How to Hug a Blogger

OK so we all write content and spend our time sharing information with others. With so much information available we all know what it is like to find a really good article. Many people come and read the article that took the blog author time and expertise to write and then leave without so much as a comment.

Blogging is about sharing, it is about giving the best you have to help others

We have been taught to be selfish in society and always think of WIIFM (What’s In It For Me). The days of saying thank you are gone and few and far between are those considerate people who believe they should repay those who they have benefited from.

So how exactly do you repay a blogger? You give them a hug. I am not talking about driving to their hometown and stalking them until the moment is right…. I am talking about returning something of value to them.

Blog Author Hugging 101:

Definition: Squeeze (someone) tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection.

Hugging: See all those little buttons around the post: Like, Thumbs up, Stumble, Digg, Tweet, +1, etc.. That is how you thank the blogger for their effort. It is something only you can do for the blogger and it is a great way to tell them thanks. Press everything, if you don’t have an account, it only takes a second to make one so you can promote that post and any others after that.

Comment: Yes, comment. More than anything people want to know that the info they spent time writing has impacted someone or at least sparked a thought good or bad. Try and say more than nice post which not only doesn’t add value by itself, but may indicate you skimmed it and didn’t really read it. Just saying nice post is like saying “Ehh” after they present their ideas.

Be the first to comment whenever possible. If a post has no comments other people are likely to not comment either. The first comments get the party started and help everyone go beyond the surface of the blog post. Comment often and ask questions, the comment section is a party.

Sharing is Caring: Tweet it, share it to your network and followers. This gives the post legs and helps it reach more people we all have a little network we can share to and a great way to make a blogger feel appreciated is to hit the share buttons. A few seconds shows you are a team player and they are likely to do the same for you.

Go Beyond:  Go to another post and do the same thing. If you really want to say I appreciate what you are doing, then go hug another one of their posts. Hug it out…. It is hard not to hug back. This is the essence of networking success. Social media is about relationships, the technology is supposed to help us manage them, it won’t create them by itself.

This is just good citizenship, silent eyes on posts that don’t interact are many times unseen by the author and makes it hard to hear the thank you. There are some very good Blog Huggers out there and it takes one to know one. Now you can start to notice when people are hugging you and you you can hug them back. Be a responsible reader and give back. After all we all need a good hug now and then…

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RE: Are we killing our customers with engagement?

Facebook is seeing a decline in use. Studies show that users are un-Liking business pages. Consumers are getting savvy and more jaded about businesses use of social media—and they’re responding negatively. The thing is, it’s our own fault.

via Are we killing our customers with engagement?.

I think there is a more simple understanding of what is happening here. People like a business page but then start to get all the posts from that business. Unless a user likes every word out of the mouth of that business, they are going to get annoyed and then unlike the page.

This to me underlies a bigger problem which is the noise of information and no real way to filter the wall feed. People should be able to tag items from a business page they are interested in and filter the type and amount of information they get on their wall. Right now Facebook walls are real estate right next to the freeway…