How many of us have spent precious time perfecting a post for our website only to have it seen once, and then sink neglected in the blog graveyard? Few people may have actually seen the post, and this is especially true of our early posts when we have few followers. Some great content is wasting away in the bowels of various websites. What a waste! Yet how can we use it?
We could keep regurgitating our own posts and, indeed, I have done that on occasions, although I do worry it may offend my longest followers to see it again instead of something new. Wouldn’t it be a better idea if we used other people’s content and let those other bloggers use ours? I know we all do that anyway, but the posts I’m referring to are not being shown. They’ve been out once or twice, but with few followers to see them they’ve been overlooked. When others reblog, the posts are seen by different people.
When we’re looking for something to reblog, we often spend ages trawling through the reader to find suitable posts. Yet if we all put our most interesting blog’s URLs in one place it would be so much easier to find the content we’re looking for. Adding your blogs here could give you another benefit. Reblogging each other’s posts will probably encourage new visitors to your website which, in turn, may help you get noticed by the search bots.
This will only work if they are quality posts, that is, not promotional or sales posts. The aim here is not to sell, but to win more followers and readers. I would not recommend you totally replace your own posts with reblogs from others. They should really be used to supplement your posts. New posts we create can also be added to the list, as and when we publish them. In this way there will be an ever-increasing pool of URLs to choose from.
Quality posts could be flash fiction, short stories, poetry (at least two verses), informative articles, true life experiences, in fact, everything apart from a direct sales advert. Author interviews allowed (in the ratio of one in four submitted URLs) providing they only contain one book link and one thumbnail sized book cover image. This should guarantee the emphasis will be on the author, not the book. We should make sure the posts we offer are well-edited, not out-dated, relevant to the present (unless it’s about the past), and non-offensive. No references to anything racist or explicitly sexual accepted.
HOW TO DO IT
- Please add your post links in the comments, no more than two links in one comment. WordPress thinks comments with three or more links are spam and will reject them. There is no limit for the amount of comments you want to add, so if you’re adding eight URLs, you can do it in four comments.
- When using links from the comments, please read them to make sure they are suitable for your followers. That responsibility is yours.
- For those who might want to use the links without giving us some their own, please feel free to do this. Those of us who have submitted our links are more than pleased to have the posts reblogged. Do remember, however, the list of new ones will eventually die out if too many do this without offering some links back in return.
Only you can make this a successful content resource. Please use it! If this generates a good response, I will make it more permanent.
I’ll add my URLs to the first comments. Please reblog at least one of mine from the comments and also this post, then feel free to add your own URLs. I will then reblog at least one of yours.