Even before I started blogging, I was reading about blogging. To this day, I continue to do so.

I read blogs about blogging written by seasoned bloggers as well as those written by new bloggers. Can we ever know it all? I don’t think so.

This new blog of the week (NBOTW) is about blogging. Some of the topics are the same as you’ll find here, some are not. It’s when this author puts his spin on the subject, we begin to see the issues a little differently.

In his post, “Your Blog Sucks”, he reminds us of negative aspects that can drive our readers away:

Hazardous Navigation: I can’t figure out how to move through your blog, there is no way I can find your old work, all I can see on your sidebar is Private ad banners and affiliate links. You should have saved some space for Popular post or Blog Archieve

For those bloggers who are wanting to build their community, there’s nothing better than offering incentives to your visitors. He suggests: “Let These Plugins Help You Build Community On Your Blog”. To elaborate on one great plugin,

Top Commentor Widget:
Thanks to lists like Yan’s *Blogs with Google Pagerank and Top Commentor widget*. Top Commentor has become huge hit among blog reader who wants to get some link juice. This cute little widget adds a list of top commentators to your sidebar. Which is Dofollow (you can make it Nofollow if you want) and it appears on every page of your blog (you can restrict it to your home page if you want)

Would you like to LOSE blog visitors? Probably not. This NBOTW wrote an inspiring post titled: 4 Things To Help You Lose Plenty Of Blog Reader Every Day. in which he says,

Too Early Monetization:
I don’t care if a site has a couple ads trying to make some money, but if your page is messed with more ads then content, then don’t expect your readers to stick around for very long. I am not saying you are not allowed to make money with your blog. Or you can’t have ads on your pages. Just don’t let them get in the way of your content and buttons.

As you can see, this blogger addresses issues that apply to all of us. His blog is a great read for any blogger looking to expand their blogging knowledge base.

Today’s “New Blog Of The Week” is named Blogger’s Lab. The author is Sunil Pathak, from Mumbai (India).

Sunil found me and since then, has been active in the BWAB comment section.

Please join me in re-welcoming Sunil.

Welcome again Sunil. Enjoy your reign as “New Blog Of The Week”.


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  1. Added to the growing RSS feed list… Thanks Barbara!

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  2. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve just popped over to Blogger’s Lab, and it looks a great resource, Barbara.

    The articles really seem to focus on both the technical side and the ‘art’ of blogging too.

    I definitely like the information, so I’m going to sign up.

    Great work, Sunil!

  3. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I can use all the help I can get to learn more about what is possible through blogs. This sounds like a great resource! Welcome Sunil, and congratulations on NBOTW!

  4. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    MOrning. will check this one out, only because it comes at your suggestion. Thanks B.
    Just signed up will see how it goes!

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  5. Ulla HennigNo Gravatar says:

    Just signed up. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    i am flattered Barbara. i have no words to thank you for all the kind words you said for me and my blog. maybe my recent post can express what i am feeling right now.

    @Alex thanks for subscribing to my RSS feed, hope you enjoyed reading my blog,

    @Scott and Lance those words mean a lot to me guy, you are always welcome on Blogger’s Lab

    @Natural and Ulla i am eagerly waiting for your view about me and my blog :)

  7. I agree with all of his blurbs. I’ve seen some blogs try to monetinize too early. It turns me off and I probably won’t give them another chance. They don’t seem to be blogging because they love it. They just want money and that’s it.

  8. I ditto Lance on this one. I enjoy learning how to make my blog the best it can be.

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  9. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome Sunil, and congratulations on NBOTW! I think I have still a lot to learn and for what you have written Barbara, I do!

  10. I just checked Sunil out for the first time and I see that he’s got some interesting stuff there. Thanks for the headsup.

    We just can’t seem to get enough about blogging. Fascinating.

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  11. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve read Sunil’s posts often and enjoy his perspective and lessons, too.

    Congratulations, Sunil, on a well-deserved honor!

  12. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Coincidently, I just left there (obviously my reader’s in alphabetical order). His post today is about why we fall in love with certain blogs. Breezy and well worth a read. Thanks Barbara.

