How to discover new blogs.

EDIT: As of June 1st, 2018, some of the below points are no longer available. The Daily Post has halted CP, FF and Daily Prompts. Other suggestions still apply. I will try and research new/ more ways when I have some free time. You might want to check out my friend’s new site https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/ for all sorts of community events for the time being.

It took me an embarrassingly long time to get a single view on this blog. This blog was born to help ME, so when I hit “Publish” for the first time, and did not get a comment or a “Like” for a while I did not really care. I was new. This was normal. But then I wrote another post and waited a few days, and then wrote another post… and it just seemed like not only was I the sole writer, but also the sole reader on this blog. “Is that what blogging was supposed to be like?” – I asked myself.

Regrettably, I do not remember what got me my first view, my first “Like”, or my first comment. But things have picked up a bit. Nothing crazy like thousands of followers, hundreds of “Likes” and comments a day, but sufficient enough that I started to feel connected to other fellow bloggers. Every now and then I learn new nifty ways of discovering new blogs, and so I thought I would share those tricks with you to encourage YOU to widen your blogging reach.

Disclaimer: This IS a lengthy post, but you do not have to read the whole thing. The idea is that you scan through the sections in bold (+bullet points) to see if you know about it or not. Once you encounter something you would like to read more about, read the entire paragraph. I also included “bottom lines” for those with strictly limited free time.

First Friday. (I believe once you register your blog, you automatically start to follow The Daily Post, so these posts can be found in your Reader’s feed.) This is a recurring post published by The Daily Post. As you might gather from its name, it happens every Friday (possibly with some Holiday related exceptions), and it is a fantastic platform for brand new bloggers. The general idea is for the newbies to post a link to their first post, which should have been published in the last 30 days. But this is not just an event for the newborns. Blogging veterans can get in on the fun, too. Let me break it down for you.

  • New bloggers gain exposure by posting a link to their first post. By doing so, they put themselves out there so that other bloggers can check their writing out, and maybe suggest some tweaks (ex.: adding an “About” page, editing a “text widget”, or deleting the first default post). This creates an opportunity for a mentorship program of sort. It is the best time to ask questions and polish the visuals of your blog. I often encourage these first-timers to visit the links posted by other bloggers in the very same situation. That enables them to connect with other fellow beginners and they can mutually help and encourage one another. Also, if the newbie plays their cards right and finds an “in” with one or more of the more established bloggers, it makes it possible for them to speed up their network building process. The more you interact with a powerhouse, and he/she returns the favor, the greater the chance of you getting noticed by others. Bottom line: visit blogs of other newbies, as well as those of the people who offer their help. “Like”, comment and follow them IF you choose to do so.
  • Established bloggers can gain a lot from this event as well. First and foremost, to me, it is a way of giving back. I am so grateful for the lessons I have learned, that I wish to pass them onto others, so that they can make the best of this blogging experience. You are potentially helping someone succeed. You are able to mold these new bloggers into something you wish to see. By helping, you make this blogging world a better place. They come in and a lot of the time do not know what the etiquette is, how people interact, what kind of posts draw the most attention, etc. If you put time and effort into nurturing these chicklettes, they will grow and blossom. (Wait, an animal and then a floral analogy in the same sentence? I am too conflicted to pick just one and stick with it.) Not only will that give you a sense of pride, but it might also increase your numbers. Number of people who follow you, and whom you follow. Bottom line: visit blogs of newbies, and maybe even of those more established bloggers whose helpful comments towards newbies inspire you. “Like”, comment and follow them IF you choose to do so.

Community Pool. (I believe once you register your blog, you automatically start to follow The Daily Post, so these posts can be found in your Reader’s feed.) This is a recurring event hosted by The Daily Post every Monday (possibly with some Holiday related exceptions). It is a place where ANYONE can post a link to ANY of their blog posts. While First Friday mainly focuses on the first steps of the child, the Community Pool is more for kids who are now beginning to run. (Yay for a consistent analogy!) By posting in this thread you increase your chances of gaining exposure and traffic towards certain posts of yours. If people like what they read, the might end up browsing further, leaving feedback, “Liking” and maybe even following. Now, this is not a one way street. You do not just post your link and then leave, hoping you will just get all the glory with no effort. The point is to leave a link to your own post, but to also visit other bloggers. To critique their stuff. Maybe even to relate, “Like”, comment and follow. I know these things can be time-consuming. There are times when I am determined and I go through EVERY link. It takes me a few days to do so, but it is very rewarding. However, sometimes I do not have much time, so I device different techniques of choosing the links I click on. It makes me feel terrible about the blogs I miss out on… Bottom line: share a link to one of your posts and visit as many other links as possible. “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

Your own blog. I have made it a habit of mine to reciprocate. If someone visits my blog and leaves feedback and/ or follows, I take the time to check their site out. There are many people that I do not follow, but who read my posts and comment on a regular basis. I do not let that go unnoticed. When this happens, I go and catch up on their latest postings and “Like” and/ or comment when applicable. It is important to me that I keep that communication line flowing and that I do not close myself off. What I am guilty of, however, is that I do not respond to random “Likes”. There was a negative situation in the past in which I was involved, and it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Some people spam “Like” on random blogs just to get traffic to their blogs. While it looks like it works for some, I am not a big fan. If we have an established relationship, I appreciate it when you “Like” my posts, and I will “Like” yours (and most, if not all, of the time I will leave a short appreciative comment with it). But if it is a random “Like” by someone who does not say anything, someone whom you will never see again, it feels disappointing to me. I would rather focus my time and attention on the more engaged part of the community. Bottom line: reciprocate. Do not just bask in your own glory. Go and spread some light on other blog sites. “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

Other blogs. There are a few ways to discover new blogs through the sites of people you already follow. I am aware that not all blogs have these options, but I sure make full use of them when they do. Once you are done reading new posts, make sure you scroll/ look around, and if possible, give these options a chance. The following actions might catch their attention and they might come to check out your blog in return. It might lead to a great, new friendship.

  • “Blogs I follow” (or something similarly named), is usually a section located at the bottom of every post. Take advantage of that. If you and the person you follow have similar taste (you should get a feel for that sort of thing after a while), chances are you will also like the blogs they follow. Bottom line: When you have a moment, visit those, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • “Posts I like” (or something similarly named), is also usually a section of one’s blog, which you can locate at the bottom of every post. Pretty self-explanatory and similar to the point above. It shows you the last few posts the person you are following “Liked”. Bottom line: Check it out. “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • “Recent comments” (or something similarly named), is also found towards the bottom (or to the right) of a post, and contains the latest comments on this particular blog you are visiting (not for this particular post, but for the blog in general). Now, granted, it does include the author’s comments, so you might not always be able to see third party comments, but sometimes you can. This allows you to see if they commented on a post that was interesting to you. And you could make a split second decision to give THEIR blog a shot. Bottom line: read their comments and if they are in line with your thoughts, or if they just peak your interest, check their blog out. “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • The comment section. This is an expansion on the point above. Once you read someone’s post, do not just “Like” and/ or comment. If you have more time, and would like to network a little, make sure to scroll through the comments. See if someone says something you find interesting, or something funny, or something confusing. Anything you have a reaction to, really. Feel free to “Like” their replies, add to it, and maybe follow them to their own blogs. If they follow the same people you follow, and if they have similar thoughts on the subject at hand, it might be a strong indicator that the two of you could connect. (I have more on this subject later. An additional option. I saved the best for last.) Bottom line: scroll through the comment section and check out the blogs of people whom you find interesting. “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • Avatar collage. This is not something I currently have, but am considering for the next time I customize my theme. Some bloggers have a mishmash of avatars on the right hand side of their blogs. It depicts those whom they follow. Bottom line: take a look at those every now and again, and see if any of those images tickle your fancy. Go to their blogs, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • Award posts. I find this option vastly underused. Admittedly, it can be hit or miss, but in my opinion, it is worth a shot. You know these “Liebster”, “Sunshine”, “Versatile”, etc. blogging awards? They are so prevalent and they serve as a great opportunity to meet new bloggers. If you are one of the nominees, make it a mission of yours to visit other blogs that were nominated in the same award post. Not only does it allow you to size up the competition, but also to connect with your fellow nominees. Bottom line: check out other nominations, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

Social media blogging groups. Not too long ago, I joined a couple blogging groups on Facebook, and it surely helped me discover new bloggers. I have not had a lot of time to nurture this recently, but I will pick it up again once I have some more time. There were two drawbacks to it though. One, not all of the blogs are WordPress based, which means it is harder to follow them without having to subscribe with an email, you might have to log in to post comments, and they might not show up in your Reader feed. Secondly, there are so many bloggers, which can get quickly overwhelming because of all the links posted. Bottom line: if you like social media and have the time, search for blogging groups, join them, discover new blogs, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

Prompts. The Daily Post hosts these daily prompts, which are single words meant to inspire your original posts. They also have various photo challenges for anyone to participate in. If you follow the rules correctly, your posts will be featured on that day’s prompt page, making it more visible for other participants. Because I am not a daily blogger, I do not usually participate in these. However, I do like to participate in a weekly flash fiction challenge every now and then that is hosted by the Carrot Ranch. I make it a habit to read through ALL submission once all is said and done and discover new blogs that way. I also encourage others to use the prompts I use in my creative writing weekly post and to create their own pieces. Some have done so, and I could not be happier. Bottom line: if you participate in a prompt (or any other challenge) challenge, be sure to review other submissions, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

Reader. There are a few options in this menu that I would like to discuss.

  • Discover. This is a site you are also automatically subscribed to, once you create your blog. It can be found on the left hand side of your Reader. “A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress.” Supposedly. I encourage you to check it out. Since there is just one added every day, it does not take long for you to check it out. However, I have not really had much luck with that. Bottom line: check out the post for the day, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • Tags. If your blog is about a limited number of things (i.e unlike mine), ex.: fashion, be sure to add “fashion” to your tags. What that allows you to do is view other posts  containing that very tag. Bottom line: add some tags you are interested in, check them out, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • Search. This option enables you to type in a word or a phrase and lists posts and sites, which somehow relate to your search item. This is different from tags. The “Search” menu does not look through tags. It was explained to me that there are different mechanisms involved when browsing through tags and plain content. Hence, the separation. I have found a secret, which helps me discover new blogs this way. In the search bar I type in “ALL”, and then sort by date, which enables me to see the latest posts published on WP. That way I do not limit myself to tags and search phrases. It allows me to find new blogs I would never think to search for. Bottom line: search for what excites you, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.
  • Conversations. It is a relatively new option, available to us. While there are some things I wish I could change/ tweak about this feature, I sure am making the best of it. Remember the section in which I discussed other blog sites and the comments under their posts? The Conversations are a second part to that. My OCD pushes me to view any new post from the people I follow ASAP. Yes, I have a life, yes, I have a full time job, yes, I have a ton of personal issues, but I like keeping in touch with my blogging community. So, when I do have the Reader in front of my face, I cannot just skip a new post. However, I noticed that by commenting so quickly after they are published, I miss out on interactions with other commentators. People usually come by that post a few hours, or even days later. This is where Conversations come into play. There, you can find all of the posts you commented on, and they are updated (brought to the top) as someone new responds to that same post. How can that help you discover new blogs? Say you commented on a controversial blog post last week and there were not many (if any) other comments below. Chances are you were overloaded by other new posts and forgot about it quite promptly. Conversations serve as a reminder. You can easily see what you said and what has been happening in the comment section since you left. Again, because of this, you are able to read other interesting comments. You can choose to unfollow a conversation if you do not find it interesting to clear up your queue a bit. But I found that sometimes no matter how many times I do so, the conversations are still there. Bottom line: It also keeps the conversation flowing. Feel free to reply to other comments. Check their blogs out, “Like”, comment and follow IF you choose to do so.

If you were to take one thing from this detailed post, I would like it to be reciprocity. I do not mean “follow for follow”, but more in terms of “interaction for interaction”. It is not really tit for tat that I am encouraging, but a sort of etiquette. It is discouraging to people when they get invested in your blog and leave constant feedback but you never check out their domain. It makes them feel like you do not care. And if you do not care about them, then they stop caring about you.

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Do you employ the above-listed tips in your blogging adventure?
Do you have additional ways of connecting with other bloggers that you would like to share?

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        1. That’s good that you got around to them. When I first stated, I felt somewhat overwhelmed. Also, I am usually not the person who reads the manual first. I just go straight to using/ building the item and consult the manual if I encounter a problem and need a solution. Or later down the line, when I’m comfortable, but would like to find out some new features. That’s exactly how it was with WP and blogging, too.

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    1. This comment was edited by floatinggold. (deleted link)
      While I welcome blog sharing, it would be nice if you put in a bit more effort than just a selfish self-promotion link. – by floatinggold

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  1. First of all, I am sure a lot of effort has went into this very informative post. So yeah, kudos to you for that!
    Secondly, this post is surely going to help so many out here.
    Also, I love the way you’ve formatted this post. Giving bottom lines is a great idea!

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    1. Thank you!
      It took a while for me to do, but I wrote it in hopes it would help other (especially new) bloggers.
      And thanks for the commenting regarding the formatting. I tried to make it as readable and approachable as possible.

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  2. Absolutely brilliant post, so helpful! I didn’t hear about the daily post until I had been blogging for a bit, and it really widened my blogging experience! I found new blogs that I love and follow and also got some more followers myself which is a bonus! I wish it was more well known for new bloggers!

    I do a lot of the things you suggested in this post regards to being reciprocal which I think is so important, but definitely picked up some tips on finding new blogs!

    Thanks so much! 🙂

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  3. I’m glad you persevered. I remember starting just like you with no responses and then discovering sites like Friday fictioners which gave me an audience and like you following other bloggers and seeing where they led me. Over time you find the blogs and challenges that interest you and you find your writing improves as you read other bloggers and go about writing something each day. Great post this one, we need to encourage all bloggers in what they write.

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  4. This is a great thought out post! I think there’s a lot of good points, the community pool, reciprocating and engaging are definitely things that I found all helped get more blog engagement. Took a while to figure it out but a post like this early in would have helped a tonne. 👍

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  5. Well…. I have to reblog this!

    First of all, three years ago when I started i knew nothing about it, i didn’t follow any rules, i didn’t know about the community pool or whatsoever , I discovered everything by myself. I hated the “i follow you and you follow me back”, i discovered soon enough about the fake “likes” but i read very often other’s blog that’s how I attained a few real followers.
    But lately (a few months ago) i started swimming in the pool too and it’s fun!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      ME TOO! I found myself learning and discovering this on my own, and thought that I really would like such a guide back when I first started.
      Yes, hanging out by the pool is fun. I just need to remember to bring drinks next time.

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    1. WordPress is goofing up. “Press This” is now supposed to be the new Re-blog. Or so I’ve hear.
      Also, I just had a minor heart attack, because: last night, I saw a lot of comments come in, but I had to get some sleep. I woke up this morning to only the newest comments in my Notifications. Couldn’t find the old ones that I knew were there… So had to go into “Conversations” and go from there. However, at some point, my conversations were empty. Everything wiped. I refreshed and it was the same. Empty. Glad they are back, so I can answer the comments.

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  6. I have found the community pool and Facebook blogger support groups to be great for connecting with other bloggers! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. I really just started using the Conversations a week or two ago, really. Because I interact quite a bit, they do stack up, so I try and “unfollow” the conversation when I think I’m done with it (when no back and forth is needed). Helps keep me organized. And enables me to find new bloggers. The notifications just alert you about the interactions to YOUR comment. So you end up missing out on some potential interesting comments of others.
      And then, like this morning, my notifications got overwhelmed and showed only recent unread things. I knew there was more. I saw it before I went to bed last night. Because of the conversations, I was able to go back and reply to those comments that Notifications could not hold due to the traffic.
      What I tend to do (mostly after Community Pool) is go to the Likes section of Notifications and click on each of them to mark them as read. That way there is more room for comments in the “Unread”. That makes it easier for me to maintain, as well.

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  7. Excellent post. I totally agree with the reciprocity premise, it’s polite and you can “meet” new folks with new ideas, there is always something to learn when you start exploring. Today you taught me a lot, I haven’t properly checked out Conversations or the Social Media Blogging Groups. Thank you.

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  8. I find I sometimes search for key words in the search bar. I’ve discovered some good blogs that way! It’s a very hit and miss though, I tend to only use this search option when looking for reviews for services or products, so it only seems to be good for those things. But lifestyle blogs (for example)? Not so much in my experience. Good to know about the fb blogging support groups. I’ll check it out! I’m always on the look out for new people to follow!

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      1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words. I cannot always dedicate a lot of time, but when I do, I enjoy it. Also, Krista (who hosts some of the posts) nudges me into the right direction with suggestions. I try to live up to her standards.

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    1. You’re right about the hit and miss in search. That’s why I think just checking out the latest new posts is what works for me. It enables me to connect with people who are online/ blogging the same time I am, which helps when you’re building an interactive community. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Why is WordPress doing this to me? You’re the second person this week. I leave a comment on your post, but it just disappears after I confirm the reply. Could you do me a favor and go to “My site” – “Comments” – “Spam” and see if they landed there? Once you approve them it should fix things.

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  9. The are several things I already do and picked up another or two I am bookmarking for further reference might even try that press this function on it…..
    Great post I bet it’s getting a whole lotta notifications!
    I have noticed that nothing grows your audience more than reciprocity… You read others they sometimes read you back (some don’t though) but you should not be the one who does not return visits….
    One of my next posts will be on why I don’t return to some blogs.
    ~B

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    1. And I’ll be curious to read it! Can’t wait.
      I’m glad you found it an interesting read. Feel free to re-blog or Press it, if appropriate.
      Yes, not all “read back”, but that’s ok, because I have no power over it. What I CAN do, is, like you say, not be the one who does it. And I definitely strive to do my best at that.

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  10. Hello 🙂 I just stumbled over your blog this is the first post I came across and I am very interested and looking forward to reading more of your content it is very informative and helpful as I have just started out blogging and feeling the same (not many likes or readers) but I am new and posting and publishing my work because its what I love to do (i can talk all day) haha! hope you read some of my blogs! again, can’t wait to read more of your work 🙂

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  11. Good info ,glad to know I am doing what I can to connect with new blogs. I spend a lot of time reading post that I follow and comment. I read the comments and they sometimes lead to people of common interest. cheers and thanks.

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    1. Yes, indeed. It sucked me in. I spent a few weeks doing all this and then realized that there are so many other things in my life I needed to take care of. I have to skip First Friday today. It happens. But when I have some free time, I use it to the fullest!

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  12. And I take time every day to read 5-10 new blogs..if I like I follow. Usually I follow 3-4 from those I read. Sometimes (if not too busy) I can check 25-30 new blogs…I find them via my “tags” 😉 (in real time only) u can switch in reader…

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  13. Your early blogging experience resonates so well with me. Now, I just keep on writing even when I’m feeling down as my site is really in a pitiful state. Glad to have stumbled with this post. Your advices are indeed golden; helpful even for someone as technically-challenge as me.

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      1. I appreciate you taking time checking my blog. If you have suggestions and recommendations, I really would treasure getting feedback from you.

        More power! Looking forward to reading a lot more of practical tips and words of wisdom from you😍😊

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  14. Excellent advice! I always enjoy reading your posts because it contains some of the most thought worthy content. I certainly took a few pointers away from this, and gleaned new insight on how better to apply available resources. Thank you!

