. (That’s just me, of course – everyone is different.)

    • I remember being so thrilled with comments when I first started out. And then I realized many of them were just there for the purpose of me visiting them – not because they cared about what I had to say. I stopped reciprocating those after a while and they went away. I think it is important to build up a quality following/network. It isn’t Facebook where you have a gazillion “friends” that you don’t know. It is a strong and loyal group of friends that I have connected with in the blogosphere.

  6. Great tip on Feedly, I’m totally downloading that.

    I really love what you say about comments as mini-posts because it’s so true. I notice the comments on blogs I visit and do check out other blogs via the comments but also see blogs that I never plan on checking out – namely the copy paste commentors.

  7. Nikki-ann says:

    Very good points! I’ve not heard of Feedly, but I’ll definitely take a look at it (so thanks for pointing it out to us!).

    I’ve come to enjoy using Twitter as a way of connecting with other book bloggers. Feel free to find me on there – @nikkiann

    • Twitter is technology that I have used for a variety of purposes. I have my most success with it for my business endeavors. I hope to find more time to use it to network with fellow bloggers.

      • I have a couple of Twitter accounts for different purposes, but for my book blog, I think it’s a way to get my reviews “out there” to publishers, publicists, bloggers and authors who may not “know” me. Since I’m pretty new, I try to be careful about what Twitter accounts I follow. I like to be aware of who follows me, and don’t always reciprocate with a follow back if I sense they are just following EVERYONE just to get their numbers up. They are redundant Tweeters! I’m Karen, and I really am enjoying your blog! I’ve found a few really good ones through BBWA and am just so dang excited!!

  8. Florinda says:

    I mentioned Feedly in my BBAW post today too – which I learned of thanks to a guest post you did on my blog last year, Molly :-). Thanks again – I’ve never looked back!

    I’m all for quality comments, which is one reason I don’t leave comments as often as maybe I should – if I don’t have something “quality” to add, I just don’t, although I may show my appreciation for the post by tweeting or sharing the link.

    • That is a nice idea I never thought of – when I wasn’t sure what to say in response to a great post – or perhaps because everyone before me had already covered what I wanted to add – to share the post via Twitter or a link, etc. Very cool Florinda!!!

  9. Penelope says:

    Great points! I especially love the first one about being selective. It’s easy (for me, at least) to follow a lot of people, and then get overwhelmed, I think I need to work on this one a lot.

    • I have to set limits for myself on blogs to follow – otherwise I end up with an out of control Reader. Having a numeric limit makes me really think long and hard about which new blogs to add to that list.

  10. Alison says:

    I love your point about mini-posts! I always love when people leave me comments that I know they put some thought into. I need to work on returning the favor more often.

  11. Amused says:

    I’m intrigued by Feedly! I need to check this out!

  12. Parrish says:

    loving the spokes idea.

    • Such a simple concept – hard to find time to implement, but the way I see it, many of us are on those other avenues already – might as well include some networking time for the book blogging community while we’re there, right?

  13. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out says:

    Thanks for pointing out Feedly – it looks very interesting.

    I don’t see generic comments as an insult – I see it as a way of acknowledging I was there and I looked at what they had to say. I do leave meaningful comments mostly but occasionally the post, even though I read it, wasn’t relevant for me so my comment is intended just to say hi I was here. I personally prefer people acknowledge my posts than say nothing at all.

    • I wouldn’t consider what you describe as generic or insulting. That’s more of a pop-in comment – someone stopped by, read and left a quick hello. It is more the people who have a signature comment that they leave exactly the same way on every post they visit that I find insulting. It is obvious they are just looking for links and visits rather than even reading the posts they leave comments on.

      I am glad Feedly interests you – I hope it brightens up the feed reader process for you :0)

  14. I like the idea of thinking of comments as mini-posts — say something useful rather than just, “Great review!” That also makes comments seem a little more intimidating, but I think that’s ok.

    • Not every comment needs to be a mini-post – it should never feel intimidating. But the point being that others will read what you have to say and it is an opportunity to make a nice impression on someone new.

  15. stacybuckeye says:

    I agree with you about the comments, BUT sometimes I sometimes leave a short one just to let them know I’ve stopped by. It doesn’t mean as much but it does let them know I’m reading.

  16. Annie says:

    I like to read your post ! I’m blogging for a few months and I’m happy with my little community ! I don’t try to enlarge it a lot but try to bring more qualities to my post ! A big work ! Thanks to share your thoughs with us !

  17. Michelle says:

    I definitely checked out Feedly based on your recommendation. I like what I saw, but I think I need to play around with it a bit more to be truly convinced.

    I love what you say about considering comments as mini-posts. I know I am guilty of this, which is why I tend not to comment when I am incapable of writing more than “great post”. It takes a bit more time and mental effort but the chance to develop a real dialogue is priceless.

    • jehara says:

      I like the mini-post idea as well. I definitely struggle at times as what to write in the comment box, but I do want to let people know I have been there so I do leave pop-in comments often. However, I gravitate towards the same words to express myself, so my comments may look similar across various blogs when they really aren’t copy and paste. Molly’s suggestion has inspired me to try harder to be braver in my commenting.

      • Happy to inspire :0) Not every comment has to be or say anything grand. Just remember that they are an opportunity to interest others in what you are all about. Make the most of that when you do have the time and the interest in saying more than hello.

  18. I’m pretty new to blogging and this was my first year to be a part of BBAW. I’ve learned so much from your thoughts and ideas… I just wanted to say “thanks!”

    • thebumbles says:

      Well you are very welcome! Please come hang out with us here any time you like and we will do the same. Looking forward to watching you grow in the blogosphere :0)

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