Monday, August 1, 2011

#SummerBlog Social - My Favorite "Other" Stuff

I am linking up with the #SummerBlogSocial hosted by Liz and Jessica.  I hope to link up several times this week as the social is from today, August 1st to Friday, August 5th.  You should come check it out!

Prompt:  When you visit a blog, what areas – besides the main post – do you check out? Do you visit the Nav Bar pages? Look at the sidebars? Check for a list of categories or tags? Talk about the elements of a website that are most important to you.

I love finding new blogs to read.  And a lot of times, I spent more time there than just reading the initial blog post that grabbed my attention at first.  These are few things that I might check out if I visit your blog:

  • Buttons - I love looking at other's buttons.  Especially those for blog communities and linkups.  I am always on the lookout for possible communities to join and have found some great ones through the sidebars of other's blogs.  I have also learned that linkups are a great way to meet new "friends" and gain followers. 
  • Pages - I like to see what others are using separate pages for.  Right now, I have an about page, a 101 things in 1001 days page, and a guest posts page.  I like to see if anyone has an idea that might fit my blog and give me a new feature.  {Copycat, I know...}
  • Other Ways to Follow - Now that I'm getting more into the blog FB page and Twitter, I'm going to try to find your ways to connect so that I follow you on those media outlets as well. 
  • LinkWithin - If you have the LinkWithin widget, I am so totally going to check out archived posts if the title captures my interest.  I am even guilty of reading some of my own posts again when I check the formatting of a new post.  I can hardly remember what the posts are about and I can easily refresh my memory. 


  1. I think you are so wise to look at the way others are doing things and let it inspire you. It's not copying; it's learning!

    Thanks for joining in!

  2. You are the first one that mentioned the linked within option and I love it too. I often find myself reading additional posts from others if I like the one I have just read. Thanks so much for linking up, your blog is so pretty!

  3. I love it when bloggers use LinkWithin or another "related post" plugin! It is a great way to learn more about the writer without having to hunt! I have been know to completely lose track of time post hopping!

  4. I agree with checking communities - I mentioned that today too! I think it helps us find like minded bloggers and people to connect with. Glad to have found you!

  5. I love link within and it's a wonderful tool to get people to read your old posts.:D

  6. I like checking out the about me page. It's fun to learn a little about the blog I'm reading.

    I've been thinking about doing the link within. Hmmm. Maybe I will.

  7. I agree with Liz - copying and learning are different things! I've learned so much more about food photography than I ever knew before visiting all the food blogs I read. But I don't make it a point to, like, copy some else's shots.

    Great to "meet" you via the social! :)

    Also, my work computer sucks and won't let me comment via my google account. If you want to email back it's :)

  8. I love LinkWithin too. It is a great reminder of where I have been.

  9. Such great tips and excellent food for thought for me! Thank you!!

  10. I always check out what topics the blogger has been writing in the past. Like Categories and Tags with WP, I think the LinkWithin is very similar, right?


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