There is a first time for everything, and this is the first time I've belted a scarf. Just a little slow on that trend, but I'm cool with it now. And so far, this is my favorite '30' outfit. I am convinced that this shirt-dress can do no wrong. Remember when I remixed it here? Yeah...it would have been very foolish not to include it in my first 30 for 30. I'm no fool.
It's Friend Friday once again, and this week's topic is Blogger Self-Promotion. And with that, I've decided that the Blog Word of the Day is PARTICIPATE. Since when have I done a Blog Word of the Day, you ask? Since right now. I make it all up as I go.
1. How do you promote your blog?
Perhaps the question is "DO I promote my blog?". Yes, yes, of course I do...but in small ways. I follow and comment on other blogs. I'm listed on Weardrobe. I have business cards (that I rarely distribute). Twitter. I participate in the community with things like Friend Friday, 30 for 30, ect. I host giveaways every now and then. But I don't do these things solely to increase traffic or gain followership. I do it simply because I want to participate.
2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self promotion?
Participation in the community, for sure. And the great thing is, that's what it's all about! I don't have to send mass emails begging people to follow me or make half-hearted comments on others' blogs. All I have to do is be myself, participate, and readers will come to me.
3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
I don't know that there is a 'wrong' way, but some methods are certainly more effective than others. Any form of promotion that comes across as desperate is going to have a very small return on investment.
4. When it comes to others pushing their product what annoys you?
I'm not a fan of generic 'follow me' emails. If one doesn't take the time to learn my name and address me personally, I won't feel any obligation to click your link.
I know a lot of people take issue with the "nice blog, come follow me" comment, but I actually prefer that to a spammy email. Ideally, one would leave a sincere comment with a simple link to their blog. I will get to it eventually, and if I want to follow, I will.
5. In Dressful's post on this topic earlier in the week she said, "It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation." Do you agree?
I do agree. It makes me wonder why some people start blogs, because if it is just for attention and potential publicity, I expect they'll be very disappointed in the long run.
A principle not just for blogs, but for life: GIVE and you shall RECEIVE.