Blog Tips

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Drive traffic to your Blog:

If you are a typical blogger like me, you love more people “following” your blog, love to receive all those psychedelic “Likes” and read lots of “Comments”.

Many SEO consultants can help drive traffic to your blog. However, if you are like me, you probably don’t fancy dolloping dollars.

There are other avenues to attract traffic, which incorporates the fun derived from blogging. And what I propose will save us the trouble of learning yet another skill-set. (Have you figured out how to use twitter? Good for you. I’m still figuring out all the features in Facebook!)

First off in our mutual help plan is:-

Monthly Blog Pick (Click to see how it all started)

Once a month I feature a Blog. It helps highlight the Blog to readers and helps me too. Mutual self-help at its best, I reckon. You can do it too. (I’ve since discontinued this due to time constraints but hey, feel free to use this idea (2 Nov 2013)

How does it work?

We visit and post comments on each other’s blogs. Based on the number of comments I receive – and I always visit bloggers who leave behind comments – and if I enjoy your blog content, I shall feature your blog on the First Monday of the Month.

My Blog Pick 2012 – See my post Sunshine Tales and Verses. Ian Grice blogging as IANSCYBERSPACE had this to say:

“Well now that was an unexpected treat Eric. All of a sudden I have new friends in the WordPress universe…”

My Blog Pick March 2013 – I selected nightlake blogging as call2read. Within 24 hours, she received new followers and posted a very welcomed comment:

“…wanted to thank you once again for the kind appreciation of my blog and its selection as the blog pick of the month. 10 new appreciative bloggers are following my blog, thanks to you.”

My Blog Pick April 2013 – I enjoy Jane Stansfeld and had to select her, even though I had been reading her posts for only a few weeks. Check out her blog at jstansfeld.

“…Thank you, thank you, this is generously kind of you…I consider your selection and feature an awesome honor. It gives me a wonderful feeling…I always enjoy coming to your blog for both your provocative and well written posts and for the inspirational dialogue which always follows. You are a most empathetic blogger…Cheerio Jane”

My Blog Pick May 2013 – Always thought provoking – that is Dee Vachal – and I meant both her posts and the comments she leaves behind in my posts. Check out her blog at Lillies, Sparrows and Grass.

“Dear Eric, this is a heartwarming surprise. I am overwhelmed…After traveling over 20 hours again from the East Coast USA to Asia, here I am sleepless, fortunate with a smidgen of internet connectivity for a while, and smiling with shock (picture that).  Thanks again, Eric. I am grateful beyond words. Luv and peace, Dee”

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33-Word & 55-Word Flash-Fiction Gallery (Click to see sample post)

Some of you might not have the time to do all that “commenting” stuff. Hold onto your seats – there might be an easier way.

Start a Flash Fiction Gallery.

How does it work? (Read your mind :-))

Post a flash-fiction (33 or 55 words) and provide a key word or image as “Prompt”. Readers come up with their flash fiction utilizing the key word – in prose or verse and in any genre – and post their contributions in the “Comments” which end up in a “Flash Fiction Gallery”.

Fictions are supposed to have an introduction, body and conclusion. If you can pull it off, great. But if you can tell your story without these strait jackets – excellent! However, please keep within and do not exceed the word count – that’s the challenge.

Check out the first gallery here > Covert Affairs. See also my first 55-word Gallery.

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If you’re not into 33 or 55 words but more of a free ranging soul, no worries. I’ve got that covered too 😀

Ad hoc Gallery (Click to see sample post)

Some of your commenters are probably like mine – amazingly talented – and probably post haiku, poems and random flash-fiction as Comments. Compile and post these on an ad hoc basis – again giving due copyright credit for their work and linking back to their blogs.

With this “Gallery” format, in essence, everyone gets two shots of exposure – when they first post their flash fiction/haiku in the “Comment” and later in the “Gallery”.

Depending on how interesting the flash-fictions and/or haiku, there’s added traffic to your blogs – yours as well as your commenters’.

