Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Can Find You

Someone added a reason not to blog to my Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog:
Because you think no one will read can people find it?
I realized that in all my posts talking about blogging and Pushing People to Blog as a learning tool, I had never specifically blogged about how you find readers - or more appropriately - what should you do so that potential readers can find you. So here are a few specific suggestions to make sure that readers can find you:
  1. Subscribe to bloggers and get to know what they write about.
  2. Participate in the Learning Circuit's Big Question.
  3. Engage me in my 100 Conversation Topics.
  4. Engage any blogger by posting and linking to them (do item #1 first). They won't respond every time, but they do quite often.
  5. Comment and link to your post in the comments on blogs. It's better to link directly in a new post on the topic, but if you've already posted on a related issue, feel free to link to your blog in a comment. (Make sure you know how the anchor tag works.)
  6. Ask Questions and Make Openings Clear in your posts in order to get responses.
  7. Post Controversial Topics, but make sure you believe your position and can take the heat.
  8. Participate in Blog Carnivals is the Work Learning carnival still going?
  9. Twitter about it, especially to twitter groups such as the upcoming TK09 group
  10. Make sure to include a link to your blog in email footer, social network profiles, etc.
  11. Include links to your posts (when relevant) to discussion groups
  12. Make sure your blog is search engine friendly. Good titles and URLs are a must.
The usual caveats that this takes time and you had better be first focused on personal learning, but hopefully this will help make it so that readers can find you.

What did I miss?

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