So I have been thinking lately about self-promotion when it comes to this blog. I have said it probably 10 times before, I don’t write this blog with any hopes of being widely read or making any money from blogging what so ever. This is a hobby. Something I love to do, something that inspires and challenges and excites me. Blogging is my relaxation technique, it keeps me connected, it allows me to talk to really interesting people. I could go on.
But I also love it when people read this blog. I like watching my stats go up, though I don’t analyze them intensely. I LOVE comments and have learned so much from all of you. And I would love to have more people read.
But I am not a ‘toot your own horn’ kinda of person. At least I don’t think I am. I know I am confident person for the most part, but I don’t feel really comfortable self-promoting. I don’t have a facebook page. Lots of bloggers tweet their posts 2 or 3 times. I usually forget. I haven’t joined any blogging networks and this NaBloPoMo thing is the first ‘blogging thing’ I have joined.
Do you notice that badge that appeared on the side of my page this last week? Quietly I put it up. It is a “nominate me” badge “fresh voices 2010” for Momversation. I stumbled upon this when I was on Fearless Formula Feeders blog. She had the same badge and I promptly went and nominated her. Because I think she brings a very valuable, unique perspective and a lot of support to Mom’s.
And then I wondered if I should maybe ignore the feelings I have about being really uneasy with self-promotion and put the badge on my site too. I mean, I am a new voice in blogging of 2010, albeit a very quiet one. I really don’t want anyone to feel obligated to nominate me; there are so many amazing blogs out there. But I think it is a good thing to nominate someone; someone who’s blog really touches you. The idea behind the nomination, as far as I understand it, is to help discover yet undiscovered blogging talent. Well, there is a lot of that out there.
Anyway. I still don’t know how I feel about self-promotion. I am starting to get to the point that I would like to give myself the challenge of growing my readership. I like marketing and social networking and I love challenges. But it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t like asking for people to say they like me. I don’t like asking for people to spread the word about my blog. I don’t like that kind of stuff. But lots of people do it and lots of them do it in ways that are just fine. Some people, yes, go overboard and end up sounding desperate and end up annoying people. I don’t want to do that. But I do think I could get out of my comfort zone just a little…
What do you all think about self-promotion. Do you feel comfortable with it? Where do you think the line is between good marketing and annoying desperation? What do you think are the best ways to grow a blog’s readership?