Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Learn the secrets of the big blogs

In last week's episode of "The Best of What Tami Said," during the discussion about WOC bloggers in the femisphere, some of us wondered how to make the contacts, drive the traffic, develop the community, build the stature and reap the offline goodies most associated with owners of "the big, feminist blogs." At 4 p.m. EST, this Sunday, March 8, on a special edition of my biweekly podcast, we'll discover how.

I'll be joined by Latoya Peterson, editor of New Demographic's Racialicious blog, and Jill Miller Zimon of Writes Like She Talks, Political Voices of Women and Blogher. They have graciously agreed to share their knowledge gained as editors, bloggers and contributors to some of the Web's high-profile blogs.

Listen live and join the chat room here.

Call in with your questions or advice at (646) 716-4672.

I'd like to share some questions with Latoya and Jill pre-podcast. Let me know what you'd like to know in this thread. And please share details of this podcast with other bloggers you know. This is a chance to share knowledge and have your burning blogging questions answered.

9 comments:

Color Online said...

One of the ways readers and non-professional bloggers support each other is by visiting their peers and leaving comments. Not only is the comment evidence that the blog writer is being read, but says the writer has said something that motivates a reader to comment. This is a good thing.

Is it possible that the successful bloggers could occasionally leave their islands and comment at readers' blogs? It would make it a lot easier for other readers who don't know where these writers are to find them.

I'd like to see the writers supporting not only their peers but the readers who support them.

In the blogosphere, we now have the medium to close the gap between writer and reader.

Vérité Parlant said...

I'll try to tune in and hear what Jill has to say.

Tami said...

Color Online,

Speaking only for myself, I have always been a hesitant commenter and more of a lurker. I guess I feel more confident about what I write in long form. I start a comment--even on my own blog--and end up erasing it. I always thought that was strange, but on the other hand, it probably makes me like most people. The percentage of this blog's readers who actually comment is teeny, tiny.

I do make an effort to visit the blogs of my readers. And I want to renew my efforts to link to those blogs more often, too. It's easy to get caught in the trap of visiting the linking to a handful of big blogs and peer blogs and ignoring new ones. This isn't a big blog, but hopefully, by linking and referencing smaller blogs, I can help a few people get more exposure.

CG said...

Funny, your comment about lurkers is so true. I am a regular lurker on many blogs because when I am moved to comment I am usually really passionate and end up blogging in someone's comments which is a blogworld faux paus of the highest order lol. I missed last weeks' podcast because I had to work and I'll get home just before this one ends. Is there a place that I can still listen to the conversation?

Tami said...

CG,

You can hear the latest episode of the podcast using the player at right, underneath my photo.

Miriam said...

I seem to have a hard time searching for like minded people to read my blog and for me to read their blog.

Also, will sitemeter topics be addressed?

susan said...

Tami,
I've run a number of online communities over a decade and while lurking is nothing new, it is still worrisome. In message board communities in particular, comments are what drive a community. No participation and a community dies. In the blogosphere, comments aren't as critical, but reading reader's reactions does add an attractive element primarily exchange.

I often think I come off clumsy in my comments but hey, I'm writing as a reader not a professional writer. I'm usually not editing or composing an essay so yes, my responses might be rough technically, but the aim is communication, to connect.

I have been wondering lately if I am misinterpreting the overall purpose of blogs. I see blogs the same way I see publications and literature, and that means that one purpose of these forms of writing is to elicit response and create a dialogue.

The blog presents a great opportunity for discussion. Blogs allow writers to do things not possible or awkward in message board format and for readers the blog provides access to information in a format that affords them community, dialog and a connection to writers who previously they did not have access to.

I think the traditional media is so up in arms because they know the blog has far more potential and influence than many bloggers realize and they haven't tapped yet. I believe when bloggers truly harness the power of this medium we will witness a global connection, dialog and an exchange of ideas that reach more people and therefore create a more citizen action and influence than we have known before.

Renee said...

I look forward to your podcast.

I agree that linking around the blogosphere is really important. I make an effort to read small blogs. I think that some of these gems are doing really great work and that they just don't have the readership that they deserve. I also do a link round up every Saturday and encourage readers to self promote. The more we help each other the stronger we will all be in the long run.

Tami said...

Miriam,

I'll try to make a point to touch on technical stuff, like sitemeter.

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