Ten Ways To Pay It Forward When Blogging

I joined in on a fun discussion on Twitter yesterday.  Every Monday at 1pm PST, Crafterminds has a chat with a specific topic. Yesterday’s topic was “Promoting Other People”.  I think that I spend a fair amount of time promoting other bloggers.  I have a “Pay It Forward” philosophy on blogging.  If I promote other people, then they will promote me in the future.  I have received more blog traffic and invitations to special events via other bloggers, because I have helped promote others.  We all can’t be narcissists in the blogging world.

Source: Joy’s Hope

 

I’ve listed TEN (10) ways that you can pay it forward, or help promote other bloggers.

1.  Commenting on Blogs

I make an effort to comment on at least ten blogs a day.  Some days I get a little busy and I just don’t have time.  I might add a few more blog comments on days when I’m less busy. Who am I kidding? I am always busy, but I make the time and effort to do so.  I use Google Reader to read and subscribe to blogs.  Although I might not comment on the day something was posted, I sometimes “star” posts to go back and comment later.  I have actually commented on posts almost two to three weeks later.  I might have done that last week with a few of my favorite blogs.

I also comment on blog posts that are tweeted out on twitter.  I read “The Twitter” a lot.  If I see a great post that I want to comment on later, I email the post to myself.  I loathe commenting from the iPhone.  But when I get to an actual computer, I make sure to comment on that post.

And bloggers, try and reply to comments on your own blog.  Your readers appreciate it! When you respond back to the comments, you create a discussion.  I love using WordPress and threaded comments.  It makes a conversation flow much easier.  I also use a plug-in for WordPress, replyMail, that emails my comment to the person that I’m responding to.  I can’t always respond to the comments every day, but I try to answer all of the questions directed towards me.

I also love the SITS Website for blogger support and comment love. They feature bloggers every day, and you show them some love with comments.  The site is also great for blogging education too.

2. Twitter

I love the Twitter. Twitter is my BFF (sorry Stacey, I have an online addiction), my boyfriend, my lover, my news, and everything else all rolled into one free website.  Twitter has been amazing for bloggers and promotion of their sites, posts, events, etc.  I’ve found so many new and awesome websites from Twitter. I usually go by a 10-1 rule.  With every tweet that I put out there, I tweet 10 other things not related to me.  Because really, Twitter is not all about me.

And people who just tweet out their posts, events, etc. and don’t reply, well that is not the point of Twitter.  Did you see my hint….Twitter is good for Promotion of others.  So why not share the love, and RT or Tweet out some goodness for fellow bloggers.  P.S. True Story, I found out about Michael Jackson’s Death on The Twitter.

3. Facebook

I have a love/hate relationship with The Facebook.  I love that I can connect with people without having to make zillions of phone calls, emails, etc.  I can just pop on by their wall and say “Happy Birthday” or “Cute Kid”.  But I loathe and hate the drama that Facebook creates.  Why wasn’t I invited to your party? Why did you un-friend me.  But for blogging, that “Share on Facebook” button is genius.  It is so simple to share awesome material on Facebook.

I have a personal Facebook account (locked down for the privileged few) and a Facebook Fan Page (hate the term “like page”). I have my blog posts go to my Fan Page via Networked Blogs. I also posted relevant and interesting information from other blogs, websites, etc. on my Fan Page.  It is about sharing the wealth, or content.

4. Stumbleupon

StumbleUpon is an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation engine which uses peer and social-networking principles. (Wikipedia). Cheryl from TidyMom wrote an AWESOME post for Crafterminds on Best StumbleUpon Tips.  It is such a great tutorial with visual graphics and everything.  Not only can this woman bake, but she is a genius for writing blogging tips.  I’ve had great success with StumbleUpon.

I use the tool bar for Firefox on my Macbook.  I also make sure that I leave a review and properly tag my stumbles.  When I do this, my favorites get more views.  Not every Stumble will go viral, but many of them do.  I get a large amount of traffic to my blog every day from posts on my blog that are from one to two years old.  You can follow me or friend me on Stumbleupon also.  I go by AngryJulieMonday.

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is a virtual pin board. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.  People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes via Pinterest. Pinterest is invite only,  comment or email me if you need an invite.  I love it.  I used to have all of this favorites and bookmarks on three different computers.  Now, I can save all of my favorite things from the web on my Pinterest Pin Boards.  One of the most important things that I can suggest us to use the FULL URL or otherwise known as PERMALINK for an item when “pinning it”.  People want to know where to go for that recipe, or where to buy something.  Plus, you also need to make sure to give credit to the actual and original author.

