Just wanted to take this oppurtunity to thank Bes of the Readers Appreciation Project for taking the time to interview me via email. The interview contains information about why I started this blog, my thoughts on reader appreciation, commenting, public interaction and of course, my rant against Digg.com. I encourage you to check out the interview and let me know what you think. This would also make a good precursor to the chat that will take place later today.
I’d like to say thank you to my sponsors. Just kidding. No sponsor has been dumb enough to give me money so instead, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my readers. This blog was started back at the end of May as a one year project to see where I could take it. So after four months into the project, let’s take a look at some statistics.
This site now has a total of 103 Subscribers according to Feedburner. This number varies day to day but is steadily showing over 100 subscribers. Thanks to all of you who have subscribed either by email or by RSS. I truly do appreciate it as it tells me that what I’m writing is important or at the very least informative.
At the time of this writing, this site has a total of 348 comments on 227 posts contained within 13 categories and 1,147 tags. Some of the comments within this specific stat are actually trackbacks or pingbacks but for the most part, the comments were made by real people. One of the major goals that I am trying to achieve with this site is building a COMMUNITY. A social community at that. A community that contributes intelligently to the conversations that I start with each post.
Any time I publish a post on this site, I always look forward to checking my email to see if and who has contributed to the conversation. I realize that as a blogger, comments are hard to come by. That is why I try to thank everyone who leaves a comment as I’m appreciative of the time you took out of your day to stop by and say hello. So I’ll end this by saying THANK YOU to each and everyone of you who have left a comment on this blog since it’s inception. It’s nice to know that I’m not blogging within an empty room.
Akismet The Time Saver:
Every blogger seems to toot their own horn when they reach a milestone with spam such as Darren Rowse. I’ll be no different except to let you know that so far, Akismet has blocked 1,377 spam messages. Although a far cry from two million, Akismet has been one hell of a time saver for me. I will say however that, Akismet is not perfect and in recent weeks, Akismet has been missing spam but overall, it’s the best anti spam solution I’ve ever seen other than disconnecting from the net. So here is a big thank you to everyone involved with Akismet.
According to the logs, each month has shown a steady increase in traffic, an increase in subscribers and more importantly, an increase in user interaction. In the past four months, I’ve managed to develop virtual relationships with various people across various blogs. The next four months will be interesting as I continue to experiment with this blog and continue with my writing. I’ll write up another post like this when we hit the eight month mark to see where we have progressed. Rest assured that I appreciate every comment, trackback, pingback, linkback, bookmark, stumble, digg ect. that is given to me. It would be great if I could get paid to do this sort of work, but as it stands, this blog is advertisement and sponsor free. So in the mean time, what I mentioned above is what I consider blogging currency. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m no longer a blogging bum, thanks to you of course.
Unlike most other sites or blogs, I don’t mind thanking those who have helped me reach this point. So in no particular order, I’d like to thank the following people. I apologize if you don’t see your name on this list.
- Sierra – sightseeingdragon.vox.com
- Brad – strangework.com
- Dave Gray – globalgeekpodcast.com
- Aaron – milienzo.com
- Mike – ohmike.com
- Bes – thereasoner.com
- Mimzy – illogicalparadox.frih.net
- Foomandoonian – foomandoonian.net
- John McCrea – therealmccrea.wordpress.com
- GaMerZ – lesterchan.net
- Ronald Huereca – raproject.com
- Gary R. Hess – chickencamels.poemofquotes.com
- Chris24 – christhomsonblog.com
- Bill Snyder – bill-snyder.com
- Jeff Broderick – ekindesigns.com
- Utahcon – utahcon.efx2blogs.com
- Florchakh – florchakh.com
- James Mowery – techindemand.com
- Chris Brogan – chrisbrogan.com
- Julia Roy – clipper.typepad.com
- Simonne – alltipsandtricks.com
- Deadlyp99 – ptcbasics.blogspot.com
- Pete Balasch Jr. – spiderfood911.com
- Doug Haslam – gischeleman.com
- Blog Bloke – instabloke.com
- Jon – blogthot.com
- Skippy – aranea.zuavra.net
- Valeria Maltoni – conversationagent.com
- program witch – programwitch.com
- Greg Verdino – gregverdino.typepad.com
- Todd Earwood – toddearwood.com
- Robby Rusell – robbyonrails.com
- Luis Galarza – luisgalarza.blogspot.com
- Svetlana Gladkova – profy.com
- FireON – fireon.org.ua
- John Kolbert – simply-basic.com
- Astorg – astorg.info
- MGarret – mgarrett.xeroclix.com
Last but not least, thanks to all of you who have joined my MyBlogLog community, added me to Twitter and to everyone that I have associated with on TalkShoe.If you want to be removed from this list or if you would like for me to change the site your link is pointing to, let me know by leaving a comment.
This plugin removes the No Follow attribute that is usually attached to links that commenter’s leave. Since that is no way to treat a commenter, those links can now provide you with a few more drops of Google Juice. If your a fellow blogger, do your audience a favor and install the Do-Follow plugin, which gives people one more reason to stop by and leave a comment.
The gang over at the Reader Appreciation Project has handed out their first batch of Readers First awards. These awards go to those blog or site authors who display exceptional selflessness and devotion to their readers. Jeffro2pt0.com was one of the sites to receive this award.
First off, I want to thank the guys and gals who head the Readers Appreciation Project website. These guys are always creating thought provoking articles which really make the reader think. It’s nice to know that their is a website around that is discussing the issues of reader appreciation. All too often, blog authors are engulfed in their own ME ME ME bubble. These are the types of people that believe everything they say is the right answer, everything they do is correct, and they only do things that benefit themselves or their site. Frankly, that is a piss poor attitude to have.
I think what every blogger has to realize is that, without readers, you have no audience and without an audience, your blog is essentially a waste of space on the internet. Instead of ignoring those that contribute to your site whether it be in the form of comments, email feedback, or linking to an article, be sure to give thanks. In the type of world we live in today, where the words Thank You are rarely heard, these two words can really make a positive impact in someone’s life or within their thought process.
If someone links to me, I visit their site and leave a comment expressing thanks. Sometimes, I link to them on my own blog. Other times, I email the author and express a bit of gratitude for taking the time out of their day to read what I had to say. Whatever the case may be, I always ensure that someone is thanked. This attitude and the way of handling things has allowed me to build relationships with people I most likely wouldn’t of bothered with had I not put in the extra effort.
I’m not going to repeat what the RAP guys had to say about me, but if you would like to view their reasons for rewarding me and this site the award, be sure to read Readers First Awards September 2007 To the folks over at RAP, keep up the good work. The information, conversations and ideas that can be found on their website are like BLOGGING GOLD.
If you are a blogger or a site owner, what are some of the ways you show appreciation to your audience?
Simonne from the Reader Appreciation Project has published an interesting post which questions whether or not, readers are going to kill off guest blogging. I’m not going to re post my comment but, if your blog is maintained by a single author, let’s face it.
Your feed subscribers along with your audience are there to read your content, not everyone else’s. Be sure to head on over to their blog and read the post in question. Chip in some feedback if you have time.