Blogrolls are a complicated business. I’m forever having to adjust my blogroll’s “Keeping My Eye On…”section due to blogs ending up not being what I thought they were. I come across a variety of different blogs every day and some of those hit me straight away and make me go Wow I Want To Read More, and I link them into my blogroll so I don’t forget them.
And then I realise that when I first found them they were just going through a brief blogging phase subject-wise that appealed to me or that they’re ctually terribly infrequent bloggers or maybe that they’re just unsociable bloggers (ie: they love getting comments, but never bother returning them).
Some blogs become hugely popular due to the fact they’re horribly talented people with unbearably interesting lives, others become popular due to the fact the have a lot of money and therefore have an ever-changing wardrobe to photograph.
Some bloggers work hard, post frequently and cyber-socialise and build up a loving, if modest, following. Others managed to become popular, and believe people should follow them and not the other way round.
My point is that there’s a lot more to successful blogging than people think. Lol, and no, I’m not trying to make out I’m an expert, because I have a loooooong way to go!
Yes you may have lots of views but if you don’t comment on other blogs and welcome all visitors then are you really a good blogger, or just a coveted one? Many people will flock to you because you have loads of comments and they’re trying to get popular, but does that mean you’re one of the Elite?
In my must-reads, I tend to favour bloggers who offer something a little different, who post frequently (obviously holidays and other things can be an exception, but in general!), who comment back and take time to know their readers, who have nice photos and who are generally lovely people (or at least really hilarious!).
I’ve found that a lot of really great and deserving blogs go unnoticed in favour of The Cool Gang.
So I’m starting a project.
But I need your help, my lovely readers!
I want to get the unnoticed noticed.
And so I am going to start a series dedicated to the undiscovered blogging talents that some of us are aware of, but who mightn’t have received the attention they deserve.
I want to draw attention to the blogs that you follow religiously, and whose bloggers are good and loving blogger souls who blog their little hearts out and are kind and supportive to their fellow bloggers (who’d have thought that ‘blog’ could be used so many times in one sentence!?).
Instead of recommending the ones we all know like Le Blog de Betty, Style Rookie and Garance Doré, let’s start recommending the lurking-in-the-shadows stars.
And so I’m going to start featuring your recommended bloggers. I’m thinking of featuring maybe two a week, with each month having a theme: for the first month I’m thinking A Modern Piece of Fiction Based on Your Favourite Children’s Story….or something like that, accompanied with a link to and blurb about the person’s blog
So I’m asking you guys to comment or email me information on the bloggers that you read religiously. Therequirements are as follows:
- that they post frequently … at least four or five times a week.
- that they are nice and courteous bloggers …ie: take time to comment back when they can or drop you a Hey, Hi, How Are Ya, once in while …obviously you can’t always comment everyone back, but you can tell when a person makes an effort to pay back readers’ kindness
- that they don’t get 5million comments a day …cos those guys obviously don’t need our promotioning, lol!
- and that their writing and content genuinely keeps you coming back for more …and not that you visit their blog cos you’re their bessie or cos you both have a crazy obsession with Nazis ….
Basically the bloggers you truly know deserve more credit!!! In my Daily Must Reads, the majority of listed blogs are all-rounders: they’re really amazing sites that I look forward to reading, the bloggers are the sweetest and funniest people you could come across, they take time to drop in on you (cyberly speaking) AND they are definitely not getting the huge following they deserve (so my darlings, I’m going to be approaching you for some guest posts for this projects!!!! *cue the pinging smile and batting of eyelashes*).
So let me know your recommendations and do pass this on to your own blogging buddies and get them to do the same!
It’s time for the Little People to cry Freedom and get their recognition! (lol, I do love being dramatic!)
I’d like to offer a little incentive to people to promote this venture (cos it worked with the competition ….2 days to go, guys!) but all I can do is say you’ll feel really good about yourself to give someone else a boost!
So are you in?