This site is great for discovering new bloggers and awesome posts. I love all of the recipes and craft tutorials.  It was soo beneficial when planning my son’s birthday party.  Oh, and here is my account if you want to follow me on Pinterest: AngryJulie on Pinterest.

6. Featured Posts or Link-Ups

Do a round-up of featured or your favorite posts for the week. Do you have a niche blog? I love all of the craft and DIY bloggers because they have the GREATEST link-ups.  I get some amazing ideas from this link-ups. I used to do Spotlight Saturdays on my blog where I would find five of my favorite blog posts of the week.

I post my Project 365 posts on Saturdays now.  But I share my favorite posts on my Facebook Fan Page wall now.  On Fridays, I have been doing Friday Favorites where I have been finding great ideas and topics from Pinterest.  On Wednesday, I have been doing a Wordless Wednesday link-up for almost two years.  But seriously, Skip To My Lou, Today’s Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, and Whipperberry are my favorite sites for craft/DIY link parties every week.

7. Guest Posts

Having or doing guest posts is a great way to grow your blog.  You are able to gain a new audience who has never seen your awesome blog before. ProBlogger has some great insights on How To Guest Post To Promote Your Blog.  I’ve written some guest posts on photography, and other things.  I really need to have more guest posters on my blog.  I need to figure out topics or something for them to write about.  It is hard to figure out guest posts for my blog, because I have a weird non-niche or random blog.

But seriously, guest posts are amazing and a breath of fresh airGuest posts are also great to have when you are on vacation, busy, or just need a break from your regular blogging routine.

8. Tribe Groups

When you form or gather a group of other bloggers to form a tribe, you become a superpower.  Seriously! It is always nice to have people who “have your back”.  I have several people whom are bloggers that I can toss ideas around with, email, or even call to complain to.  These people get me. I have my tribe mates on Skype, Twitter, and on Facebook.  I love the private groups that you can create on Facebook.  This has been awesome for networking with like minded individuals. I’ve found some great online articles from Michaele Harrington and SITS Girls. I also am a big fan of forums and message boards.  I started off blogging because of interactions on a message board.

I have sent and received emails from other blogging friends that have wording such as: “Can you please RT my last post on Twitter, Can you stumble this (with link), Can you send this around to your friends.” Really, it doesn’t hurt to ask.  If you send it to a group of ten people, at least 1-2 people will follow through.

9. Social Media Icons

PLEASE put some kind of place to contact you or social media icons on your site.  I want to be able to email you, put your RSS Feed in my reader, Tweet you, Facebook You, etc.  Bloggers love Social Media Site Icons because it makes things easier.  I have my social media networking links on the top of my right sidebar on my blog.  I have my RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr Accounts linked.  I also have a place for Email Subscription and my Pinterest account on my sidebar.

Here are some great tutorials for social media icons on Blogger and on WordPress. I am also a HUGE advocate for putting social media icons somewhere or on each blog post.  If I read a great post, I want to be able to promote the post with one click.  I use the Jetpack plug-in for my blog. Some other ones are TweetMeme, Add This, ShareThis, and SexyBookmarks.  I may have sent messages to some of my favorite blogging friends to PLEASE ADD social media icons to their posts.

10.  Proper Linking

Give credit where credit is due. Believe me, it is rare that I have original thoughts.  I am always inspired by all of the awesome blog posts, photographs, projects, recipes, and crafts that I see online.  But when I post about them, I make sure to give them proper credit or link back. Please CREDIT your sources.  It is the nice and proper way to do things.  Bloggers love when you talk about them.  Make sure you link to them.

Use proper Blog Etiquette. I get sad when I see pictures that I’ve taken posted, without crediting the source.  I don’t mind people using them, really I don’t. Just link back.  Also, there is copyright issues. This can hurt you big time.  These copyright issues involve REAL MONEY and ATTORNEYS. Sara an attorney, has a great series on Blog Law.

#PopCameraAction Pop Secret Twitter Party

At the beginning of the month, I held a movie party at my house where my best friend and her daughter came over for a fun night.  We all had a great time, and ate tons of Pop Secret popcorn.  I was able to get the kids to pay attention for a few minutes, where I got some photographs and even shot some video. They were hilarious, and it made for even better video editing later.

At the end of my post, I featured a giveaway that I was hosting for: a $50 giftcard, Pop Secret Popcorn, and a Flip Video Camera, which I will be notifying the winner soon.

