The best way to learn what readers want is to ask. Create a poll and/or a survey to collect feedback on your site and its content.
Today was about creating and poll and or a survey to get feedback from my readers as to my site and content.
Now I just did a big what are your blogging habits and am writing these posts up which creates awareness of what has been going on. I think when 201 has finished I shall definitely create hopefully a fun and or interesting poll to get some feedback on my site and content, a great idea. Polls can be used for so many things and can create great communication between bloggers.
Ready for a longer-term commitment? Find a blogging buddy and create a partnership for mutual support and growth.
For today we are meant to find a blogging buddy and set up things like guest posts and it is working on the theory of promoting each other, helping each other and bringing something new to ones blog.
I think guest posts are a great idea. I will definitely do this at some stage, however at the moment with my A-Z challenge, plus my 201 Blogging Challenge I simply do not have the time to invest in something that i would like to have a quieter time to organize, however this is definitely something that has been on my mind since before this.
Today’s assignment: invest in your community by leaving five comments, adding (or updating) a blogroll, and introducing a comment policy.
In this assignment we are meant to leave five comments on someone else’s blog, create and put up a blogroll and introduce a comment policy.
I already have a comment/copyright & re-blog policy throughout all my blogs which is on a text widget. As most of you know I comment regularly and did go to Freshly pressed to see what was going on there and with the A-Z challenge one is meant to blog hop 5 blogs a day, I was doing 10 to catch up, so that part more than covered.
As far as a blog roll is concerned, I have never been a fan. I feel that I do quite a bit of networking already, cross referencing other peoples blogs in my posts, but I relented be it temporary just to see what it looked like.
I personally feel that blog rolls can make a blog look messy and also distract from the actual post that someone has written. I find when there is a blog roll that my eyes drift to the faces etc when I am reading the post. Maybe that is because I am nosy, or do you do that too?
How do you feel the blog roll is on my blog, is it distracting, better without? I would love feedback/comments on this.
Today’s assignment: create a page or section on your blog to display links to your online presence elsewhere — and make sure other sites you use reflect your brand.
In today’s assignment we were meant to create a page to display links to our online presence elsewhere and with this to keep up the branding.
I have made a page on my top header which has my Flickr and Pinterest directly linked up to those sites so that when you go to the page you are directly there, rather than having to click a button. With regards to Facebook and Twitter, these are displayed on my sidebar on my Living in East Sheen blog, rather than a page as I see no point with it being directly infront of one when you click on my blog and too many names up in the header can make it messy. So that is my assignment hopefully done 🙂
Today’s assignment: create a 30-day plan for how you’ll grow your presence (and your blog) on the social network you selected yesterday.
In this assignment day we were to open up different social media sites, using our brand across and being active on them. The idea being not to just open them up and have them sit there with WordPress linked up posting what you post on your blog on to the various sites, but to actually go to them, look up other like minded people, comment, share, write new things on these social media sites and to work out a calender for it.
For me, I only feel I need the social media with my Living in East Sheen blog and this is linked up to Facebook which I am niggly with as I can’t link up to my page and personal profile for Eclectic, it can only be one or the other and i have a mix and match of people either liking one or joining the other so I have to manually post from one to the other to make sure everybody has everything.
I have however branded across this and twitter which is not integrated on to my Living in East Sheen page, not that I really have used Twitter yet, but I plan on dedicating one day that I will spend some time updating doing things on there. I also have Instagram for my fun photos and Flickr for my more ‘serious’ photos which I have linked up on all my blogs on a page now, instead of a follow button. These are also branded 🙂
As always thank you for reading!