************ I’ve discontinued this due to time constraints ************

Thank you for your visit and have a great day ahead 😀

*** NB: Header Image Credit @ David Koh ***

62 thoughts on “Blog Tips”

  1. Very thoughtful, creative, and interesting ideas for giving and creating a wonderful community.

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    • Thank you Craig for your visit and supportive comment.

      Many speak, preach about sowing, reaping
      While keeping their purse strings tight
      But easy it is, to drop a seed to ground.
      If it is meant to be,
      Nothing will hold it down.

      Peace Bro,
      Eric

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  2. This helping the blogging community is a great idea – build network and what better way to discover than through recommendation.

    The blog-pick gives a sample of the blogger’s work too. Fortunately “you” have to do all the remembering of your schedules, because it gets a bit too much to follow. We just do the postings if we do get inspired by the prompt.

    Thank you for this wonderful idea and avenue.

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    • Hello dear.

      Glad you find merit in these initiatives Jasey.

      I’m going to let it run for a couple of months and see how it develops.

      Luv and hugz,
      Eric

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  3. Eric: Thanks for the “Like” of my recent flash fiction story over at philipjefferson.wordpress.com. As a new blogger myself I appreciate the strategies you outline here on your tips page and will definitely be back to try some of your 33- and 55-word challenges. Best regards.

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    • Hello Philip,

      Thank you for the return visit and comment.

      In this modern “sound bit” age, getting people to invest time is the greatest challenge, as you know. Hence, all my blog posts are less than 3 minutes read-time. This is especially so for the two series which I run > Fallen Grace and Mechanic Leigh. You can locate the pages in the Header Line.

      All other posts take but a few seconds to read but (depending on each individual) a lot longer to chew on.

      This has worked for me and I believe for most of my friends in Blogsville.

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ve loaded a Gallery of 55-word flash fictions today, and shall post one of mine tomorrow.

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  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found my posts as interesting as I’ve found yours. However, there’s more to peruse. Therefore, make yourself at home.
    Meantime, your tips on blogs are a great idea for blogger-community congruency.

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  5. 🙂 I am astonished by your schedule goals and I keep my hats off to you for your discipline. 🙂

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    • Well Yoshiko,
      Thank you for visiting – this is a new blog page.
      The schedule works as a guide – nothing set in stone and all subject to tweaking.
      Peace, Eric 🙂

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  6. To submit a 55-word piece, do I just tag it as ’55 word flash fiction’ when I post it on my blog?

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    • Please be kind enough to post your contribution as a “Comment” – similar to what other contributors have done.

      Looking forward to you joining us,
      Eric 🙂

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  7. Hi Eric,

    I like your approach to community building. I’m new to this whole blogging malarky so it’s nice to find some pointers.

    I’m beginning to figure Twitter out…I’m lucky enough to have some “switched on” friends here who I meet in the flesh and ask questions of. They recommend Tweet Deck as a way of focusing Twitter activities. Do you know it? They’re also a bit off FB due to various privacy issues and, I think, a sort of general opposition to a monoculture. One of them (@HelenMerrick) did a podcast about this a couple of years ago…it’s on iTunes podcasts and is called Pangalactic Interwebs, I think it’s episode 4 or 5 and includes an interview with Kate Raynes-Goldie (@oceanpark) who’s done a PhD on FB (as you do!).

    Well, I finally got round to commenting on your blog. I’ve really appreciated, as you so accurately observe, your “likes” of my recent posts. I’m glad I finally got here and looking forward to reading more.

    Cheers

    Chris

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    • Thank you Chris, for your return visit and comment.

      You’ve provided useful information here and I shall check these out in due course.

      Your approach to living life is remarkable, to say the least. As you gathered, if I don’t leave behind a comment, it is only because I don’t have anything really worthwhile to add.

      We’ll be ‘seeing’ each other more, I reckon.

