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  • http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Gary,

    I dig each one of your tips.

    It’s funny; keeping things simple works. Take responding to comments. I’m sitting here in Savusavu, Fiji, blogging from paradise, and I can honestly say that responding to each blog comment I receive played such a big part in my success.

    Some days I stayed up late. Other times I got up early. Whatever I had to do, I did it, to become an engaging blogger, to build a community and to let readers know that not only do I care, but I’m listening too.

    Way back, I made the silly mistake of not responding to comments, as I felt I was too busy with creating new posts to do so. Bad, bad mistake. I lost readers, and missed the opportunity to build a raving community of fans around my blog.

    Lesson learned; now I respond to each comment within hours in most cases, and I’ve already received some 400 comments in the first 3 weeks of my new blog. More people show up to the party when you ask questions, receive comments and respond quickly, to each comment.

    It shows that you care, and that you are listening….and as bloggers, we better care, and listen, and respond, and prove how much our readers mean to us….because they MAKE our blog, our blog.

    Otherwise, we’d all be writing diaries.

    Thanks much Gary, simple, powerful points here.

    Tweeting in a bit.

    Ryan

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  • http://frantic-naturalist.com/ Vernon Swanepoel

    Hi Garry,

    I’m somewhat surprised to see so few comments down here, as I was reading the post I was thinking there must be hundreds.

    I’ve been reading a good bit about blogging recently, hoping to improve my own reach with my blog. I often read blogs on nature and travel and other topics that interest me, but, coming to the ‘meta blogging’ blogs, I was really amazed just how spammy the ‘blogging about blogging’ space is. So many blogger seem to think of blogging as this machine, put in a bit of effort (often not that much), add the latest wiz SEO and promotion techniques, sometimes even outsource the whole thing. WHY BOTHER?

    I totally agree with you. Blogging shouldn’t be this machine, but that a social extension, a way to meet and get to know people. I have a solid and obvious business objective on my website, but my blogging and social media interactions are really about getting to know people. The more I do it, the more I’m convinced that the fake, hacky way of doing it is just pointless.

    Excellent read, thanks.

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