Armchair BEA – Becoming a Better Blogger

May 29, 2013 Blogger Events 17

Today at Armchair BEA we’re discussing what we’ve done to become better bloggers. I don’t know about you, but I’m incredibly excited to read all of the other posts on this one (which you can do here). I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot from each other 🙂

Personally, other bloggers have already been a big source of inspiration for me. It’s a lot of fun to take things I like in other blogs and adapt them to fit mine. Actually, I recently talked about the things I look for in other book blogs and try to achieve in my own in a Monday Musing. If you’re a new blogger, you could definitely check that out for my advice on getting me to read your blog. However, it’s clearly subjective and other people may (for example) like to see a lot more memes than I do or longer reviews.

The discussion on the BEA website also asked about our interactions with other bloggers. I think I do pretty well in this area, but I’d still like to do more! I do a decent job of commenting on other blogs and enjoy getting to know other bloggers as we start to comment on each other’s blogs regularly. I also participate in a number of blogging events (like this one :)). However, I’ve only swapped guest posts once and haven’t done any joint reads, both of which I think I’d enjoy. Hopefully I’ll do more of those in the future.

What are some of the experiences that have most helped you improve your blogging? Do you think your blog is very different from when you started? And do you interact with other bloggers as much as you would like?

17 Responses to “Armchair BEA – Becoming a Better Blogger”

    • DoingDewey

      I agree 🙂 It can be hard to put your personality into your reviews and I always admire other bloggers who are able to.

  1. Lisa LaVergne-Pottgen

    I really need to work on making more connections with other bloggers. I am really good about commenting as much as possible during events like this, but I never remember to go back and check to see if my comments have been replied to. I need t work on that.

    • DoingDewey

      That’s a great point! I mostly follow wordpress blogs and get notifications when my comments are replied to, but there are a lot of blogspot blogs I’ve been commenting on during this event, I’ll have to try to remember to go back to those 🙂

  2. Laura R

    I wish I was better about commenting on blogs. I read so many of them and enjoy them, but a lot of the time find myself lacking anything substantial to say. Twitter is a great resource for me to interact though. It’s quick and constantly updating, so I can glance at it anytime and find something new. Tattooed Books

    • DoingDewey

      I feel the same way about commenting. I love to do it, but don’t want to if I don’t feel like I can add something meaningful. I’m still getting used to twitter, as it sometimes feels weird to me to just start talking to people, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

  3. Angie

    I have done a few guest posts. I enjoy signing up for them and meeting bloggers that way. I am participating in a Classics Retold month in September and am really looking forward to that community. It is hard to get going that’s for sure. I have been blogging 2 years and still feel like I haven’t made a dent in the community. Love your blog!!

  4. Charleen

    I always want to interact more with other bloggers, but it takes a lot of time. Especially during something like this event, I feel like I’m never doing enough to connect. I always respond to comments on my own blog, but I don’t go out and comment on others nearly as much as I want to.

    • DoingDewey

      I think a lot of bloggers feel the same way. There just so many things to do to maintain your own blog, from reading to writing reviews to polishing it’s appearance, it can be hard to find time for interacting too! I’m always glad when I do though and I appreciate when people take the time to comment too 🙂 Thanks!

  5. sknicholls

    I really enjoy the quality of bloggers I have met through WordPress. I know everyone wants more followers, but sometimes I don’t get the hype for that, esp. when I don’t feel the followers are sincere, but are only looking for an obligatory follower. To me, engaging in meaningful dialog is far more important than numbers.

    • DoingDewey

      I agree! Except for giveaways which are celebrating a follower count reached, I don’t make following me a requirement, because I don’t want people to follow me just so they can enter a giveaway. It’s much nicer to have fewer followers who actually read your posts and comment some times 🙂

  6. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    I’ve learned so much through blogging and the blogging community. I didn’t know that there were people who could read like 30 books a month or 300 books a year! Because of blogging, I appreciate literature more, and reading books helped me read faster and understand things better. Blogging has also helped me become more organized.

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

  7. Allison

    One way that I try to communicate with other bloggers is by participating in memes. Another way is that besides responding on my site to anyone who comments, I always reciprocate by browsing posts on their site and making at least one comment. I’m least successful with making regular visits to sites which I have subscribed.

    • DoingDewey

      I think you’ve done a great job listing some of the best ways to interact with other bloggers! I’m always sure to respond to comments but I think I could do a little better about reciprocating, while I’m better at commenting on the blogs I subscribe too. I also try to visit my followers and comment occasionally.

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