Reader Appreciation Monday by Christina of Profresh Style. I’ve written about how to improve your blog and talked about how important it is to interact with your readers. Christina’s weekly post is a superb example of how to acknowledge readers when you don’t have time to respond to each and every one.
And why else is this smart? It keeps readers engaged and clicking back for more—or to see if they made the list. I’m not just a fan because Christina has acknowledged my comments; it’s because her posts are a creative way to foster blog dialogue, which is why we all do this, isn’t it? And she doesn’t just comment back to her commenters, she includes a link to their blogs. That, my lovelies, is what it’s all about. There is plenty of room in the blogosphere for all of us.
Hats off, Christina! I’m thinking we can expect to see lots of reader appreciation copycat posts, and that is actually a good thing. But you did it first, and now everyone knows. Great concept, doll.
On the same subject, this popped into my inbox this week, and it’s a fast, easy, and worthwhile read: How to Get More Blog Comments Quickly, from the Thesis Theme Blog. Here’s a little snippet to entice you:
Most bloggers find the task of getting quality reader comments devilishly difficult. Even on blogs with gobs of visitors, it’s common to see only a few comments per post.
Did you know that this is typical, too?
It’s called the 90:9:1 Principal:
- 90% of readers lurk on your blog quietly while consuming your content
- 9% of readers are editors and comment regularly
- 1% of readers are the fanatical people who leave page-long comments after each post.
The question is, how can you find and encourage the final 10% to comment on your blog?
The Fashionista Next Door, aka Eboni Ifé, not only rocked a fab look this week, but she did it for a worthwhile cause. Here’s the deal, according to her:
On October 21, H&M announced its latest partnership with the Mentor Foundation and unveiled a collection of wild and crazy tanks for women and tees for men, retailing at $12.95 to $17.95. The print on these things is awesome! They have a funky collage sorta vibe that is pretty cool. The t-shirt collection is currently available at 45 stores across the US and 25% of the proceeds is being donated to the Mentor Foundation!
And here’s the shirt…don’t you just love it? See more shots in H&M + Mentor Foundation: “We Do Fashion, Not Drugs”.