Sunday, November 11, 2007

Cruising the Blogosphere

Figuring out all the intricacies of blogging is a challenge. I started blogging last week. My goal was to write. But I spend just as much time trying to fine tune my blog, get some traffic, and cruise the blogosphere for other blogs that are interesting to read.

At first I used the "Next Blog" tool on the Blogger Navbar to find new blogs. I found a lot of blogs that were of no interest to me, and eventually it would take me to an adult content blog. I was very disappointed in Bloggers ability to prevent this from happening even thought their policies should prevent it (see this blog for more some information). I searched for tips on how to prevent seeing these adult content sites. My search eventually lead me to a post on "I Love You Too Much" talking about Blogrush.

Blogrush requires that the blogs they syndicate meet their strict quality guidelines. I can confidently display their tool without worry that I will accidentally link to unsavory blogs from my site. Now I use Blogrush to finding other blogs that interest me. If you are interested in finding out more follow this link. It's free and they have a referral program. I'm not sure what the referral program gets me.... I just like the tool.

So now I am collecting a list of Blogs that I like to visit. I am adding them to my "Blogs I Enjoy Reading" list so I can remember to check their sites often. I am not sure what proper blog etiquette is for adding links to my site. Do I let them know that their links are on my site? What is the best way to go about this?

Blogging is so much more complicated then just writing!


Fine For Now said...

Hi. I just got your comment about my post on the Child's Perspective. I am glad to see that you are new to blogging also (except you are a great writer!) I have questions too about blog etiquette so I will be interested to read on to see what you find out. :o)

Amy said...

Dear Fine for now,
Thank you for your compliment!

I never posted the answer to my bloggy question. Here a what I've found:

Leaving comments on other blogs is the best thing you can do. If you find someone you enjoy reading, tell them. Generally speaking, people are writing to be read so they want to hear from you if you read their post.

I use my Google Reader to keep up to date on all the blogs I enjoy. I try to leave a comment when I add someone to my reader. There is nothing better than telling someone that you like there blog so much, you don't want to miss a post.

My blogroll now consists of the 10 best blogs on my reader from that month. See my post This One's For My Fridge for how this works for me.