I started blogging to keep track of my projects. I wanted to have an archive of my attempts and be able to see the progress I've made over the course of time. And, the blog is great for that. But, let's face it, part of the reason a lot of us blog is to get feedback; we want suggestions, tips, compliments, etc... It's time to turn thing up a notch. This year, I would love to expand my reach. During the last couple years, I've tried different ways to generate traffic- I can't tell you how many comments I've left on other people's posts, OY VEY!, trying to spark interaction with fellow bloggers. The return rate, in my experience, is about 10%- Kind of a shitty investment when the capital you're spending is time, and you already don't have much to spare. However, I've discovered people respond, overwhelmingly, when there's something a little sweeter than nice words in it for them; hello, GIVEAWAYS! Yes, that's right. I am not below bribery. Each month for the next year, I plan to host a giveaway. The rules will vary. The games will change. The prizes will be swell. Giveaways will be announced on the 15th of each month and will end on the last day of that month. So, keep your eyes peeled.
Additionally, I'm going to work on my consistency. I was more than a bit wayward during the spring/summer months last year, and the blog suffered as a consequence. I would like to work-on a more regular schedule and my accountability to this space. So, feel free to abash me with verbal abuse if I pull any disappearing stunts.
I am all ears to your suggestions for blog-building. What keeps you coming back for more? What sorts of features do you find yourself drawn to?
Also, when it comes to comments, do you like a response in the comments section? Do you prefer a visit and comment on your own blog? An email?
I look so forward to continued interaction with you all! 2013 RESOLUTION Pt.1