Not long ago, Damyianti from the blog Daily(w)rite posted this:
If you could give just One #blogging tip, what would it be?
Many commented on quality content. While that is the foundation of a good blog, I also believe that responding to comments on my posts and commenting on fellow blogger posts is as important.
I’m not the only one. Amy A. Corron had this to say:
I have found that the blogs I enjoy the most are the ones where the blogger consistently responds to commenters. I have unfollowed several blogs just because I would comment regularly and the blogger NEVER replied to any comments. I find this rather snobbish, rude and off-putting. So, if you want to get a good following on your blog and build relationships with readers, I would suggest treating comments with respect and trying your best to respond to them, even if it’s just to say “thanks for stopping by”.
So, here’s the thing.
As much as I LOVE blogging and communicating with fellow bloggers, I find that it takes up an awful lot of time.
source: Standing the Test of Time
Yet, there are bloggers who have many more followers than I have: 500 more, 800 more, some over 1,000, even 6,000 and 10,000 more.
Curious as to how bloggers with mega followers coped with such a large number to respond to, I asked Alana Munro on her post, Amazing Update: My Blog has over 10,000 Followers, how she kept up her correspondence with her followers.
This was her response:
I guess the best thing to do is treat your blog as a full-time job. Every spare moment I have had I have been working on my blog, sharing my posts on social media and following/networking/commenting on other relevant blogs. Definitely making the time to connect with other bloggers, replying to every email possible etc has helped me build support and friendships. 🙂
What about you: Do you treat your blog like a full-time job?
How do you handle comments?
In her blog It Goes On Suzanne quotes Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: it goes on”
Her blog focuses on “looking for the beauty and blessings in life and moving forward from the dark places that sometimes consume us. We all go through dark patches in our lives. For some, it becomes serious and medication may be required. For others, it is just a ‘speed bump’ on the road of life. In my life I have suffered grief, loss, despair, abuse and an abundance of love.
Right now, I am writing a book about depression. I don’t want it to be a depressing book though. I want it to acknowledge that suffering depression or anxiety in any form is not something to be ashamed of. It’s a learning and strengthening life experience.
Through this page, I hope to share hope and encouragement that may help. On occasion I may post things that don’t fit neatly into the category of moving forward and looking for the blessings.
My goal is to create content that is relevant to the readers that can be put into use in your life. My wish is to reach out and help those who need it.”
Her blog has won many awards including Blog of the year six times.
The categories of her blog range from everyday reflections, to amazing photography, inspirational quotes, grief and well being. One category she posts regularly and generously is Fellow Bloggers.
I am truly honored to be on her blog today.
You can catch me there at :
Thank you Suzanne for having me on your wonderful blog.
Because my blog is basically about writing I am interested in blogs that help writers. You might have seen my post on Jonas Journey where you can download his amazing photos (with attribution, of course). We all know that a post with photo adds pizzazz.
So onward to another blog. Well, this is technically not a blog but a menu on Roni Loren’s website. It used to be a blog about writing which she wrote for almost three years.
Now, she’s put it all together, very well-organized under the menu heading For Writers.
Okay, anybody who is in the IN on erotic romance writing probably is familiar with Roni Loren. You’ve probably all been on her blog and web site and read her romance novels.
Not a romance writer? No problem. Her website offers comprehensive tips on any genre of writing. To prove my point go read her post on the literary versus genre debate.
Another thing I like about her is her clear advice on a variety of topics: voice, hooking the reader, writing love scenes, editing, selling and publishing your novel, building a platform, guest blogging and so very much more.
Check it out: You might want to hang out with her for a while. I’ve read quite a few of her posts and when I feel I lack motivation I go back to her website. Somehow, there’s always something there to jump-start my writing.
I don’t really recall how I got in touch with this blogger. She’s a new blogger on the block and a lot of fun to follow.
I’m not even sure if her name is Aladi or Ojima. Still.
If you have a chance to look at her early posts (she doesn’t have that many) you can see the remarkable evolution of her drawings
and she’s quite funny; for example her post on How to Make a Nigerian Hit Single is hilarious but also there’s a lot of truth to it. Truth, which could also be applied to how to make a best seller.
This rambling dropout is very much into music, particularly African music and she posts some awesome videos on her site.
Plus, she provides an insight into what it’s like living in Nigeria.
This is a young woman starting to bloom into her talent.
Voila, one of her drawings on her reflections on what to be when she grows up.
Check her out at http://aladiabalaka.com/
You won’t be disappointed.