After a few weeks absence with a broken wrist, im glad to return this week with Introductions over Coffee #5, 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 : Galesong Craft of Craft Journey
Galesong Craft has been established a bit longer than the normal bloggers featured here, but with my absence due to injury I don’t have a new blogger to feature. Instead of leaving this section blank, I have decided instead to feature Galesong so that I can help showcase their wonderful wood carving skills. I simply adore the work they do and am delighted to help showcase their artistry for them. I hope you’ll have a look and share my enthusiasm.
Welcome to the community, Galesong 😁
Followers are important as our engagement with those we follow and our followers allow us to build a community, making our blog active, so I believe it will help to understand the relationships with followers and being a follower of other blogs.
Sometimes as a new blogger we can look at following others and feel the need to follow everyone – don’t feel that you need to do this and following others in the hope that they’ll follow you back or following them because they’re following you is the way to go. You may find that following someone simply to get them to sign up to their blog, then they unfollow them.
Sometimes when we are new to blogging we either try to follow too many people or even try to follow everyone. Don’t feel you need to follow everyone, its not realistic to do this. For your own sanity and time management you should only sign up to follow blogs and/or bloggers who really interest you. Most established bloggers would not engage in tit for tat following – ie. I don’t expect someone I follow to follow me back and while I have about 600 listed followers, I follow about 60 who are active, but at times I find that too many. You need to decide how many are appropriate/good for you.
It might seem rewarding when we see people signing up to our blog but what looks like a healthy statistic isn’t always the whole story. If you think about it, numbers are fine, but what we really want is engagement so you will read many experienced bloggers who will say its better to have fewer followers with lots of meaningful comments and maybe some conversation.
My own view is, yes interaction is important and you shoudl always respond when comments are left, but we will also have followers who are silent – they may read your blog, but don’t like or leave any comments. That’s not to say that some followers may sign up and then stop reading but not remove themselves from your list or may have stopped blogging.
I would advise anyone who has spammers signing up to their blogs to remove them immediately by marking them as spam. If you get comments from them, mark them as spam so that Akismet can learn to recognise them. Currently there appears to be some dog breeders using various names who are spamming many bloggers.
What I’m looking for in new bloggers I feature
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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