Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hopping and Shining the Light

  

Today, I'm practicing what most serious bloggers have probably been doing for ages...Blog Hopping and being more active in the blogging community.  I just got back from visiting The Old Block House and Winnie Bee and participated in their Buzz By Sunday practice. 

For those who are unfamiliar with 'blog hopping', this simply refers to the practice of jumping from one blog site to another, visiting multiple blogs, reading their entries, commenting and finally, and most importantly, signing up as a Follower.  Now I know that some people really just do this randomly and their only objective is to gain a billion followers.  I'm not a believer in that.  The ideal situation is that you visit blogs and then genuinely enjoy reading the entries which then prompts you to truly connect with the writer/blog owner by regularly visiting the site and commenting (Yes, this is extremely important and I've repeatedly said that I LOVE reading your comments so please do take the time.  It's the only way the author could know that you are indeed reading his/her entries).  I am participating in this mainly to expand my readership (and build a virtual community) and also to learn from others who are equally dedicated to the improvement of their craft and/or dedicated to truly connecting with others via this medium.


Since bloggers are generally supportive of each other, I thought why not come up with a new activity that would truly encourage each of us to help each other out, especially those of us who are just starting out and really wish to have greater readership and visibility.  I have thus come up with Shine A Light Sunday (Yes it's still Sunday from where I live).

With Shine A Light Sunday (SALS), I will be 'advertising' some blogs that I have grown to love and I hope that you visit them too and follow them....again, ONLY IF you genuinely feel like it, if you truly feel they are worthy of your support.  I am a believer in the power of advertisement and I'm also a strong believer in free will.  Therefore, there will be no forced followers with this activity.  Yes, it would make me very, very happy and will definitely boost my morale if my readership/number of followers visibly increase, but I hope that your clicking on that 'Follow' button truly translates to reading, commenting, and genuinely appreciating this site, or any other blog site for that matter.  

So, here are the simple rules for Shine A Light Sunday, if you care to join in!---

1.  Click on my Follow button (if you haven't done so), but only if you truly appreciate this blog and plan on coming back to read and comment on my posts.  That would make my day!

2.  Feel free to copy (right click) the SHINE A LIGHT SUNDAY image above to post on your own blog entry and kindly link back to this post.

3.  Make a list of 3 to 5 blogs, with proper links of course, that have become your 'Favorites' and that you would like to promote and place a spotlight on, so to speak.  It would be great if you can always include a few new blogs that you've discovered and have grown to love and feel might need more support in terms of readership/followers.  If you want, you can do a short write-up for each to give a brief background of the sites, or to explain why you love them.  I'm limiting this to 3 to 5 blogs because bear in mind that you can do this every Sunday or any Sunday you feel like it.

4.  Make sure you inform the blog authors of those 3-5 blogs you listed for the week that you've shone the light on them.  This way they can participate and pay it forward.  That's the most important part!


Here are the blogs I'm shining the light on this Sunday!---


*Scrollwork: Quirkyisms From a Tropical Transplant to California --- Catchy title, isn't it?  Good, interesting writing too!


*The Slight Detour --- Do you want to meet a real novelist? She's also very sweet and friendly!


*TV's Take: Much To Question --- This one will make you think and she goes right to the point!  


See you all again next week for my other blog favorites!  Have a happy and blessed week everyone!






14 comments:

  1. Thank you! Love this idea and thank you again! Looking forward to learning more about your very cool/real blog and the other 'shining the light blogs'. Let's see now my turn. One of my first long term bloggy friends was www.mamaslittlechick.com and of course the 2 bloggy rock stars in my life www.kellehampton.com and www.thepioneerwoman.com Thanks again for the honor!

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  2. stopping in now following you and would love for you to come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  3. Blog hopping today and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.

    http://tawnasplan.com
    http://btrbb.com
    http://tawnassecret.com

    I also do a weekend blog hop, you can link up your blog, twitter, FB, blog frog community etc on tawnasplan.blogspot.com open every Friday-Sunday!
    Thanks

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  4. I think this is a great idea. I was so happy to read your comments on my blog earlier today. I love finding new blogs to read - yours seems genuine and "in it for the right reasons" if that makes sense. I think there are a lot of blogs out there that have a million followers, but no real readers. I certainly don't want that, and I can tell you don't either. :)

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  5. Hi, Joy, what a delightful surprise! I so agree with you about the need for sincerity when choosing to follow a blog. I don't engage in "follow for a follow" campaigns because readers are what I'd like to earn.

    Thank you so much for your generosity in shining the light. I hope I can both pay it forward and reciprocate.
    Till my next visit,
    Scrollwork

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  6. Wow! Thank you so much for shining such a sweet light on me! I really appreciate it :)

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  7. Hi, thanks for stopping by at my blog and left a comment. I visited yours too and I followed you. I hope to have you back. Thanks.

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  8. Mommy & Scrollwork: Well said and of course I TOTALLY agree...readership over number of followers is what really counts. Thanks for stopping by and I'm truly looking forward to reading and seeing more of you guys! :-))

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  9. TV's Take: I'll be checking out the ones you've listed, and like you, I also read Kelle Hampton...lovely photos right? :-) You're most welcome and I'll be visiting you again soon! Enjoy the week!

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  10. Shopannies and Tawna6988: Thank you so much for following and I hope you enjoy the read! I will be seeing you guys today on your sites!

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  11. Sam: You're most welcome, you rock star you ;-)

    Nekky: I was just so happy to find a blog that was quite similar to mine and echoed my sentiments! Here's to more fun blogging, reading and making friends!

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  12. thanks for always visiting my blog joy. will join next sunday, hopefully i don't forget

    love your new layout btw, wish i can finish mine this week :)

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and mentioning it with a link in your post.

    Please drop by again and enter to win three antique half gallon blue canning jars. www.theoldblockhouse.blogspot.com

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  14. Mommy & Scrollwork: Well said and of course I TOTALLY agree...readership over number of followers is what really counts. Thanks for stopping by and I'm truly looking forward to reading and seeing more of you guys! :-))

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