This post explores the art and science of bloggery. It is a continuation of the last post.
When I first sat up my blog I waited in gleeful anticipation for the comments to start pouring in. And waited. And waited. What the hell is wrong with these search engines?, I thought. Surprise! You will have to leave your blog house and go and make some friends. If you want people to come to your blog and comment you will have to do the same at theirs. Call it what you want, tit for tat, or whatever, but most people do not want to be part of the chorus that constantly croaks at your blog and never ever even peeps at theirs. The best relationships are pretty balanced.
My favorite part of the blog equation. You meet a lot of great people and can partner up on different projects. I’ve been fortunate to partner with Sandie Law, of Geeked Off! on a article about genetic modification of food. I’ve also been fortunate to have given advice, and have helped support and encourage many bloggers on a personal and professional level. And others have done the same for me. Barbara Swafford, of Blogging Without a Blog, recently featured Linda Abbit, of Tender Loving Eldercare and motivated me to sign up as a hospice volunteer. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
And there’s Jaden, of Screenwriting for Hollywood, who also has motivated me to finally take the plunge and get the novel done and turn it into a screenplay. She’s also going to give us tips on screenwriting contests and the best places to send your screenplay to, so if you have a secret fantasy to write for Hollywood, visit Jaden’s site.
Melissa Donovan of Writing Forward has also inspired me with her writing advice. She has a lot of great blogging tips, too.
If I haven’t mentioned you specifically, recognize that I do appreciate all of you. I want to thank all of my friends I’ve found online. I think that it is more important to me to have these relationships than become over the top popular.
That’s been my blogging journey so far. What’s your’s been like? Do you have any special tips to add that might help others?
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