The Wonderful World Of #Blogging

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 Blogging basics

Blogging is a creative outlet for writing and sharing thoughts and information. People blog for many reasons. Some blog as a method to release their thoughts, others blog to share information on a particular subject, and many bloggers like to reblog other bloggers posts to share information on topics that  usually have relevance to the things they like to blog about.

 

Blogging Community

 

Sharing our posts and mingling with other bloggers on the internet becomes a second home to avid bloggers. When we first begin a blog, there should be intent on the subjects we wish to blog about, to brand what our blog is about, and to give readers a sense of the type of posts we write about so that they can decide whether or not our blog is conducive with the things they prefer to read about.

We shouldn’t be concerned about trying to get as many people to follow us, but more concerned about what we wish to convey in our posts to attract the right readers. Eventually, people will gravitate to our blogs as they discover us through the topics we write about which appeal to them.

 

How To Discover Blogs We Like To Read?

 

Let’s say we decide to blog on WordPress, we can filter the types of blogs we prefer to read and WordPress will offer a list of suggested blogs based on our preferences. We can then click on those blogs of interest and enjoy reading them. If we enjoy a particular post, we have the opportunity to follow that blog by clicking on the ‘follow’ button on the top bar of that blog, or subscribing to receive new updated posts by email or RSS Feed.

When logged in to our WordPress reader, it will list the blogs we follow so we can click on and read them, and it will also suggest other blogs similar that we may want to go have a look at.

Connecting With Readers And Attracting New Readers

A good way to meet like-minded bloggers and readers is by commenting on a post we’ve enjoyed reading. Let the writer know our thoughts on the post, establish a connection with them. While we’re in the comment section, we can take the opportunity to read other comments as well. This also gives us the opportunity to click on the commenter’s avatar, which will lead us to their site, and allow us to see what they write about. If we find that blog site appeals to us, we can then follow that site and eventually build our reading list.

 

In many cases, once we begin to form blogging relationships, those bloggers in turn, become curious about our blogs and will come visit our sites and may decide to follow us.

Blogging Isn’t A Race

There is no immediate urgency to acquire followers. If we put out interesting and good content that appeals to people in that niche, they will eventually show up and look forward to more of our posts.

Following Links

Communing with other blogs introduces us to many other blogs. If a certain post interests us and the post offers links to click on, we can find new articles and bloggers that we may want to follow after clicking the link, which broadens the scope of people we want to include to follow.

Social Sharing

Most bloggers having social share buttons on their pages. The social share buttons are there for us to click on to send that post to our own social sites so our own readers can see the article we just read. This sharing of information gives good content to our readers and at the same time, helps to drive traffic to the original blogger’s site when our readers choose to click on the article to read it. This gives new exposure to that blogger’s page as well to ours.

Following Favorites

Social connect buttons are also featured on almost all blogger’s pages. If we  click on these buttons, we get the opportunity to follow them on twitter, facebook, google, and many other sites they may be connected to, which leads us to more information and finding more people from their circles we may want to connect with. This becomes almost like a viral expansion method for us to connect with others.

Throughout the process over time of reading and connecting with new people, we begin to attract new readers to our own sites from the connections we’ve made along the way. The paths we take to find and follow new people, is the same path many others take to broaden their own social media circles and may lead them to our blogs. If they like our blog and decide to follow us, eventually some of our new follower’s readers may find their way to our other pages as well.

A Shakespearean quote, “The world is your oyster,”  from The Merry Wives of Windsor, implies that all we have to do is claim it.

 

Now set forth, open your blogs, go visit other blogger’s pages, and partake in some social interjection. You will become a part of a beautiful, informative, and sharing community.

 

D.G. Kaye, DGKayewriter.com ©April 2015

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  1. This is so true, Debby: We shouldn’t be concerned about trying to get as many people to follow us, but more concerned about what we wish to convey in our posts to attract the right readers.
    It doesn’t do us any good to get people to follow us who are not interested in what we blog about. Blogging (and responding to other bloggers) can take up an enormous chunk of our time and so we need to be selective in who we choose to follow; otherwise, we’ll be spending our day reading blog posts we really aren’t interested in, just for the sake of adding numbers to our followers. And they, probably aren’t interested in what we write about.
    Through time, I think, we get to know who our community is and these are the bloggers (at least I) want to invest in. 🙂

    1. You said it exactly Carol. We’ve talked about this before, you and I, about trying to use our time more effectively when checking and responding to blogs. I know that I have many blogs I love to follow and my reading list has increased to a point where I find myself behind a week catching up on posts I love to read. Now, if we could only find a solution for that.) But definitely, there are only so many hours in a day, so we should be selective about where we like to spend our blogging time. Thanks so much Carol for your always anticipated feedback. 🙂

  2. Early on, I wrote snippets of my life as a young, Mennonite girl in Lancaster County, PA. Now I find these blog posts are helping me write memoir. Great post!

    1. Thanks Marian. So much opens up to us when we join the world of blogging. And look how many friendships we make along the way! 🙂 <3

  3. Blogging is so wonderful <3 I would never have met you otherwise, Deb! I love the community feeling and delight in the connections here. Great post!

