Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BLOGGING - Tips On How To Grow An Audience



SKIRTED ROUNDTABLE - WEEK SIX:

This week's blogging topic takes up where last week's topic left off: how to grow an audience. We just had soooo much to say on this subject, we needed more than 15 minutes! On this podcast, listen as Linda, Megan and Joni share their concrete tips on how to get more readers and increase the traffic on your blog.

Listen here:





NOTE: This week's Design Topic is "Designing for the Sexes" - how to deal with male clients, especially when the wife and husband are not in agreement! This podcast should be online by Thursday. AND look for our first guest host joining the Skirted Roundtable in the next few weeks. We think you are really going to enjoy our first guest!!

21 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

Great suggestions from each of you! Keep your content fresh - it's always frustrating when you keep checking back and it's the same old thing.

Pigtown-Design said...

WOW... i should have waited until the total end of the conversation! Thanks so much for the kind words, girls...

(i am pretending to live blog your topic, or live commenting!)

Style Redux 2 said...

Bravo. I spent all afternoon listening to each of your past discussions and they are all so excellent! You have confirmed many things about blogging that I figured out by trial and error, and have given me new ideas as well. One idea I had which is working well on growing an audience and blogging in general is that I started a DC Design Bloggers Group. We have monthly get togethers. This month's was a tour and high tea at Stefan of Architect Digest who you mentioned. This is great for networking, picking each other's brains, supporting each other's blogs, and friendship. I will look forward each week to a new edition of The Skirted Roundtable.

Linda Merrill said...

Our pleasure Meg!

Style Redux - thanks for devoting so much time to listening to our ramblings! And the DC Bloggers group is a great idea!

btw - I must get some kind of award for most tortured turn of phrase to date on SRT: "Non other blogger readers"... haha

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Linda, Don't worry - we always know 'what you mean'. Back to the topic: I have a saying in my home "If you want a friend, be one." and I think this is the very essence of blogging. The more you seek out, read and leave genuine comments - the more you grow...I just have my fingers crossed that blogging does not become elitest - that would be such a bummer. I want it to stay real; flaws, mistakes and all. I also know that showing gratitude goes a long way. Thanking readers is so important. Meaghan..you are so sweet..you fall for cute buttons and all and Joni, you shoot from the hip honey.
Hugs, LP

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Sorry "Megan" (correct spelling)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

All very good suggestions! One other thing to include would be that rather than just naming your posts carefully - name your photos descriptively! I find that I get 100s of hits a day from people doing image searches!

Another great topic would be how to get your readers to comment -I have real problems with that. I've tried everything from giveaways to asking questions in the posts. I think about 1% of my readers will comment! It drives me nuts seeing my numbers on statcounter and then having no clue who they are or what they think (which is why I started to blog in the first place!).

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Joni, Linda and Megan! Another great podcast...I'm so addicted!
:-) Thanks sooo much for the kind words for Between Naps on the Porch and Tablescape Thursday! Can't wait for the next installment...such great topics each week! :-)
Susan

katiedid said...

Always look forward to what you all have to say. Such good advice. As you said...blogging takes alot of time and thought. Sometimes balancing it all gets to be too much. Maybe a topic on how to manage it all....or maybe how to streamline or be more efficient would be great! I am having a particularly hard time keeping up at the moment!

VictoriaArt said...

I am happy very time I can listen to a new podcast from you.
This subject is so interesting, not only it touches every blogger but also because I am a new blogger and still find new ways to find an audience.
I feel so often only bloggers read my blog, but I know others do too. I regularly invite people I know, former clients, friends and people I think might be interested and let them in on some subject, or send a link to a post they might like and I get a lot of response and some readers this way.
But I feel to be responsive to other blogs is very importend indeed! I like to find my niche and hope many will eventual follow...
Thank you for the good advise!

XX
Victoria

So Pickin' Cute said...

Thank you SO much for this post. I have been googling "how to get more blog followers", among other things, and have been silently following other blogs for a long time. I will have to start making comments.

I agree with ArchitectDesign - I see a lot of hits on my site meter, but NO comments, and it drives me crazy. I do understand though, because I don't tend to comment on other posts - I just enjoy the photos.

I do have a question about blogging etiquette - Is it okay to use pictures from other blogs, as long as I create a link and give them credit? I have been doing it since February, and used to ask permission - but that got old quickly, since there are so many photos that I borrow!

Thanks again.

~Abby

Terry said...

I so enjoy your voices and actual conversation. Ideas that can take hours or days to develop in posts and comments take minutes in live conversations. That is what is so great about the DC blogger Tea y'all had.

And that's a problem with comments. They always fall short as a real conversation.

About attracting readers who don't read blogs: I urge my clients to blog about things their competitors aren't blogging. That's pretty easy because most of their competitors don't blog at all. So I might blog about my chia pet topiary garden in Atlanta. There just might be a great potential client out there Googling for it. He may never read blogs but might find the info he wants in my blog and give me a call.

Terry said...

On getting people to comment: You can set up your blog to make it a bit easier for the commenters.

Just speaking as commenter: I want the commenting process as easy as possible. I don't want a new comment window to pop up. I don't want to click to "see original post."

I don't like the captcha's (entering the letters in a box) and I don't like having to get my comments approved. Now I understand these but since I'm a good guy I don't like them.

If all blog commenting systems behaved the same, that would be one thing. But we have Typepad, Blogger, Wordpress, and others; and each have different options. Sometimes I just don't want to fool with them. Making your first few comments is intimidating. A huge number of folks will never comment. I mean, my wife will never comment. She's too busy.

Terry said...

I just had a couple of nice notes from the GSO's (Great Skirted Ones)" Point one: That thank-you notes work in every medium. Women know this much better that old guys like me.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Great topic. Thanks for the shout-out for my Hooked on Fridays blog parties! It really does help bloggers get new readers when they participate (in any blog parties--not just mine!). I join them whenever I can.

Lisa said...

Another great visit with you all. Always fun to listen & i always feel so much smarter at the end of a session!
You mentioned Twitter & i wonder if your twitter followers seem to be a different group from your bloggy followers?
Lisa

Maria Killam said...

Another great talk ladies! The 3 of you are a great wealth of information, thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and listening to your podcast. Susan of Between Naps on the Porch mentioned you.

Regarding the topic regarding hot to get non-bloggers to read your blog, I, along with many others, found blogging via the HGTV.com, Rate My Space site. I was addicted to that site and often folks would say, "Visit my blog at ..." I would look and was impressed with what I saw. I have been blogging since the first of the year and have made many on-line friends.

Thanks for the tip about magazine blogs. Keep up the good work. I'll be back.

Crystal said...

I found you guys via a new Twitter post and I'm really pleased with what I heard. My blog is brand new (colorlovelife.blogspot.com) and I'm still trying to figure out my footing and what it is I want to tell or do with my blog. There were some very helpful tips here, so I thank you very much!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

oooh, how very fun this is to listen to. I wish I had time to be a bit more strategic about my blog but so, so busy right now and my travel schedule is so hectic. eeek! I agree, would love to hear a blog post on life balance and how blogging fits in.

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