I read ProBlogger's article the other day giving tips on producing a more successful blog. It was written more for those folks out there who actually make money from their blogs. (btw, I learned that there are bloggers who blog soley to make money from ads placed on their pages. So, apparently getting hundreds of hits a day is traye impoortaunte for them.
In his tips, he suggested that we consider the first impression our blogs make, because readers will decide whether or not to look around based on the emotions they experience in the first three seconds of viewing.
My first reaction was one of dismay. Oh no. What impression is my blog making? Should I change my header again? Is my sidebar too busy? Too boring? omg, I don't know, I don't know.
And then I remembered I'm not here to make money. I thought, hmm. My blog is personal...maybe even narcissistic, since in the end, it is written for my enjoyment.
But. Then I remembered something else: Impressions are Important. I like the folks I've met in the creative world. And I want to meet more just like you. I think that means I need to lurk less, and comment more. Those of you who know me, have probably noted my IP in your logs...and shook your heads...Cat's lurking again. why doesn't she say something? Well, I'm gonna. I'm going to make a point of commenting on the beautiful images I'm seeing out here.
I love getting comments, so I should assume other illustrators and writers do, too. In fact, anyone who hasn't disabled his/her* comments section, must hope to get some feedback on his/her* entries. So I'm making a promise: I will visit at least 7 blogs a day, and comment on at least 5 of them. If I can't think of something intelligent...I'll at least try to be coherent.
As to the matter of impressin' y'all...My Social Success depends it.
Ugh. That Sidebar - Does it make me look fat? It's a little late for me to worry about what folks think of my commie proclivities. So I won't be removing my political causes.
What I will do is clean up my links. It's not that I'll be omitting any (hell, I've got 20 or so that need adding.) But I'll try to group some of them the way I did Montana bloggers and Poets.
I'm also determined to put up at least 3 entries a week, and 15 per month. I can't promise this, because of health issues, but it is my priority.
*Will someone PLEASE invent a singular, third-person, possessive pronoun?