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The Courtship Behind Successful Blogging – NaBloPoMo

“People are watching you, whether you realize it or not.  The question is: what are you showing them?”  ~ Jeff Goins

You can’t love blogging and not love communication.  If you’re going to blog, you have to embrace the fact that you are entering a world of fluid conversation and community.  Neither of those aspects work too well without a sense of relationship.

There are different types of successful blogs and the relationships behind their success.  Blogging for larger businesses is of course different from blogging for individuals.

If you subscribe to a blog owned by a company, it is likely you do so because you like what they have to sell and perhaps want to know when they have new information, releases or sales, etc..  And as a reader/fan, you likely hope the said business will listen to your opinion when you comment.

It behooves the business to communicate directly with their customers.  You are, after all, their greatest asset, the established customer.  If they want to keep you as a customer, then they should invest in your experience.

When you are an individual, the relationship takes on a more personal pitch.  And make no mistake, successful blogging is about developing a successful relationship.  To create a successful relationship with readers, as with any kind of relationship, your blog must court.

There are of course all kinds of relationships in the world.  The relationship between life-partners, between co-workers, between mother and child and best friends.  They all have variations on their rules.  But they all have a period of getting to know each other.

What are you going to say and how?

Successful blogging is a casual communication skill that rides a balance somewhere between traditional writing skills and effective public performance, whether we’re talking about public speaking, or something less stuffy like the art of story-telling.

So what experiences are your readers having?

If blogging is a conversation, do you do all the talking?  Or do you listen too?  If blogging is about community, how do you fit in?  Are you an active and contributing member?  Or are you the quiet one in the corner who never gets involved or helps with anything?  Or worse yet, the arm-chair warrior who always complains, but never has anything to positive to give?  Or the pyramid scheme salesman of the family?

If blogging is like a performance, what is your purpose?  What information and message are you trying to get across?  And can you keep it succinct?  What emotions and experience do you wish to invoke?  What memories will your reader walk away with?

If blogging is a courtship, what kind of date are you?  Always talking about yourself?  The gossip?  Or concerned with things that don’t matter much to anyone else?  Are you careful about your appearance, manners, behavior?  Are you articulate and a good conversationalist?  Or are you shy and hope someone else makes the first move and then feel disappointed when things don’t turn out as envisioned?

And most of all, are you true to yourself?  (Don’t be a fake.)

If a blog was the perfect date (or best friend), what attributes would it have?

As you ponder on these things, here’s an interesting article I found about the value of blogs vs. traditional print in science.


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Blogging – What’s In It For You? – NaBloPoMo

Are You Getting The Most Out Of The Experience?

Yesterday’s post stimulated some serious thought on my part about the whole blogosphere experience.  Those of us who are really into the social media experience across several platforms and genres tend to have an innate finger on the pulse of the culture and reasons (both spoken and unspoken) behind the relatively new universe of blogging.  After all, it’s a new frontier that’s barely about 13 years old, the same age as my son.

But what about you?  Why blog?  What’s your specific purpose?  What’s the point?

It’s within our human make-up to have purposes behind the actions we take, the experiences that we choose, even the things we ignore or pass by.

So if you’re going to blog, what’s in it for you?  What do you get out of it?  Do you blog for yourself, writing what you want?  Or do you blog for others, trying to write what readers want?

What is your vision?  What are your goals?  Fun?  Education?  Controversy?  A writing exercise?  A journal?  A journey?  To make friends?  Network?  Sell your products?  Find yourself?  Stave off boredom?  A place to whine?  A creative expression?  Humor? What?

Do you expect visitors?  Do you simply fling words out to the Universe at large, hoping they might come back to you in some new form?  Or do you blog to find your voice?

Why do you do it?

it seems to me that if you’re going to blog…
if you decided you wanted to jump into this world…
then you must have at some level hoped you would connect with others.

Whether your purpose is kinship or contention, somewhere you probably wished, or expected, that your words might be read…
that those words might actually impact someone…
somewhere out there.

And no matter your purpose, no matter what you think you might get out of it personally, content and delivery is what will determine whether your words are ever really heard.  Yet to be successful, you must have the former to go with the latter.

Some thoughts to ponder until tomorrow….


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Writing Prompts Bite – NaBloPoMo

It’s NaBloPoMo time of year again.  National Blog Posting Month.  That month of November for writing that is so near and dear to my heart.

Yes, that’s right, I’m going to plague you every single day for the month of November – already.

And I have less of an action plan ready than I did last year, but I don’t care.  I’ma doing it.

I didn’t want to use November 1st as the obligatory announcement.  That’s so last year, and the year before and, well you get it.  How interesting is that?  The whole world of NaBloPoMo all writing to let everyone know this is it.  The big month, the time of year we all look forward to.  Just how many posts like that can you read?  And just how much can you tell about a writer from that?

Still, here I am, day two and what. I’ve got nothing.  No ideas.  I’m tired, it’s Friday and I haven’t had an interesting idea all day that doesn’t require a couple of hours of research. (Darn it Julia, you’re doing it again!)

So I head over to check out prompts.  What can I write about that isn’t researched or journalistic but still interesting, or entertaining.

I use NaBloPoMo as a writing exercise to write.  That’s what it is to me.  A chance to push my skills and make the commitment.  A pledge to annual training.  A tribute to my readers.  An exercise in intelligent discussion.  A step into a bolder me, because it ain’t no exercise for sissies.  AND it’s FUN.

And today’s prompt?  “Where would you like to live?”

Seriously…?  O_o

I can’t.  I just can’t.  That’s like my second grade paper.

And so I looked over the other prompts, which were just as boring as the first.  Who wants to read that?  Um, ‘cuz hey, I like NaBloPoMo because it’s fun and creative.  And creativity wasn’t even slightly provoked in those questions.

I want to know more.  I want to know the story behind the story.

I want to know, what’s the first thing you think of when you see the color blue and why?

I want to know, if you sat by the railroad tracks nearest to your home, what birds you might see?

I want to know, what food in your life has had the most impact upon you and how?

I want to know what it was like to hold your first grandchild?

I want to see things not just from a different angle, but from your mind.

Why do you write?  And why should I read?

I want to notice you.

Make me.


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It’s NaBloPoMo Time Again!

It’s that time of year! 

Starting November 1st, I shall be stepping up my game and madly striving to write 30 posts in 30 days for the annual NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) November Challenge. 

This year, I didn’t prep.  I didn’t plan.  No thumbnail sketches.  I don’t have any idea how I’m going to get started.  Or any idea how I will end.  But I am committed to trying and that’s all that matters. I’m not even entering my usual blog into this contest.  It’s Aberrant Crochet all the way this year baby!  (And this month, crochet as a subject is definitely optional.)  I’m registered, got my badge up, I’m ready to go.

The first week is easy enough, the second week not too bad, come Thanksgiving and we’re all scrambling.  “Excuse me dear child of mine… you volunteered me for what at the school Thanksgiving Feast??”

Cheer me on?  Please? 😀

Good content, bad content, doesn’t matter.  It’s all about making the commitment to sit down, to write and to publish every day, minimum one blog post a day, pushing our writing skills to the max and without exception! Even when all our ideas are dried up!  Even though we have jobs. Even though we have kids.  Even though we get sick.  Even though our Thanksgiving turkey blows up.  Whatever!  Can ya do it?

Think it’s easy?  Let’s see you try.  Join us over at NaBloPoMo.

Anyone else?

Leave a comment in this post along with a link to your blog (and brief description) if you’re participating so we can support each other and even non-participators can cheer us on! (We’ll need it closer we get to the end of the month, trust me!)

Supporters, post your cheers and websites liberally in the comments as well!

BlogHer recently took over the management of this challenge/contest (yes, there are even prizes), so the entry process is a little different this year. Be sure to read the links below if you want to get involved. It’s free!

FAQ’s here: http://nablopomo.blogher.com/faq

Details here:

Badge Here: http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-november-2011-badge

Here’s a list of fellow blogging crocheters from the Crochet Liberation Front who are also joining in the challenge
You might check them out and cheer them on too!  I’ll update this list with more if any others step up to the plate in time for the deadline.

Crocheting Bloggers Participating in NaBloPoMo From The CLF:

(Karen Whooley): http://www.krwknitwear.com/blog

: slackermomof4.blogspot.com

: http://www.freshstitches.com/wordpress

: http://treeinthetitle.blogspot.com

jadesfire: http://madeinoxford.wordpress.com

AkuaLezliHope: http://zencrochet.blogspot.com

crochetcollection: http://crochetcollection.blogspot.com  – This one will have a twist – crocheting a motif and blogging about it every day for 30 days!

Good luck everyone!


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