Thanks again to Katy for setting this up!! She said:
Since many of you are participating in the 30 for 30 challenge you might have noticed a trend... more readers and more comments. But of those additional comments have you noticed that at least a handful of them are the generic spam-like 'nice outfit' 'cute shoes' etc... Don't get me wrong I like comments but what's up with that? The thought about this hadn't fully formed in my head until this morning when I read this post on Dressful (http://dressful.com/2465/ fashion-blogs-and-self-promotion-how-much-is-too-much) about blogger self promotion. When is it too much? When are you doing it wrong? Of course that flipped my brain into overdrive and FBFF questions rolled out from there.
Here are my thoughts, based on her topics
Topic: Blogger Self Promotion
1. How do you promote your blog?
I can't say I really promote my blog that much. I tried adding a link to the comments I post on other blogs, but ultimately, I'm there to see what they say, not tell them what I say.
2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self promotion?
I think having good outfits, and good writing are the best way to gain followers. However, you can't deny the the influence of challenges like the 30 for 30 to introduce bloggers to each other!
3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
I do somewhat agree with the irritation of the "Nice Shoes" followed by "Check out my site" comments. However, I also know it's difficult being a shy blogger starting out.
4. When is comes to others pushing their product what annoys you?
I can't say I follow any blogs where it annoys me - of course, maybe I subconsciously only choose blog which don't overly promote a product.
5. In Dressful's post on this topic earlier in the week she said, "It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation." Do you agree?
I think I'd need an example in order to actually create an answer for this one. Is the issue that they want all the attention, or is the issue that they don't add anything worthwhile? These are two separate problems. If it's the former, I can't say I've really seen too too much of that. If it's the latter, might it be a case of them just not finding the right conversation in which to insert themselves? Is it that they have evolved differently on their fashion path than others? Is it that they haven't evolved at all?
I will add this - I do like knowing who is visiting my blog, and I do like to check out their blogs to find out more about them. As long as I can get to their blog through their profile, I'm happy. And I think I'd much rather have 500 "Nice Shoes - Check out my blog" than even one: "You're ugly"... so I'll just be thankful for any positive comments I do get!