- Read the post again and again and (oh you must have got the point!)
This is something I do religiously right from my first newbie post till date. I skim and scan and read and pore over my post, looking for any possible mistakes and making sure the spacing, grammar (rules that I know of 😛 ),emoticons everything is in place. One thing which I have noticed is we need to make sure that we have used the correct symbols for the emoticons. For eg. B-) is a symbol for smiley we use normally but in WordPress if you want a “cool” smiley that will not work! Thank God and WordPress for that little life-saver of a button called “Preview”.
- Tweet in twitter.
Now if you imagined that am a twitter girl with hundreds following and I get views or traffic multiplying by minute just because I posted there, you got it wrong! 😛 I post there because the blog-gurus told me so 😎 I just started tweeting a month back, and opened a twitter account after I started blogging. (I did have an account in college, but let’s not go there shall we! It was embarrassing enough seeing my old tweets and I decided to delete it and begin a fresh new life in twitter 😉 ) Oh and in case any of you lovely readers are kind enough to follow me , you can follow me at minaxi_vishnu .
- The wait for the first like/comment.
Ah, this one is a classic! Once the post sees the world, I go about waiting for those special souls who likes or comments. (and sometimes when I get both it’s an early Christmas!) In my initial days, the wait was quite long and I used to feel let down. But now thanks to my amazing and incredibly kind and sweet followers, I get motivated quite fast 🙂 Keep em’ coming dearies. Love you all ❤ Your likes and comments are much much appreciated and I am unquestionably being honest to my heart when I say it absolutely makes my day 🙂
- Reply to the comment.
So after all that waiting, a beautiful and benevolent soul decided to comment on my post. Woohoo! (Stop dancing and reply idiot) Oh, yes. So what I was telling is I reply to the comment and try to do my best to keep an engaging conversation. I reply the comments as soon as I can. Sometimes I see the comment when I am really busy, so I “like” it when I see it and come back and make sure I do full justice to the reply when I have time. I love interacting and getting to know you, whether it is a follower whom I already know and have quite a bonding or a new visitor loving the write-up.
- Give a visit to my new followers (and follow-back if possible.)
This is something I do very religiously. These wonderful people think I am awesome enough to follow and get notifications in their mailbox or in their WordPress reader so I show them some “blog-love” by visiting them back and like and comment on their posts. And on countless occasions, I have discovered some amazing blogs. Now sometimes I come across a blog where our interests vary like chalk and cheese. I mean once there was a blog on physics who had liked my posts and I just wanted to thank them so I visited their page. But sadly enough I realized having physics sermons on my WordPress reader will be like a revisit to my school lectures (and Physics was definitely a subject with not-so-fond memories for me). So I just liked and commented on a few of the general posts like About Me appreciating their blog, and added how much their visit meant to me and I came back.
I understand that the biggies of the blog-world who get above 100 likes on a single post, it would be impossible to visit each and every follower. But you always know when someone likes and comments when they really like your blog, and want to get to know you more. So my sincere request would be to visit and show some “blog-love” at least to these bloggers. Just my humble opinion. No pressure 🙂
I know some real nice bloggers who have an incredible following but still they see to it that they visit the commenter’s or follower’s page and encourage them continuously. They do not just reply to the comment on their own blog and get about their daily lives. I am so lucky to know a few of these precious gems of the blog-world ❤
- Recheck if you have missed comments.
This has happened to me one time. Somehow I did not see the comment of one of my dearest friends and did not reply her. (not from the blogger community though). A few weeks later, I was just checking my old posts and I saw these lovely comments lying unattended.
How did I miss that? 😦 I have no idea. Now she was a dear old friend and she understood but imagine if it was from a visitor who really loved your blog, and now thinks you are too smug for your own good. . Since then, I always make it a point to revisit my old posts in between and scan for not replied comments.
- Keep checking the stats of the post.
This is fun and little addictive! Especially seeing the country part. It is so awe-inspiring to know the different parts of the world from where people are visiting you. Plus, you get a little general knowledge brushed up on the flags of the countries as well 😉
- Thank your re-tweeter/ re-blogger.
Whether in the blog world or twitter, when someone is kind enough to reblog my post, I make sure I thank them. It is a great promotion they gave to my blog and I am so grateful to the awesome people for that.
- Share if it has sunk into the sea or risen to victory to your near and dear ones.
Needless to say, my hubby is the one who has to put up with these rants of mine 😀 Whether my favorite post gets enough traffic or it gets sunk without a trace, I keep updating him every now and then. (read every hour 😛 ) In fact in the early days of blogging, when I used to feel quite down about the likes and comments, he created a WordPress profile and started on a liking spree 😛 Thankfully now, I am better and he can concentrate on his studies. 😛 (How much I love that guy who really lives up to his words of “I will do anything to get a smile on your face” ❤ ❤ ❤ )
- Plan my next post
Indeed, this is the final step. Sometimes I already have something in my mind which I want to develop on. Or else, I wait till the hour of inspiration strikes me. And the cycle continues. 😉
I would like to thank each and everyone of you who has encouraged me with their likes, comments and follows ❤ It really means a lot to me to know that the time and effort I put in writing an article is appreciated by someone out there. All this encourages me to come up with ideas you can relate to, to go on brainstorming thoughts and try and develop them into something witty and sensible, even if it is from my own experiences.
Like I said, I love interacting and getting to know the face behind that wonderful blog. That part is real inspiring and it has been a great time knowing many wonderful people. And the more I comment, the more I connect with the blogger and most of the time, I end up having a great friend! Comment-chats are so much fun ❤
All you awesome bloggers, what do you do after you publish a post? I am quite eager to know. Both veterans and newbies are welcome to comment ❤