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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. 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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