Well it was a fairly busy week around here. I told myself that I was going to cut back on the blog work, but it turns out that is easier said than done. I barely cut back my commenting activity at all. It was only the blogs that don’t comment back that I was able to limit myself. I did free up some time by not worrying about trying to get posts up 5 times a week.
So when a raccoon woke me up early this morning making disturbing noises in the tree outside my window, I got thinking more about this. Once my brain got going, I just knew I wasn’t going back to sleep. Plus the cats wanted some extra attention after getting freaked out by the noises. One of them has had some bad experiences dealing with packs of raccoons at my old place.
Anyways, to get my blogging time more under control I’ve decided that the key is going to be generosity. If I find other ways to give back to all of you, I won’t feel as guilty about missing commenting on some posts. Then hopefully everyone is happy and you all stick around. So here are some changes being made to make things more rewarding for you…
Most Active Commenters Widget
This plugin actually goes by another name, but I’d rather not attract a massive stream of spammy wannabe marketers. Please don’t mention that name in any of the comments either. Basically it is a sidebar widget that shows up on the homepage that provides dofollow links to the 10 most active commenters.
I have this plugin set to reset every week to prevent people from just commenting heavily at the beginning of the month and then disappearing. Since I used to be a spammy marketer, I know how it is.
So regularly comment and you’ll probably get a dofollow PR4 link. If you want a nice colorful avatar beside your name, you should sign up for a free gravatar account. It kinda makes me want to comment on my own blog for my marketing clients.
Plus this will be a good reminder about whose blogs I should make sure I comment on in return.
More Rewarding Guest Posts
I’ve noticed that some of you don’t like to comment on guest posts much. I’m not sure everyone’s reasoning, but I’ll assume you just prefer my writing/voice so much more I have a feeling that will change a bit with the most active commenters widget.
To make sure more of the guest posts have quality writing, I’d like to extend an open invitation to all of the fellow bloggers who are reading this. To sweeten the deal, I can offer fellow bloggers 3 links in any guest post. Plus I will try to stop by your blog to leave some comments and also share some of your posts on social media.
Acknowledging Social Sharing
Before I started accepting more guest posts it seemed that I was getting a lot more tweets and other social shares. Maybe you guys felt the overall quality dropped a bit or maybe my other posts just weren’t as share worthy.
So as a reward to the people who share my posts, I am going to start posting a weekly list of who is sharing my posts the most. I’ll be primarily monitoring Twitter since they give the mention notifications, but I’ll also try to keep an eye on Facebook and Google+. If you’re sharing my posts on there, it would be cool if you could let me know.
With this weekly list I will link to your website and the social media profiles I notice shares from. So if you want to make sure you get those extra profile links, let me know you’re sharing posts on the other networks.
Also in that new weekly post I will be including a blogging tip. Some tips will be from yours truly, but I’d also like to include tips from you guys. Of course I’d be happy to add a link to your blog and a profile or logo pic.
If anyone has ideas on how to make things even more beneficial, I’m all ears. It just has to be something that won’t attract too many spammers and result in a ton of extra work. Any interest in a weekly reader profile/interview?
I’m still adjusting to the whole change of schedule. Luckily I’m doing both jobs from home to start which allows me to gradually transition and do things on my own hours. In case you didn’t hear I’m now doing marketing for Disposal Bin Rentals…forgive my shameless plug, but I might as well sneak in from easy link building.
Modest Money Around The Web
As usual, I like to link back to all the posts that I know featured Modest Money recently. Unfortunately I was reading about how trackbacks stopped working for most blogs. So I rarely get any notifications of links. Unless it is a blog I follow regularly, I’d only notice if you e-mail me or mention it on Twitter.
Personal Finance Week in Review for June 3 on One Smart Dollar
Weekly Roundup: Great Articles This Week on Money Q&A
The Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #35 on My University Money
Love Languages & Gambling – Carnivals, Mentions & Weekend Reading on Work Save Live
The Round Table on Money Smart Guides
Weekly Wrap-Up and What I’m Reading On the Web – 4 on iHeart Budgets
Blog round up June 1, 2012 on My Canuck Buck
Stretch Your Money – Weekly Blog Roundup #5 on Finance Yoga
Weekend Link Round-up and Mentions #5 on Live Well Simply
Canadian PF Happy Hour – Second Edition on Canadian Personal Finances
Festival of Frugality #339 – Frugal Living Summer Edition on The Frugal Toad
Earth and Money Has Been Live for 3 Months! on Earth and Money
Friends of the Family: Busy Week Edition on The Family Finances
Favorite Recent Posts On Other Blogs
Not surprisingly my weekly mentions slowed down a bit since I haven’t been able to put as much time into blogging. I’m still happy with getting mentioned on that many great blogs though. Early on I was happy to get 5 mentions. Now I suggest you check out these awesome posts on other blogs:
You Know You’re Obsessed With Personal Finance Blogging When… on From Shopping To Saving
Don’t Give Up Your “Latte Factor” on One Smart Dollar
When’s the Last Time You Picked Up a Book? on Work Save Live
Greed is Good on Money Smart Guides
Winning the Lottery: What Would YOU Buy? on iHeart Budgets
Would You Invest in Tech Stocks? What Exactly is the “Tech” Industry Anyways? on American Debt Project
Hoping a bad day kicks my butt into gear on My Canuck Buck
Needs Vs Wants on Edward Antrobus
10 Creative Ways to Make Money on Live Simply Well
Finding a New Job When You`re Already in One on Canadian Personal Finance
The 9-Week Summer Productivity Challenge on Earth and Money
Money For Nothin’ on See Debt Run
Make Savings Automatic on The Family Finances
Snowballing Debt is Illogical on My Alternate Life
Sorry my last blog update was much more entertaining. This time around I had to get down to business with boring blogging talk. Plus I kinda have some confusing stuff going on right now that I’m just not sure what to do about. I’ll have to make up for it with a bit more humor next week.
Anyways what does everyone think about the blog changes mentioned above? Anyone want to volunteer to contribute a guest post or blogging tip?