I long told myself that I would never, ever be pretentious enough to give new bloggers advices, or worse, be pompous to the point I would feel like I can help established bloggers…
You thought I was about to say that I changed my mind, right? Mouahahahahahaah Nope! I am in no position to tell anybody what to do in order to have a successful blog. I am not even sure what “having a successful blog” means yet.
But I think I know how to have fun blogging, and in that regard, I feel very comfortable giving out some of my tricks. It’s free, and the worst that could happen would be you not having fun too, right? No big risk there.
No doubt you’ll all agree that “likes” are pleasant. But most bloggers will appreciate more feedback, in the form of comments. I don’t comment all the posts I read (I’d have to spend all my free time online LOL) but I try to leave a note as often as I can. If you take a little time doing so too, you’ll soon see some people commenting back, and it will encourage some bloggers to come and visit your blog in return…
I don’t invite bloggers to come to The Cove directly. But you might have noticed that I like to leave links to stories I wrote, that are related to the post I commented on. I see that as a business card I leave behind.
But the best way to “connect” with other bloggers, and get to know other people, is to “hang out” with people very active in the bloggosphere. Now I could be selfish. I am a very hugging person, and I could not tell you about the following blogging fellas, but they deserve the shout out for bringing life to the WordPress community, so, yeah… I’ll take a chance, and introduce them, even if it might mean me getting less of their precious time!
Now, there is no particular order here… And all of these bloggers, I’ve had great interraction with (and still do) and if you pay them a visit, please mention Cyranny says “hi”!
Madame Suze and I go a long way back. She is deliciously nuts! She’s into pretty much any challenge I might throw in the bloggosphere, and her boldness is always refreshing. She might mention how old a lady she is, but don’t be fooled. She’s a young gal with experience… And having her around IS an experience!
My dear Bag Lady is also a very active in the blogging world. Her blog is full of humor, short fiction and poetry, and she is my official challenger. She really likes to dare me into doing all kind of things, and I do my best to meet her expectations… LOL
I think I initially met Irene because she was a Dane, although no longer living in Denmark. But her kindness is what made her one of the bloggers I like to chat with on a regular basis. Irene holds an online handmade jewelry boutique, and always has kind words or nice thoughts to share.
I met Trina more recently. Her humor brings me back to her blog regularly. We had a couple of really fun chats on both her site and mine, and you should definately stop by and say “hi”. She holds a weekly Meet & Greet-like event and reblogs many people’s posts throughout the following week. When I have little time to scroll through my Reader, I know I can just check out her blog and find some fun stuff to read!
Carol Anne is also a new addition to my little circle. This dear lady talks about her life in her blog, Therapy Bits, and she loves to discover new bloggers. Always kind and caring, it inspired me a lot to meet a blogger who is actually blind. I am really glad I came across Carol Anne, and I am sure you’d enjoy her company too!
I started with the ladies, because, well, it is the thing to do! But I also have gentlemen around (of course!!)
Sonofa (ok, that’s how I call him… His real nickname is Sonofabeach) seems to be everywhere! I suspect he has an ubiquity superpower! I often come across him in other people’s comment sections, and we occasionally have a chat on someone else’s blog, LOL. He also is the instigator of the Freak Flag project! Much much fun to be around… Muahhh! Sonofa!
I started following Biff Sock Pow just because of his name. I mean, you “have” to have Biff Sock Pow in your list! This Texan guy has a great pen (well, actually great fingers, but that could sound weird LOL) He might not be as active as some of the people above, but if you exchange comments with him, get ready for long, super-interesting replies!
Colin, my favorite Scottish giant, is a little quiet these days, but I sure hope it is just a phase… He used to be very present in The Cove, and always had something fun to add online conversations! I hope inspiration will find you again soon, Giant! I’m sure I am not the only one who misses you online!
Thomas is one of the talented photographers I follow (but from a distance, I’ve had my share of restraining orders over the past 2 years, hehehe) He has an incredible eye for the little things, and finds beauty in things and sceneries most people would overlook… He is also always there to give a hand and give good tips! He most definately would deserve your visit…
The next three are established bloggers I followed right from the start of my own blogging time.
You probably know Bitter Ben. He is the absolute master of bitterness, and will find bitter in any and everything in life. Couch squatter and pizza lover, he might try to make you believe he is a cold and unpleasant person, but don’t be fooled. The guy is hilarious, and always has a witty comment to throw back in your face, if you dare to poke him with a message.
OM (Opinionated Man) is… Well, OM. If you haven’t crossed his path yet, you have to visit his blog. Jason isn’t scared to give his opinion about all an anything, posts lots of pictures about his daily life (which occasionally give me an urge to Picture Battle him fiercely) and publishes poetry from time to time… He is a little less active since his recent promotion at work, but he is still around, and I always have a good laugh with him.
Last, but certainly not least, Danny is like a big brother for me in the bloggosphere. The inspiring writer works really hard helping others around. He promotes blogs, gives good tips, and bombs us with thought provoking questions daily. Always positive, he takes time to exchange on various subjects… I think he found a way to strech days. If I am wrong, I suspect him to have a twin who takes over the blog when he sleeps 😉
So that’s it for today… I know I haven’t listed all of you Lovelies, I enjoy spending time with online. I just wanted to list a couple, and I hope you’ll visit them and see for yourself how nice they all are!