Inquiring minds want to know, as does a fellow blogger.
In a recent comment, Shilpan asked me a question. This post is written in hopes of getting him an answer.
In my post titled “The Biggest Mistake I Made In Blogging”, I mentioned that my biggest mistake was not commenting on other blogs sooner (than I did).
To elaborate, commenting helped to make my blog and its community grow, but more than that, blogging became more enjoyable for me when I got involved in commenting on other blogs. It was in that interaction with other bloggers that I found my “joy of blogging”.
When Shilpan commented he worte:
Your points are valid. However, Tina Su is a big success in blogging. She has over 5000 subscribers in just 6 months of blogging. She seldom comments on any blogs. I’ve seen her commenting few times on Zenhabits. She is big on social media. So, my question is (pointer for your next blog topic) Is social media more effective than leaving comments on other blogs? I’d love to know what others think.
Based on Shilpan’s research, Tina Su’s blog grew extremely fast. Although quick growth is not the norm, whatever she did got her recognized in blogosphere, and she made a name for herself.
As bloggers, we do need to ask ourselves, “Are we looking for fast growth?’ or “Are we looking to build a community of like minded people?”.
Some of us may answer, “I want both”.
With both comes responsibility. With both comes a time issue.
In order to participate in our blog’s community, time must be devoted to answering our comments. Time must also be devoted to visiting other blogs, reading, commenting and becoming a part of fellow bloggers communities.
If we frequent social media/networking sites, that is a time consuming process, as well.
My thought on this is, it depends what we want as a blogger.
Do you want to participate in a community of like minded bloggers, or do you want quick fame (and possibly fortune)?
Do you want your blog to be a “go to” place for a niche topic(s), and let your comment section take on a life of it’s own while you’re networking elsewhere?
Do you want to be a blogger who is only active on social media/networking sites?
Where is your time best spent? What gets better results? Commenting, or participating in social media sites?
Or, do you think you can have it all? Do it all?
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