31DBBB Day 5: Email a Blog Reader

This is Day 4 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ of us bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers. You can read an overview here.

Today’s assignment is to look over the comments on your blog, find a commenter you don’t recognize, and send them an email.  Taylor the email to their comment and include a link to your blog.

It’s an easy assignment.  In fact, it’s so easy, that some of you may be tempted to blow it off and not do it.  But this assignment points to a larger principle concerning blogs, one I think it’s important to address…

Blog Growth is Slow and Steady

Many of us bloggers have this dream… that we’ll start a blog and our posts will be so amazing that even though we start with a handful of readers, those readers will tell all their friends, who will all love our blog become regular readers and tell all their friends, who will all love our blog become regular readers and tell their friends, and so on, and within weeks we’ll have hundreds or even thousands of regular readers.

But the reality is growth for most blogs comes slow and steady.  It comes one reader at a time.

On Day 3 we talked about promoting a blog post and how it’s important to reach out to people who have never heard of us or our blog and invite them to read a post.  But it’s even more important to try to convert a one-time visitor into a regular reader.  That conversion often comes by building relationships, and as we all know relationships can be hard work.

7 Little Things You Can Do to Build Relationships with Your Readers

Good relationships don’t happen overnight or with one big “event.” Relationships are developed over time with small things that demonstrate genuine interest.  Here are 7 little things you can do.  Some are taken from today’s lesson, others are things I do for my readers.

  1. Email a someone who has commented on your blog (today’s assignment)
  2. When someone comments on your blog, post a comment in reply.
  3. Go to commenter’s blogs and comment on their posts.
  4. Allow people who comment on your blog to include a link in their comments to their own blog.  If your commenters find they are getting visitors from your blog, it’s one more incentive to become a regular reader and commenter.
  5. Remove the “nofollow” attribute from comment links. By default many blogging platforms add the “nofollow” attribute to links in comments.  This attribute tells search engines not to “count” the link.  Including the nofollow tag eliminates the incentive for spammers to post spammy comments to your blog, but it also takes away the search engine value of the links your legitimate commenters post.  I think it’s worth it to remove the nofollow tag if your blogging platform allows you to do so.
  6. Periodically do things to thank your readers. Be creative.  Give away a book or a CD.  Do something for them.
  7. Thank people who retweet your posts on Twitter.

Discussion

  • What other little things can bloggers do to build relationships with their readers?
  • What little things did you ACTUALLY do today?
  • Did you see any immediate results?  (You may not. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t)

The Extra Mile

A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further today…

  • Reply & give other bloggers feedback on the little things they do.
  • When other bloggers include a link to a new article they’ve posted today, click, read, and comment on it.
  • Check previous posts in the series for new comments.
  • Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.  (You could win a $25 gift card!)

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

98 Responses to “31DBBB Day 5: Email a Blog Reader”

  1. Okay, my blog is up and ready to go. Sending an email to a reader will be new to me. I do send out an email newsletter, but sending to a new reader will be new.

    Thanks for reading my blog.
    http://ronniespoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/god-bless

  2. Okay, my blog is up and ready to go. Sending an email to a reader will be new to me. I do send out an email newsletter, but sending to a new reader will be new.

    Thanks for reading my blog.
    http://ronniespoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/god-bless

    • I'd rather receive an email than a newsletter. Newsletters are good, but they are also very impersonal and I guess the point of today is getting up close and personal with a blog reader.

  3. Well, I emailed everybody. Sort of.
    http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0

    Hey, Erica M, I like that idea about linking to people who left comments. Cool. :)

    • That was funny! I get the point of the lesson, building a community and etc. But not sure it's time well spent.

    • This is a lot more fun, if you ask me: for my Monday post I'm asking for tips…

      Wanted: your must-read tip for bloggers. Funny is good. Profound can work too. Brevity is sweet. I'll put you in my Monday 31 Days post (unless I run out of room).

      Tips from history, poetry, the box in your cabinet, all accepted as potential 'must-read tips' for bloggers.

