Today’s assignment is about shameless self promotion. You’d think that since I’m such an attention junkie I’d be really good at this, but I’m not. In fact, I’m probably the worst when it comes to promoting my blog and my posts. I’m not really certain why… In “real life” I tend to be shy in small groups but I can stand on stage and perform without batting an eye.
When I do promote my posts, I tend to stick to Twitter and I tend to promote my posts between the hours of 10 PM and midnight UNLESS I’m promoting something special like a book review, product review or giveaway. Those posts I tend to promote every few hours. I also cross promote on Facebook. I’m not sure what the ROI (Return on Investment) is with these two social media outlets but I think I do ok. My blog feeds also hit Friendfeed automatically.
I used to use Flickr to promote my blog but I started getting some really creepy emails and had to cut back on the Flickr action.
I regularly participate on one forum, Better Your Blog, which is amazing when it comes to interaction with other bloggers. The blog owner, Alyna, ( who also writes at The Gift Detective) rocks when it comes to meeting the bloggers on her site, commenting and offering support and suggestions to “better your blog.” The other forum members are also great about helping each other out, and submitting tips for things that work well or don’t work well on their blogs (that’s how I found out about Linked Within and Comment Luv).
Another group that I interact with is Mamavation, hosted by Leah. Through her group I met, Stacey who runs The Mom Renewal Project, where I’m a contributing writer. Both groups consist of wonderful women who encourage each other on Twitter and on their various blogs from everything to getting healthy to picking out clothes for date night.
And I participate in a couple of memes: Monday Mingle which is hosted by Jennifer at Eighty MPH Mom, Wordless Wednesday hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom and Women of Faith Wednesday which is hosted by Women of Faith. With memes, I try to comment on a minimum of five posts the first day of the meme and two or three more throughout the week. When I comment, I leave a link to my most recent post, thanks to Comment Luv. Theoretically, people would then return the favor and comment back ~ sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I also like to comment on posts outside of the meme, especially if the post is particularly moving or funny.
However, I do promote my blog itself, I had a coffee mug made by Design Her Gals that I carry every day. People are always asking about the mug because the girl on it looks like me. That leads to a discussion about the mug, then to my blog and my elevator pitch. I recently ordered business cards to help promote my blog and keep the information fresh when I’m talking to people.
Now it’s your turn, tell me, how do you promote your blog? Do you think I do enough?
This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.