A Virtual Hello
Today’s Blogging101 task involves socialising online – something that now comes quite naturally as I spend much of my working life managing social media accounts. Nevertheless, it’s daunting to step into someone else’s carefully tended blog space and leave your muddy footprints where they’ve just vacuumed. Hopefully, arriving with a fragrant bouquet of compliments and comments will make me welcome.
Apparently there are 7,000 of us on the current blogging course and it’s tempting to run about following each and every blog. What is the capacity of WordPress Reader, by the way? Bit worried it might explode, if I follow too many! Naturally the choice is narrowed by personal preference, so that helps. Then I had to have a stern word with myself and just pick a few. Tomorrow is, after all, another day.
I followed the task instructions methodically and had a look at Reader, viewing some of the recommendations under Writing and Blogging first. The title Stroppy Editor immediately appealed to my work persona – and I wasn’t disappointed. Chalk up one follow.
Next I looked at the You May Like section. And I didn’t. But wait! Isn’t that my Twitter friend Lucy writing about Travel and with a picture of Concorde on her current post? A must! This is more like it!
I tried the Search function but without much luck. It raised the question – if I tag my blog post ‘humour’ will it be found by someone searching for ‘humour’? Sorry, American friends!
Support, encourage and interact
So far, the blogs I’d found on Reader all have large, active readerships. Remembering that part of today’s task is to support and encourage my fellow students, I’ll mention the gems I’ve discovered so far.
One of the bloggers I followed on Day 1 was London Paris Milan Bla who had chosen a lively, literal interpretation of today’s task. I immediately took her up on one of her excellent recommendations and followed LaChouett.
Another światło jest w nas is one of the several international blogs, which will inspire my & tickle my language learning muscle daily. I love the gentle way that the author has of encouraging others to join her in reading her blog. Have you discovered your Statistics yet, dear reader? Great fun to see where in the world your readers are located!
So now we have some blogs to follow and also some followers to call our own, let’s head down to where the action is and have some fun!