Posted by Mitch Mitchell on May 5, 2008
These days I’m working hard at expanding the reach of this blog. There are two main ways it’s recommended that one works on getting blog traffic. One says to try to write at least once a day on your blog, which I’ve kept up with. The other says to visit other blogs and leave comments on them, valid and legitimate comments, and maybe people will like what you have to say, visit your blog, comment on your blog, and maybe even request the trading of links.
So I started out to do that. I have close to 100 blogs on many different topics in my Feedreader, so I figured there would be a lot to comment on. And there were a bunch of posts to look at, that’s for sure. And I speed read, so I figured I could get to a bunch of blog posts and have lots to talk about.
Well, it didn’t quite happen that way. To be fair, I’ve probably left at least 25 messages on other blogs, but out of the couple of thousand posts I saw, I had expected there might be more to talk about.
This doesn’t mean that I didn’t find value in a lot of what was out there. What it means is that there’s a lot out there that I just couldn’t figure out what to comment on that could actually advance the conversation. I didn’t want to write a bunch of “I agree” or “I disagree” posts without something else to say.
And I think that’s one of the more important things I learned from all that reading I did. I didn’t waste my time, or anyone else’s time, writing stuff that would have only been self serving. No one likes that, unless the poster is a friend of yours that you’re just happy to hear from.
Discretion; glad to see I had some of that. 🙂