Last year over Labor Day, I hosted a virtual BBQ. That post was titled "Are you ready to find a bunch of awesome new followers?" It got 176 comments and has been viewed nearly 1200 times. Many requested I do the event each year.
Since then, I've seen a lot of changes in blogging routines. People are grouping together, like with like. Emailing and chatting as well as commenting on blogs. Branching out to Twitter and now Google+ which makes chatting and private discussions even more accessible. I'm not sure it's about seeking out new blogs as much as it is about building deeper relationships with the ones you have already found and connected with.
I wondered if I should do the Blog BBQ again. Has the interest in blog discovery waned? But there are more people blogging than ever before, and new ones coming up daily, wondering how they can get in on the action. I think it is still a good idea, and I want to do it again! Like last year, it will be simple-- no linky links to connect with, no buttons or icons to post, just leave a comment, share yummy food to make us drool over our keyboards, and follow at least three new blogs of other participants.
It will be over the 4-day Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, plenty of time to go blog-hopping. I will post about it again as the time gets closer. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready to find a bunch of awesome new followers that first weekend in September!
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf