Lots of good advice poured in from the bloggiverse, as Wen Baragrey calls it. I’ve made some life-long friends online. When I first started out, I decided I’d keep on blogging only if it was fun. It turned out to be more than fun. I love learning about my blogger buddies, about places, interesting people, good books, movies, and more. It’s a gas and I’m having a blast.
However, I miss reading many of the blogs I used to follow consistently. You see, everything changed in the past six months. We had to move, downsize, and I now babysit my 8-month-old grandbaby nine hours a day. He’s the best medicine in the world, makes me smile and laugh all the time, and he comes first before blogging, tweeting,
MyFace SpaceBook Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, or making Youtube videos. Oh, and then there’s writing books, too! Oh my.
So, dear friends, I haven’t neglected your sites intentionally. I’m pressed for time and some days am completely drained. Please know that I miss keeping up with you. I’m committed to visiting the blogs of my commenters first, and if I can visit other blogs after that, it’s the icing on the cake.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who take the time to read my posts and leave a comment. You don’t know how much it brightens my days!
Okay, enough rambling. Let’s get on with revisiting my very first post. Below the post are some comments and links I received that you might find helpful. So, here’s my first attempt at blogging:
Help! Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone – Can You Share Some Blogging Etiquette?
I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective, and one should keep in mind, after all, that a blogger’s a blogger no matter how small!
worldwide blogosphere, before getting my feet
Here are some of the comments I received and some links you might want to visit:
Heather Kelly said…LynNerd–Thanks for stopping by my blog, and congrats on your first blog post. I hope you find the blogging community to be a supportive and kind one–I certainly have. As far as etiquette goes–I think the saying do unto others works pretty well. Although Elana Johnson has some straightforward advice on blog building here: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/p/building-better-blog.html
I’m glad you’re here!
Susan Kaye Quinn said…Welcome to the fun-land! Blogging is great, but you have to find your groove with it. The only way to do that is to wade in and start – which you’re doing! So, go you!
I might have to do a post on blogging etiquette, but Lisa Gail Green just did one and it’s awesome. Best of luck to you!
Susan Kaye Quinn said…Hey, I blogged about you today! 🙂
Margo Berendsen said…Oh come on join the adventure! Get your feet wet! Lisa Gail Green posted an awesome blogging etiquette post today at http://paranormalpointofview.blogspot.com/2011/05/blogging-etiquette.html
I also HIGHLY recommend the Online Persona Workshop at http://shrinkingvioletpromotions.blogspot.com/
Chantele Sedgwick said…The only advice I can give you, is to just be yourself. And don’t rant about huge topics on your blog. It makes for nasty comments from anonymous people! 🙂
J.L. Campbell said…I added myself as a follower. Generally, I try to return visits and reply to comments. That’s worked so far. 🙂
Tommy Kovac said…Even if nobody comments on a particular post, that certainly doesn’t mean nobody’s reading it. You should always assume more people are following your writing than you think, because that’s usually the case, and that’s a good thing!
Alana said…Hi Lynn – Good luck with the launch…I found this site really helpful for etiquette and launch tips and techniques, so I wanted to pass it along to you. Hope you glean something great off of it! http://www.avivadirectory.com/successful-blog-launch/
Gene Pool Diva said…Etiquette, was I suppose to have etiquette?
She’s the author of We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer . “Both are recommended by the hottest agents and biggest authors in the biz.” She states her methods teach you how to make building your author platform FUN. “Build a platform and still have time left to write great books.”
I’ve read both and her common sense methods are right on target, in my opinion. What I love about Kristen is that she’s funny as heck. How many nonfiction books make you laugh out loud, plus teach in easy, no-nonsense language?
She started the Twitter hashtag #MyWANA. WANA stands for We Are Not Alone. Here’s her post about it, Join the Love Revolution #MyWANA
And now there’s a WANA site similar to FB! I love it! Join us.
I took her blogging class in October and it’s well worth $40 for a two-month online class. The next class will start in June.
I hope this post has been helpful. If you have any advice on blogging for newbies or a link you’d like to share, please leave it in the comments.