Post # 1
I’m curious. Maybe Mr. Bee could weigh in, or Scissors, or whoever has a blog… I’ve yet to create mine, but I was wondering how one would go about “advertising” their blog to others to up readership. To create a buzzzz, perhaps?
Weddingbee wasn’t always WEDDINGBEE, right? There must have been a time that it was a small idea, and because of hard work and great content, it boomed, BOOMED I SAY, to be quite the force in the wedding world. I’m curious as how that happened.
I’m not expecting a mass of responses, but it would be cool to see what people think.
Post # 3
LOL i think if you remain true to yourself your blog guests more attention.. I just am who I am and if folks like to read, great, if not, well that’s great too. There are a number of us signed up in the tell us your blog section that miss buttons created way back when..
Post # 4
It helps to update the blog 29x a day. 🙂
Bee wrote a bit about starting the site here:
In the beginning, she was writing 8 posts a day all by herself… with almost no comments! It was tough going…
Post # 5
Become active on alot of communities! People will start to recognize your name and then start to wonder what you’re about. Advertise… and don’t be afraid to tell as many people as you can!
Post # 6
@mr. bee: i thought I was the only one.. I was beginning to think I was updating too many times, but hey I’m not at 8 yet, tell Bee she’s a gal after my own heart. 😀
Post # 7
I leave comments on all the other blogs I read too but I am finding it’s slow going gathering readers.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Definitely make blogger “friends” and comment on their blogs, follow them, etc. Blog often and put a lot of care and effort into your writing and make sure that your blog looks pretty as well. Consistency is definitely key!
Post # 9
i’m not sure. i think it’s just a combination of having a really good writing style and great content. there needs to be a clear reason why someone keeps coming back to read and tell others about the site.
weddingbee started as mrs. bee’s personal blog on xanga. i think i saw it there sometime after she got married and right before she moved it to it’s own separate entity. what i liked about it was the different perspectives that was presented and the information that was given.
i don’t necessarily advertise my blog outside of telling people i have one on the few threads that popped up here, but i do include it in as a hyperlink to my name when i comment on other people’s blogs/comments. usually when someone says something really interesting, i’ll click on their name and see where it takes me. i’ve found a couple other blogs i read that way.
oh, and be consistent with writing! i suck at that currently but since i’m not actively planning i give myself a little leeway. but i always get a little disheartened when a blog i love hasn’t updated in a while.
hmm, maybe i need to take my own advise!
Post # 10
um. Maybe this is better directed at the pros.
1. Shameless advertising
2. Comment on blogs that you think fit your type/writing style
3. Develop something. This is most easibly attained via writing style IMO
5. Reader friendly layout. Font. Etc
6. Keep the faith. It is slow going. For a LONG time.
🙂 Hope this helps
Post # 11
Thanks to everyone who answered! Interesting stuff, eh? Just thinking back to those old Reader Rabbit games on the Macintosh computers with the floppy drives (SO OLD SCHOOL, I LOVES IT), its a wonder how now we are thriving as not only people, but businesses on the internet. Heh. But I’m a dork, so, yknow… I’ll definitely let ya’ll know if I decide to start up my blog idea. Nothing to do with weddings, though, as there are so many great wed blogs out there already! (Weddingbee, SMP, Grey Likes Weddings, 100 Layer Cake etc)
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Aww, I feel cool-sauce. Thanks for the shoutout. 🙂
Post. Every day, if you can. Try to have some meat to your posts.
I think the best way to get readers is to just be loud, and work an angle. What makes you different and stand out? Play that up.
Twitter is your best friend. New blog post? Bit.ly that sucker and twitter it.
Making blogger friends, as well as just commenting on other people’s blog is a great way. BUT. DO NOT just put blah blah responses, because people see right through it, and it’s just annoying. :p Also, don’t plug yourself in other people’s blogs, that’s typically seen to be in bad form. (Unless it’s asked for, etc. Use your judgement! :p )
One thing that is big for me, even though I use RSS, is I like reading pretty blogs. I know it’s superficial, but I guess my mind works like this… I love good design, planning a wedding (plus all aspects of life!) require a lot of good design and taste, if someone’s blog is ooooglay, then I guess my brain goes, “Well, if they think this is okay, then we don’t share a compatible aesthetic, and I won’t like/agree/be stimulated with/by the design/planning” and I go away. (This is a REALLY weird picky thing about me and blogs. I’m sure the rest of the blogosphere doesn’t really work this way. I’m a weird one).
I hope that was helpful, and not too confusing! (And I hope I didn’t sound like a biznatch. Those are just things that I’ve found/noticed!)
Post # 13
Not at all, Scissors! Also, anyone who USES the word biznatch CANNOT possibly be one. You gave great advice! I think MOST people are the same way. I frolic only amidst pretty blogs too (unless its a political blog). It seems design is a big factor in gaining a readership. And, to add, OVERdesign completely turns me off. I’m not talking gorgeous photos, I’m talking overcomplicated do-dads and too much nutty gadgets/categories sprawled across one lil’ page. I love Weddingbee because its pretty, but easy-going in its layout. OTHER SITES THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED BUT HAVE VERY MEAN POSTERS AND JUST SUCK ALL AROUND seem to overcomplicate everything. I don’t wanna jump through hoops to get to something, hahaa.
Post # 14
I think you need to have a cohesive feel to your blog. Be who you are, and be true to your style.
I blog and blog about being an encore bride, mom, and a woman who is more excited than you can imagine about having an intimate, elegant destination wedding! That’s just who I am. I have a blast and love throwing parties. Whether a birthday party or a party for friends or host as I once did, a friends’ wedding reception!
As for the blogs I love, they’re ones that make me go “ah ha!”. I have drooled for over a years now reading stylemepretty and loved the debut of southern weddings’ blog. I think this site piqued my attention because of the boards and the welcoming spirit they had for a woman like me marrying again. Plus I love seeing all the different styles here.
I like elegance too. It helps having a nice header, and a good writing style. I love writing, was editor of my newspaper in school and was co editor of my college yearbook so writing is natural to me. Just have fun with it! Write about what you find interesting as a bride or what you enjoy doing. What is your wedding style? Have you done anything fun yet wedding related? Dress shopping?
There’s endless ideas. Again, just go and have fun with it.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
I’m just agreeing with what was said, but it is wonderful advice! Make blogger friends; follow other blogs, leave USEFUL comments, and advertise new posts via Twitter…I started linking my posts on Facebook as well (I have 1500+ FB friends…I know them all I swear…moving 15 times really gives you a diverse friend-base). It might not be instant…but you will see your numbers begin to grow.
Of course, having interesting content is also essential. I try to use a lot of pictures if possible in my posts…people like pictures!
Post # 16
I think consistent posting as well as frequent commenting on other peoples blogs is the way to go. Also posting stuff that is relevant and interesting to people OTHER than you is important.