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.
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.
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.
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.
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!