Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs. A blog is just a diary unless there’s a community — start building yours.
Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts or interact with you, you’d keep a private diary. Today, you begin of engaging with the blogging community, the first step of building an audience.
Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.
Why spend time reading other blogs?
- Because publishing posts is only half of blogging — engaging with the community is the other. Reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.
- Because considering what other bloggers write will inspire you and sharpen your thoughts.
Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another — just look at The Commons.
The first step in making connections is finding the people you want to connect with. By following topics you care about in the Reader, you’ll discover a world of blogs. Some of them will become favorite reads, and some of their authors will become your fans.
Want to share your great finds? Visit The Commons.
To get you started, review our tips on using the Reader to find and follow blogs that speak to you. A few of our editors have also shared their favorite Reader topics. Add five topics to your Reader, so you can access them quickly whenever you feel like doing some reading. As you browse the topics, follow five new blogs, too.
The Blogroll on The Commons is another great place to explore. There are over 1400 of you participating in Zero to Hero — you’re bound to find some new favorite reads. Scroll through the list, and click on titles that intrigue you, seem up your alley, or make you laugh. (Adding the “zerotohero” topic to your Reader is also a great way to keep up with your co-bloggers.)
If you don’t blog on WordPress.com, you can still use the Reader if you have a WordPress.com username. If not, there are other ways to explore — your blogging platform may allow you to browse, or you can visit blogs you love and check out their blogrolls and commenters’ blogs.