Ready for the next installment of Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do?
7. Make Money
That last one was a dooise. You should read some the of comments... you guys are a hoot!
Are you ready for number eleven of Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do?
11. Let the Numbers Define Them
Have you noticed it? The dissension in blogging land? I feel like its all over the place. Articles on making your blog more profitable and 'how to' guides on building your stats and blog posts on the responsibilities of the big bloggers to the small bloggers.
Lines being drawn in the proverbial sand...people summing you up with a glance to your followers and comments.
The 'numbers' are taking on a life of their own.
Why are big bloggers successful? Because of clicks.
Who clicks on blogs? You do.
Who controls who is a big blogger? You.
I need your help. I want to redefine what is successful in blogging land.
What a successful blogger to me? (this is just my opinion... it can be added to or taken away from as needed)
Someone who offers innovative content, feedback, insight, and support. Someone who encourages and promotes within their community.
Are you a successful blogger based on that criteria? Yes! Yes you are!
Now think about a big blogger you read. Do they fit that criteria?
Or try thinking about it this way... have you ever felt like you can compare with a big blogger in writing content, creativity, style, or beneficial information provided?
Because honestly, I could name 50 blogs right now that are brilliantly written or insightful or encouraging or crafty or educational or hilarious that just don't have the readership they deserve.
That receive no where near the recognition that their talents dictate they should.
Something is wrong here.
We need to reclaim the community that we sustain.
I am sure there are many more (and please feel free to tell me!) but here are a few things we can do to support our community and start giving credit where it is due.
1. Update your blogroll.
Get rid of those blogs that have not updated for six months and make sure you add in your new favorites. Then tell your readers! Encourage them to check our your who's who in blogging.
2. Have reader appreciation.
I have a feature on my blog called Commenters Appreciation. This is such a blessing to me because not only do I get to give back to those who have been so generous with their time and insights, but I get to let others know about my amazing blogging friends! (and please, if you want to do this on your blog... go for it! You dont need to link back to me or anything!)
Or, pick one day this week and reply back to every single comment you get AND go and visit that commenters blog. Its double blogging love!
3. Use your clicking power wisely.
Most of us have precious little time to spend online. So make a conscious effort to visit blogs that uplift, support, make you laugh, teach, inspire, encourage, or that are local. Not only can you expand your blogging community, but you can expand relationships within your physical community as well.
I know how quickly I can get caught up in blogging drama... and I have to tell you, it affects me. It lingers in my head and on my heart. I want to be so careful about where I focus my energy!
4. Use social media to support your blog and blogging relationships.
Did your favorite political blogger have a great post? Re-tweet it! Did you see some fun conversations happening on facebook but normally just sit back and observe? Jump in!
Do you visit blogs but rarely comment? Pick one day a week and comment on every blog you go to.
Maybe I am way off base here. If that is the case... I am so sorry!
But you know me, and I just have to ask....
What do you think? Do you think that the blogging community correctly defines who is successful?