It’s arrived. My two-year blogging anniversary. On my run this morning, I decided to queue up FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) that have been posed to me. Here we go:
Q: WHERE do you find your content?
A: Three sources, listed in order of contribution. (1) I read. (A lot). (2) Susan (spouse). (3) 3F’s: Followers, Friends and Family.
Q: How do you decide WHAT to post?
A: Todd Lohenry recommended Evernote. (I recommend Evernote.) I let content marinate. If it still moves me a few days or weeks later, up it goes.
Q: Do you think you post too frequently?
A: I do think about this. Mostly from the seat of the follower/reader. Then I revert to the purpose of this blog. If it moves ME, it goes up.
Q: What has most surprised you about Followers?
A: The blogging community. Period. And, that so many in the Community take time to comment and share their insights and inspirations. I look forward to many of you tuning in each morning. When you don’t, I find I miss it. You are ENABLERS. Shame on you.
Q: What else has surprised you about Followers?
A: Out of say 25,000 comments over two years, there has been only one nasty comment.
Q: Who do you decide to Follow?
A: Excellent question. There are so many talented bloggers – so much exceptional writing. So little time. If I grow, learn, get inspired, stay inspired – I follow.
Q: Do you give and accept Awards?
A: It was an important vehicle in establishing visibility. I feel badly that I haven’t reciprocated to help others in the last 6 months. I try to give back on certain Wednesday morning posts where I recognize blogger posts that inspire me. Bottom line, it’s a trade-off. Time to post. Time to respond to follower comments. Time to read. Time to work. Time to sleep.
Q: Are there useful software apps that you must-have for blogging?
A: I have tried hundreds. I revert back to a handful. Let me save you time and money. Your short list should include: Evernote. Tumblr. Mr. Reader on iPad. Feedly. YouTube. Pocket.
Q: Are there subjects you avoid on your Blog?
A: Next Question.
Q: Are you as upbeat and inspired as your posts?
A: God No. (Ask family, colleagues, friends.) A friend told me that it’s important to feed your mind “light” to stay up or get up. I scoffed back then. I’m ain’t scoffing now. I believe. And I need light.
Q: Do you have any advice for new Bloggers who are trying to build a following?
A: My advice: Blog for YOU first. Find an angle you are most passionate about, and ride it. If you are in it to to please others, blogging will run out of steam. Second, Respect your Followers. Post quality content. Reply to followers’ Comments.
Q: What do you get out of Blogging?
A: I get inspired by certain Posts. I get inspired by the “Community.” I love that others get a similar high or aha or laugh or inspiration that I do. I also enjoy helping other bloggers – - I have a friend, one of my earliest followers, who I have shared feedback – her Followership has soared. I get a real high watching her success.
Q: What’s with the Poetry?
A: Funny you ask. I had zero interest in poetry. Then I hit Middle Age. And BANG. Carol @ radiatingblossom is a source of much daily inspiration. She passed along Pablo Neruda’s answer to the same question. It touched me in a similar way.
And it was at that age
in search of me.
I don’t know,
I don’t know where it came from,
from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,no,
they were not voices,
they were not words,
but from a street
I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me…
~ Pablo Neruda
That’s it folks. If you have other questions that I’ve missed, hit me in the Comment section.
THANK YOU all for your friendship.
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