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Blogging 101: For the Weekend Warriors

Do some more following and commenting, or use the weekend to catch up on anything else (or write your own post).

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You’ve already explored the WordPress.com Reader and started following topics and blogs. Why doing it again? Growing your community is a process, not a task. Continue cultivating relationships, and use the weekend to focus on any other assignments you’re still working on.

If you’ve already added topics to your Reader, focus today on finding new blogs to follow; if you already have a list of blogs, explore new topics. (If you’ve done a bit of both, keep it up!)

When we search for topics, we usually start close to home. The chef looks for food blogs, the college frosh searches for other students. It’s a great idea and good habit to mix things up: part of the fun of blogging is the serendipity. You never know when you’ll find a new favorite writer, see an inspiring blog design, or make a connection that changes your blog (or your life). A few to try:

  • Look up the name of an author you like, to see what others have thought about books you’ve read.
  • Search a faraway country (Estonia? Madagascar? Nicaragua?) or a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting (The North Pole? The Maldives? The Taj Mahal?): who knows what you might dig up?
  • Think about natural extensions of popular topics you’re already following. If you love photography, try specifics topics like fisheye or film photography.
  • Try longreads for of 1,000 words+ or wprightnow for responses to current events.

If you need a break from the Reader, do some blog-surfing — click a link on site you’re visiting to find something new, and repeat every time you’re ready to move on.

When you find something that inspires you, leave a comment or like the post along with following the blogger. And since the WordPress mobile apps are great for surfing the reader, you can browse while you’re on the bus/train/boat/pedicab/whatever on the way to your fun weekend plans.

Weekends are also the perfect opportunity to revisit anything we’ve covered that you’re still not sure about, write a non-challenge post of your own, or spend some time helping your co-bloggers over in The Commons.

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