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Friday, February 23, 2007

Effort And Recognition

No blogger exists in a vacuum even though it seems like it sometimes. We plug away doing our best and don't receive comments or get stuff like: "Nice blog. Visit my blog at...".

Eventually we get a regular who links to us and we link back to. If we are lucky most of our readers and linkers will be like that. Otherwise we get people who never say anything until we quit posting for a while. They wonder where we went to and demand we update. We wonder where they were when we felt alone.

Comments can feel like rewards for writing a good post. We must remember, however, that they are more concerned with communication and interaction. Comments may be used to criticise a post. They can also be meaningless. It can be a sad shock to find out your very first comment is spam.

There are ways to tell a blogger that a post was interesting. You can leave a comment or send an email saying why you liked their post. You can also nominate them for awards.

Blog Awards are a tradition as old as blogging. They are numerous and varied. I have been thinking of co-operating with an 'awards blog' because they can encourage new bloggers and help get people interacting.

Recently I came across Post Awardsand liked what I saw. The blogger and I exchanged emails and ideas. Post Awards became BBD's 60th blog to be listed.

Our blogs are independent of each other but we have common ground. It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on our blogs and on the blogs of those we interact with.