Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Bloggosphere: Jumping in with Both Feet

A lot of people in my family are all-or-nothing kind of people. You ask them to roll down the window, and it's gotta go ALL the way down. You ask them to turn up the radio and they craaaaaaank it up. It's a sort of family tradition or something. I guess I've sort of inherited it, but I can do things in moderation too. It usually just takes a little more conscious effort. Unless it falls on the "nothing" side of the scale, of course ;)   I find this impulse to be one of those things can be good sometimes (as you may remember from this post) and other times less convenient, such as in the case of the radio or the window.
When it comes to blogging, I find that it's one of those things where you've gotta give it more effort if you want it to work. Basically it's like any other kind of online social networking: you get out of what you put into it. As I said in the last post, I didn't get a whole lot of comments on my first blogs. In fact, I still don't get that many comments. But that's ok, as long as people are reading. But I've found that in order to get comments you have to comment. In order to get readers you have to read. If all you do is blog casually, you'll pretty much get casual readers (like friends and family).
Recently I've been trying to get a little more "into" blogging b/c I feel like it can be a useful tool. I found that the more I participate with other people's blogs, the more they participate with mine. Makes sense, right? I mean, if nobody knows you exist, they're not gonna read your blog. Sometimes you have to give a lot to get a little, and sometimes you have to give a little and get a lot. But you've always gotta give to get. It's like the bloggosphere sharin'-da-love-theory of relative input... Or something to that effect. Ha I just made that up ^_^
So in other words, I'm trying to jump into blogging with both feet... Or at least step in with both feet. It's not as much fun standing on the shore with your toes in the water :)  To me, blogging is much more fun when you get feedback and followers. Don't you agree?
So how about you? Do you get out about as much as you put into blogging or do you feel like you're always giving and never getting? Or do you end up getting lots of followers/comments with little effort (like skating by on your popularity? ;) )?  If someone follows you/comments first, do you always try to reciprocate?


Andrea said...

I comment on lots of blogs and do my best to keep up with all my followers. It is becoming overwhelming, but I do the best I can...I am a jump in with both feet kind of person, too.
Blessings, andrea

Matthew Rush said...

Hi L.E. I saw you became a follower of my blog and stopped by to return the favor.

You are absolutely right that you have to give to get. It's not necessarily a one to one ratio but the more you comment and follow the more it will be done (sometimes in return, sometimes not) to your blog.

It's all about what you want from blogging. If you want a lot of followers and comments you have to work for it. Google analytics says that over 90% of my visitors come from other blogs. Less than one percent are sent to my blog by search engines.

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L. E. Neighbour said...

Andrea, it sure can get overwhelming. And it can take a long time! Especially when my internet connection is being slow :P
Thanks Matthew :D That's precisely what I've observed *feels observant* :)