The day 6 challenge in my 31 Days to Build a Better Blog quest is to email a new reader with a personal message. After pounding out 1,277 words on the last challenge to analyze a top blog in your niche, this was a welcome assignment!
The bonus assignment has two parts:
- If the reader left a link to their blog, click through and comment on an interesting post on their blog.
- Respond to their comment on your blog.
I’d like to give one caveat to item number one. I never leave comments just for the sake of some artificial commenting quota I have set. When I leave a comment it is because I sincerely enjoyed a post, found it helpful, or have something I’d like to ask or address. I appreciate it when the owner clicks through my name link and comments back. But it drives me nuts when their comment consists of:
Cool blog. Thanks for commenting on my [great, amazing] site. Come back soon.
Anyway, this assignment was simple. I opened up the comments section and popped off a few quick emails to those commenting, some new and some loyal commenters.
I’ve been doing the bonus items for some time — not on every comment, of course, but when something interesting stuck out. I’ll make a note to continue this more conscientiously.