vrijdag 1 april 2011

FBFF: Rules of Engagement

Hello lovely readers,
Welcome to all new readers, 

Another FBFF post about rules of engagement in the blogging world. A topic I'm still learning how to deal with since starting Mode Plus back in june 2010. As I blog in English but sometimes also in Dutch, I feel there is a slight difference in expectations and blog behaviour. Make sure to also check out the other lovely bloggers on what they had to say about this topic: here

Guest posts are a good way to gain new exposure. What do you think 
is the appropriate way to go about securing a guest spot? 
I think the best way is to be engaged. Follow blogs that inspire you, comment. 
Become member on forums or platforms and let your voice be heard. Share your knowlegde, share your opinion but stay polite and proffesional. On the long run it will get you noticed. Build on relationship rather than merely the exposure. 

Leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. But how can you
leave a comment without coming across as ‘Follow Me. Follow Me!’? 

When leaving comments I try to handle it like I would give someone feedback. 
It can be just a comment on the content. Sometimes a post can bring back a certain memory or feeling and I will leave that thought in a comment. Or I would ask a question. 
Many times bloggers take the time to read comments (and even respond) so I try to treat them with respect. No one wants to see just: "I love it", or "Great post", elaborate (if possible) in your comment (why, when, what). Just show genuine interest. If you can't do it, then maybe you should consider not following the blog anymore.
We’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for
blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… But the mass emails don’t work.
How do you make your email stand out from the crowd? 

By being yourself. It is as easy as that. If you don't get a respond, it ain't the end of the world.
Just keep on trying. And remember it is about the relationship, not only what you can get out of it. Viewing it in this way, will make you react differently with a disappointing outcome. 

In interacting with other bloggers where do you draw the line
between seeking support and begging for exposure? 

I see my blog as an extension of my own personality. I can't be someone on the net and someone completely different in "real" life. So I never beg for exposure, if I connect with another blogger, it is out of genuine interest/inspiration. In this way I stay true (and very close) to my heart. I wouldn't want to compromise that for anything. 

What’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you
remedied that? 

Uhrm, the biggest faux-pas for me was (don't get shocked) not replying to my readers. In the beginning I was quit overwhelmed by the more technical side of blogging that I forgot about the most important audience: my readers. I do believe it is essentiel to reply back and if you can, visit the reader's blog. It shows that you care. Now I plan days, where I go through my comments, reply and even (re)visit blogs. I try to be supportive because I, myself had that kind of support in the very beginning. It is all about giving back. 

Have a lovely weekend :D
And do stop by to read other bloggers talk about
the same topic: here 

2 opmerkingen:

  1. I love your answers sweetheart, you are so true, so genuine. I fully agree with what you are saying and answered much the same as you. Meeting online is like meeting off line, it needs to be respectful and genuine. Great job honey! Love, Anika

  2. D, I enjoyed reading this post! I do agree with you in the part that my blog is really an extension of my personality. But because of the type of work I do; I must be careful of what I write!!!
    In my real life and outside my work I cursed like a sailor and I'm a bit more sarcastic!!!!

    I see my blog as an extension of my own personality. I can't be someone on the net and someone completely different in "real" life.


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