There are several bloggers participating in this campaign, and all of our videos were put into a montage, which is below. They are all so great and unique.

And the best part is that even though you may have not won my giveaway, there are still more prizes to win!!! I’m participating in a Twitter Party as a Panelist on Thursday, February 24, 2010 from 8-10pm EST (7-9pm Central, 6-8pm Mountain, and 5-7pm Pacific).  We will be talking about the Oscars, Oscar Predictions, Favorite Movies, Favorite Actors, and also, we will be giving away several Pop Secret Swag Bags!
@MomSpark will be the host of the Twitter Party on Thursday.
#popcameraaction will be the Official Twitter Party Hashtag.
http://bit.ly/hbOtV6 is the link for the Custom Tweetgrid for the Twitter Party.
Please RSVP HERE for the Twitter Party, as you must RSVP to win prizes.
and also, the following bloggers will be joining me as Panelists at the Twitter Party.
and don’t forget to check out our sponsor Pop Secret, and Enter the #popcameraaction sweepstakes!!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pop Secret Popcorn, and Mom Spark Media.  I was not influenced in any way to post this information. I was compensated with cash, and delightful popcorn treats.

Surfing, Rather Than Writing

Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I probably hear this at least once a day from Angry Husband.  “If you didn’t spend so much time lurking on the Internet, you might actually get something done.”  He has always called me a lurker.  I am a “reader”.  I read a ton of stuff, whether it be a book, magazine, newspaper, blogs, or even Twitter.  This is part of my personality, and always has been.  BUT, it causes quite a problem for my focus.

If I am motivated enough, I can write a decent blog post within the hour.  But a few things need to be in place; a focused topic, somewhat of an outline, and a photo.  I could spend hours working to find or photograph the perfect image.  I try to have at least one photo in every one of my blog posts.  I have “perfectionist” issues, and I realize that.

BUT, I tend to get distracted.  I think the main problem when writing on for/on the Internet, is the actual Internet.  It can be very distracting and it sucks you in.  I open my dashboard to start a post, and then a message pops up from Skype.  I start chatting, and there goes an hour.  Or, I pull up The Twitter, or The Facebook.  Talk about time suck.  But many of my posts have external links in them, so that is why I need to be online when writing.

A few years ago, I actually told Angry Husband to unplug or disable the router when he went to work.  He knows about my “addiction” and “need” to be on the Internet.  A couple of times he actually disabled it, but then he told me that I was an adult and that I need to use self control.  But I am attracted to shiny things like a magnet, and just get sucked back in.

I hope that someday, I can find a balance and be able to schedule myself better.  I had a period, earlier this year, where I actually wrote some blog posts in advance.  I think that I need to work on things in advance more, so that I actually have time to write, rather than stay up late at night, and write misspelled posts with bad grammar.

My 2nd biggest factor in not focusing on writing is my great ideas that never get written.  I think of blog posts in my head all the time.  It is almost like a little thought bubble above my head, and then poof, it is gone.  I need to write down these ideas, or at least speak them into the voice recorder on my iPhone.  I always have a good idea.

P.S. I have no photo on this post, on purpose.  No distractions with this one.

 

Best Local Micro-Blogger

Best Local Micro Blogger

Guess who’s a winner?

banner

Really, what category do you think I won?

I’m not known for my awesome writing, and stuffs….

It is all about the Twitter…

Tweet 1
Tweet 4
Tweet 3
Tweet 5

Yep, that’s right!

TWO YEARS…in a ROW!

“You’ve Just Been Spotted” OC Blog Awards

Best Local Micro Blogger

JUst Spotted Blog Awards Winner

Twitter at Night

Picture 3

I love Twitter, don’t you? Are you on Twitter? Am I following you? Twitter is good for people like me who have ADD, and only have to think in a 140 characters.  Some of the best online experiences that I have are on Twitter.  Lately, my Utah friends have been keeping me in hysterics late at night.  If I’m having a bad day, they make me laugh.

Last night, I tweeted the following:

and then sometime later, Stephanie responded with this:

and she offered a picture of her son’s birthday cake, which was quite awesome.  But cake didn’t sound to good at the time.

and @Jenndola and I made some smart ass remarks about chinchilla’s….and Stephanie responded with this:

and she posted this picture, I know what a chinchilla is, but seriously the context of the conversation made me laugh soo hard.

and then some more giggles, and Stephanie responding with this:

and @Jenndola and I cracked up some more…and got this response:

and when it got too late, I typed that I was going to sleep, but @Jenndola responded with this, and I laughed again:

So if you are having a really crappy day, need some laughs, or some cheap and free entertainment, go on Twitter after 10pm, you will be welcomed with other night owls, you can make you laugh so hard, you break into tears.