      Cheers, Eric

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  8. Hi Eric,
    thank you. I know what you mean, sometimes there’s nothing to say…

    I reckon too,

    Cheers

    Chris

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  9. Very interesting! I find the tips on blogging so useful as a new blogger. I have been publishing poetry for years but the world of poetry publishing is so stilted – there is fresh in the blogosphere!
    respect

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    • Hello Graham,

      I notice you’ve been blogging since January 2012. I started in mid November 2011, so guess we’re both fairly new in this.

      Glad that you found the tips useful.

      Cheers, Eric
      P/s Thank you for “following” my blog. I’m doing likewise.

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  10. An interesting concept! I hope to participate at some point. And thanks for stopping by and “liking” my blog!

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    • Hello John,

      Yes, you’re welcome to participate.

      Thank you also for “subscribing” to my blog. I’ve done the same.

      See you around,
      Eric
      P/s I’m posting a 55 WFF Gallery in a shortwhile – check it out.

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  11. I’ll be checking in. This is some valuable stuff!

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  12. I’m delighted that I found your blog – and what a terrific idea to regularly post other blogs on your site. I’m inspired to do the same following my National Poetry Month’s Poem-A-Day efforts.
    As far as your dual existence as a writer and engineer, I have the good fortune to know an electrical engineer who writes mysteries. There’s something tidy and balanced about analytical minds working with the fluid mechanics of language.
    Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your coming posts!

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    • Thank you for your visit and comment – always welcome newcomers 🙂

      Glad you found my idea useful and wish you every success in sharing your blog with like minded souls. Humbled by your words about engineers and writing.

      All good wishes, Eric

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  13. Eric,
    Since you started reading my blog and I began enjoying yourself I have become an avid fan of what you write. Unfortunately I don’t have near the amount of time I could use for actually commenting and saying thing that need to be said about this or any other blog that I read. For the most part I am dying to ask questions like how did you come up with this, why did you use this particular wording, and the ever popular explain this please. I am not a very smart woman. I am glad comments help you gain more readers. Your blog definitely needs to be enjoyed by a very wide audience.

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    • First off, thank you for reading my posts.

      Like you, I don’t leave comments unless I’ve something worthy to say – so, no worries if you don’t comment.

      Feel free to ask questions, but just a pointer here – though I try to remain polite, I don’t relish requests for information that is easily available in the internet. Please search yourself, is what I hint at.

      Other than this – feel free to ask me anything such as “why did you use this particular wording” – I’ll try to explain but beware this might deprive you the joy of self discovery.

      Thank you for your kind words and all good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s You have not posted lately, I believe.

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  14. Thanks for reading my middle of the night spontaneous dream diary. Glad you liked it. I enjoy your writing and I love experimentation and sharing and sharing results and ideas. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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  15. I found your read very helpful I am extremely new to blogging and need all the help I can get.

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    • Hello Barb (?)

      I gather you’re from Australia – though your “About” page is in default mode.

      Glad to have you visit and read. I’ve also ticked to receive your updates.

      All good wishes, Eric

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  16. presented with the structure of an engineer 🙂

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  17. maryamchahine said:

    I really enjoy your flash fiction galleries. I’ll see if I can find the time to participate in them in the future. Have a great week!

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    • Thank you, Maryam,
      Please do participate when you catch the time. You write lovely poetry and can post verse instead of prose, as some others do.
      Peace,
      Eric

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  18. What a great idea, your monthly blog pick. I look forward to checking some of these out.

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    • Thank you, Kerri – there are thousands of blogs out there and lovely to find the few with very good content. And that list of great blogs continue to grow —

      Cheers,
      Eric

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  19. Hi Eric, I’m nominating your for the Sunshine and Versatile Blogger Awards. You can find the link on my home page at http://theprinceinthetower.wordpress.com.

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  20. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m a newbie, not too familiar with blogging right now. I will take your advice a day at a time.

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  21. Hello, My Friend!

