On Wednesday I had a reader email me and ask why I reblog so much. Her question was followed with the fact that she is “a little tired of my inbox being filled at the end of the day with so many reblogs”.
I thought if one person thought this then maybe more thought this as well. The simple fact is I reblog in order to help bloggers who don’t have a lot of readers. By connecting people to others I hope to help build our blogging community. The simple fix to this is to disconnect from receiving email updates and visit my page when you decide to visit.
I had stopped reblogging for a period of time, but find there is a need for someone to help others grow their pages. And if a reblog helps 1 blogger grow, then I feel I have done my duty.
OK so you know that post you wrote last year that only got 3 likes and 2 views? Come on, we’ve ALL been there.
If you are new to this blog (Welcome! Waves) you may notice that I re-spin a lot of my posts. I expect anywhere from 50-100 new followers each month, which means a lot of new faces have not seen older posts, especially those that have really proven to be valuable. I try to re-spin my poetry at least once every year for this reason. I also re-spin posts I’d like to get more exposure. New faces also mean new perspectives.
Re-spinning posts is basically when you re-post a previously posted post (feel like I’m over writing the word post here). When this happens, the post shows up at the top of the reader and it also reaches the inboxes of new e-mail…
You may have heard bloggers talk about adding a Featured Image or you may have noticed blog posts show up in your Reader feed with vivid, bright and eye-catching photos. Featured images are in my top-3 most important aspects of creating a post, but why do so many bloggers not use a Featured Image?
I use FIs for a couple of basic reasons.
A Featured Image is going to draw eyes to your post. Without an image you post will show as a text-based post and text based advertising simply is invisible. I try to use my own images when I can and I try to use the same 3 images so readers recognize my posts from everyone else.
A Featured Image is going to stick with your post regardless of where it goes. Meaning if someone reblogs your post, your image is always present and constantly advertising your content.
It is a simple practice that can make a big difference. When using FIs try not to use other people’s images unless you have permission. Flickr, Shutterstock and others offer free images you can use if you don’t own your own. But don’t go to Google and use images as it is a form of theft.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make big differences in your page.