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Tuesday, 19 June 2007

The Chicken or the Egg

I set up this blog based on the advice of the LDS Publisher blog. http://ldspublisher.blogspot.com/2007/06/blogging-for-readers.html

The answer she gave made a lot of sense to me, so here I am. I am excited about this new experiment, but it did give rise to an interesting discussion with my husband. His theory is that I should write and post on this blog for several weeks so there is quite a bit of content and then I should start to tell everyone that I know about it. My theory is that I should write for a day or two, then start to tell my family and writer friends to start looking it up. It seems to me that a large part of blogging is reader response. So having several weeks of writing without any comments would feel rather discouraging.

So I guess the question is, if I write it will they come? Does the blog come first and then people come to see what is being said? Or do the people who already support and cheer for me come check it out anyway and watch the blog grow with me? The chicken or the egg?

3 comments:

LDS Publisher said...

Good for you on starting a blog. Keep it up!

I will be posting more about blogging later this week over on LDS Publisher, but wanted to make a few comments here. (And I'm only doing this because you were the first to start a blog based on my suggestion and were smart enough to do a linkback.)

1. Great move linking back to my site and my post. I show link backs on my blog, so anyone who reads that post will see your blog on the list.

2. Start telling people about your blog NOW. It generally takes some time of bugging family and friends before they actually go and read it.

3. If you really want to make it look like you've been blogging longer, you can cheat and back date some posts, but I don't recommend that. Just start where you are and post regularly.

4. 99% of the people who read you blog will not post. Get a hit counter (there are lots of free ones) and post it in your sidebar.

I will go into more detail on these on my blog later.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks for the advice. I'll watch your blog for more detail.

Anonymous said...

I guess I don't exactly know how to answer this thought, but I can tell you that I wish I had known about this sooner. I never really did get to know you and this at least helps me a little bit.

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