A shout out to blog commenters

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Happy New Year!

In the world of blogging, reader comments are gold. I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth repeating. When someone takes the time to leave a thoughtful comment on our blogs, it’s an affirmation of our efforts.

So I thank everyone who has left a comment on Book Club Mom. I’ve made many friends this way. And if you don’t already know some of these great bloggers, visit their links below and say hi!

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A Little Blog of Books
A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight
Annika Perry’s Writing Blog
Baydreamer
Bette A. Stevens
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Bookshelf Fantasies
But I Smile Anyway
Calabria The Other Italy
Carrie Rubin
Chatter Master
Echoes of the Past
Explore Newness
From the Laundry Room
Garden of Eden Blog
I Write. I Read. I Review
Jacquie Biggar
Jan M Flynn
Jemsbooks
Jennifer Kelland Perry
Jill Weatherholt
Jill’s Scene
JP McLean
Muddling Through My Middle Age
Norah Colvin
Novelgossip
ReadRantRockandRoll
Robbie’s inspiration
Roughwighting
Sarah Brentyn
Sayling Away
Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Stuff Jeff Reads
Tammie Painter
The Off Key of Life
The Showers of Blessings
The Stub Collection
Tuesdays with Laurie
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I’m looking forward to making some new blogging friends in the new year. Here’s to a great 2019!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

Blog views and other obsessions – when your view stats are the same as last year

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So the calendar year is rounding its final bend and, being slightly stats obsessed, I see that I will likely finish up only slightly higher than last year, after doubling and tripling my views in prior years. It’s a great feeling to watch your blog grow and it’s only natural to expect it to continue growing by leaps and bounds. Right, bloggers? Know what I mean?

But consider this as you measure the success of your blog. Perhaps you are blogging less frequently, or maybe you have a week or two when you don’t even log into your blog. But when you do, how are your individual posts doing? Are you receiving more likes and comments per post than you did when you started? I bet you are. The interaction – that’s what you measure.

As I approach my fifth year of blogging, I know that it’s not just about views. I have many more blogging friends than I did in the beginning, who graciously like and comment when they visit. Seeing my friends’ smiling profile faces when they do is like hosting a little cyber party at the bottom of my post. The bonus is that I know there’s a party going on at the bottom of all my blogging friends’ posts too and I can’t wait to get over there! How many of you feel that way? Lots, I bet!

Another measure is how integrated your blog is with other social media. I’ve had a Twitter and Facebook page for the same period of time, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve learned how to connect the three the right way. Posting the same content across social media won’t hurt, but creating original, but related content for each and then sharing it generates interest and enhances your brand.

So when I use my own ruler, I know my blog is doing just fine. And I have no plans to stop. How do you measure your blog’s success?

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