Yo yo yo.
Part 3 is going to be straightforward. Here goes:
1. Comment on other people’s posts. But don’t just write, “Great post” or “I just wrote about that on my blog, too! Check it out at www.playingmom.com.” Take the time to visit other people’s posts, Tweets and statuses and they will take the time to visit yours.
2. If you get the opportunity to Guest Post on someone’s blog who is already established, DO IT. It should be a post that is written solely for that person’s blog. I am still spinning my wheels trying to come up with a post for Scary Mommy (the first Mommy blogger I ever read and my friend’s BFF from high school). I am nervous because I barely have enough ideas for my own blog at the moment! At this point, she’ll probably reject me for taking my sweet ass time.
3. If you’re serious about getting a mass following, networking, marketing yourself and improving upon your craft, go to blogging and social media conferences. At least that’s what I’ve heard. Some of the popular ones are Bloggy Bootcamp, BlogHer, Blissdom and SheCon. If I asked Cory if I could hop on a plane with the intent to drink wine and shoot the breeze with women bloggers in an attempt to broaden my blog’s exposure while leaving him alone with the kids, I think he would laugh heartily in my face. After all, we all know this is like a written family keepsake for me and nothing more. Sometimes I get stars in my eyes, but I wipe them away and remember I have hundreds of dollars of merchandise for a business that I need to launch by summer. Monetizing my blog? Maybe someday. Probably not.
4. Giveaways. Not some baby blanket you got as a gift but can’t return because you’re past the 90-day return period. If a big company isn’t knocking down your door, think outside the box and give away a product that you believe in and think people will like. Then post your giveaway on Twitter, Facebook and your blog. Entries can range from commenting on or “Liking” a post to spreading the word through retweets. I haven’t done one yet. I never said I’m a successful Mommy blogger – just that I know what they do
5. Update your content regularly. Notice how I just went 5 days in-between posts? Yeah, don’t do that.
(This post is dedicated to ELW – welcome to the world, baby girl!)