Today over at the Yeah Write Summer Series #31dbbb, the Day 22 task is to pay special attention to a reader. In her post introducing the activity, Kianwi suggested several ways to make a reader feel special. As I read her list, I recognized several of these techniques from blogs I visit:
- Write a post about the reader’s blog: Tri-Girl bestows “The Big Thumbs-Up Award” to blogs that she finds inspiring over at Tri-ing to Be Athletic
- Give readers an opportunity to promote themselves: Le Clown invites readers to submit posts to the “Carnie’s Corner” on his blog A Clown on Fire.
- Projects, memes and competitions: Rarasaur is celebrating the publication of her 500th post with this contest for her readers.
- Invite guest posts: The Outlaw Mama invites readers to share their work-related tales for her “Kiss My (Gl)ass Ceiling” series. Hey, look at that: I was her guest last Friday.
I’m opting to follow Kianwi’s first suggestion: Promote a comment to a post. I’ve created a “Couldn’t Have Said it Better” page on which I will select one blog comment each month to highlight. Today, I’m introducing the idea, but I haven’t decided whether I write an announcement post each month. We can all be surprised by my decision together.
After reading through all comments made in June, I decided that this reply left by Kirsten Oliphant, aka Kiki, made me smile the most. She was responding to my post “Three’s a Crowd” in which I told the not-so-sordid tale of sharing a hotel room with two other people while attending a music education conference:
And THAT’S when you need the flashlight app on your phone. Also? I flunked out of the recorder and had to be a dancing princess in a play because I was so bad that I couldn’t be in the 4th grade recorder chorus. And I gave myself a fabric burn on the back of my neck with the princess scarf prop. I was never meant to be a princess.
Ah, Kirsten, you may not have got to be a princess, but you were the queen of comments on my blog in June.
I invite all of my readers to visit Kirsten’s blog, I Still Hate Pickles. Leave her a comment on one of her posts and check out some pics of her cute new baby (why else would she have been commenting on my blog at 1:27 am?!) while you’re there.
For those of you that don’t like change, I apologize for springing my new blog appearance on you. I decided to try a new theme as part of the #31dbbb Day 17 task. After receiving some helpful feedback from Flood G, one of the Yeah Write editors, I took the plunge. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new theme. Is there something you miss from the old design? Was there something you always hated but were afraid to mention? Let me know in the comments. Who knows, your words of insight could be featured next month on “Couldn’t Have Said it Better.”