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.