      Please provide tips asap so I have time to compose the tippy post. :)

      (Drop your tip herehttp://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0… )

    • Didn't comment your blog today but let me say bravo!

      My approach to this has always been to reply to a reader in the comments but not always reply to the reply of the reply (following so far?) and if the comment requires a more detailed response it either gets a post all of its own or a personal email to the commenter – if they've left their email address in the first place,

      The other thing I do is state publicly that I'll be mailing them – a real pet peeve of mine is folks who say "I'll call / mail / whatever" and then don't.

  4. As @crispone says – been doing this all along.

  5. hmm, I wonder what some of the ways are to email:

    1. The list of email subscribers – if you have have feedburner set up
    2. select from author email for comments – if you have a self hosted blog
    3. The users from a list of top commenters or recent commenters
    4. manually go thru the comments for commenter's emails

    The manual process is a bit arduous – I tried that. And after you get the emails there is the risk that a number of them are fake – not so for verified email subscribers.

    But who is to say that most readers leave comments – so how do you email the ones that do not? hmmm – if you have a facebook fan page linked to your blog then you can email them.
    Are there any other ways?

    • Good idea on the FB thing. I had been trying to figure out who to e-mail. i think I will write to a FB friend who I know has read my blog but has not yet commented on it. I'll invite them to get in on the discussion.

    • I was just assuming Darren was referring to #4: manually go thru the comments for commenter's emails, since we're manually sending personalized email messages any way.

    • Facebook fan page…..I've been trying to think of a way to incorporate into Facebook…I want to keep my facebook network that I currently have separated to just friends and family. I had thought about opening one that would be open to all and use that basically as a glorified twitter..but a fan page sounds like it would be a great route. Anyone have any luck or have done this already?

      • I got it working with my blog:http://www.facebook.com/pages/SynapticLight/18211… (Click Like while you are there please *grin*)

        here are the steps I used:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-promote-your-

        • Thank you for that info…I will definitely look at creating one(as well as becoming a fan..err…'liking' yours!)

      • Ray, that's the approach Michael Hyatt took and blogged about last year.
        http://michaelhyatt.com/2009/08/re-thinking-my-fa

        Up until now I have only "friended' personal friends on Facebook and ignored friend requests from people who I've met through work, Twitter, or blogging. But I'm starting to think about creating a Facebook page for myself as well.

        • Interesting – nice to see that I'm not the only one that tends to keeping FB to literal friends & family. But a fan page could be the answer to interacting with those that care – for example, most of my friends & family are non-techy and simply couldn't give a monkies about my blog.

        • Interesting – nice to see that I'm not the only one that tends to keeping FB to literal friends & family. But a fan page could be the answer to interacting with those that care – for example, most of my friends & family are non-techy and simply couldn't give a monkies about my blog.

        • Interesting – nice to see that I'm not the only one that tends to keeping FB to literal friends & family. But a fan page could be the answer to interacting with those that care – for example, most of my friends & family are non-techy and simply couldn't give a monkies about my blog.

    • I was just assuming Darren was referring to #4: manually go thru the comments for commenter's emails, since we're manually sending personalized email messages any way.

  6. Like most have been saying, I'm trying to maintain an interaction with everyone who comments or comes to my blog, and I do send out regular e-mails to some folks I know read my blog. I posted today a response to a conversation I had resulting from one of those e-mails. The guy runs a recording studio and asked me to publish more of my poetry so I did, if anyone was curious (and yes it still falls under the "Christian inspiration" niche) http://justapen.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/now-is-t

  7. I've got to agree with Erica on this one.

    I don't really like the email concept, perhaps sending a reply/dm/rt on twitter thanking them(that gives both of you greater visibility as opposed to email alone). Commenting on their blog is a must as well. If they have neither than what do you do? If you respond to their comment in reply to your blog I think this would suffice.

    I might be wrong I might be right or it might just be a lunatic you are looking for. : )

    Happy Friday #31DBBB'ers!!!!

