When I was at the height of my career as a professional photographer, I started a photography blog. But for various reasons, I didn’t really utilize that blog to the fullest. I didn’t especially need people all over the world to see my photography, but rather only the people that lived close enough to be potential clients. So I didn’t reach out and follow other bloggers, and I didn’t have many followers other than people that were already on my client list. I also didn’t blog regularly, but the once or twice a month that I did, I added way too many posts at one time. And I was fine with that.
Fast forward a few years. I started writing novels, started researching what I needed to do to grow as a writer, and lo and behold, I needed to start a blog. This time, I did things differently. I gave myself the goal of blogging every weekday (or at least scheduling a blog for every weekday). I look for and find other blogs that interest me, and I follow them. And I try to make time each day to actually read the new posts of my fellow bloggers.
But I think I may still be doing something wrong. The first thing I do is go through my email where it tells me that someone either liked one of my posts, commented, or is now following me. As I encounter those alerts, I click on one of the links of the suggested posts by that person, then I look for their most current post to read. At that point, I was having trouble up until a couple of weeks ago when I realized that if I clicked on their banner, it generally took me to their blog’s main page where I could easily navigate to the most recent post.
While I’m still in my email, a lot of blogs that I follow go straight to my mail and others don’t… Yet, I didn’t do anything other than click “Follow” on all of them. (Can anyone explain this?) At any rate, just as I described above, I then read those posts and click “Like” or perhaps comment.
Now, I’m not quite sure of “blogging etiquette,” but I just try to be kind. If someone follows me, I follow them back. If I read a post, I want to always click “Like.” (Even in the very rare occasion that I don’t necessarily agree with the post’s topic, I do like that the blog author is writing, so there’s nothing not to like… I’ve only had this happen once, actually.) If I have extra time that day, I’ll also leave a comment.
After I go through the email, I then go to my “Reader” and look for any posts that I may have missed. And again, depending on my schedule that day, I may get through an entire days’ worth of posts, or I may only get through a couple of dozen.
But the problem I’m running into is this: Sometimes, I can’t find the “Like” button or even the most recent post! Believe it or not, I am actually not stupid, yet WordPress has managed to leave me flummoxed on more than one occasion. I realized a few weeks ago that if I click on the title of the post, sometimes that will open the post in its own page and give me the option to like and comment. However, at other times, I feel like gouging my eyes out because I can’t see how to tell you that I like what you’ve written. I know this is not your doing, but is probably because of the WordPress “Theme” being used.
So, that being said, I ask you, my friends and fellow bloggers, please take a good look at your own blog, and if I’ve never actually liked anything, please tell me how to do it. (Also, if unlike me you’re an experienced blogger, if it sounds like I’ve missed a huge step in what I outlined above, I’d definitely be up for any tips you might be willing to share.)
Thank you for helping me “Like” you!