You know, I love blogging! I love blogging not only because it allows me to share the things that I believe in. Not because I can roam the Internet to read and learn from what other people believe in. No, what I love most about blogging is that it allows me to interact with those people who are willing to interact with me.

That is so important, and yet the comments on some my previous posts revealed to me that not everybody believed in the importance of that interaction. Some said that it was impossible to do, that there just wasn’t enough time and that I was being unrealistic. Well you know, even though every fibre in my body was screaming BULLSHIT, I tried to be very diplomatic about it all and my comments, as they usually are because that’s the type of person I am, were very reserved.

Well, one of the comments left on this post by Scott Web showed me that there are actually some big boys who believed as I do. He mentioned a name I’ve never heard of before, Gary Vaynerchuk, and his comment led me to believe that Gary and I were on the same page on certain things.

I had to find out whether or not this was an accurate assumption, and so I Googled his name and I came to his blog and I discovered the guy knew exactly what I was on about.

I highly recommend that you watch the following video, from beginning to end. It’s a long video, and Gary drops the F bomb, as well as other expletives, on more than one occasion, but it is an inspiring as well an instructive video. I assure you that it will change the way you tackle your business, your blog and life in general.

I know that after watching this video it strengthened my resolve to continue on pushing the importance of interacting with my readers. I’ve also added his blog to my list of blogs to follow. You will find it on my blogroll shortly.

I’m also very interested to learn more the man and his beliefs and I figure my best chance of doing this is to purchase his book Crush It.

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Global Helping Hand For Bloggers Day

It’s a pretty well known fact that many bloggers exist today because they want to share their acquired knowledge with others, and this is indeed a very good thing that they do. Wouldn’t it be great though if they could go beyond merely sharing their experience in  a well thought out post.

There are many ways that we can help other bloggers, some of which I would like to outline below.

  1. Comment on their blog. This is a win win situation, as you are building their morale as well as helping to build your presence on the Net.
  2. Reply to comments left on your blog. Not everybody does this, and that’s a shame. Stand out from the crowd by showing your readers you appreciate their comment by replying to them wherever possible. Does not mean that you have to reply to every single comment.
  3. Share some link luv. Again, a win win situation as this will inform others of great content that you’ve found and may well earn some brownie points with the one getting the link luv. If it doesn’t, don’t sweat it because it’s always better to give than it is to receive.
  4. Promoting Blogger Projects: Let’s face it, most of us are pretty green when it comes to marketing, but imagine how much help it would be if we were to help when we come across a blogger who has a special talent but is finding it hard to market their products. It could be an eBook, arts and craft, a forum or whatever. Wouldn’t it be great if we could give them a little boost.
  5. Affiliate products: Almost every blogger is promoting one affiliate or another, but when we’re in the market for purchasing a product, do we remember to support one of our blogger mates?

These are just a few ideas that I’ve come up with, and I was hoping that you guys could contribute to this small list. As to what day we should use for the Global Helping Hand For Bloggers Day, I reckon it shouldn’t be limited to a single day. It should be left open, for we never know when you come across someone that you can give a helping hand.

OK, just to get the ball rolling I would like to mention a few sites. Sheryl has been a loyal reader of this blog and she seems to have a liking, probably helped by her talented daughter Cait,  for those cute fluffy animals. Well, they’ve decided to turn their love of fluffies into an online store called Fuzzy Wuzzy Anipals! These cute fluffy toys would be great for any special occasion, especially Christmas.

Just today I’ve happen to come across a talented artist called Jay Zuck, who is displaying some of his artwork on his blog.  Honestly, you should hop on ever and check them out. While there why not enter his contest to win one of his great works of art.

Then there’s Holly, another talented blogger that I’ve only just met. Not only a blogger, Holly is an author and you could win an autographed copy of her A Guppy Not A Puppy children’s book.

Finally, I’ve been having a little problem with the software that scans my email for spam and shit, as it’s allowing way too many spam emails through. I’ve decided it was time to update, and low and behold Mitch just happened to do a post on Mailwasher.  Just yesterday I decided to take the trial offer, but honestly I was so thrilled by it that I’m going to buy it from Mitch’s post, all the while hoping he will make something from it. Read the rest of this entry

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Update On Probloggers And Commenting

Well, it seems I have created quite a stir with my Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow post. I know this to be true because in a matter of a few days it’s become the most popular post on this blog. The poll on whether or not commenting can harm your blogging success so far seems to be favoring the no it won’t side, but I will leave the follow up post for when I have accrued more votes.

I sort of wonder from some of the comments left on David’s post, how many people actually took the time to actually read my post? I got the impression that people thought I was attacking the Probloggers of this world for not replying to any of my comments. How stupid and arrogant  would that make me, to presume that just because I left a comment they were obligated to return the favor.

Nope, what I was saying was that as far as I was concerned my time would be better spent to associate with people who thought the same way as I do, who thought so highly of their commentators that they interacted with them. Seeing as how some of the Probloggers pointed out that time was money and all they would appreciate that line of thought.

Also I don’t believe that I ever said that they had to reply to every single comment. Heck even I don’t do that, although I do answer most of them. :innocent1_tb: Yet a lot of the comments insinuated that was exactly what I said. :nono_tb:

One guy even implied that I did the post as a form of link bait to get the attention of the Probloggers, when in actual fact there were no links to any of them. Man, the purpose of the whole post was why I wasn’t linking to them, and linking to them in the post would be defeating the purpose.

Still, it was an interesting exercise, and I still believe in the stance that I took. I understand the time argument, as I know all about the lack of time, seeing as how I run a successful offline business, have to allow time for my family as well as maintaining seven blogs. When things are tough I simply have to be careful how I allocate my time and the less important blogs are the first one to be put aside.

One thing I have learned is that the unwillingness, or inability for the Probloggers of this world to give commentators their proper due, leaves emerging bloggers with an advantage. When there is more than one business in the same niche trying to compete for a particular market, what they do differently is what can make them successful.

As bloggers we are up against a sea full of competitors. Perhaps taking the time to interact with our readers, as well as providing good content and service will help us to stand out from the rest. And, if we were to link to others who also believed as we do, perhaps we would be starting a new era of Probloggers?

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