    • hey lunatic
      Happy Friday :)
      I too am not so keen on the email thing, but I have done it and I'll try again.
      The first time was really a call to action, the response: not encouraging.
      This time I'll just say thanks. Just a bit silly thanking a person for commenting once about 6 months ago.

    • I like the idea of replying or dm on twitter to say Thank you.

  8. I really do try to reply, comment and link to people who comment on my blog. There was a time when I was guarded of my actual identity and this would be totally compromised by e-mailing to strangers. Not so much now.

    People sometimes say that I dwell too much on my shortcomings. Here's a success story I titled "If God Can Make a Man From Mud, Can He Make Stone From Nothing?".
    http://preparation4eternity.blogspot.com/2010/02/

    • Really enjoyed your post today…I needed it actually.

      As far as guarding your actual identity, I let mine hang out all over the place. If we write about our own lives, I feel that you have to.

      • Thanks, Kevin. Yeah, I don't worry about identity so much now. We do have an unfathomable God, don't we?

    • Kim – I understand the need to 'guard'.

      In my case I have several (read way too many) email personas and use different ones for different reasons. Most of them I don't care who knows or uses or even who's behind them, but I have one (guess what, I won't be telling you it :)) that is used purely for hiding who I am.

      Sure, a tech could compare the IP address I'm coming from and spotting that I'm one and the same but this isn't about keeping the authorities out, but preserving some semblance of privacy from the rabid hordes (few!!) that like to troll.

      I've been around the internet for a while now (even before it was the "internet") and there are some folks out there that are just plain not sane …. so I find on forums it's best to remain anonymous.

  9. Thanks for the 7 ideas today on emailing a blog reader, those are great ideas, I tried several of them. How do you remove the "nofollow" attribute for comment links on WordPress?

    One way that I've seen other bloggers build relationships is to ask a couple questions regarding their post at the end, and also sometimes encouraging rss readers to comment as well and visit their blog.

    You can ask questions, thank them for reading when chatting with them if you're already friends, and do all the things that have already been suggested.

    Today i emailed a commenter, visited several of my commenters blogs and commented on their posts, and replyed to some of the comments commenters left on my blog.
    I have not seen immediate results.

    Post(s) coming for today, waiting for FB and Twitter to load so I can finish them.

  10. New post is up.
    http://campfirecowboyministries.com/2010/05/size-

    I like the idea of emailing. There is a lost art of sending a "thank you" letter. I wouldn't go overboard with it, but I believe that successful blogging will be built on relationships, not just on quality or wit.

    Even with someone like ProBlogger, how awesome would it be to get an email from him because you commented one time.

    • You know the old saying … we're quick to complain but rarely praise.

      Letters of appreciation are a stock in trade for me when we've had excellent service and I always remember to thank even if I've been complaining.

  11. First, I've got a new post up that I would like people to check out:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/race

    As far as emailing readers goes. I haven't done much of this, simply because I haven't had a lot of readers. I always try to comment back when some one makes a comment on my blog, however, i could see the benefit of writing as email, maybe asking how they found the blog, what they would like to read about on the blog, etc.
    I also found that when you get a new follower on twitter, that is the perfect time to send them a DM (direct message) and ask them to check out your blog. The reason is, they have already made an investment in you, saying you were worth my time to follow, chances are they will also check out your blog in order to find out more about you.

  12. I think a lot of us are over analyzing the concept behind the e-mail a reader thing. at it's most basic level we really are thanking people for reading our blogs because let's face it, without an audience we're meaningless. Our audience might enjoy getting something from our posts, they might like the stories and get a laugh out of it, but at the end of the day, we need them more than they need us. i mean, what good is a servant with no one to serve?
    Given that, is it really so weird or out there to send a little personal note that says "thanks for stopping by"?

  13. I think a lot of us are over analyzing the concept behind the e-mail a reader thing. at it's most basic level we really are thanking people for reading our blogs because let's face it, without an audience we're meaningless. Our audience might enjoy getting something from our posts, they might like the stories and get a laugh out of it, but at the end of the day, we need them more than they need us. i mean, what good is a servant with no one to serve?
    Given that, is it really so weird or out there to send a little personal note that says "thanks for stopping by"?