    1. Oh, right back at you my sweet friend! My only problem is keeping up with reading all my favourite blogs. I have noticed I’m always behind a week or two because I am meeting so many great bloggers and time ticks away while I read so many. So, we need only a few more hours in a day! xo 🙂

  4. Wonderful post, and I am so pleased I transferred my blog over to WP And I agree.. its the taking posts and sharing that counts not the amount of likes or followers… I have always been about communicating..
    Missed you .. And glad to be back here reading your posts
    Have a great weekend.. Sue x

    1. Hi Sue. So nice to see you back. That’s the thing about us bloggers, we may disappear for a bit when life calls, but our pages are still here and so are our friends. xo 🙂

  5. A good one, D.G. Yes to effective communication and connection. Now if I could figure out a way to do all this with more efficiency. I have a hard time keeping up with other blogs and spend too much time preparing each of my own, including gathering and taking the right photos. It lessens time given to working on next book and writing articles for submission. I don’t keep track of number of subscribers since I can’t do more than I’m doing.

    1. Believe me, I hear you Elaine. Time is certainly the nemesis for all of us writers. I often chat with other blogging friends, trying to think up ways to find more time to do everything. So far, none of us has come up with a solution. Thus, that leaves me always behind in my blog reading because I love to read those I follow, and my list has grown exponentially over the years as I meet more great writers. As you know, I love to comment, and I think if I wasn’t writing books, I’d no doubt be a full-time blogger/commenter. 🙂

  6. Hi bloggy Debby friend. A great post ! I must use your ideas here and really learn how to blog. Happy Easter ! xox <3

    1. Lol Ralphy, you are so cute. Seriously? You think you need blogging instruction? xoxo

  7. janecarroll674854527

    Great post, Debby…blogging is one of my favorite things to do…gets me up way too early on way too many mornings.

    1. Yes, Jane, me too. I find it takes a lot of time to read, and one thing leads to another link and another. If I didn’t watch the clock, it’s not hard to spend the whole day on blogs. 🙂

  8. Hi dear D.G This is an outstanding post…. The way you organized the different topics and describe ach one of them is clever indeed…. You gave us a whole general approach to #Blogging…. I am happy to connect with you over here, on these creative meadows…
    All my best wishes! Aquileana 😀

    1. Thanks so much as always Aq. I love to see you here and glad you enjoyed. I also hope you enjoyed the ‘tea’, lol. I wanted to write a post about blogging, especially for those who may be newer to it and don’t understand the concept of social mingling, and just how far our blogs can be shared. Happy Easter! xo

      1. It was a very well written post, dear D.G… I enjoyed it as much as the tea 😀

        1. Thank you Aq. I had hoped you would enjoy some Earl Grey. 🙂

  9. excellent post, as true, realistic, common sense and straight-to-the point… 🙂 you may have read my “about” of my virtual playground, where I mentioned: I don’t belong to any social networks, I don’t have a blogroll and I don’t follow any blogs, as my spare time is quite limited! NO trolls, NO fake or automatic ‘likes’, SVP-PLEASE, ’cause I’m quite selective and thoroughly interested in QUALITY, not in quantity! 🙂
    – – –
    After all, I’m not a ‘facebook status’ or a ‘blog post’ to be liked, so I quote a close and “old” friend:”take me, accept me or leave me, but remember this: if you leave me, it’s gonna be your loss, not mine!” – so:”Qui m’aime, me suive!” – “Who likes me, (will) follow me!”(Philippe VI de Valois) 😀
    * * *
    if you celebrate Easter day, have a merry one and my very best… cheers, Mélanie
    https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/open-your-heart-and-soul-to-the-universal-spirit/#comment-26508

    1. Lol, you are so cute Melanie. And you have the right idea. Yes, I’ve read your about page and love your honesty. I don’t think you scared anyone away though, lol. It can be difficult keeping up with all the blogs we love to read. Many of us writers are still trying to master time allotments to this addiction. 🙂 Happy Easter to you as well. <3

  10. What a great post 🙂
    Before I started blogging, I read that I would either find I enjoyed it, or I would find it a chore and give up quickly. I know so many who have not made it past their first few posts, but me? I just love to share, and I’ve made some great new friends along the way 😀

    1. Deb, you are certainly a champ! Not to mention, you’re also filled with lots of helpful information. 🙂

  11. Such a great post Deb. I so with I had more time to read all the blogs I follow. And even though I do try I always wind up behind. If you have the time to worry about how many followers you have then you need to be writing or reading more blogs. Followers are the least of my worries.

    But I do remember getting my first comments. Those were the slow days of blogging. And I love to read the comments I get. They show me that I’m doing something right. I do my best to leave comments whenever I read a great post such as yours Deb. <3.

    1. I know right. If we only had more hours in a day! There are so many great blogs out there and I find so many more I connect with from other favourite blogs. Obviously if we write, we don’t have hours every day to read blogs. I do my best to catch up gradually early mornings and late at night. Thanks for spending a few moments here my friend.! <3

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