Do you Comment?

Posted on January 7, 2010. Filed under: Promotion | Tags: , , , , , |

I cannot say that I have ever thought of myself as an avid commenter.  

As I may have mentioned a few hundred times in the past, I’m pretty new to the ‘blog thing.’  I am still learning the ins and outs of the process, and I am loving it.  However, I did not fully grasp the concept of the comment.

In the beginning, naïve lil’ me had only thought of the comment as a plain comment.  It was a little blurb on someone’s blog that I left to let the author know exactly what I thought of the post.  Well, maybe not exactly.  However, it would be a little remark.  And I do know that I am using the word ‘little’ quite a lot in this one paragraph.  I will have to bust out the thesaurus before you all think that I have a really limited vocabulary.

Anyway, it took some time for me to learn just what a comment on a blog post can do!  I have been posting on Daria’s Blog for almost a year now.  Granted, it wasn’t all that consistent – and still isn’t where I would like it to be, but it had some action.  From February until maybe November, I had gotten *maybe* 4 or 5 comments.   FOUR OR FIVE!!!

It was pathetic and sad.  But I didn’t expect much from it, as I wasn’t doing anything in the way of Promotion!  I did not mention the blog on my twitter account, I didn’t have it on a FaceBook or MySpace page,  (Remember MySpace?  Where has that gone?), and I certainly didn’t have a mailing list to say “HEY!  I have a new post up! Read It!”

Well, after putting up a few posts, and reading other people’s blogs, I slowly came around to the idea of commenting.

After leaving a few comments, and seeing people reply, it began to take on more of a ‘discussion’ feel.  In the beginning, I hadn’t bothered to look to see if there were  responses!  Oh, how young I was..   Next thing I knew – people were commenting on MY blog!  I was thrilled!  I had a couple of readers, and they liked my stuff so much that they left their own bits and stories for me to read, and respond to. 

It was through these back and forths that I found IComLeavWe – which was a great find, and I thank you guys for creating such a great concept! 

If you look at my sidebar, you will see this month’s button.  I urge you to click on it, or the link above, and check it out!   It’s a great way to do a little promotion of your own blog!  

The concept is simple.  Add your name to the list of blogs.  When the day comes (January 21st for this month), you choose a few blogs – five is a great number, and you comment on a post that you enjoy.  Ideally, you will also respond to one of the comments on your own blog.  There is also the idea of ‘The Iron Commenter” – which is a crazy, yet admirable quest! 

You would leave a comment on Each and Every blog on the list.  Now, there were over 100 blogs on the list last month.  That’s somewhere around 20 comments per day – to hit every one of them.  INSANE!!!  It won’t stop me from trying, though….

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Day Two – What Posts Appeal to Readers?

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: Blogging | Tags: , , , , , |

There are many ways to attract bloggers to a post.  I am currently trying to figure out how to work them into my style of blogging.  It is said that spaces bring the eye to areas that a person would want to highlight, or stress. 

Quoting is another way to draw the eye.  It seems that I am much more likely to read a quote that has been separated from the main part of the blog than one that is not.  If the quote is something that appeals to me, or that I can relate to, I am probably going to scroll back up a bit to see why the quote was selected.

Another widely used post type is The List Post.  I am sure most of us, if not all, are guilty of doing a post of this sort.  Now, when I say guilty, I don’t mean that in a bad way…  I just mean that there are days where we just want to post something, but may or may not have anything of substance that we want to get into at the moment. 

This time of year is FANTASTIC for list posts!!!  Just take a look at your Blog Reader, or your feeds… How many ‘Best/ Worst of 2009″ posts did you file through? 

When I first tried a list post, I think it went fairly well.  I didn’t get that many comments, but it was entertaining for me to write.  I had made it semi-geeky, but applicable to almost anyone who has ever seen a movie in their lifetime.  I made it about Super Powers that I would love to have.  It was on an old blog that I had hosted on WordPress.com, before I changed to the hosted version.  For some reason,  it didn’t transfer when I converted. 

This isn’t much of a problem, as I have re-written it and posted it here.  It’s pretty quirky, being that it’s about super hero powers and all  but I hope you enjoy it.

Now, I probably should do a list post here, as well – just to clarify what it is I am talking about.  So, in the interest of teaching, I will not fail you.   I will post a list, and you *will* like it!  Right?      RIGHT???  (Don’t forget, I have super powers, now!)

My List of the Top 5 Most Irritating Things at my Job:

  1. Never seeming to be able to get ahead, no matter what my qualifications are. – Since I have been employed, three four positions have opened up that I have qualified for, well, for the most part.  One of which I received by default, because I worked closest to the person who was fired.  Rock on.
  2. Having to answer the same questions every day – to the same people (new hires do not count) – Really?  You still don’t know how to press the ‘paper clip’ button to attach a file to an email?  Well then, there is nothing more I can do for you.  Here.  Have a cookie.
  3. Feeling like I’m supposed to know everything, though I am told NOTHING – You would probably be surprised how often I get the look of, “Aren’t you supposed to know this?”  or the frustrated eye-roll.  I live at a reception desk while all of you are in the back having actual conversations.  How am I going to know unless YOU tell me?
  4. Not getting the raise I was due, and getting the run-around every time I ask about it – Okay, the economy sucks, but come one.  If you offer someone a new position with more responsibility, that should include more money, right?
  5. Having my kindness be taken advantage of – I am very patient, laid back, helpful and kind.  What people don’t understand, since I am a receptionist, is that I am also *Smart*.  I know how to read people and when they are manipulating me, or someone else.  I don’t always call it out, but I don’t forget it either.  When I see a pile of work on my desk, I am happy to have something to do – but do not want to see a bunch of little pieces of work that I am not technically responsible for.  (Maybe I should print out a copy of my ‘job description’ and hang it on my door…)

Wow..  that was kind of cathartic!  But there you have it, folks  – my list post.   heh.  Enjoy it and use it often!  It’s easier on my eyes! 

 

 

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Coming Soon..

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Blogging | Tags: , , |

… To a Blog Reader near you….

I don’t remember where I read it, but somewhere I saw that it may be a good idea to begin a blog and use it to kind of ‘track’ the creation of another blog.  Now, at the time, it made sense..   For a while there, it was fuzzy, but now it’s back and makes sense again.

I have a hosted blog called Daria’s Blog    The Life and Times of a Normal Gal…   ummm… yeah.   Yes, I am *that* creative; And no, the web address is *not* that long. 

Anyway, that is a blog I have had for almost a year now, and it’s just not where I want it to be.  It’s my fault, of course – as I had not taken it as seriously as I should have in the beginning.  I would post a little, let it sit for a month and come back to it – disappointed that nobody had stopped in to read my 4 posts.  ( Feel free to laugh at that… )

So, with a little reading and jumping around, I caught the blog-bug back and have been trying to go for it.  For what exactly, I don’t know.  I wouldn’t mind a bit of traffic coming my way..  Heck, a jay-walker or two wouldn’t be a bad thing at this point!

Somewhere amidst the browsing, I stumbled across ProBlogger – as I usually do, and signed up for his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog emails.  I dutifully read and put into effect all of the tips and tricks Mr. Rowse suggested…  For the first two days.  Maybe three.  

SO!  With tomorrow beginning a new year, I am going to give my blog a well-deserved kick in the pants and try to breathe some life into it!  I’m pretty sure that this blog will benefit by default, which is just fine by me!

Now, with a deep breath, I inhale and relax until tomorrow, when I may rise to the glow of my PC and dig into the dirt that is blogging…  Hopefully, a treasure will be found.

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