    • The rebellion is not against email or saying hi to your readers. It's the self-serving marketing behind the lesson itself.

      • I hear you, Erica. I liked the idea because I saw it as a way to bless my readers by letting them know I appreciate them (which I do), and because I hadn't thought of a personal e-mail as a way to do that. I usually link their blogs and comment, read, etc. Which I know they also appreciate. I'm not much of a note sender, so I saw this as a great suggestion I hadn't thought of.

        But yeah, the e-book is a business venture, written for business venturers, and the author's reasons for thanking readers are going to be different from our reasons. It's still a good idea, though.

        • I allow any commenter to link to their latest post automatically on my blog using the IntenseDebate system and a plugin.

          Of course, the requirement that the user links their blog into the ID is necessary, but the option is there and their choice.

    • I wholeheartedly agree.

  14. Like the rest of you, I'm not sure how effective the e-mail thing will be. I do see your point of thanking people for their comments. Erica M has a good way of doing this imme diately after you post a comment. I liked it. Maybe others will like to be thanked also.
    Here's today's post:http://junctionforjesus.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-
    –Richard

  15. I wasn't very kind to today's lesson. It's like I gave it a bad movie review. I just didn't think email a blog reader deserved its own chapter. For example, yesterday could have been divided into two or more. I'm not completely on board with the author's approach to the lesson plans.
    http://j.mp/apWTqO

    I linked to the blogs of those who left a comment on my blog after following me from 31DBBB. It's part of a regular Friday feature on my blog.

    Happy Friday, everybody!

    • I really like your regular Friday feature! Good luck with your Little League games this weekend. I'll be standing on the soccer sidelines. :)

    • Erica,

      I love that message that comes up after I posted a comment. That is really cool. How'd you do that?

    • great idea, love your blog: "I’ve got two kids and a baby, a full-time job, weekend kid activities, household chores" wow – I need to direct my wife to you blog :)
      We have a son; Stephen 2.7 years, and just had a daughter; Jennifer. == little sleep.

      • When you send your wife to me, she'll love discovering I am the world's worst housecleaner. When I have extra money, I hire housekeeping crews. So take your chances on letting her read my blog! :)

        • Amen to house cleaners – we have a lady in for 2hrs a week and her task is simple. Clean up the major mess, the tidying is our responsibility.

          Then we have to try and organise 3 children to do as we'd like ….!

    • Hey Erica, I think throughout these 31 days we're all going to find some of the lessons/assignments resonate with us and others don't. Some will seem too easy and some will seem too hard. Some will seem brilliant and others will be like, "Well, duh!"

      Some bloggers will probably decide to push through the lessons/assignments they don't particularly care for and do them anyway, because who knows maybe the results will surprise them. That's the direction I lean towards. Others may decide to skip a lesson/assignment they don't like and spend an extra day on one they find particularly useful. If that's your approach, I think that's cool too. It's very possible you'll find that approach works better for you.

      • Your way sounds much more reasonable than my approach of moral outrage! Dunno: guess I could have skipped it, but it struck a chord deeply enough that I couldn't ignore it. I pushed through, yes, and decided to say what I thought about it. ProBlogger doesn't care what I think, but some readers might like to know. One of those fine lines, I guess…

    • I agree.. Seems like an odd thing to do seeing as you can simply reply to their comment and they'll probably get an email anyway..

  16. So I emailed a blogger that I periodically follow who has commented on my blog in the past (got that?!). We'll see if she responds.

    I try to always reply to comments and then click on my visitor's website. But to be honest, I have three young kids so I don't have a lot of extra "reading" time. I try to comment on one or two other blogs a day. All the while remembering, it isn't ultimately about numbers, it's about me being faithful with my moments.

  17. I just sent out an email to those signed up for our e-news through our website. I hope to have time later today to email new readers and visit more blogs. I am glad to have Saturday to catch up on reading others comments and blogs. So much great information is coming in and I haven't had enough time to go over it all. I am glad that I have kept up with my blogging and assignments.

