Better Blogging: Participation Required

Part of my series sharing tips to improve blogging (Link)

This is a portion of an email I received from an admin at Blog Farm (a site used to grow my blogs) and I thought it fit perfectly into my Better Blogging series. Be sure to read this through, enact upon it, and next week I’ll share how I did something similar a few weeks ago.

I do not consider myself a blogging ‘expert’.., although I play one on The Blog Farm. Given that, I am going to offer my two cents on participation, or lack thereof. As I have said in the past and have mentioned on different pages throughout the site, “Participation is the key to successful blogging.” It never ceases to amazes me that so many bloggers complain that no one is commenting on their blog, but yet they themselves do not take the time to comment on other blogs! Seems to be a disconnect in thinking…

Commenting on other blogs is a proven method to gain friends, build relationships, increase participation on ‘your’ blog and build your social network… It actually works! So why is it so hard?

Many new bloggers get into blogging thinking all there is to being successful is providing interesting content. This is true, but in reality there are literally millions of sites that provide interesting content. Most bloggers take hours building an article, researching their material, double checking spelling and punctuation, selecting just the right image, etc., but neglect one of the most important things. Participation…

You have to take the time to do it.

Begin a social networking campaign and be as serious about it as you are about your blog articles. Visit three to five blogs a day that provide content you are interested in, truly interested in. Find articles that you agree with or even disagree with and comment. Provide a real comment, not a short bs paragraph that sounds more like spam than an honest reply. If you disagree, call them out on it, if you agree, explain why. The person on the other end that has gone through all the trouble to write the article will welcome your participation with open arms, same as you would.

Take out a piece of paper or start a log on your computer. Note the date, blog link and topic. Comment on several blogs a day for a week and if allowed, leave a link to your blog. Do not be embarrassed to ask them to return the favor by visiting your blog. Wait a week then return to the blog and see if they responded. If they didn’t, scratch them of the list. If they did take the time to respond continue the conversation. Engaging someone in an honest conversation creates the rapport needed to build your social network. Do this for a month and you will begin to harvest the rewards.

Try this, once you finish your blog post and hit the publish button, go out and comment on several other blogs. Copy the title of your post and Google it. Find a blog discussing the same topic and join in. Don’t forget to mention that your article on your blog might be of interest to them.

Yes, I agree, this IS hard work. But so is publishing hundreds of articles on your blog… especially if no one is responding to them.

Blogging is hard work, and if you’re not willing to roll up your sleeves and burn the midnight oil them maybe blogging isn’t for you. It is social networking with the keyword being networking, which implies at least two-way conversation.

Between now and next Friday commit yourself to commenting on at least ONE blog post each day, for seven days. Let me know how you do, and next week I’ll share how my experience went.

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About Ryan Goodman (994 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

9 Comments on Better Blogging: Participation Required

  1. I think you are off to a great start helping folks learn what Blogging, Networking and Social Media is all about. Asking them to visit and comment on blog sites that they may also have an interest in like Cooking, gardening, etc., joining some facebook pages and sitting in on #BlogChat on Sunday nights will also help them! Great post looking forward to following your success Annie <|;-)

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    • Thanks Annie! Yes part of my next post will be ask what types of blogs we should comment on. Part of expanding out network is to visit blogs outside our normal interest area.

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  2. Thanks for the advice Ryan. I am new to blogging (just a few weeks). I realize the only people that are probably visiting my site is people that I am FB friends with. Sure, I would like others to view it but the main reason I blog is to get my words out. I can’t let the thoughts go until they are written down…call me crazy!

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    • No problem Pamela. You may check out the rest of my posts in the series. I think there will be something in there for everyone. And there’s no one way to blog. It’s gotta be your own.

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  3. Ryan,
    I am going to disagree with you. Everything you mentioned is not hard work. It just takes time and a little effort. In general, people don’t want to put either into it. That is why twitter and facebook are popular. Quick sound bites that take no time at all. I am just as guilty at this as anyone. Thanks for the reminder to get out there and comment on some blogs.

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    • Thanks for the comment Judi. And it’s perfectly fine to disagree. Part of my motive for this series is to receive input from others and learn from ya’lls ideas.

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  4. Ryan

    I agree that it is important to comment on other people’s blogs. The fact of the matter is; it is very time consuming. I try to leave comments, some long, others short and sweet. I think it is essential to interact with other bloggers, even just a quick note so they know you saw their post.

    I love getting comments on my blog and know it must make other’s feel good to get comments on their work too.

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    • I agree it is time consuming, and probably what keeps most people from making comments. Luckily my computer keeps all of my login information saved which makes the process much easier.

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  5. I think you make a great point Ryan … if we aren’t out there interacting on other peoples blogs/social media .. why would we expect them to participate on ours ? Or even know we exist ! I started blogging years ago .. then quit right away because no one was commeting on my blog … as I have recently picked it up again I am reminded that not everyone who reads my blog will comment. In fact … I am surprised when I go places and people say “I read your blog” … it is a good reminder that just because we don’t have comments by others on our blog .. it does not mean that it is a waste of time or that others aren’t reading it.

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