When I first started my life blog back in 2007, I was posting for almost an entire month before someone left a comment. My daily stats were in the low single digits and I was discouraged.
I learned, trial by fire, how integral connecting with readers through my writing, tagging posts, and commenting meaningfully on other blogs was to helping grow my blog. I eventually developed friendships and my stats and comments grew. Blogging became more fun because of my friends, their feedback, and a sense of community.
When I decided to launch Book, Line, and Sinker in early 2009, I contacted a wonderful book blogger who I’d gotten to know through my life blog. I asked her for some advice and she went above and beyond, writing an entire post promoting my new venture.
With her introduction, my neophyte book blog’s stats spiked and I found myself warmly welcomed into the book blogging community. That introduction made all the difference between my book blog languishing for months without an audience and my book blog finding a niche in such a great community. While I do think that it’s marginally easier to break into book blogging than life blogging*, starting a new blog can be daunting no matter what your niche.
Recently, this same blogger tweeted about a new book blog and asked that we pay a visit to welcome the new blogger. All of these things, and BBAW, got me thinking about building community and engaging new (or under exposed) book bloggers who might not have the encouragement (through comments, chats, tweets, and emails) that others in the community enjoy.
I’m not sure how (or if) promoting new book bloggers is a viable idea. While developing Book, Line, and Sinker’s new layout and design, I’m toying with a widget for New Book Blog Promotion. Here are other things I’m considering:
- Have other book bloggers submit new book blog links to me via email and then host the links in my sidebar for a week
- A monthly or bi-monthly post on my site with links promoting new book blogs
- A blogroll on my site devoted to new blogs
- Other bloggers hosting links or adding new blogs to their blogrolls
As the book blogging community continues to grow, I’d love to give back by offering new bloggers encouragement and exposure. If you’d like to be a part of this, please let me know. Have any ideas or suggestions? Drop me a comment or email!
*In my experience, book bloggers are, by nature, avid readers and are more willing to read posts and comment on them.
Comment Editing: Can I get an Amen?
Construction is in full swing on booklineandsinker.com, and things are coming along despite the fact that most of the directions and/or instructions I read appear to be written in Chinese or Sanskrit. Maybe it’s just me. I keep a brave smile pasted on my face, my techie friend on speed dial, a bottle of wine nearby, and pretend that everything is going swimmingly. Fake it ’til you make it is my mantra, and the stakes are high!
My husband and I have a wager riding on the development of my new blog; he’s under the impression that I will outsource the design and technical development before it goes live. He said that my spotty track record speaks volumes, but in my own defense, I only hired the pastry chef to bake my Christmas cookies ONCE! Dear old hubby went on to remind me of the year I ordered our Christmas tree from the Williams-Sonoma catalog, which happened to be the same year that I invited my entire extended family to Easter dinner and fed them a catered meal that I attempted to pass off as my own. The jig was up (and we enjoyed a hearty laugh) after a meddling great-aunt found evidence in my trashcan that brought the deception to light. But I digress.
Thus far, the most exciting thing about moving to a self-hosted blog is a little feature that benefits anyone who leaves a comment on my blog. I hope you will be half as excited as I was to discover this little gem. (Or maybe you don’t live under a rock with me and already know about it.)
How many times have you dashed off a witty comment on someone’s blog only to discover, after clicking submit of course, that you made a glaring TYPO? You frantically hit the back button on your browser in a vain attempt to undo the boo-boo, but it’s always too late. So, what do you do next? If you’re anything like me, you leave a second comment begging the blogger to correct your mistake. Am I alone here? I didn’t think so!
So, the good news? On my NEW! website, you will be able to edit your comments for up to 30 minutes after leaving them! Simply use the same computer (IP address) and you can come back and fix any mistake(s). I know, I know! I can almost smell the rose petals that are being tossed at my feet at this very minute. Now I can only hope that it will work.
Does anyone have the number for a website developer handy?
Posted in Mad Ramblings
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