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How Do YOU Promote Your Blog?

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I’ve been told, “Becky, you have a LOT on your plate.”

They don’t mean I’m a pig, they mean I am a “Serial Project Girl”. I have waaayyy too much going on all.the.time.

Hubs told me “honey, if you were a stove, all four of your burners would be going at the same time….”

Yeah, that about sums it up.

My main passion is my blogging. I love my blog(s) and I really would love to take it/them to the next level. Which I might add, is a seemingly overwhelming task. For those who don’t know, I have approx. ONE HOUR a day to write, blog, create, and work on my home biz.

I will quote my BFF when I say “it’s very hard to be fabulous on one hour a day.”

In fact, as I type this I am racing the clock. As it ticks past my “time to go get ready for work” mark, out the window goes some details of what I plan to wear to work today, and any thoughts of a leisurely breakfast over a cup of coffee.

Looks like a “hoodie and yoga pants day” again. And YES, I can drink straight from a milk carton and curl my hair at the same time. Cuz I am cool like that.

Then there’s my dreams and goal for 2011.

 One of the 4 main things on my New Year’s Resolution “To-Do” list is…grow my blog.

Then I look at aboveraforementioned “To Do” list (which includes weight loss, getting organized, and working on public speaking) and I get..MUDDLED. In fact, I would rather crawl back in bed with a foot long sub, a diet Coke, in my messy house, and read a trashy novel. But I can’t. I need to move forward to reach my dreams. Even if it’s millimeters, I need to move forward.
 
SO, I am going to take the advice of one of my all-time-favorite motivational speakers Rita Davenport, and Eat An Elephant.

 
NO, not really. What she means is to take a HUGE, daunting task, and break it down into manageable chunks. 
 
So, here’s my first bite chunk ellie-lump step project…. HOW TO PROMOTE MY BLOG, You know, that pesky little detail of Readership.
 
 
Currently, this is what I’ve been tapping into:
* Communities like Blog Frog, SITS, Cafe Mom
*Twitter and Facebook
*Guest Blogging (need to do this more.Anyone need a guest blogger?)
* Closer to home, there’s some local opportunities like forums and local magazines that I’ve been able to add my links to. I am getting more and more traffic from these little “homegrown” sites too.
 
SO..now…I need your help. What am I missing? What sites, places, or techniques have worked for you on getting new traffic to your blog? I want to boost readership without falsely inflating numbers with Give-aways, etc. Please don’t hate me for saying that. Give-aways are Just.Not.My.Style.

Thoughts?? Any help would be appreciated.

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5 thoughts on “How Do YOU Promote Your Blog?

  1. Giveaways are over rated.

    I think it helps to be a bit of a tart when it comes to comments. Lots of comments on lots of blog is a great way to get people to your site.

  2. I think you’re doing the right stuff, just do as much of it as you can. It’s hard with limited time!
    You are welcome to guest post on my blog, I need to get into doing more of that myself.

  3. You should submit to technorati as well. There are so many places out there.

  4. Hello my dear! How have you been? Blog looks fantastic. I do agree, most of us all have too much on our plates….maybe we should all go on strike!

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