If there is one area I feel like I deserve a fail in my freshman year of blogging it is in the area of socializing with other bloggers.
Freshman year I spent 15 minutes each day reading and commenting on other blogs, and another 5 minutes of Facebook commenting on the Facebook statuses of those blogs I follow. This got me on the radar of a few bloggers, but created only a small handful of budding online relationships with fellow bloggers.
I went to in(RL) but regret that I let the relationship sparks fizzle out soon after.
Truth is most of my real life friends didn’t even read blogs until I started mine, and all of them give me a blank stare when I start talking bloggy words like SEO and HTML; leaving me craving real life blogging friends.
Four Things I Am Doing My Sophomore Year To Create Closer Blogging Friendships
1. I am going to BEECH retreat. I am hoping to not only acquire a wealth of information that will improve my blogging skills at BEECH but also for several budding blogging friendships, that I intend to keep growing.
2. I jumped into twitter with the goal of attending one twitter party a week with other bloggers.
3. I am attending in(RL) again this year but this year I intend to do all I can do to fan the fire from whatever sparks of blogging friendships I discover there instead of letting them die out.
4. Before attending both events I am taking the time to get to know the attendee’s in advance as much as possible so that I feel like I already know people when I get there. This should help me avoid shutting down socially, which is what I tend to want to do when surrounded by new people, a habit not at all conducive to my goal of friendship making.
I plan to do this by:
a) Following the attendees on twitter and joining any twitter parties hosted by the events before the events takes place.
b) Following attendees’ Facebook page status updates. For BEECH I placed them all in an interest list on Facebook so that they are all in one place for me to check a few times a day for a few minutes at a time. I am leaving relevant comments on status updates and making a mental note of the things they shared about.
c) Spending time reading the attendees’ blogs. I want to know the overall feel of their blog and what topics they write about.
Doing these things should not only help me feel at ease with them when I finally meet them face to face but it should give me several conversation starters.