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. Do not spam my comments section.
Introducing our new blogger : Geneva from GLO
I’m delighted to introduce Geneva from GLO today. Geneva responded to my invitation to feature here and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to meet a new blogger.
Geneva tells me that she posts weekly on different topics, such as parenting, parenting special needs, relationship development, personal stories, witchy tips, and more. In addition to her blog, she is also a self published author, having written three books in The Tale of Mr Fix It series, and a book of love poems entitled Postcards from My Orgasms. You’ll find links to everything on her website.
Covering a wide range of topics across her writing I’m sure there will be something for everyone. I’m also sure you’ll be as impressed with the professional standard of both Geneva’s writing and her website. Pop across today to check it out.
Welcome to the community Geneva 😁
New blogger identity
One of the dilemmas I come across regularly when writing for Introductions over Coffee is how to introduce new bloggers. Today’s featured blogger made things nice and easy as I know her name, Geneva, and know how to address her. However what about a blogger who hasn’t given themselves a name, maybe just using their blog name? What do I call them?
Its so much easier to talk and engage with others if you know their name and what to call them.
What’s in a name?
This is the dilemma Sadje introduces us to in one of her recent posts. In fact, she’s so keen to have broad engagement to inspire discussion that she reposted her post. She is encouraging new bloggers to reflect on the discussion and comments after her post as they launch their blogs. I second Sadje and urge you to think about the name you use when engaging with others through your blog.
Today I’m asking you to read and comment on Sadje’s post if you haven’t already done so, but also come back and let me know what you think. Has it changed your mind about anything? Are you likely to change your name after reading Sadje’s words and the comments arising? How important is it for us to have our own identity, whether or not its our own name or one created for our blogs?
Next time, I’m going to be looking at the art of leaving meaningful comments. Thinking about the use of names and our identity on our blogs, does how we represent ourselves on our blogs impact the way we and others interact with us through the comments section?
Over to you!
It’s important to me that this series reflects the needs of the community, and new bloggers. Please let me know if there are any topics you would like to see covered in future posts.
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. 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 opinion.
If you’re a new blogger and would like to appear in Introductions over Coffee, please send me a message through the Contact Me page. Equally, if you spot an interesting new blogger, send me a message in the same way, sharing their details.
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