Build a Better Blog: Pay Attention to a Reader

Build a Better Blog: Pay Attention to a Reader

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For this week’s task (#22), you are to choose one (or more) of your current readers and do anything out of the blue that acknowledges them, shows them that you value them, and highlights them to your other readers.  Darren Rowse, aka Problogger, shares a few ways to do this:

  • Promote a Comment to a Post—sometimes readers make insightful and wise observations and tips in the comments of your blog. While they’ll be read by a handful of people in the comment thread, why not pull it out and use it as the basis for one of your posts—highlighting the wisdom conveyed and the person who made the comment.
  • Write a Post about Their Blog—visit the blogs of those leaving comments on your blog and pick one that resonates with you to post about.
  • Send Your Readers to Comment on Another’s Blog—write a post that links to another’s great blog post and suggest to your readers to head over and comment on it on that person’s blog. Shutting down the comments in your own post and saying that you’ve left a comment already on their blog can help make this more effective.
  • Give Readers an Opportunity to Promote Themselves – invite them to link up or share something about their own blog in your comments.

I think I’ll dive head-long into this one and take a few angles.

Top Notch Blogs

First, here are some of my favorite bloggers.  Check ’em out and let them know I sent you!   You could also check out the March Madness on Ministry to Children for some great kidmin blogs.

Top Notch Posts from Readers

Kidmin Blog Madness: Making it Work for You (by Wayne Stocks)

Nine Do’s and Don’ts of Post Tantrum Follow Up (by Adriel at the Mommyhood Memos)

Presenting the Gospel, Part #1 (by Wanda at Kidtrek)

Five Ways to Connect to Other Children’s Pastors (by Jeff at Kids Ministry Blog)

Talking to Your Kids about the Sermon (by Joey at a Different Way)

Now, Your Turn!

If you’ve got a great blog or know of a great blog, leave a link and a short description in the comments.  Maybe you’ll be the featured reader soon!

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Comments

  1. Thanks Lindsey 🙂

  2. Thanks for the mention Lindsey! Here is the link: http://themommyhoodmemos.blogspot.com/2011/03/after-storm-9-dos-and-donts-of-post.html

    I tried to respond by email but you must have your blogger account set-up without a “reply to” email address. Not sure if you were aware of that so thought I’d let you know! 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great week so far. I’m rained in with my busy little toddler so……… you can imagine how that’s going! 😉
    adriel recently posted..heaven and a donut- a pregnant woman’s living wish

  3. Adriel, thanks for the post information and the heads up on the email. Got it fixed now!

  4. Keep up the good posts- great work.