Follow a blogger – sounds like stalking?

Alright, I confess, the post title, I was just trying to get your attention, plus I’ve been reading up on how to make titles interesting, moving away from the thousands of generic ones out there 🙂

I am now trying to accomplish day 4 of the 30 day WordPress zero to hero challenge which is what you see below:

DAY 4: EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts or interact with you, you’d keep a private diary. That means publishing posts is just one piece of blogging — you also need to engage with the community. Today, you begin the process of engaging with the blogging community, a key step of building an audience.

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.

This I have found particularly difficult, why?  I have a wide range of things I would like to read and things I probably have no idea I would like to read.  For the former, sifting through the huge wealth of blogs around and different hosts proves to be very difficult and time consuming.  For the latter, one would just have to read randomly and hope to come across something that  makes one sizzle with excitement (perhaps that is a bit over the top)

So what did I do.  I typed in some key words of what I thought might bring up blogs that might peek my interest, then a few more key words, looked and investigated.

My conclusion, for me, it really is not something one can rush.

This is how I see it, liking a post to me is just saying, “hey I liked what you wrote”, but does not mean one has a connection or might like some of the other posts.  To follow a blog, to me, means I’ve taken time to see more than one post, feel a connection and think that being updated on that persons material will enhance my existence in some way.

There are of course social reasons for following a blog and probably other reasons but for me, it is for the above reason, maybe I will change in time?

So here we go, what did I find, not the 5 requested:

1.  http://singlegirlblogging.com/

Why did I follow this blog?  Well firstly the pictures and titles caught my attention.  Then I started to read and heck, she made me laugh, a series of giggles would have been heard from my bedroom late at night, not from any exciting antics other than me finding nothing of interest on the TV and pulling out my nexus to complete this assignment.  She is rude and crude at times, a lover of Joan Rivers, which should give you a good idea of her writings and she doesn’t hold back.  

2.  http://belowtheradar002.com/about/

What peeked my interest in this site?  I had searched a topic close to my heart and that is ‘chronic pain’.  There were a few blogs covering this, but the title and tags attached caught my attention, being:

Similar or different. Diagnosed or undiagnosed. Together, we move forward. Together, we overcome. Together, we live. Welcome to the family.

Then there is the quite obvious passion of the blogger who not only shares what she is going through, but moreso is trying to create a community and reach out to others so that they can know that they are not alone in whatever they are suffering.  It may sound dower, but many of the posts I sit, read then think and perhaps wish to make changes, that can only be a good thing!

3.  http://painpositive.wordpress.com/

I was just struck by the seamless, honest yet gentle way this woman writes about her experiences of not only suffering chronic pain, but it being undiagnosed, which I am familiar with.  A sense of calmness goes through her blog and she expresses the nuances of thoughts that goes  through ones mind with every day small tasks and achievements.  There are also little pictures that to me capture the emotion of the paragraph, ie this one, which  me relates to pain:

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So, I am afraid I do not have another 2, but no doubt I shall at some stage, but meanwhile I shall enjoy taking time to enjoy the ones I have followed, like a new relationship, giving them time and thought!

 

Happy blogging

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  13 comments for “Follow a blogger – sounds like stalking?

  1. January 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Thanks for the love! So glad you found some comfort in the site–welcome to the family, we’re happy to have you 🙂

    Love & spoons,
    Katie

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  2. January 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Thank you, I am doing the 30 day zerotohero challenge and have featured your blog on the day 3 assignment of finding and following blogs. Your obvious passion in reaching out and creating a community is uplifting and I look forward to keeping in touch! I might be brave enough some time to touch on my experiences blog wise.

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  3. January 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I like the way you think and write. Plus the title totally sucked me in! 🙂

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    • January 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Haha, you made me chuckle. Please forgive me for suckering you in, but I am very chuffed (I’ve been told not to use that word before as it’s old fashioned, but I like it!), that you like the way I write and think. I havn’t seen your blog yet, but assuming by the title I would be mortified if you saw my garden right now which looks like a mud pit, a pigs heavenly playground! I hope I can provide you with some more posts you like and thank you for being my 1st EVER follower, yah think it’s an excuse for champagne?

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      • January 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        What are you waiting for? Pop the bubbly! I think I did a victory lap around my kitchen’s island when I got my 1st follower. I wanted to give it its proper due by running up and down the street, but I have a reputation to keep, at least in my neighborhood! 🙂

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        • January 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

          Thank you, the last bottle of pink bubbly is dripping enticely on the counter (dripping because its been outside in the shed), the shed I hear you cry? For bubbly, a sinister crime. Yes but it stops me drinking it with my croissants for breakfast 🙂 Appropriate time now me thinks to a pop and fizzle. PS amazing stories/menus etc on your blog, fab pics, I need seating time on the sofa me thinks to digest it all!

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          • January 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

            Thanks! Me thinks you’ve got a great plan there. Stay as long as you like! 🙂

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  4. January 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Finding and connecting with blogs you love is an ongoing process, and one you should do during your entire blogging career, so no worries if you didn’t find five blogs today! You’ll keep looking 🙂 And linking to the blogs you love is a great move; as you can see, it often gets you a return visit.

    One small tip — the shade of gray/blue you’re using for some of your text is quite hard to read against your background color. You might consider darkening it a bit.

    Happy blogging!

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    • January 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you so much for your advice I was just actually chatting with a friend over the pale colour your right so it’s something I shall have to work out how to do. 🙂

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  5. Gede Prama
    January 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

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    • January 12, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Thank you and that is a lovely thing to say, really made me smile 🙂

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  6. January 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Your title sucked me in too… great idea. I found you by searching for zerotohero blogs as I was really stuck on looking for new ideas – and have looked at the ones yu suggested and have deiced to follow them too – gave me an idea of some other topics to follow! And as for you Novice Gardener – of course your garden is a mess – it’s winter!

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    • January 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Glad you like the blogs I’m following, two as mentioned close to my heart.

      As for my garden it’s past messy it would rival a muddy field, it’s verging on looking like a landslide.

      Thank you for your like and I hope I can provide some more smiles or interest with more blogs perhaps still with some more reeling in titles hehe!

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