Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – I

II is for Interaction

One of the most important things I’ve learned about blogging over the last 2 and a half years is that it’s all about give and take and social interaction.

The blogging community is saturated but there is room for everyone but an audience won’t come to you, you have to go and find it and make your mark in the best way you can. You need to make the effort to virtually interact, share and support and good things will hopefully come to those who wait (and share!)

cooltext116489949785933Whatever platform it is that you use I’ve found you need to be interactive regularly. But also, whatever sites you use, you have to have the time and effort to be able to manage them effectively. This is why I’ve just stuck to mainly Twitter and Facebook – it’s all about time. I know a lot of bloggers use Bloglovin too, I haven’t really looked into it so I’m not sure of its benefits and how much extra time I’d need to manage it – please let me know in comments if you can shed some light here.

With social media sharing on Twitter I’ve found it’s vital to retweet and favourite to build your own following but also to build your social relationships. I know it’s important to thank other Twitterers for the retweets in particular, which I try to do, but sometimes I can’t keep up with the thanking to everyone who’s retweeted and will tweet a generic thanks but often doesn’t seem enough.

There’s also blogging likes and comments which are just as important – responding to comments on your blog and posting comments on other blogs is a great way to increase your blog followers and also discover some new great blogs. If someone takes the time to comment, occasionally I don’t have anything extra to add to the comment but I feel that saying thanks for stopping by should be a minimum

How do you find interacting with other bloggers?

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13 Comments

  1. April 10, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    I’m not sure if you realize this but your A to Z blog is hard to find. I clicked over from the main A to Z list and finally found it under News. I’m a minion so my task is to check to make sure you’re posting. I reported it but noted that it’s out here, just hard to find. Maybe they’ll update the link to your News section? It might help to post a link on your main page, though, because if I wasn’t a minion, I would have given up and just moved on to the next blog on the list. You might be missing some cool new readers this way!

    • April 10, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Thanks for letting me know, I hadn’t realised.
      I’ve now included a tab on the menu, so that should make things easier 🙂

  2. April 10, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    I use the WordPress reader and your blog feeds to that OK. Sometimes it takes a bit longer for blogs on other platforms to be listed and I might miss them. Partly for that reason I joined Bloglovin, but I’ve had a few problems with it. It is possible to follow blogs from there and it keeps a record of which ones you’ve read. I log on rather infrequently, but it notifies me of new followers.
    I completely agree that you have to jump up and down, wave banners and shout, Me,me! Build it and they will come does not work for blogs. Sue

    • April 11, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks Sue – I use the WordPress reader also and add any Blogger addresses to that too.
      I love your Build It reference, it’s exactly right.

  3. April 10, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I really need to check Bloglovin out. Any organizational tools are worth looking into.

    Stopping in from A to Z and thanks for the continued participation!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    Twitter: @StephenTremp

  4. April 10, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Just signed up for Bloglovim!

    • April 11, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Do let me know how you get on and if you feel it’s been beneficial. I would be interested to hear 🙂

  5. April 10, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Great post Lindsay and completely agree – it is important. I’m the same with BlogLovin – I have it but rarely use it. I follow people on there too and people follow me but.. I just don’t really understand it haha! I think it’s good / better for following BlogSpot blogs – WordPress blogs are easier to follow if you have a WordPress blog yourself xx

    • April 11, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks Jenny. I still haven’t come across any other convincing reason to join Bloglovin. Will probably investigate when I have a little more time x

  6. April 10, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I haven’t quite mastered the whole twitter thing yet. I’m really in need of a good post explaining how to use twitter as a book blogger *wink wink* You’re absolutely right, interaction is vital if you want to build your following. It’s sometimes hard though to keep on doing it, because I feel like I’m shouting into the void at times.

    • April 11, 2015 / 6:26 pm

      Not sure I’m that person Jen 😉 it’s a whole learning curve though isn’t it?

  7. April 18, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Agreed! I blogged for years and didn’t understand why nobody was reading my brilliant prose. Finally I figured out that I had to comment on other blogs to get people to come to mine (see what I’m doing here?). Also, I narrowed my focus as a dog blog, and have found a very fun dog-blogging community. Plus, Blog Hops like A to Z, and several dog-themed ones have helped me find new blogs.

  8. April 18, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Thanks for your comment Kari and yes it is a slow journey but one we all must take. I shall pop by and check out your blog (even though I don’t have a dog) 🙂

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