I just read a cool post by Sherilyn Cervantes . In her post, Sherilyn was asking What type of blogger are you? As is often the case with me and the comments I make... I got carried away... and ended up writing a small epistle for an answer.
So... what kind of blogger am I ?
I guess I fall into quite a few categories. I am a late-nighter... and a first-thing-in-the-morning'er as well. At night, blogging is where I "wind down" from my day, and in the morning, it is where I sip my first two cups of coffee... and attempt to wake up.
And, once in awhile... I guess like right now... I am a middle-of-the-night'er.
I get a lot of comments on my blog posts... but one of the reasons that happens... is that I also comment ON a lot of other writer's blog posts. Yes, I have a bunch of points, but I am nearing the 300,000 point mark (definitely NOT bragging, here) just... on my comments points alone.
As far as getting featured, sure I like getting featured... but honestly, after you get a "following"... writing a good post, and getting forty or fifty comments from folks who are reading your post because they LIKE what you write... is SO much better than getting featured, and then getting over 100 comments.
So many of "those" commentors are often there... cuz your (my) post got featured... and the featured posts are the only ones some people read. (I don't do that, by the way. How can the newbies get known, if the oldbies ONLY read featured posts ??)
As you may know, I am NOT afraid to "stir the pot." I am naturally an introvert... but I am not shy... if that makes sense. Those two... introvert and shy... do not necessarily go together. (I wrote a post on that, as well.)
The data blogger... market reports and such. I have never written one of those. Not my style.
I also feel it's very important to be "balanced." An example of that... is shown in that the points I have from commenting on other people's posts... are pretty close to the points I have from writing blog posts. Again, balanced is good... in my opinion.
I guess I should also mention... surprise... that at times when I comment... my comment can almost turn into a post all by itself. <dorky smile>. In fact... THIS post was a comment that I turned INTO a post. Commenting is a great way to cure writer's block... which, as you may know, has been hovering over my addled brain for about two weeks now... since my Who Killed Tyler Clementi post.
The "teaching blogger?" Yes... that's me. I taught junior high for nine years, and love to share stuff. Also, love to combine sharing stuff with stirring the pot. What a combination... <impish smile>
I have written quite a few "tutorials" on many of the basics that newbies and oldbies find helpful on Active Rain. Many of the "techies" write their own types of tutorials, but they are usually over many folks heads... and often only other techies find them useful.
I am also a "relationship" blogger. After a while... both my commentors and I... get to a point where we really "get to know" one another. So... because of relationships... and getting to know each other... I know stuff... like how Abigail (Tammy's daughter) got her first job... and how excited they both are about it.
Many of my posts become "conversational posts." By that, I rarely get just five or ten word comments. I get paragraphs... sometimes several paragraphs... from many of those who read my posts. And... I really try... to respond to as many of those who comment on my posts... as I can.
OK... I think I am done now, although I am sure I have missed some stuff. I liked Sherilyn's post, and her cool question. It prompted me to take a self-survey of just what kind of things I do here on Active Rain. Have a great week, everyone.