Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bloggiesta Challenge: 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do

Hannah from Word Lily is hosting a Bloggiesta challenge based on the post 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do at Daily Blogging Tips. Here are the rules:

1. Read the post, 10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do.
2. Rate yourself (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being muy excellente) on each point. How are you doing?
3. Brainstorm examples of what you can/will do to improve your ratings in those areas that could use improvement. And/or:
4. If you feel you’re doing particularly great in one area, share examples of how you’ve reached such excellence.

Once you’ve done that, post it on your blog and come back here to leave a link, or at least share the highlights in a comment here.

By now my eyes are crossed from working on my blog all weekend, but I thought this challenge was too good to pass up.

1. You must not expect results overnight.

True. But I have something to add to this one. You must not be surprised if things happen faster than you expected. I started this blog with the expectation it would take years to build a following. I was completely unprepared for how fast things took off around here. So, I don't think my expectations were too high. If anything, they were too low.

My personal rating: 5

2. You must not ignore your readers.

Wow, I could not agree more! (Mini rant ahead) Nothing burns my biscuits faster than bloggers who do not respond to emails or comments. I know people are busy, but I'm not talking about temporary situations. I've met some people online for whom this is a perpetual problem. No matter how interesting I think a blogger is, I'm just not interested in being anyone's groupie. I'm here to build relationships, and that's kinda hard to do if the conversation is one sided.

So how do I fare in this area? You readers are the best ones to rate me. I try to respond to comments as often as possible (fell behind this week, but I intend to catch up).

Anyone out there feeling ignored? Leave me a shout out in the comment section and I'll be sure to say hello. :)

My personal rating: 4

3. You must not scrape another blogger's content.

I'm pretty sensitive to this because it happened to me. I put my blog name on my feature logos and a book blogger actually took my photo with my blog name and posted it on her blog. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...I think.

One thing I'm guilty of doing is finding photos on google. I grab them from clip art sights and not people's blogs. But I should check into the ethics of doing that as well.

If you ever see anything suspicious here, call me out!

My personal rating: 3.5

4. You Must Not Expect Success Without Promoting:

I actively promoted my blog the first month or two, and since then I've done a few interviews here and there. But other than the interviews, I haven't intentionally promoted this place much since the start-up. The main reason is I'm overwhelmed with the pace of things right now and need to catch my breath.

When I have a novel to announce (or when Serena or Julia have novels to announce) the promoting will kick into high gear again.

My personal rating: 2 (in moratorium)

5. You Must Not Be Another Blogger.

True confession time.

I wanted to be another blogger. I admired this blogger's voice and wished I could write like her. When I realized I couldn't handle the work load around here alone, I did the next best thing...I begged her to come join us.

Her name is Serena Chase, and she hasn't posted much yet, but you all are gonna love her. So let's amend this rule, to "If you absolutely must be another blogger- beg, plead or cajole her to come join you."

My personal rating: 2...But hopefully I'll get over my Serena envy now that she's here. :)

6. You Must Not Fail To Update Your Blog Regularly

I don't have a set schedule, but I post three times a week pretty regularly.

My personal rating: 5

7. You Must Not Ignore SEO

What's SEO?

My personal rating: 1

8. You Must Not Ignore Networking

I'm active on discussion boards and twitter, but I do tend to ignore my Facebook presence.

My personal rating: 3.5

9. You Must Not Have An Unreadable/Unnavigable Site

Not too shabby, huh?

My rating: 5

10. You Must Not Throw Mud Around

All right, I'll deduct a point for the mini rant in number two. But otherwise, I think I'm pretty good.

My rating: 4


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