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  16. I use some of these tips and I noticed some people like as many as 10 of my posts in one minute. I immediately know they did it for attention and not because they read or liked anything. So comments are a little more important to me than likes.
    I also reciprocate a lot and know every single blog that interacts with me in the comment section by heart. I try to check out their blogs very chance I get cus it’s just different with them.

    These are very detailed and helpful tips.

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    1. Welcome back. Consistency is important. The more you’re around, the more people you get to connect with. It does not have to be daily, but somehow regularly. I will check out your latest post.

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  17. This is extremely helpful to me! I’m new to blogging (outside of Tumblr, if you’d call that blogging in the first place) and am plunging in with the primary goal of keeping myself on a consistent writing schedule. I’m an English major and want to go into writing and teaching, so I feel a lot of pressure to gain a following before I graduate in 3 years. Thanks so much for the post! If you’d like to check out my blog it’s jessdepaulaxo.wordpress.com 🙂

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    1. Welcome to blogging. I hope you enjoy the ride.
      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.
      Setting a consistent writing schedule is very important.
      It’s good to have goals (like you do), but at the same time, make sure to focus on the journey, not just the destination.

      I have your blog open. Will return to it tomorrow, as it’s getting late. See you there.

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  18. Tumbling around in wordpress looking for new blogs to read and–hey!–found this. Lots of great stuff. I appreciated your tag at the end giving a link to the source for the image; good idea. Other good format ideas too and I need to re-read your suggestions so I’m going to reblog you (and follow you)! Thanks!

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    1. I’d be curious to know how exactly you stumbled upon my blog, but I am very grateful. Thank you for reading and leaving such a kind comment. Happy to have you among the blogging crowd. Hope the tips help you. Feel free to ask questions if you’re unclear/ wondering about something. I will try to help whenever possible.

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  19. I just re-skimmed your post and didn’t see any comments about reblogging. I’ve never done it. Well…I HAD never done it until tonight when I reblogged this post. I didn’t realize that results in the intro to your blog showing up in my blog but for someone to read the entire thing, they click through to your blog. Thanks for letting me test out another WordPress feature. Whoot!!

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    1. Ha! That is awesome that I inspired you to try something new. It feels great to hear that.
      I do not do much re-blogging (if at all) because of some pre-conceived notions I had when I started this blog. I am re-thinking it, though. Who know what will happen in the future.
      It definitely is something that could help people discover new blogs. Good call!

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  20. I’m a new blogger who had no idea what First Friday or the Community Pool was! Thank you for sharing – this has been very informative.

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  21. I started blogging in January, so I am still fairly new to this. I stumbled across this post, and loved it! It is very helpful. Most of the bloggers that I have been in contact with have been incredibly generous with advice and instruction. This post is another example. I am still finding my voice and trying to figure out exactly what to focus on in my blog. Most of my posts start out as an article about running, but I don’t really want to write only about running. I am kind of rambling here….If you would like to check out my blog, here is a link
    https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/compassion-and-faith-the-moth-in-the-flame/

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world. I am honored that you stopped by my site. That’s great to hear that you had such positive experience so far. Indeed, most bloggers that I have met so far have been nothing short of helpful.

      It’s ok to not know what exactly you want to write about. Your blog will evolve with you and time. Just do what feels right for you and go from there.

      Going to check out your blog next.

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  22. good morning
    I am a Bengali and my national language is Bengali,
    Sharing a post in English is not easy for a Bengali.
    But what is the need for so much work?
    To annoy you by commenting again and again
    I am sorry for that. Thank you very much.
    Hope your body is good.

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    1. Welcome to the magical world of blogging, then.
      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.
      That’s a great attitude to be open to all feedback. I shall visit your site soon.

