In “Two WordPress.com Experts and One Series of Blog Work,” Kinna Reads featured myself and my friend, timethief of one cool site (lowercase intentional). I’m honored and grateful, but more importantly, I’m awesome by association.
My friend, timethief, started blogging in 2005. When she switched to WordPress.com, her life changed as did mine and hundreds of thousands of WordPress.com bloggers.
This beautiful, passionate, and energetic person learned how to use WordPress by helping others on the WordPress.com Forums and blogging the answers. In addition to thousands of answers offered for free on the support forum, her articles such as “Writing a Blog Post,” “7 Basic Blogging Dos and Don’ts,” “Tips for Organized Blogging,” “Blogging: Focus on Content Creation,” “Multi-Author WordPress.com Blogs,” “6 Easy Ways to Feature Older Content,” and “Tips for Avoiding Blogger Burnout” serve as guideposts and references for bloggers on WordPress and other publishing platforms.
Her personal development and self-improvement blog, this time – this space, is a haven for those wishing to live a simpler life focused on health, personal well-being, and mindful practices, and meet like-minded people supporting each other. She publishes inspirational articles on yoga, meditations, affirmations, and spiritual practices. A recent article, “Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live,” offers advice in how to make the world a better place by making a difference close to home in easy-to-do ways.
When Kinna featured timethief in her post, my reputation rose by association. Her great blogs and publishing expertise lifts my credit rating up for readers, search engines (SEO), and in my spirit. Because of her, I’m a better blogger. Because of Kinna’s article, I’m a better person and blogger by association with my long-time friend.
I blog about blogging and WordPress, as does timethief. While our articles are very similar, we present the material in very different ways. There are many times when she does a better job on a subject than I do, so I’ll recommend her article over my own words. She does the same for me. We’re our own private fan club.
Your blog exercise today is to blog about two or more bloggers related by subject matter and reputation, praising them by association. Lift them up as Kinna did with timethief and myself.
These may be your competitors or bloggers you enjoy reading. They must have some commonality in their blogging subject matter.
In the above example, timethief and I have known each other for a long time. Your combination may be an introduction. The trackbacks generated by linking to specific posts on their site (not just the front page of their site) could result in a long-delayed meeting and new connections with you as the networker.
Recommend each blogger’s work and describe what makes them distinctive and special in your eyes. Your article is a letter of recommendation. Make it a good one for each person featured.
UPDATE: I’m currently working on converting the first six months of these blog exercises to a draft ebook for release in July. Stay tuned for more updates on this and to get a free copy.