  13. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I’ve read Sunil’s work before. Bloggers Lab is a brilliant name isn’t it.

    I laughed out loud when I read the bit about navigation. Until recently my own blog was so difficult to navigate that I had to Google my own posts.

    Great choice for NBOTW. Congratulations Sunil.

  14. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barb,

    Funny. I have read some of Sunil’s comments, and said “I agree with what Sunil said.” I have a feeling this blog is going on to my “every day” list.

    Congratulations, Sunil. I’ll be over VERY shortly to subscribe!

    Outstanding choice, Barb!

    Rita

  15. Al at 7PNo Gravatar says:

    Sunil – congrats on being NBOTW!

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  16. Ellen WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sunil. Good to see you around. Your blog will be a welcome addition!

  17. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I have been to your blog several times but have not signed up until today. Thank you Sunil for a great post and good, valid information for us beginners.
    I love learning new things and I can understand what you are sharing with ease.
    Thank you.
    Thank you Barbara for such a good pick and suggestion

  18. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    @Karl there is a community who like this types of blog (Making money online) who feel thrill reading paid reviews and clicking on affiliate links :( these people worship John Chow & Jeremy Schoemaker

    @Stacey like you all me too like learning from bloggers Like Barbara and Darren Rowse

    @Vered thanks for your warm welcome

    @Tom thanks for visiting my blog and taking time out of your busy schedule to share your thoughts with me, like you i hate post which is writen exclusively for Stumble or Digg

    @Linda i would love to read those words on my blog 😉

    @WD thanks again for visiting my blog every day, i love your one liners :)

    @Cath i wonder how terrible you must be feeling when you cant find your own content, i think you should install Lijit plugin on your blog it will make things easier for you and your readers.

    btw there is enough free space on your sidebar for Popular and recent post widget :)

    @Rita glad to know i have one more subscriber under my belt :)

    @Al Thanks buddy

  19. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    @Sunil,
    I subscribed to the ENTIRE post – not just under your belt. I assume that’s OK.
    :-)

    Rita

  20. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barb,
    Sorry – feisty just took over, and there’s been a LOT of Friar today and well, maybe you can explain… :-)
    Rita

  21. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi All,

    Thank you for giving Sunil such a warm welcome. That’s what I love about all of you; you welcome the NBOTW authors with open arms. You’re all awesome. :)

    Hey Sunil,

    You’re doing a fabulous job of answering the comments. :)

  22. Hello Sunil :) Nice to meet you and congrats on being the NBOTW.

    I’ll head over to your site.

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  23. Congrats! I love Bloggers Lab it is a fun way to learn new stuff about blogging. You two are the best!

  24. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    Hello John nice meeting you too, you and every member of this wonderful community are always welcome on Blogger’s Lab

    Hello Dr. Sundene glad to know you enjoy reading my work,

    BTW your absence on my blog is killing me :)

  25. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Ellen & Patricia I am sorry ladies i completely missed your greetings (thanks Barbara for reminding me )

    @Ellen thanks for your warm welcome :)

    @Patricia glad to know you understand my post (even though my English is not good). about learning new things, i have few really good post exclusively for new blogger like you and me about SEO and blog optimization. try to digg my SEO and Blog Optimization category. :)

  26. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Sunil – I had seen Lijit on other blogs but I didn’t realise I could get it as a plugin. I’ll give it a try.

  27. Congratulations Sunil!

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  28. Mike FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent points! I am always looking for ways to improve my blog, but agree that content should always be priority one.

    peace,
    mike
    livelife365

  29. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    @Cath Lijit isn’t just a simple wordpress plugin, its kind of networking tool which let you include sites (in your case Blogs) to be crawled when your reader search on your site, this tool is particularly useful if you have good network of blogger within your niche.

    you guys can leverage your traffic by including each other in your lijit network, so your reader easily get what he seeks.

    i have all my friends and commentors on my lijit network, so when a reader search something on my blog, lijit sider will search their blog too for a given keyword or phrase.

    you can read more about Lijit and signup for its services by following this link

    http://www.lijit.com/about

    Thanks Bamboo and Mike hope you guys enjoyed your visit to my Home (My Blog)