    Thank you for this great opportunity to grow and learn.
    http://www.ronniespoon.blogspot.com

  18. I think sending a thank you or brief, yet personal comment to a reader is great idea. My problem is that I don't have any active comments on my blog. Let's face it the blog had been on life support for awhile and it was semi-directionless. Doing this project is a form of resuscitation for the blog. When I get commentators I plan on being more interactive with them.

    Having said that, jde22's idea to send a DM on twitter to new followers to promote your blog is genius in its simplicity and something I intend to do now.

    • Hi, Matt

      I tried to comment on your blog, but it said only team members could comment, so that may be why you haven't had any activity. Hope this helps . . .

      Blessings, Cindy

      • Hmm, looks as though Blogger made some changes along the way. Thank you for the info, I have fixed the issue so commenting should be open to all now.

  19. I already so many of these things. I try to reply to every comment left on my blog, and especially since starting the 31days, I've been visiting lots of the blogs represented here and commenting, but I still have many to visit.

    I cheated and started last night with the emails, but I tried to email only people who I haven't interacted with in a while. Most of the comments I've received have been from people doing the 31 days, and I'm already interacting with them. Later today, I'll be subscribing to the RSS feeds from the email that went out earlier, so that I can visit some of the blogs I haven't visited yet.

    I think another good relationship building thing I need to do is add some blogs to my blogroll (I have none at this point).

    • That all sounds good to me, with the possible exception of the blog roll. I still don't see much value in them. I mean it's good for the blog you link to, and I can see it being good if the person you add to your blog roll returns the favor and links back to you, but that doesn't seem to happen very often. Although, if you're planning to add Christian Web Trends or Live Intentionally to your blog roll, then don't let me discourage you. ;)

  20. Since I have never had major amounts of comments on my blog, I have mostly been able to post a reply to the comment.

    I have however not tried the email option before, but I am busy going through my comments to mail some of my new followers. Thank you all who have read my blog in the last week.

    Just a post on revelations I had in the last day. http://www.unsafechallenge.com/2010/05/07/12-hour

  21. We have a unique situation. We were once an in-print publication and now we have transitioned to a blog format. So as we build from scratch in this new arena all these tips are very helpful.

    Today I took the assignment serious. I sent a personal email to 5 of our commenters just to thank them for their contribution to the site.

    I am eager to start reaping the benifits of this interaction.

    Take a look at our blog if you get a chance at
    http://www.saysomagazine.com

  22. Hi Everyone,

    This lesson has been an exhilarating adventure for me because I get to thank those who have left comments on my posts. While I do this anyway, it is more exciting today because of all the new followers who have found my home. It may take me a while to get to all of you, but I will be sending them out throughout the day.

    Hi Everyone,

    Today's assignment was somewhat redundant for me as well as I respond to every comment I receive (not to hard to do when you don't have a lot). However, I don't usually email my "thank yous". I usually just respond in a comment on their blogs.
    The idea of supplying a link back to my blog is a good one I will use, even if it is cheezy. Something new I learned today, is just to post the response as a comment in my own blog because it shows your readers you are willing to carry on a conversation with them. Will be adding this.

    On that note, here's the link to today's post:
    http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-5-

    Thank you, all, for stopping by for a visit here where I try to reveal my heart, present what the Lord has been showing me, and encourage all who stop by for inspiration. Your comments encourage me.

    From My Heart to Yours,
    Janis

  23. I think responding to posts via email is almost like sending those cheesey letters at Christmas to people updating you about your boring life and how your dogs are doing..

    I mean people might read it, but it's instantly deleted I think. Replying to your comments is crucial and is the same thing if not more important than an email.

    That being said I sent a few today anyway.. And it felt odd. Here are my additional thoughts on the lesson.
    http://guardraildamageahead.com/day-5-of-31dbbb-w

    Remember to love on your Mom's this Sunday. My mom died last May 15th.. Will be a tough Mother's Day.. and it's my birthday.. BRING ON THE TEARS!!! and perhaps a beer!

