DAY 9: HEAD A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE BLOGOSPHERE
Please look at my sidebar for zero to hero bloggers I now follow daily. I am at a funeral this weekend so here are some photo’s to enjoy.
You’ve already explored the WordPress.com Reader last week, and started following topics and blogs that resonate with your own interests. So why are we doing it again? Growing your community is a process, not a single task.
Today’s assignment: Follow five more blogs and/or topics.
- Because the more bloggers you follow, the more posts to be inspired by, reflect on, and respond to.
- Because getting a clearer sense of the breadth and global reach of the blogging community will make your own blogging stronger and richer.
- Because the more you put yourself out, the easier it is for others to find you.
When we search for topics to read about, we usually start close to home. The aspiring chef looks for food blogs, and the new college student searches for other blogs about university life. It’s a great idea, though — and a good habit to cultivate — to mix things up every once in a while, looking up topics you know nothing or have been curious about.
You could look up the name of an author you like, to see what others have thought about books you’ve read (feeling adventurous? You could equally search for posts about an author you’ve never read). Or, why not search a faraway country (Estonia? Madagascar? Nicaragua?) As a topic: who knows what you might dig up?
If you’re a fan of longer, thoughtful prose, check out the WPlongform topic page. If personal takes on current events are more up your alley, give WPrightnow a try. And, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to follow the zerotohero topic.
If you’ve already added topics to your Reader, you could focus today on finding new blogs to follow; conversely, if you already have a growing list of blogs populating your Reader, explore new, uncharted topics. Or mix it up with a bit of both — you can’t go wrong. If you’re not a WordPress.com user, explore the blogosphere at large and find five new sites to follow.
When you visit a blog you’re already following, scour the comments section for readers who left thoughtful remarks — it’s a promising sign that their own posts are equally interesting. You can also do some blogroll-surfing — click a link on the blogroll of the site you’re visiting, and repeat every time you’re ready to move on (pro tip: open each new blog in a new tab, so you can easily find your way back to the blog you were initially visiting).
Part of the fun of blogging is the serendipity. No matter how long you’re been blogging or how many bloggers you already follow, you never know when you’ll find a new favorite writer, make a connection that changes your blog (or your life), or be inspired in a way you never saw coming. And when you start exploring, you’re also putting yourself out there, and making it easier for others to find you.
To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, visit today’s forum thread.
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Day One: Introduce Yourself
Day Two: What’s your name?
Day Three: What’s on your mind?
Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood
Day Five: Love Your Theme
Day Six: Try a New Element
Day Seven: Personalize Your Theme
Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible