It's not Who you know ... it's who knows You
Since I became a blogger, it sometimes seems like I spend more time sitting in front of my computer reading, than just about anything else.
Over the past couple of years I've "interacted" with a whole bunch of cool people online. Some of them I "know" pretty darn well ... heck we might even make good friends. Except ...
A few probably don't have a clue who I am.
You see, in my thirst for knowledge (hey, I gotta try to put a positive spin on this little self examination), I sometimes (alright, probably too often) forgot to NETWORK. Don't get me wrong, I certainly got something out of the deal. If I wasn't learning and getting good information, I wouldn't have kept going back, and gotten to know more about my blogging "friends". But, in the process, I did deprive some of them of an opportunity ...
The chance to get to know more about ME. :-)
Every time I've read a quality article, then simply moved on without so much as even leaving a comment, I've been guilty of this offense.
And here's the thing, staying invisible just makes no sense, no matter how you slice it.
So here's a challenge for myself (and it can potentially be your mission too, should you choose to accept it):
I have quite a few blogs in my google reader, that I follow regularly. It probably wouldn't be a stretch to say that on some days I may read 100+ articles/stories. Right now, usually all I do is read them. Here's what I propose to change ...
Every Time I read a "good" post I will do at least one of these things:
- Blog about/link to it here on Todd's Tips, or one of my other niche sites
- Tweet about it
- Share it with my FaceBook friends
- Submit it to other social networking sites
- Leave a thoughtful (and hopefully interesting) comment
If I do any of these things on a consistent basis, the bloggers who I follow will eventually make it their business to know exactly who I am.
And here's the best part ...
It's a Win / Win situation for all involved.
I obviously have some self interest here ... I want to increase my influence by become more well known.
But in pursuit of my goal, with methods I've chosen, I will be giving at least as much as I will eventually get in return.
Seriously, when was the last time you met a blogger who didn't want to be linked to, tweeted about, facebooked, stumbled, or get good quality comments?
Ok, so that's my plan.
And since I'm still (and probably always will be) a world class procrastinator at heart, I shall start this project (along with my new diet and exercise regime) ...
Honestly, it's 1:30 am here, I can't be up all night, reading, tweeting and commenting.
Oh wait though, I can start this off with a link though ...
In a roundabout way, an inspiration for this post was my buddy Sire, who has a very interesting blog about blogging (among other topics). But what makes Sire really unique is the habit he has of always, and I do mean Always, visiting the blog of every person who comments on his site, and leaving at least one comment of his own. Now that's networking, and it's a great example of how to really connect with your readers ... and not be Invisible.
And on that note, I am outta here ... it's bed time for bonzo.
Catch up again soon,