In this crazy world of blogging, we’re always self promoting. Through comments, features, links and other ways, we’re trying to get everyone to read our blog and learn about our brand. But sometimes people can go overboard.
This week’s FBFF topic touches on those subjects.
Honestly, most of my promotion is very grassroots. I join different groups (IFB) and challenges (30×30) and have been featured on other blogs and in print. I’m also lucky enough to be on some other bloggers’ blogrolls, which is really, really flattering and an excellent traffic driver.
2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self promotion?
Honestly, I think just leaving comments. My followers have grown very organically. I try to leave meaningful comments when reading other people’s blogs, and I think that sometimes people click them to see who wrote it (I do this a lot, and it’s how I find new blogs to read.)
3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
Maybe not a wrong way, but an annoying way. I think that “form” comments are really annoying. I don’t actually get any of these, but I do see them on other blogs. Someone writes “nice shoes” and their blog link, and posts it on so many blogs to promote themselves. I do know how hard it is to comment on each and every blog you read, on every post you want to. So I can (kind of) understand where this idea of “simple” or “form” comments comes from. (Not to say that it’s ok to do though).
I’m so behind on comments (sorry Rach!! I loved your red jacket!!), so I sometimes fall into the trap of “I love this ___ on you. It looks awesome” and I admit it. For me, a “lame” comment like that is meant more for the writer to know that I’m still reading. I usually only leave “lame” comments like that on the blogs I read everyday. Or I tell them on twitter how much I adored their post (like I just did with V).
4. When is comes to others pushing their product what annoys you?
I think when bloggers jump on every bandwagon that comes their way to promote their blog, it can get annoying. But, I can understand being a new blogger and trying to find things that work. We’ve all done it.
5. In Dressful’s post on this topic earlier in the week she said, “It’s impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation.” Do you agree?
Yes. Wholeheartedly. I think that we all have something to add to the conversation, but some people are still working on developing their voice. V said it best, “blogging is a conversation, and a conversation is a verbal exchange between at least two parties. If I’m the only one talking, or you’re the only one talking, it’s not a conversation—it’s a soliloquy. And that, my lovelies, only works in theatre. ”
By the way, check out Grit and Glamour’s post, because she says what everyone else is thinking, and as usual, better than anyone else. (Is there anything this woman can’t do?!).