Rosie from Blogging for Boomers recently invited members of the Baby Boomer Diva Nation to submit their top 3 blogging Lessons to her via a phone line so she could share them with her readers.
Here’s what I shared:
Repurpose your posts. I belong to several online forums and networks. The conversations are often rich and filled with learning opportunities and I find myself writing more than usual in response to the topic of the day. When that happens I know that the topic is one that others might also find of interest so I copy the original subject, topic, question or headline from the moderator, my post and save in a file to then post on one of my blogs. I don’t copy the entire original comment unless I ask permission, just a line or two to start the conversation on my blog. I have found that these posts are the most popular because of the number of comments I then receive in response to them. In fact, that’s what I’m doing here by sharing these lessons with you.
Visit other blogs. I have made some great connections by doing this. I find blogs of interest by setting Google Alerts to the subject I am interested in learning more about and at least 3 times a week discover a great blogger to interact with. I introduce myself by posting a comment on her (or his) blog and thus begins a nice conversation which has lead to other opportunities and collaboration. I have been interviewed by bloggers as well as interviewed them by doing this on a regular basis. Blogging is a great way to build community and increase your circle of influence.
Take advantage of Blog Carnival. I recently had the opportunity to interview Deanna Troupe author of “The Cheapskates Guide to Advertising on the Internet.” She was hosting a blog carnival on her Learn Small Business blog and I asked her to share some of her tips with our audience. One of those tips was to host a blog carnival. It’s a great way to expand your readership and increase your circle of contacts because you invite others to submit their articles to post to your blog on a specific day, thus creating a “blog carnival.” You can learn more about blog carnivals at www.blogcarnival.com a great resource to find other bloggers with similar interests and audiences.
Thanks Ray and Rosie for allowing me the opportunity to share!