 

Twitter Name Badges

Twitter Badge

In February at Blissdom, I wore my Twitter name badge every day.  It love it, because it is easy to read and has a magnetic back.  I feel that sometimes Conference Name Badges are hard to read.

When I was cleaning out my purse, I re-discovered my Twitter Name Badge.  I was thinking that it would be great to wear at BlogHer too.  I contacted Ric, the awesome guy who gave me my badge in the first place.

He told me that the badges sell for $12.  I was thinking that we could gather orders and I could bring them to BlogHer with me.

He also has two new styles.  He has a video showing the new styles.

Would anyone be interested in getting a Twitter Badge for BlogHer? I am just thinking outloud now, but I would need to organize this soon, like very soon.

***UPDATE***

If you want a Twitter Name Badge in time for BlogHer, Ric has created a site where you can purchase the badges.  In the memo spot on Paypal, list your Twitter Name, and also put BlogHer.  He will then know to give me the BlogHer ones personally so I can get them to you.  I’m closing BlogHer Badge orders today, Thursday, July 29th, at 5PM P.S.T.

Twitter Nametag Store

If you are NOT going to BlogHer, please go to that site and place your order for your very own Twitter Badge/Nametag.  They will ship within 8 days.

Too much caffeine, makes Julie crazy

My keys in the door.

I was in utter panic last week.  I had to leave for work and could not locate my keys.  I was yelling at Angry Husband for like an hour.  I ran an errand real quick, and took his truck.  I came back and tossed the house again, looking for my keys.  Gee, guess where they were? I never use my keys for the front door, so it was not the logical place for them to be.

I would like to thank the 32 oz. fountain Dr. Pepper for that flip out.

Auto DM's TweetI’m participating in this RAD Pro Blogger Challenge with the SITS peeps and The BlogFrog.  You may have seen the hashtag on Twitter #31DBB.  If you are not on Twitter, just ignore my rambling, because none of this will make sense to you at all.

I just followed a ton of new people on Twitter, because of this.  I usually follow people with caution, check out their stream, and see who else they are following.  I really don’t want to see randomness all day long.  I’m a Twitter addict.  I like my Twitter with my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even late night snack.  Twitter is like a comfort food to me.

But ack, seriously….I’ve gotten at least fifteen to twenty Auto DM’s today.  What are DM’s? They are direct messages on Twitter.  I get it, you are thankful I’m following you and stuffs, but your pre-programmed messages, well they suck.  I’m tired of getting the “Thank you for following me, I appreciate it, please check out my website at iliketoautodmyoutodeath.com for more info”.

So I got a little stabby finally, and tweeted out that message above.  I may have been drinking an awesome 32 oz. Dr. Pepper from Del Taco.  But then again, too much caffeine makes Julie a little stabby and a little crazy, all at the same time.

The moral of this story is, “Help Julie find her keys, cause she loses them a lot, don’t Auto DM because it’s annoying, and keep the Dr. Pepper flowing if you want entertainment late at night.”

P.S. I just saw that I totally wrote a post in 2008 about losing my keys.  I think I have a problem.

Pink in a Sea of Black

Tanya from Design Action Studios and Angry Julie
I went out for a little retail therapy with the bff, Stacey, last week. Lately retail therapy could be called, “let’s look and not buy, cause we are poor and/or Christmas is coming”. We hit the usual places…Pottery Barn, Z Gallery, and one of my favorite boutiques. I always look for some great finds in this boutique, but most of the time, their things run a tad small. I saw a sale rounder with a 50% sign on it, whoppee..

Well of course, a bright pink coat was screaming my name. I didn’t even look at the price and tried it on. I squeeled, because it fit. Talk about exciting! I hadn’t even looked at the price yet, which was $56.99 by the way. It was mine, all mine!!

I knew that I was going to a Twitter meet-up or otherwise known as Tweet-Up (I loathe that word) that same night. I questioned the weather and if I could wear the coat. I put my hands in the air, and said why not! So I paired the coat with a black shirt, jeans, and black shoes.

When I arrived, I saw that most everyone was wearing black. I stuck out like a sore thumb in the crowd, it was a sea of black. It was a good thing that I chose to wear the coat, because the event was on an outside patio at a restaurant. And yes, talk about being noticed, everyone came to introduce themselves, to the girl in the pink coat.

Erin from Boutiquing and Angry Julie