  24. I think responding to posts via email is almost like sending those cheesey letters at Christmas to people updating you about your boring life and how your dogs are doing..

    I mean people might read it, but it's instantly deleted I think. Replying to your comments is crucial and is the same thing if not more important than an email.

    That being said I sent a few today anyway.. And it felt odd. Here are my additional thoughts on the lesson.
    http://guardraildamageahead.com/day-5-of-31dbbb-w

    Remember to love on your Mom's this Sunday. My mom died last May 15th.. Will be a tough Mother's Day.. and it's my birthday.. BRING ON THE TEARS!!! and perhaps a beer!

  25. Unfortunately no comments on my posts for the last two years. Need to promote it better. In the past I did follow up with those who left comments. I love the dialogue and pray God will use it to impact the lives of others.

    I would love comments to my recent posts (please bear in mind the last two were specific to my congregation, though they certainly have a broader application). Thanks!
    http://divingdeepintograce.blogspot.com/

  26. This has been a great week. I've learned a lot from the exercises and the interaction with all of you.

    Yesterday I took the time to comment on someone's blog post. He took the step to check out my profile, my blog and then email me. Though he lives half the country away, he found out his parents live just an hour from me and he comes through town to visit them. He offered to get coffee together next time he is here.

    I thought this was a great example of how a personal email can cover topics and build relationships that wouldn't necessarily be appropriate with a comment or a tweet. Though this whole assignment was done to me rather than by me, I learned a good lesson. I will definitely be more open to emailing commenters in the future. I've done so a couple of times today.

    I had two blog posts today: http://captainestes.blogspot.com/2010/05/national
    and http://captainestes.blogspot.com/2010/05/bonnie-o

  27. I usually reply to every comment left on my blog unless they look spammish. Does I don't bother. The couple generic words.

    I have done today's homework, even though I don't have much comments at this time, or actually, not much recent comments I haven't already replied to on my blog.

    I think that so far this project is making stronger as a blogger, but not sure yet if my content is better. But this week I've reached one new ready which seems to love my blog and has already sent me 2 comments ! So that's definitely a plus !

    I like the idea of rewarding my readers. I need to think about ideas that would fit with my niche and my budget. ;-)

    Today, I write about Woman entrepreuneur and an article I've found in the Costco Contact magazine that inspired me. 50% of Canadian business are owned by woman.
    Here is today's post :http://lemondedenathalie.ca/2010/05/07/femmes-ent

  28. I loved the e-mail idea. I've corresponded with commenters before, but only if there was a specific reason (other than just to say, "Thanks"). I went through my recent comments and wrote to pretty much everyone, even/especially the frequent visitors.

    One of them "caught" me, though, when I reposted this to my facebook page. Then I was afraid she might think I had impure motives–like just to promote myself. :blush: But I don't think she did think that, really. Anyhow, I do like the idea. It gives me another avenue to get to know the people who've been reading my blog, and that's one of the primary purposes for me–to develop relationships.

    I was already doing the other stuff. Today's lesson didn't disappoint me, btw. I understand what some of the others are saying, but I like it that we get small assignments. Otherwise I may not have time to do them.

    Blessings, Cindy

  29. I loved the e-mail idea. I've corresponded with commenters before, but only if there was a specific reason (other than just to say, "Thanks"). I went through my recent comments and wrote to pretty much everyone, even/especially the frequent visitors.

    One of them "caught" me, though, when I reposted this to my facebook page. Then I was afraid she might think I had impure motives–like just to promote myself. :blush: But I don't think she did think that, really. Anyhow, I do like the idea. It gives me another avenue to get to know the people who've been reading my blog, and that's one of the primary purposes for me–to develop relationships.

    I was already doing the other stuff. Today's lesson didn't disappoint me, btw. I understand what some of the others are saying, but I like it that we get small assignments. Otherwise I may not have time to do them.

    Blessings, Cindy

  30. I loved the e-mail idea. I've corresponded with commenters before, but only if there was a specific reason (other than just to say, "Thanks"). I went through my recent comments and wrote to pretty much everyone, even/especially the frequent visitors.

