Friday, April 1, 2011

fbff: rules of engagement

1. guest posts are a good way to gain new exposure. what do you think is the appropriate way to go about securing a guest spot?

waiting for someone to ask...i dont' know. there are some groups (such as fbff) that have thrown out emails about people guest posting for each other, and that's been fun. other than that, i don't really think we would ever ask someone if we could guest post. we'd love it if someone asked us, and would most definitely do it, but i don't think we'd ask.
2. leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. but how can you leave a comment without coming across as ‘follow me. follow me!’?
we only comment on blogs that we like. sometimes i read blogs and don't comment at all. but if i really like the content of the post, the outfit they are wearing, or a certain aspect of what they wrote, i will comment on it. that's not to say that if i don't comment, i don't like the content. sometimes i comment, sometimes i don't.

3. we’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… but the mass emails don’t work. how do you make your email stand out from the crowd?
you have to make the content of what you are sending great. if i have an idea i want to share, or want group participation in something, or need advice, that is when i send a mass email. i would never send a mass email just asking people to follow us.
4. in interacting with other bloggers where do you draw the line between seeking support and begging for exposure?
we just don't beg. if people like our blog, they will read it. if they don't, they won't. we are well aware that the whole world isn't reading our blog, and we're ok with it. we still love blogging!

5. what’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you remedied that?
i don't know...that's a tough one. i don't think we have done anything inappropriate in regards to our blog...but if anyone disagrees, please let us know!

if you want to read other blogger's answers, or join fbff, be sure to check out Modly Chic!

happy friday!
the birds


  1. Being somewhat new to blogging (well, not that new, but certainly getting into more of the swing of things with my blog in what direction I want it to take), I love helping posts for bloggers..your link to FBFF is fantastic. thank you sooo much! :)

  2. If I read a post and I have to think about the comment I want to add, that's never a good sign - comments should be spontaneous and usually more substantial than the classics 'Great post!' and 'Nice pics!' (though I've been guilty of posting those on some occasion...)

    Will definitely check out fbff.

    Have a great weekend :)


  3. As a newbie blogger, I really enjoyed reading your guys' responses. I feel as though I'm still foundering at this blogging thing, so posts like this are very helpful to me.

  4. I tend to feel the same way as you too about growing my blog. Maybe it is just the reserved Midwesterner in me, but I never thought about asking for guest posts.

  5. You two little birds are adorable!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! xo Samantha ps. Your newest follow! Looking forward to it!

  6. i definitely agree with you; mass emails might be the worst thing that you can do for your blog (maybe it's tied with the "follow me!!" comments). i can't believe people actually do that!

  7. I agree with what you said about commenting. ..."that's not to say that if i don't comment, i don't like the content. sometimes i comment, sometimes i don't."

    As, sometimes I read many blogs and don't always comment, but I'm still reading and may comment seldomly. There's so many interesting answers for this wks. FBFF posts! -xxoo

  8. Similar views as yours. The only times I don't feel like commenting even tough I have something to say is if it is a super popular blog and the post is not so recent therefore already had over 50 comments I feel the owner won't even read. I also stopped commenting on blogs that have not even once responded to my comments. I still read the blogs and look at their posts cause I like them but just don't comment.

  9. I'm in the same boat-I read blogs all the time I love, but since I read them in Google Reader, often times I'm just too darn lazy to click over and comment. That doesn't mean I don't like the blog or its content, it just means I'm lazy! For instance, I read your blog all the time, love it, but have never commented! There's the proof ;)