Blogging 101: Plug In To Social Media

Blogging 101: Plug in to Social Networks

Today’s Assignment: If you are active on a social network, set up Publicize or highlight your profile in a widget or menu item. If not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

This assignment is all about Attracting Readership. It’s important for me to have people show up and read my content, and it is important for you, the readers, to have not just content, but quality content.

I am not active on any social networks, other than WordPress. I have a long term plan to be, once I am telling my stories well and want to haul them out into an even brighter sun, if that is possible. WordPress shines bright and hot across the planet.

Over the weekend I received nomination for  A Premio Dardos Award, nominated by Roz , for “recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.” It lightened my heart that she felt that way about my website. She was the first person to show up and submit a comment to my site and I adore her site. One of the requirements to accept was to nominate 15 other sites I thought held those qualities and link to them. Being a big Cheerleader for WordPress I began the task, but alas, just then, I received:

The Announcement of My Second Award Nomination.

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Coltswold,  another site I follow and enjoy and who follows me. This Award is specifically designed to spotlight blogs with low traffic, in the hope of generating some more. The rules are that I must Thank and link back to my nominator, answer eleven questions, nominate 11 other bloggers with 200 or fewer followers and link to them, draft eleven new questions for my nominees, notify them all via their blogs or social media. I took a very deep breath.

I knew as fact my weekend had no space for the task requirements for both these awards.

If I do not accept my Awards will my current followers desert me, and no one else show up again?  Rox and Coltswold want my website to succeed and have nominated me for these awards to help me achieve that. I really appreciate that. I have committed to Blogging 101 and support promotion of other sites. What does all of this really mean in the scheme of things.
Here’s what I ended up doing. I created a hybrid award. As yet unnamed.
I am thinking Rip Van Winkle Award. A kind of loose promise to go hit that explore button every once in awhile and share what you have found.

I went to the Reader then  the Explore button and I went exploring. I located sites that I had never been to before and who fit the requirements of the Premio Dardos Award but had less than 200 followers (Liebster criteria). I am now following a couple of them and like something about all of them and will return to them I am certain. That proves that the Awards do get us out there to other sites and away form our own navels.

Then I checked out what the people who show up at my site do and they do all kinds of things. They love Awards, post in their ‘About’ page that they do not want and will not accept awards, post them proudly, no mention at all, and some folks don’t even put out widgets that say how many and who is following them, and they are writing creating some amazing content! What I learned today is that there are so many ways to do our individual websites, with the emphasis on individual. I also learned that the Awards do get recipients out and about to new sites, and the full results for the poll won’t show up until the end of the week.

So I accepted the Premio Dardus, but while grateful for the nomination did not complete all the required tasks to accept the Liebster, definitely showed up socially today for the Blogging 101 Class Requirements.

Please take a moment to do my first Poll. Thank You.

10 thoughts on “Blogging 101: Plug In To Social Media

  1. I have about the same feelings about the awards as you have! I received a few many years back and participated in them and I got another one today. But am still of two minds about them. But they are about giving and receiving so I think I will participate.

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  2. Greetings 🙂 I enjoyed your post. I did not see where to do the poll, though.
    I was nominated for the Liebster Award as well. I actually enjoyed the process of answering the questions, finding my favorite version of the award, and writing 11 questions for my nominees. It was harder to find the nominees, because I didn’t always see where it said how many people were following them. I also made sure to ask each person IF they wanted to be nominated, knowing that some people really don’t want to, don’t have the time, and such much. My reason for nominating people was mainly because I came across their blog; it resonated with me, and I just wanted them to know how valuable their efforts were. But there’s not any kind of a have to do it thing.

    Happy Blogging!

    Fim

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I continue to be so impressed with the high quality of content of so many of the websites.
      I am excited about the blogging and where ti will take me now that the Blogging 101 class is ending.
      Again thank you for showing up and I wish you the very best

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  3. I don’t do awards, but congrats on your nominations. I always feel honored to be nominated. I have lots o fcrazy reasons not to do them: 1) I’m not that good at doing links 2) I don’t know 10 other people to nominate (how do you know if they already have it?) 3) I think the time and energy it takes to fill out all of it is too much. I, also, have seen it done all sorts of ways. I think you DO meet people that way, but there are other good ways too. http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you for showing up at my blog!
      One of the things I am enjoying is the variety of people and topics and how much interesting content is available.
      Looking forward to seeing where this takes me!

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  4. Thank you. I really believe it is all about what we envision using our websites for and how important it is to increase traffic, how much time we have to invest in promotion. At the end of the day I want my traffic numbers to reflect a high quality of content. I am very new to all of this which should be used as an indicator in all things!

    The poll I did shows a one hundred percent support for the Awards as having value in increasing traffic to individual sites.

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  5. Congrats on the nominations! I was also nominated and am wondering whether or not to accept myself. In any case, glad I found your blog through Blogging 101. I really enjoy the articles that you have shared links to. I look forward to reading more about your adventures as a fellow traveler! Best of luck on your blogging journey!

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