I’ve been writing this daily blog for over four and a half years, and I have not done much to promote it during that time After I publish my post, I add a link to it on Facebook and Twitter, and that’s about it.
I had also assumed that since I used WordPress, I was part of the WordPress community. However, my blog was a self-hosted one, and so I didn’t find out until a few months ago that I wasn’t really part of that wonderful community.
So I switched to using WordPress as my host, but I continued to promote it the same way I did before. There was some initial excitement when it seemed as if a couple of new people found my blog, but that only lasted for a day or so.
Over the past year I have also asked for help as to how to get a bigger and more engaged audience, and the responses were quite similar – make sure you are posting good content, and become more engaged yourself with other bloggers. It was certainly nice knowing that people were more than willing to share their knowledge and experience.
While it’s hard to know if I am publishing good content, I can certainly work on becoming more engaged with other WordPress users. In other words, if you want a friend, be a friend. One of the people I had asked for advice, who has several thousand WordPress followers, told me that he follows up to 500 blogs.
So now that my summer teaching is finished, I thought it was the perfect time to become a more engaged WordPress community member.
I started by first following everyone who had ever liked or commented on one of my posts, and then reading their posts and trying to add a thoughtful comment whenever I could. From there, the network of whom to follow just started to grow bit by bit, and after just a couple of days, I am now following close to 200 people.
I’ve also liked and commented on more blogs in the past three days than I have in my four-plus years of blogging. It’s been fun reading such a wide variety of posts from such interesting people.
It’s a lot of work!
I’ve probably spent close to four hours per day over the past few days just trying to keep up with all the WordPress notifications I get when someone adds a new post, likes one of my comments, comments on one of my posts, or likes one of my posts. My phone and watch have buzzed more in the past few days than in the past 10 years.
And just when I think I’ve caught up with all of the notifications, they start coming again.
I feel like Lucy in this famous episode:
I hope I’ll become more efficient at this because I have enjoyed engaging with other bloggers, but I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle it when school starts up again. Plus, it seems like I still need to follow a few hundred more bloggers! Hopefully, it won’t get to the point where I am doing the equivalent of stuffing the notifications in my mouth or down my shirt or in my hat.
Any words of advice are more than welcome, and in the meantime, thank you to those of you who have taken the time to read my posts and like/comment on them.
I’m honored to be part of the WordPress community and look forward to the bonds that are created with people from around the world through blogging.
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