We bloggers can be a snobbish lot at times. I'm sure, that in the past I've acted a little holier-than-thou about not monetizing my blogs or being concerned about the number of readers/followers I have. Not any more. I have monetized my blogs. The way I see it is what I earn on my blogs goes towards my costs for maintaining them and making them look more professional. And anything I earn beyond that is the icing on the cake.
But the real joy comes from my readership - from the connections I've made with some wonderful people around the world via my blogs. The blogging world is a microcosm of the real world and I have met some trolls too, but the beautiful souls totally outnumber these.
Social Media - I see blogging as my profession and do all I can to be successful at it. I use Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social media to push my blog.
Responding to comments on my blog - I'm not a perfect blogger - who is? I have a huge problem being consistent with responding to comments - and no, it doesn't mean I don't value my readers. I try as much as I can to visit the blogs of those who comment on mine. Networking - I join networks/blogging groups and try to be as active as I can on them. The best part of the networks is all I learn from other bloggers. And I'm not ashamed to say, I borrow ideas all the time, while acknowledging the people I have picked them up from.
Commenting on other blogs - I am an active member of various blogging groups and there are bloggers whose posts I try not to miss out on and some who I read from time to time. I can't always keep up, but I try.
I blog to express my unique voice and hope be heard and (perhaps) understood. I feel that it's important that when I visit a blog, I leave a meaningful comment and share that blogger's links on social media. If I don't agree with what the blogger has written, I might leave a polite comment to say so. Disagreeing politely is not a sin. However, when I perceive that a blogger is just be provocative for no reason, I don't comment. That's just my personal policy. In the recent past, I've stopped reading some blogs for this precise reason. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm taking part in the NaBloPoMo for December. Today, I'm looking at the more/less of blogging for me in the year ahead. Less
- Activity on blogging forums. I signed out of two already and am reviewing the third.
- Joining groups and then feeling pressured to read too many blogs
- Facebook action - I've already cut back a lot on general updates and getting involved in adding my two pence to some discussions.
- Scattered energies - by signing up for every challenge in sight! ;)
- Using my 'own voice'
- Writing offline before I post
- Engagement on my blogs by way of answering comments promptly
- Concentration on reading blogs in my networks and sharing links effectively
- Focusing on using my blogs for more social action/awareness
- Writing more fiction on From 7Eight
- Learning and upgrading my skills.
I would love your feedback too, dear readers, on what I can do more or less as far as my blogs are concerned. Thank you.
Today's prompt for #NaBloPoMo is: Do you think you're more or less likely to complete December's NaBloPoMo? Why? My answer: YES. Because I'm determined to - no matter what! :)
What's your blogging mantra? And what do you see yourself doing more or less of as far as blogging is concerned?
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