While reading Opinionated Man’s blog post about Powerblogging (something I’m far too lazy to do, I think) I started to wonder what other people do with their blogs. I applaud OM’s motivation and it seems to have paid off in spades for him, and I do use some of his techniques in a limited way.
For example, he says:
Generally I follow about 500 blogs a day. On a good day or perhaps a day from last year where my motivation was much higher, I would follow or connect with around 2000 blogs a day.
I do try to connect with bloggers on WordPress. I search the tags, make comments, like posts and read as much content as I have time for. I certainly do not follow anywhere near 500 blogs per day. Hell, I don’t even come close to reading 500 blogs per day, but I do read the blogs of the people I follow and probably about 10-30 new blogs per day. Some I ‘like’ and some I just move on; some I comment on and some I just silently read.
So here are a few things I do with my blog. Considering I’m small potatoes, I wouldn’t take this stuff to heart. It’s merely my opinion and I share it more for the entertainment value than the value of the advice.
I also hope you’ll skip on over to OM’s blog and read some of his content about Powerblogging. I found it informative and well worth the time to read.
I try to reply to comments
I try to reply to comments. It’s not unknown for me to be out and about, while answering comments on my cell phone.
For the record…this has gotten me into hot water with the wife a time or two.
However, I want readers who take the time to comment to know that I’ve read their comment, value it and the time it took them to type it, and making that connection is what blogging is all about to me. I’ve said in a previous post, that when it comes to blogging I love the comments most of all.
That doesn’t mean I don’t drop the ball from time to time. I’m sure I’ve missed replying to a comment or two. But on average, I read and reply to comments.
I visit people who I follow
I don’t just follow people to get the follow back. I take the time to visit their blogs, like and comment. This might become impossible to do if I ever start following hundreds of blogs, but for now it works for me. I also prioritize blogs that I recognize because they’ve commented on my stuff.
I try to mix up my content
I try to mix it up. Sure, there is a strong religious theme to my blog, but if you look through the posts, you’ll see it’s not all about religion. I like to throw in some personal posts, pictures and explore different topics. I’m one of those people who gets extremely bored talking about the same topic over and over. Plus, I want people to ‘get to know me’ a bit online. I want religious people to see that I’m a regular person just trying to get by like everyone else. I want atheists to see that they’re not alone in their doubt or lack of belief. And I want people who have no interest in religion whatsoever to still feel comfortable visiting my blog to explore some of its non-religious material.
I try to write how I speak
I try to let my personality bleed through into my posts. I don’t know if I’m successful at doing it, but I try to write how I speak.
So those are a few of the things I try to do with my blog. I would say they’ve worked for me. I moved this blog over from blogger on May 31 and I currently have a little over 250 ‘followers’ (man I hate that word) and I’m happy with that level of growth. I’ve met some wonderful people here on WordPress, and that might have less to do with me than it does with the platform. I think WordPress has done a magnificent job of fostering a blogging community.
What are some of the things you try to do? What are some of your techniques, goals and motivations, and have they worked for you? Do you have a goal in mind?
Feel free to leave a comment or write up a blog post of your own about it. I’d love to read them!