Welcome back to Introductions over Coffee, where I provide some guidance and insights for new bloggers and maybe as a refresher for us all. I also introduce a new blogger to the community. Please make them feel welcome (as I know you will).
For any new bloggers who want to raise their profile, please follow the guidance in my posts and do not spam my comments section.
Introducing : Tasty Line
This week I want to introduce Tasty Line blog. I don’t have a personal name for Tasty Line, but I see they sign their comments TT. TT has been blogging a little longer than some of the other bloggers I’ve featured but I can see how much effort they are putting into their quality posts so I want to highlight them today. If you’ve not already discovered the Tasty Line blog, I’d say you’re in for a treat. Please pop over and have a look at the website for their posts. But to get you started, here are a few of their posts:
The delicate art of balancing home and work life – I love the fact they put home life first – where it should be. We too often sacrifice home and personal life to work
Welcome to the community, Tasty Line 😁
There are two topics I’m going to cover today: hitting the like 👍🏻 button and using pingbacks.
Likes and likes on repeat
We all like receiving likes but what about when you are working on your blog or managing your comments and suddenly, rapid fire, you receive 10 or more likes immediately from the same person across multiple posts. That’s what I’m calling likes on repeat.
When do you like a post? Why do you like a post? Do you like everything you look at? To let the person know you have read their post? Or do you just like a post after you’ve read it and to show you have enjoyed it?
Personally I will only like something if I’ve read it and enjoyed it or taken something away from it. I have read posts that for a variety of reasons I didn’t enjoy and therefore will not ‘like’.
There is also a debate about liking a negative post – maybe someone is talking about a disaster, family tragedy or illness. We don’t have an alternative to ‘like’. It can feel inappropriate to hit like but you want to let the blogger know you’ve read their post and support them or the point they’re making. In those circumstances I tend to like but also post a comment to explain/excuse my like.
Likes on repeat
This is a pet hate of many bloggers and I can’t say many will visit the site of someone who likes on repeat.
When we, as bloggers, see likes on repeat we know the person hasn’t taken the time to read our posts, they’re just going through the list of posts and hitting like over and over again.
I dont know why people do this; maybe if you do engage in this practice you could explain your thinking in the comments? My thinking (and that of other bloggers) is that the person doing this is hoping that by leaving lots of likes, we’ll visit their blog and like back; maybe even follow them. Regrettably this will not work, it just irritates the bloggers. I’ve said before if you want fellow bloggers to read your work and follow you, it’s better to read posts fully that interest you, like 👍🏻 afterwards AND leave meaningful comments to engage with other bloggers.
Pingbacks are notifications that appear on your comments section when someone shares your posts. Not everyone has pingbacks active, but I think its good to know when other people are sharing my work. For example, my featured blogger today – I’ve shared some of their posts. If they have pingbacks turned on, they will know that I’ve shared links to their posts. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone is sharing your work?
If you’re sharing someone’s work and not sure if they’ve got pingbacks active you can put a link to your post in their comments.
If you wish to participate in prompts run by other bloggers it is highly likely they will use pingbacks, but you should also post in their comments with a link to your response.
I invite and encourage suggestions of topics to cover in future posts, so please let me know if there’s something you’d like to see covered, or if there’s something you’re struggling with.
I review the new bloggers I come across to decide who to highlight in this post on a weekly basis, and some have been asking what I’m looking for. I would say the following are my criteria:
- a blogger who interacts with their readers and responds to comments
- Are they posting regularly – if someone posts weekly, that’s fine, but I’d probably observe for a few weeks to see how they’re getting on
- Do they produce quality work – if its text, is it full of spelling/grammar mistakes
- is there sufficient information to encourage conversation through the comments section
- If someone regularly spams, they will not be featured. I accept that people can make mistakes at the outset, but they should learn and adapt what they do
I accept that this process is subjective, based on my opinions. Equally if you spot an interesting new blogger, send me a message through the Contact Me part of my site with their details.
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