Tonia’s challenge for Week 5 of “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!” is:
Spend 10-15 minutes connecting with your readers, either via email or comments.
Make sure at least one contact is with a new reader.
- If you don’t have many comments on your blog yet, then spend 10-15 minutes visiting other genealogy blogs and leave “relevant, helpful, and genuine comments.”
Also significant for this week’s challenge was Tonia’s comment: “Yes, it is common sense and good manners. Common sense and good manners are not spectacular (at least they shouldn’t be). That’s why we should do this.” I should be doing this all the time, but “common” sense isn’t always as common as we might like it to be.
It has been interesting this week. I began by reading a few new blogs that caught my attention while scanning the blog roll at Geneabloggers.com. The name of one blog in particular drew me to it immediately — Ancestral Wormhole. That led to two blog posts (“A New Look for Static Pages” and “Ancestral Trees Page Added”) and an email to the author. It also resulted in a whole new look for my Pages. Each post had a reader comment (thanks Greta and Nancy) to which I responded with a comment.
Another blog post (“Be-Attitudes for Geneablogging”) prompted comments from 4 readers. I responded with follow-up comments, emails, and the addition of two new be-attitudes to the list.
In general, I can clearly say that #31WBGB is working. My blogging is now a little more widely read, more responsive, and actually looks better. Thanks, Tonia! and all the other who are participating in this challenge.