Time to do some more following and commenting, and use this laid-back day to catch up on anything else (or write your own post).
You’ve already explored the WordPress.com Reader and started following topics and blogs that resonate with your own interests. So why are we doing it again? Growing your community is a process, not a single task. Continue cultivating relationships, and use this laid-back day to focus on any other assignments you’re still working on.
Today’s assignment: spend some time reading through the topics you follow, and follow five more blogs and/or topics that intrigue you as you read.
Why do this?
- Because getting a clearer sense of the breadth and global reach of the blogging community will make your own blogging stronger and richer.
- Because the more you put yourself out there, the easier it is for others to find you.
If you’ve already added topics to your Reader, focus today on finding new blogs to follow; conversely, if you already have a growing list of blogs populating your Reader, explore new, uncharted topics. If you’ve done a bit of both, keep that up.
When we search for topics, we usually start close to home. The chef looks for food blogs, the college frosh searches for other students. It’s a great idea and good habit to mix things up sometimes. Part of the fun of blogging is the serendipity: no matter how long you’re been blogging, you never know when you’ll find a new favorite writer or make a connection that changes your blog (or your life).
- Look up the name of an author you like, to see what others have thought about books you’ve read.
- Search a faraway country (Estonia? Madagascar? Nicaragua?) or a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting (The North Pole? The Maldives? The Taj Mahal?): who knows what you might dig up?
- Think about natural extensions of popular topics you’re already following. If you love photography, try specifics topics like fisheye or film photography.
- Try wplongform for longer posts of 1,000 words+ or wprightnow for responses to current events.
If you need a break from the Reader, you can also visit blogs you’re already following — scour the comments section for readers who left thoughtful remarks (a promising sign that their own posts are equally interesting) or look for a blogroll. If you have more than a few minutes to spend, do some blog-surfing — click a link on site you’re currently visiting to find something new, and repeat every time you’re ready to move on.
When you find something that inspires you, be sure to leave a comment or like the post along with following the blogger.
Since this is a less intense day, it’s also the perfect opportunity to revisit anything we’ve covered that you’re still not sure about, write a non-challenge post of your own, or spend some time helping your co-bloggers over in The Commons.