Check out Eddie Bluelight's terrific feature The Sunday Roast and hear the thoughtful advice on blogging from Grumpy Old Ken. He's not at all grumpy and his advice is terrific.
And don't forget to read Debbie of Suburb Sanity's interview with me below. It includes a GIVEAWAY-- Just in time for the holidays! xo Joanna
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED - Congratulations of CC of If Only I Had Super Powers for winning the $25 Visa Gift Card. Thanks to all who entered!
Meet Debbie at Suburb Sanity. She's graciously agreed to answer a few questions for our A Crazy Little Thing Called Blog "how to" series.
Debbie started posting on Suburb Sanity in August, 2008. Her very first post received eight (8) comments! By October, 2008 Debbie's comments were in the 30s. In November, 2008 she hit 71 comments with a hysterical post about Jim Carrey.
Then in January, 2009 Debbie hit the jackpot with a post about her Internet provider’s customer service with 170 comments! From then on Suburb Sanity pretty much averaged upwards of 100+ comments per post! In September, Debbie had a whopping 241 comments with a SITS recognition.
Oh yeah, and at the time of this interview, Debbie had 628 Followers! (She has
Q. How did you grow your blog to upwards of 100 (and often more) comments per post?
A. I was reading and commenting on a few blogs for several months before I started my own. I had read the "big" names, tried commenting there, but gave that up. I loved commenting on the smaller blogs because the authors would respond to me. They encouraged me to start my own. And they took the time to answer all of my questions when I was confused, which was all the time. They were my first readers and commenters and they are still around today! I'm very proud of that. It is easy when you only have 20 or so comments on a post to go to your commenters blogs and comment back to them. That is the secret to starting, I think. We all love that personal connection.
Q. Did you read and comment a lot to introduce yourself around Blogland in the beginning?
A. Absolutely. I still do. I love meeting new people and checking out new blogs. You never know who you'll find out there and what information you'll turn up. From recipes to decorating to parenting to humor - I get it all from the blogs I read.
Q. Did you Google Keyword topics to attract readers?
A. I wouldn't even know how to do that now! I write about what I find interesting. I like to keep it light, most days! I like sarcasm and humor. I love observing people and life. And interestingly, some posts I've written that I thought would be big hits have fallen flat while others I was afraid I had just "phoned in" have been huge. You never know what will connect with people but if you're being yourself, you can't go wrong.
Q. You have 628 Followers! How many blogs do you follow and regularly comment on?
A. I appreciate each person that has clicked that "follow" button on my blog. There are so many gazillion blogs out there. It is amazing to me that anyone would chose mine! As of today, I have 884 blogs in my reader. Not posts. Blogs. You don't even want to know how many posts are in there! I'm feeling overwhelmed just looking at that number!
Q. Did you “get a big break” somewhere that boosted your exposure-- Like maybe a mention on Oprah? – kidding, sort of.
A. I wish! No big break - just a lot of clicking away. Now, if anyone wants to introduce me to Oprah, we are from the same state so there is a kindred spirit there I'm sure.
Q. How much time do you spend a week writing blog posts versus reading and commenting on other blogs?
A. Most posts take me from 45 minutes to an hour to polish. I spend waaaay more time than that reading and commenting. I could use an extra 24 hours to read and comment each and every day. As my readership has grown, I can no longer get around to everyone as often as I'd like. I have a bizarre and OCD system set up to get to everyone in their turn! Sooner or later, if you've been by my blog, I'll get to yours, I promise. And, if you are a regular commenter, I'll get around to you on a regular basis. Again, it isn't as frequent as I'd like but it's the best I can do right now.
Q. What would you estimate is the ratio of “commenters” vs “lurkers” on your blog posts?
A. Well, if I have around 630 followers and get 80 to 100 comments a post, I would think a small percentage actually comment. And yes, it is mostly the "old faithful" that comment regularly. But that's OK. I know it is hard to think of a comment sometimes.
Q. Any other advice you would like to offer new bloggers?
A. Be the kind of blogger you want others to be. If you want comments, then comment. If you want followers, then follow. Start by going to blogs similar to yours. But don't be afraid to branch out. I have met the most amazing people on here that are nothing like me at all (goes without saying since they are amazing!). Have fun. And don't expect to make money. I sure can't offer any advice on making money. But, if anyone has advice, I'll take it!
There you have it folks! A million thanks to Debbie for her insight into blogging. She's one of the good guys out there-- A terrific blogger who appreciates her readers and Followers and makes a point to visit, read and comment on A LOT of blogs!
As a thanks for reading Debbie's interview and to encourage you to VISIT DEBBIE HERE AT SUBURB SANITY AND LEAVE A COMMENT YOU can enter to WIN a $25 Visa Gift Card.
All you have to do is leave TWO comments-- Leave one comment BELOW on my blog, AND one comment HERE Debbie's Blog-- THANKING HER FOR THIS INTERVIEW.
All entries must be received by midnight, Saturday, December 5, 2009 to be eligible. Comments must be made on both blogs at the above specified links/posts. One entry per person. $25 US dollars. Drawing will be random. All results are final.
How do you "Follow" blogs? (Example: Do you thank each new Follower, have an ongoing system to check in with each Follower, etc.??? When someone Follows you do you automatically Follow them? When you are required to Follow a blog for a Giveaway Entry how do you handle future visits to that blog? Any input on "Following" would be helpful to all of us. Thanks!
Welcome to The fifty Factor - Joanna