For some reason I have a REM song running through my head. I feel Orange Crushed... I can't imagine why...
There are so many nuances about blogging that I'm slowly learning. I believe most blogging skills have to be learned by trial and error, but today I’d appreciate YOUR tips, input, and advice. I’ve been to your blogs and have said, “How did they DO that?!” Or I’ve received great help from your posts about blogging. For example, Elana Johnson is an amazing blogger with a thousand great tips about efficient blogging (and because she takes her own advice, she has over a thousand followers).
One thing I really struggle with is being able to click on new followers and view profiles. Sometimes they link up, sometimes not. Is it something they haven’t set up or is it my ineptitude? Often I know they have a blog, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why it’s not showing up.
I have other burning questions too:
Do you allow Google to have your email so that people can respond to your comments that way? Do you use pop-up security, Google Reader, or a networked blogs feature? If so, why? Do you respond to your commentors, and if yes, do you do it on your blog or via email?
And what about blogging etitquette? I had to learn some the hard way! Like, when is it okay to unfollow without hurting someone’s feelings? Is it ever okay to lurk? (Because I only lurked for a long time.) And how do you create a Voice for your blog, a voice for yourself? Mine was certainly and evolution, which is still evolving….
Since I’ve gotten serious about blogging, I’ve met fantastic friends. Great friends! But blogging is work at times. It’s like having to call 150 best friends everyday. And the cool thing is I want to! But how to find the time?
What are your thoughts on blogging?
Here’s what I think: Blogging is awesome fun when I view it as a way to reach out rather than to build a platform. When it's all about it me it feels like drudgery.
Tips I believe in: Use Google reader! Ditch the security pop-up windows—I lose more comments that way when I close the window before the verification window comes up. Be gracious to followers and they’ll come back! Follow others, those that support your blog as well as those that just plain need the support. Somewhere along the way you’ll find your voice, your niche, and meet a few life-long friends. Let Google Profile have your email so that you can receive the personalized comment replies bloggers want to give you. And most of all, Be Yourself!
And… If you’re following me and I’ve not reciprocated, please let me know. Give me a link, I’d love to find out all about you!
Happy Monday, friends!