For those of us who are skipping out on #BlogHer this week, you absolutely have to check out the Summer Blog Social being hosted by Jessica @ 4 Plus an Angel and Liz @ A Belle, a bean & a Chicago Dog. They’ve written up some pretty great prompts to give us all a chance to share our advice and seek the help of others who have more experience (or are more successful in certain areas) in the areas that we struggle with. For example, on Sunday, I shared my thoughts and frustrations with my lack of ability to find consistent Sponsors here. While blogging isn’t about the money at all, showcasing and highlighting featured businesses and blogs is important to me. But, for whatever reason, I feel like I’m once again the high school outcast and I’m not cool enough. Ha.
But today, I am going with a different prompt and sharing a little bit of insight that I hope some of you newbie bloggers who stop by will find helpful and insightful. Everyone knows that Social Media has become the powerhouse of blogging…micro-blogging I think is the term that they’ve coined for it. And it’s quickly becoming the fastest way to grow your blog readership and build your tribe.
Here’s a quick list of things that are sure to get your headed in the right direction with readership and social media connections:
That being said, when someone takes time to leave a comment (especially when it’s something more than, “I’m stopping by from (insert meme or blog hop here) and I don’t have time to leave a comment worth reading so I am just going to tell you that I was here so that you will come visit me” type stuff) we like to get a response. It we take time to pour some thoughts out on your blog, take time to talk back. This isn’t easily done with Blogger, so if you’re still there, consider installing something like Intense Debate or Disqus to make interacting with your readers easier. And then take the time to respond to those comments.
What tricks have you used to grow your readership and build your blog up?
Using Prompt 5: What activities, practices, features or events have helped you most in terms of blog or social media growth?