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          1. Thank you we need help we appreciate your Insight on things to do we don’t know what to do and your help is greatly appreciated if you wished further do so thank you very much and you have a wonderful day too

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  23. Love! Love! Love! Reasoning completely makes sense! I follow other bloggers that interest me. I comment to send the message(pun intentional) so you know I actually read it! And I have very diverse interests so I follow what appeals. Cheers,H

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  24. This is a gold mine and extremely “user friendly” for the newbie blogger. I just began my blog a little over a week ago. I started a blog close to 2 years ago and stopped due to re-evaluating my “why” for blogging, and also to further grow personally so I could have more to offer content wise. So, I’m not a newbie per se but I can definitely co-sign on this post and say that you are on the money and I got even way more from this than I learned during the time when I was growing a following years back. Your blog is also gold, and this was beautifully written. Thank you for posting this!

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    1. Thanks so much for your complements. I’m glad you were able to find this post useful.
      I hope you figured out the “why” now. Just remember that it’s ok for our blogs to evolve, because we as humans constantly evolve as well.

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  25. this was sooooooooooo helpful i could put 10,000 o’s but not a good idea thanks for the post! loved it i will try it!
    my blog quotestoencourage.wordpress.com

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  26. Thank you so much for writing this. Growth on my blogs has been slow (not that I’m in this for the publicity) but I’ve been wanting to interact more with my followers and fellow bloggers. This post has given me a ton of ideas on how to do that- it’s so helpful!

    Much Love.

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful words.
      It can be challenging at times to keep at it, but it can be a lot of fun, a great source of inspiration, and an outlet to your thoughts.

      I’ll check your site shortly.

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    1. Actually, there is no “favorite” blog. There are so many different great blogs that I cannot choose. It depends what I’m in the mood for. They all offer some great reads. Be it funny, serious, poetry, stories, advice, etc.

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  27. Thank you for this information. I will have a look at joining in with some of the community activities you have described. I have had blogs before but I don’t think I really took advantage of the networking opportunities available. I am blogging for my own sake, but it is always nice to be noticed a bit as well isn’t it? 😀

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    1. Blogging for yourself is a great start, because that way, you don’t get too disappointed in the beginning. Anything extra is a nice surprise.
      Actually, the Community Pool/ First Friday, etc. is now closed as of this month, leaving us all to despair. Those were phenomenal ways to meet new people. I wonder if they are coming up with something new instead, or not. Due to lack of time, I am unable to research any new possible ways to discover new blogs. But, hopefully, in the near future, I will, and I will share with others.
      For the time being, you can look around my friend’s special blog, meant to bring us all back together. It’s still not as busy as CP and FF used to be, but it’s worth a shot. https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/

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  28. Hello, I am new to blogging. But just now I found that daily post ,which is a site through which a new Blogger can connect with other bloggers as my friend said, has halted their page. Now I am screwed! I don’t know what to do to connect with you all!

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    1. It definitely is a bit harder nowadays. There are a few other ways on the list that are still valid. The Reader/ search is a great option. And getting to discover new blogs through the comment section of those you follow.

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  29. Thank you so much for the time and effort you’ve clearly spent on this. It’s both tremendously useful and encouraging. I’ve been hunting down blogs to follow so you’ve answered several questions and I’m looking forward to going and investigating how to put my own post on Friday Firsts now too. Many thanks!!

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    1. Unfortunately First Friday and Community Pool have been recently shut down. It’s a big hit for all of us, who liked branching out and getting to know new blogs. Other ways still stand valid.

      I will definitely check out your blog when I get the chance. Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. I do not drop a leave a response, but I read a ton of comments on. I do have some questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be only me or do a few of the comments come across as if they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online sites, I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of all of all your shared pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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    1. English is not all of my visitors’ native language, so such comments might come off weird. However, I understand that it’s difficult for them to come out and attempt a conversation on a primarily English based platform, and I appreciate their attempts.

      Thank you for your interest. Currently, I am only writing on here, but I also do have a Twitter account, which I post my new blog posts on. Feel free to follow me @EnneaGramType8, so we can connect. Also, you can follow me on here, and/ or subscribe to email notifications.

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Rachael Ritchey

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from famine to feast

recovery and growth, things that interest me, occasional deep-thoughts, and semi-regular poetry

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