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Blog Bombing B and N


On days when the number of visits to BulgingButtons seems to stagnate, in spite of the sparkling gem of a post I have just shared with the world, I start to get a little peevish.

“Is anybody out there?” I wonder. “Am I irrelevant?”

I wonder if I’ve missed something. Some way of reaching out to people who might learn from or at least enjoy reading something I’ve written. In my heart I know they’re out there. People who want to make positive changes in their lives, but feel stuck for some reason. People who are not severely damaged, but may have a few dings and dents. People whose overall outlook on life is positive, but who still need a boost now and then. People like me.

I want those people to join the 500 or so others who have already discovered my little corner of the internet. I want them to read my words and shake their heads, and post their own thoughts and experiences. I want to draw them into the conversation. We’ve got a pretty cool little community over here, and I would love to see it grow.

With that outreach in mind, my brain started thinking about ways to share the blog, short of walking up to strangers on the street and handing them this web address. That would be weird, right? Yes, it would, in case you weren’t sure. My brain went back to the days of my life as a candle lady. Back in the day I wanted to expand my client base and grow my business so I read a few books and learned a few things. One thing that stuck was to go where the clients are.

133618-barnes-nobleSo, where do people like me go? Well, everywhere, but one of my favorite places is the bookstore. You know, the giant one with the comfy chairs and the Starbucks inside? I love that place, and lots of other people do too. What if I printed up a few cards with a catchy phrase and my web addy and placed them strategically inside selected books? You know, kind of like what people do with their secrets in the PostSecret books? By the way, I look for those secrets. Haven’t found one yet.

I could put them in cookbooks, in Yoga for Dummies, in “Yes, You’re a Good Enough Mom” books, in “Get Creative” books, and in so many others. I think it would be fun to spend some time at the bookstore, slipping in “bookmarks” with the BulgingButtons addy on it. But honestly, I don’t know that I would get a single hit from the effort. Perhaps if I had something to gain from the exercise, aside from a couple of curiosity clicks, I might run with the idea. It does tickle me to think of putting my mark all over the bookstore, though. Maybe some lonely day when there are crickets chirping on my stats page I will actually follow through on this guerilla marketing plan. In the meantime, I would love to hear any crazy schemes you have for getting your content out there.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

15 thoughts on “Blog Bombing B and N

  1. I have days where nobody is around and others when I wonder where everyone came from.

    I used to post to a zillion Facebook groups when I first started blogging but stopped after the first year. I think most people find me by tags and word of mouth. I never know which posts will become “popular” or have a mini viral surge. It is so random. All in all it is tagging the posts correctly that I feel brings in the readers, plus a crazy “look at me” headline.

    Good post.

  2. What I’ve found is that the bloggers with the most engaged readers (not just how many followers they have, but how many comments they get) are those bloggers who are engaging with others. I recently read a comment on a lovely (and very popular) blogger’s post that said, “The comments and interactions are the best part of blogging and you build those up by commenting and interacting on other blogs. So what you have here is a good reflection of the wonderful and loyal party guest you have been at all our blogs.”

    Blogging needn’t be a you-scratch-my-back, I’ll-scratch-yours environment — and God knows I won’t simply follow someone because they’ve followed me. But I’ll admit that I am definitely way more invested in interacting with those bloggers who seem to take interest in, or “might learn from or at least enjoy reading” something I’ve written, as you say. It’s a two-way street.

    • Oh, I totally agree Nancy. It’s that group of engaged and interesting people that I would like to invite to this party. And the whole “you follow me and I’ll follow you” thing isn’t for me. I follow lots of blogs of many varieties, but I only have so much time to read them! Thanks for adding your perspective.

  3. I don’t worry too much about stats. I’d love to get more comments but frankly, there aren’t many bloggers interested in microscope restoration or the various illumination methods. You can’t reach an invisible audience however hard you try.
    Of course, there are microscopy forums where I can talk to people around the world about microscopes but they are more formal than a blog. Not unfriendly at all, just different.

    I am new to blogging and I am still finding my way. I started with a blog about microscopes and quilting but it has already become clear to me that the two subjects don’t go together well. Either I’m boring the science nerds with quilts or I’m causing befuddlement in the crafty people.

    I started a second blog this week for my crafty stuff. I’m hoping that given a little time the crafty blog will be busy with quilters and the microscope blog will be – well, it will be. Hopefully, I will be able to create something informative enough that it will become a useful resource to people looking for information, even if it doesn’t get many comments.

    • Maybe that’s part of it. You have two clear topics you blog about. I’m a mess. I think it and I blog it. I’m a scatterbrain and I let my blog show it. I’m not sorry about it, though, because ultimately I write because I need to write. Still, I want to be read! 🙂

      By the way, I have to check out your new blog. I haven’t been there yet. Thanks for reminding me of the change.

      • I don’t think having more than one topic matters if the two topics are compatible. My friend Richard for instance has just started a blog about photography and how he sees the world as an introvert. His photography shows his personality and will show his introvert’s eye view.

        Crafts and art mix well with psychology and personal exploration.

  4. I am glad I found you on FOG, I just told my husband before I leave Oregon for the land of beautiful sunny days, I want to stand at a freeway on or off ramp and hand out business cards with my blog address. He thinks I am nuts. I love your idea HMMMM , I look forward to following you !

  5. I too do not worry about total number of followers. I too would appreciate more comments, but I do treasure the ones that I get. My blog is fairly specific to a particular genre and is definitely not PC or kid friendly. I do enjoy my few steady readers who comment on my writing.

    I have always loved that particular book store, because I love reading and coffee. I do, however, prefer my friendly local used books store. The selection may not be as vast and there is no overpriced, sticky sweet coffee, but the owner knows me and knows what I like to read.

    Not sure that I would leave cards with my blog web address in random books, but it is one of the more creative ways I have heard of promoting your blog.

    • I know it’s borderline crazy, but that’s how my brain works sometimes. I mean, really, it doesn’t matter how many people read, but ultimately I do want to be widely read, if not on the blog, in something else I write.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and give your thoughtful reply.

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