I’m a day behind on my R post, but if you wait about a half hour after this is posted, all will be explained in my S post. Bear with me as we double down on the posting today!
R is something I’d like to keep short and sweet, and is all about reading your fellow bloggers’ posts.
For me, blogging is about a community. Some people blog for personal creativity, to have an outlet, or just to have a private place to share their thoughts, and if so, often keep their blogs privatized away from the eyes of others beyond themselves or a select few. I get this. Completely. However, Life with Arie is about finding and making the most of a community of people who love animals as much as I do, and who “get” that aspect of my life. It’s about trading know-how and knowledge, stories of loss, happiness, regret, training woes, successes, and hilarity that inevitably arise when you have pets in your life. It’s about sharing that passion for animals and making a difference for them in this word.
I would never have this community if all I did was write. I also have to read.
If you’re trying to develop a strong blogging community, you have to interact with others. While search engines and exploratory writers will eventually find you through search and random clicks, you also need to find them, and strike up a conversation. Relationships require give and take on both sides–even online ones.
I often try to link to other bloggers through blog awards, my blogroll, and in posts where they come up in my mind to increase the conversation in our awesome blogging community, ever welcoming new faces. I also try to read at least one other blog a day, and I try to read at least one new blog every week or two so that I’m meeting others on a regular basis and things don’t get to clique-y.
How are you reaching out to other bloggers? How often do you read posts by others? Which blog is your favorite new find?