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


  1. Whew! You've been busy this weekend!! You're last two posts have really inspired me to step it up. I have a lot of work to do.
    You have a great blog, by the way! :)I think some of those deserve higher scores than you gave yourself. ;)

  2. I have been busy, but it's not too late for you to join Bloggiesta! Why don't you play along?

  3. Excellent post! I saw Neil Pasricha of the "1000 Awesome Things" blog at a literary festival. The main thing he said about blogging is that you have to do it for others, and not yourself. Seems like you are definitely doing that, so kudos! -C

  4. Hi C!

    It's all about relationships isn't it? I mean, if it wasn't we'd all be out there reading a good book instead of a blog. LOL.

  5. Great challenge, I could do this I think, still may even, lol.

  6. Good article! I actually linked to it and read a few others.

    I think I noticed your site right away when I began blogging because it's easily navigable, and I could get my questions answered quickly: who you were, what you'd be blogging about, what's on this site that's interesting. If it's too hard to find that stuff out on a site, I give it up! So job well done!

  7. know I love your site! :o) I love your blogging 'voice' as you inspire me to read more.

    PS...SEO is Search Engine Optimization. With Blogger, you can post some code into your blog and then use Google Analytics. I still can't figure out how to read everything in the analysis, but I managed to get the code pasted. ;o)

    Happy Sunday, sweet bloggy friend!

  8. AWESOME! Love your blog & I'm around a lot so I'd know! LOL!!
    as with the pics, it's one of those things - if you leave the info on where you got the pic or a link to the site you're generally ok. However, I usually just use dreamstine or another site that allows for you to take content without notes. it's pretty easy to find good free stuff if you need it.

  9. Hey Joy! Thanks for posting this! It's a great reminder and I got some ideas from it.

  10. Whew, ladies, I'm gonna have a serious case of eye strain before this marathon is over! Myne, you should definitely join. Last Bloggiesta I wasn't an official participant but I learned so much just by watching everyone else.

    Thanks Renee Ann, I love blogs where I can find info easily too. Must be the teacher in us? :)

    Thanks Larri! I'm gonna research what you're talking about and if I need help, I know who to come to.

    Thanks Gina, I'm going to look into dreamstine.

    Hello Holly! Glad you found it helpful. :)


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