    Geesh, about time I looked at this particular aspect to your site. Very insightful and fascinating material here, Mr. Alagan. I shall peruse further and see what illuminating facets I can discover. I am quite certain I will find a few choice nuggets. : )

    Wishing you a safe, happy, laughter-filled weekend. (With perhaps a wee dram or two of JD…) 🙂

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    • Dear Paul,

      I’ve been somewhat remiss as I’ve not updated this page. Hopefully you pick up some nuggets instead of stones 🙂

      Many readers found the Blog Comments and Replies post useful.

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s Today being Saturday and all, probably a touch more than a wee dram or two of JD 🙂

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  22. This is nice for beginning bloggers like me, thanks for the tips!

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  23. Hi Eric, I have had a good nose around your blog and love what I have come across so far! I really like your Grinn Brother category and your fallen grace series. I am very new to the blogging business and building up my blog very slowing – your tips on how to network via the blog I find very very useful. I have also looked at some of your followers and commented on their blogs. Look forward to connecting again soon. Oracle16.

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    • Hello Wendy,

      Welcome aboard 🙂

      Glad that you found my offerings useful and to your liking. Hope to see you return 🙂

      I visited your blog but found the frames too small, making the font difficult to read. Perhaps you can choose ‘Large’ before you insert the image into your post.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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    • Yes Eric, I will definitely bear this in mind for my next blog entry. Look forward to connecting soon!
      Wendy

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  24. Thank you for the tips. Also, I love your flash fiction section. The concept is brilliant. It disciplines one to write.

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  25. Interesting and useful suggestions. Thanks Eric and cheers 🙂

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  26. Great tips.. so far I mostly paricipate in different challenges… and I try to comment on as many places as I can.. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    • Hello Bjoern,

      Glad you found these tips useful – you probably know most/all of them but it’s always nice to learn that others are on the same page too.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  27. Hi Eric,

    In reading some of your comments you have been called “a gifted writer”. What an intense remark.

    What I’ve learned is always do what you the writer wants to write. I was told only concentrate on fiction. You can’t do children’s, adults, poetry and photography. I’m thankful that I didn’t take heed.

    Do what makes you happy….:)

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    • Hello Pat,

      And how lovely to see you here again.

      When I started serious writing in the fall of 2009, literary luminaries I consulted all suggested that I should write in one genre – brand yourself to that genre, they said and pointed out JK Rowling, Dan Brown and others.

      I suppose if I wanted to pursue a purely commercial approach – I would write romance-comedy-vampire-werewolves-zombies all rolled into one. But I don’t – as in some ways, I’m a purist, unless when I write (what passes off as) humour as you’ve seen with my Brothers Grinn tales.

      All my corporate life, I’ve worn masks – now, I am me. You’re right – do what makes you happy!

      Therefore, I write poetry, fiction (mostly thrillers and recently, satire/humour) and non-fiction (all business related).

      Blog readers have called me Renaissance man, a gifted writer and so forth. Obviously, these are all my friends with large generous hearts. Bless them.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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    • @Eric

      (Warning: blatant plug for a gifted wordsmith totally not associated with me)

      In my (rather peculiar, I admit) head ‘Twitter’ + ‘flash fiction’ + ‘romance-comedy-vampire-werewolves-zombies all rolled into one’ = @DeadEndFiction, “short horror fiction confined (or coffined) to 140 characters with a beginning, middle and dead end”

      🙂

      PS These time constraint thingies are teh suck. Here’s hoping that the thingies that are keeping you absorbed are keeping you fulfilled!

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    • Hello Colin,

      The thingies are keeping me out of trouble as I’m sure they’re doing the same for you 🙂

      Cheers,
      Eric

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    • Norty thingies 🙂

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  28. Hi Eric,

    Thanks for all the sharing! I find it very helpful. But as for personal blog, it doesn’t need that much traffic.

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  29. What a refreshing and positive tips page! Also found some great bloggers thanks to you 🙂 so.. thank you!! Katie.

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