We are writers, creators, we express ourselves openly. We are all different, yet we connect in a very special way. Like Anonymous, we are legion. We are bloggers.
And being bloggers, I guess it is just natural that we enjoy talking about blogging. Painters probably like discussing colors, brushes and influences… We blog, and we have fun talking about it!
I realized it when I published my post The fine art of commenting, a few days back. I was expecting little interest, because it felt as if I was talking about breathing. We all blog on a regular basis, and aside from the newcomers, we all know the ABC about commenting. Right? But it opened an interesting discussion about our experiences, and we shared things we wouldn’t have talked about, if I had not opened the dialogue.
So I thought I’d share some other things I noticed on other blogs, and that might come in handy. Again, I am not a pro. I am not telling anyone what they should do. I’m just giving my opinion. With a little luck, it might help one or two of you, and we might share a great discussion, again!
So here are a few things I noticed, through my two and a half years here, in The Cove.
The “About” page
The “About” page is very personal to every blogger. Some like to share a lot, some prefer to keep it really short. Some will open their comment box, and others not. Some will describe themselves and give lots of details about their life, and some prefer to talk about their work, and leave personal facts private. I have no preference, I like that people don’t follow a template. Every “About” page is a surprise. The only thing I’d say, especially to new bloggers is to please, pleaaaaaase, put something in your “About” page if you have one. I find it disappointing when I click and get the “This is an example….” message. If I access your “About” page, it is because you’ve intrigued me. I want to get to know you better… So please, don’t be a tease!
How can I call you?
Wether you choose to blog under your real name, or prefer to take a pen name, makes no difference to me. But I really like to have a name or nickname to refer to, when I talk about you… Some bloggers’ avatar display their blog’s name. (Example… MyDangBlog – GREAT blog, by the way) I talked about “The girl from MyDangBog” for a while, and finally asked how I could adress this kind lady, while exchanging comments one day. It really helps to put a name or nickname on someone, instead of just seeing them like “that blogger”. I think mentionning how you’d like to be called in your “About” page is the best way to do it. That way, you won’t get asked all the time 🙂
In my experience, this is pretty much a 50/50 matter. Some blogs have a “Contact” page, allowing readers to send a private message via email, and the others don’t. It is pretty personal, but I think that if you’re into mingling and making connection with others, it is a good idea to offer this option to your “followers”. I never had any problem with people flooding my inbox, or sending inappropriate messages. If that’s what makes you hesitate, maybe you could use an alternate email adress, just for your blog? There are sometimes things a reader might want to tell you, just not in public. Personally, I like when I have the possibility to reach bloggers directly. It gives a me a sense of closeness. But hey! That’s just me!
I’m no professional about widgets, even after two years and a half. But one thing I appreciate in a blog, is when it has research options. There are many available… The “research” widget, allowing you to search with key words. The “Archives” widget, letting you scroll month by month. Or the “Categories” widget, a lot like the archive one, only searching posts that share the same tag. This comes handy when you’ve been blogging for a while. When I really like a blogger, I enjoy going back to older posts, but if I have to scroll down endlessly, I lose interest quickly. If you’d like your early posts to have a chance to be read, even after months have passed by, think about it!
So… That’s about it for today. Again, just my opinion 🙂
Anything to say about any of these points? I’m up for the discussion!