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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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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