I’ve decided to take up the challenge set by Julie of Notes on Paper to write 300 blog comments in 30 days. Here’s why:
* I’d like to get back into blogging regularly. My blogging has lapsed this year for several reasons: not having anything interesting to blog about, not having time at the computer because of having a puppy to look after, and having 2 blogs, I often can’t decide which one to write!
*I am everso guilty of reading blogs and not commenting. I would hate to think that people read my blogs and don’t comment. I simply don’t know if people read my blogs or what they think about my posts if they don’t comment. I aim to rectify this and aim to comment on every blog entry I read from now on.
*Like Julie I want to write considered comments, so this will make me think deeper about the blog entry. I’m hoping to get some new ideas from the blogs I read, both new things to do and ideas on how to improve my blogs
*I’d love some new readers! I’d love to connect with more people in the blogosphere, and the only way to do that is to leave comments!
*With all the other ways of connecting with others, ie facebook, instagram, twitter, there is often talk that blogging will disappear. I hope not! Blogging is more in-depth, and I love it! I’m going to do my own little tiny bit to keep blogging going.
Like Julie I am going to keep a record of the blogs I visit, and the ideas I would like to come back to. I’m not sure whether I will read 300 different blogs, or whether I will leave several comments on some blogs. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve been thinking about how to find new-to-me blogs. I recently started dressmaking again, and decided I’d like to read sewing blogs. I simply googled ‘sewing blogs’, and soon worked out which were the leading sewing blogs. I did the same for gardening blogs, and found a lovely blog that I regularly visit (but don’t always comment!) When I first started blogging 10 years ago(!!) I had recently started scrapbooking, and had soon linked up with other scrapbookers, writers and photographers. Over the years the bloggers I have connected with have changed. I’ve dallied with art appreciation (a painting a day), family history, organisation (Simplify) and health issues such as my recently diagnosed diabetes.
Other ways I use to find new blogs:
*Other people’s side bars (I used A Stitching Odyssey’s side bar for sewing blog reading for ages before I started SewLindyLou)
*Comment-a-thon. Start on one blog, choose a comment, then visit that blog and so on. This way you get to visit blogs on entirely different subjects.
Linky’s. For example, Rinda’s Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt
Swaps. I’ve found several new scrapbooking blogs this way.
I like to keep my favourite blogs in a list on my side bar. I don’t use blog readers.
I’ll keep you up to date with my progress, and what I learn. Are you going to take up the challenge? How do you find new blogs?