I know there have been a number of posts on similar topics, or aspects of this topic lately. Anything from Nicole’s post about Using Other Bloggers Affiliate Links when you buy stuff, to Shannon’s post What keeps you coming back to the same blogs? and all kinds of stuff in between.
But since each of us uses our own spin, and tackles bits and pieces others may not have touched on, I’m going to bring it up again. *grins*
Personally, I tend to interact the most by commenting on other blogs. (Which is one reason I love Nicole’s Discussion Challenge!) I always try to respond to comments left on my own blog of course, but I also have a core group of blogs I visit every week and try to comment on their posts as well. I even have a bookmarks folder labeled “Blogs To Comment On” for those blogs I don’t actively follow, or that I don’t visit every week. Usually people who have commented on my blog get added to that folder, but occasionally I’ll stumble across an interesting comment from a random blogger on some other blog and add them to it as well.
There are a few blogs I’d LOVE to comment on more. But they don’t have a good/easy way for me to do so. If I have to sign up with something in order to comment on your blog, I’m likely to skip commenting. No matter how much I might have to say on a particular topic. I don’t like being ‘forced’ to use Google+ in order to comment, so I avoid those blogs who use that as an exclusive comment system. I also am not fond of Disqus. It’s burned me one too many times by eating comments when I try to submit them. It also forces people to sign up to use it.
I use Twitter to link to posts I’ve made, as well as tweet or re-tweet posts from other blogger friends. I have a few people I talk to on there, but mostly I don’t tend to talk to lots of people. This would be because only a few people ever respond to me even if I’m commenting on something they asked about. And because trying to sort your thoughts into something coherent in only 140 characters doesn’t always work well! *laughs*
I have a weekly link up where people can link reviews they’ve done that had a fantasy creature in them (doesn’t have to be a major character). I also have fun submitting posts from other blogs to places like StumbleUpon to get more traffic for them.
I also try to remember to click through affiliate links before I buy anything at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If I’m buying it anyway, why shouldn’t my friends get the credit (and the money!) for it? Especially as I tend to buy things way too often at Amazon…
Sometimes I randomly decide to reach out and poke people via e-mail as well. But I tend to babble. As I’m SURE you’ve noticed by now. (Really. If you think my discussion posts are rambly and a mile long, you should see my e-mails! My poor, poor friends…) Luckily no one seems to mind my mad babblings and the rambling notes of Doom! Or at least, I haven’t heard about it if they DO mind.
I have the feeling I’m forgetting a way or two that I interact… but if it was important, or I did it often enough, I’d remember right?
So how do you interact with other bloggers? Do you have one or two favorite methods? Do you dabble in all of them? Do you talk to anyone and everyone until they run away screaming? Or are you a hermit who hides away and only rarely comes out of their blog-space?