Someone, and I wish I remembered who, at BlogHer said something to the effect of she has lots of friends who know her, will RT her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, +1 her stuff on Google, and so on, but she wonders sometimes if anyone actually reads her blog posts.
I heard it. I sat and thought about it. I do read blog posts, but I also realized I had slacked off on reading many of them lately. Too busy, or that is the excuse I gave myself, to read them all. Knowing this made me realize that other bloggers were probably doing the same thing. We love our blogging friends for many different reasons, but how many of them do we stop in and just read a blog post or two occasionally?
Some of my blogging friends are fabulous writers – I truly am amazed at the talent that some of them have. They make me think, cry, laugh, nod my head furiously in agreement at the screen, and just feel a part of their life in their words. Not all write that way, there are some who tell me about really cool new tech and geeky ideas, some who post instantaneous wipe-the-drool-off-your-chin photos of these fabulous foods and the recipes for them, many of my blogging friends give me the low-down on what new products to buy now and which ones to avoid. Regardless of what they write about, they write, and I promise to keep reading, and reading more. And then comment, and comment some more.
So my blogging buddies, think about all those cards you collected at recent conferences or new bloggers you’ve found online and make them a priority in your day. That’s right, put them on the A list of things-to-do. We all know we are busy, that’s okay. No one expects us all to read every blog post by everyone we know every single day. Just set a timer or a number of posts that you will pledge to read each day. Skip around through all your favorite blogs, find new ones from time to time.
Yes we all love that someone takes the time to retweet or share our post somewhere, but honestly it is when you spend the time reading what we have written that it means so much.
Read. Savor. Comment. Repeat.
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