    One of them "caught" me, though, when I reposted this to my facebook page. Then I was afraid she might think I had impure motives–like just to promote myself. :blush: But I don't think she did think that, really. Anyhow, I do like the idea. It gives me another avenue to get to know the people who've been reading my blog, and that's one of the primary purposes for me–to develop relationships.

    I was already doing the other stuff. Today's lesson didn't disappoint me, btw. I understand what some of the others are saying, but I like it that we get small assignments. Otherwise I may not have time to do them.

    Blessings, Cindy

  31. Hi Everyone,

    This lesson has been an exhilarating adventure for me because I get to thank those who have left comments on my posts. While I do this anyway, it is more exciting today because of all the new followers who have found my home. It may take me a while to get to all of you, but I will be sending them out throughout the day.

    Hi Everyone,

    Today's assignment was somewhat redundant for me as well as I respond to every comment I receive (not to hard to do when you don't have a lot). However, I don't usually email my "thank yous". I usually just respond in a comment on their blogs.
    The idea of supplying a link back to my blog is a good one I will use, even if it is cheezy. Something new I learned today, is just to post the response as a comment in my own blog because it shows your readers you are willing to carry on a conversation with them. Will be adding this.

    On that note, here's the link to today's post:
    http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-5-

    Thank you, all, for stopping by for a visit here where I try to reveal my heart, present what the Lord has been showing me, and encourage all who stop by for inspiration. Your comments encourage me.

    From My Heart to Yours,
    Janis

  32. Hi Everyone,

    This lesson has been an exhilarating adventure for me because I get to thank those who have left comments on my posts. While I do this anyway, it is more exciting today because of all the new followers who have found my home. It may take me a while to get to all of you, but I will be sending them out throughout the day.

    Hi Everyone,

    Today's assignment was somewhat redundant for me as well as I respond to every comment I receive (not to hard to do when you don't have a lot). However, I don't usually email my "thank yous". I usually just respond in a comment on their blogs.
    The idea of supplying a link back to my blog is a good one I will use, even if it is cheezy. Something new I learned today, is just to post the response as a comment in my own blog because it shows your readers you are willing to carry on a conversation with them. Will be adding this.

    On that note, here's the link to today's post:
    http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-5-

    Thank you, all, for stopping by for a visit here where I try to reveal my heart, present what the Lord has been showing me, and encourage all who stop by for inspiration. Your comments encourage me.

    From My Heart to Yours,
    Janis

  33. Hey everyone. I know I am late to the party today but I have been in a conference all day and then I had other duties like cutting the grass to tend to.

    I have tried to make it a practice to respond to all posts to my blog even if it is something short. I also am trying to get in the habit of thanking for Retweets. I think e-mailing someone that comments on your blog is a great idea. It is personal and probably will be unexpected for most people that leave a comment.

    Here is today's post: http://larrywestfall.com/six-ways-to-brighten-you

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great time of worship on Sunday. God Bless!

  34. Hey everyone. I know I am late to the party today but I have been in a conference all day and then I had other duties like cutting the grass to tend to.

    I have tried to make it a practice to respond to all posts to my blog even if it is something short. I also am trying to get in the habit of thanking for Retweets. I think e-mailing someone that comments on your blog is a great idea. It is personal and probably will be unexpected for most people that leave a comment.

    Here is today's post: http://larrywestfall.com/six-ways-to-brighten-you

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great time of worship on Sunday. God Bless!

  35. Hey everyone. I know I am late to the party today but I have been in a conference all day and then I had other duties like cutting the grass to tend to.

    I have tried to make it a practice to respond to all posts to my blog even if it is something short. I also am trying to get in the habit of thanking for Retweets. I think e-mailing someone that comments on your blog is a great idea. It is personal and probably will be unexpected for most people that leave a comment.

    Here is today's post: http://larrywestfall.com/six-ways-to-brighten-you

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great time of worship on Sunday. God Bless!

  36. I went to my comments multiple times today and never ended up emailing someone because I felt like I had commented back what I would have said in an email. There was one person who I know on Twitter who I would like to build a relationship with, but they have not commented on my blog, so I went to her blog and wrote some comments. She actually lives close enough that we could do a face-to-face networking get together, but I felt that until I was ready to set that up, I didn't want to email her about it.

    I haven't posted anything on my blog about 31DBBB today, but I do have two new posts. One is about the photos that I organized today during my own blog's challenge to organize 10 photos a day:http://knowyourstory.net/2010/05/07/day-7-of-my-o

    And the other post is about how I uploaded many of the photos that I've been organizing during my challenge up to Flickr. I am hoping to build some relationships in groups on Flickr:http://knowyourstory.net/2010/05/07/my-old-family

    In general, I feel that I've had a really busy day with networking via Twitter and I started a Facebook page today. I am totally confused about how to use the FB page when it has my personal name on the profile page. I don't know if when I like someone else's page or comment, if it's coming from my name or Blog's name/page. And I don't understand why my friends are showing up on my profile page and not on my Blog's page, the "official page" that I'm going for.

    This has been a busy week! It's been great. Looking forward to Monday and continuing on with 31DBBB!

  37. I e-mailed a new blog reader/commenter today. I have been reading and commenting on other people's blogs all week. I am seeing them return the favor, and I also am seeing some visits as other people click on the link in the comments I leave on other blogs! This tip really works!

    I had two blog posts today:http://wp.me/pG2Wu-d8 andhttp://wp.me/pG2Wu-dj

    Have a great weekend!

    ~Jennifer

  38. I e-mailed a new blog reader/commenter today. I have been reading and commenting on other people's blogs all week. I am seeing them return the favor, and I also am seeing some visits as other people click on the link in the comments I leave on other blogs! This tip really works!

    I had two blog posts today:http://wp.me/pG2Wu-d8 andhttp://wp.me/pG2Wu-dj

    Have a great weekend!

    ~Jennifer

  39. I try to respond to each comment on my blog, then doing copy-and-paste into email. But now I am also trying to add a personal note afterward, adding an invitation to subscribe if it seems appropriate.

    And I just posted "Contemporary church" video makes me laugh, and wonder

  40. I try to respond to each comment on my blog, then doing copy-and-paste into email. But now I am also trying to add a personal note afterward, adding an invitation to subscribe if it seems appropriate.

    And I just posted "Contemporary church" video makes me laugh, and wonder

  41. I appreciate the idea that it is about building relationships not just a readership. I find one of the most important aspects of why I like the Internet is to connect with people.

    I have not been consistent in emailing people back after they have left a comment. However, I like the idea. Twitter has been a great tool in learning to be more regular in replying and interacting with others.

  42. My one issue with today's lesson is that this is pretty much something I do anyway.

    However, beyond that, I find that most (I know generalisations are almost always bad) folks simply don't have the manners to respond to my contact. Sure, if your Darren Rowse I'd understand (depending on what I am asking) but when you're like me a two bit blogger with small readership you think you'd do anything to remain connected with like minded folks.

  43. This exercise seemed simple, but was harder than I thought. I had to really think about establishing a rapport with the reader, and that is not easy for me. It was usesful, though, because it will help me to write with my reader in mind. I'l be thinking more of the reader as I write.

  44. As usual I'm behind on my assignments. I had no phone service most of Friday & Saturday (a wire broke due to high winds) and of course Sunday was Mother's Day. This is a great idea that I never thought of!
    I don't have very many comment's on my blog. Most of the ones I do have are people I know one way or another.
    My list post assignment did bring in 2 comments, both from the same person. Luckily it was someone I do not know. I clicked on the person's link which took me to their web site. No where on their web site was there an email address to contact anyone. Frankly, I wouldn't purchase from a web site that did not supply a contact email address. Then I clicked on their Blog tab. There was one entry and no way to comment. Never-the-less, I will use this suggestion for future comments to my blog.

  45. great work, keep up the great site.

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