Reactive Blogging?

Hmmm I disagree with the “experts.” The interaction you do IS enough to drive traffic as long as you keep looking for “new” traffic. Hence the point about “many fronts.” Thanks for the mention! -OM
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I celebrated my 7-year “Blog-o-versary” in October of this year. I don’t think that I’m a novice to this blogging thing. There was virtually no traffic here for the first couple of years; I wasn’t able to post very often due to job responsibilities, and the only comments I received were spam. I only followed a handful of blogs at that time – less than 10, I think – and while I would ‘Like’ posts, I wouldn’t comment and I didn’t follow anyone. I simply didn’t have the time.

After I left my last full-time job and began scheduling my own work on my own time, I had more time to read other blogs in depth. I began following more, commenting once in a while, and re-blogging others – possibly in excess, but I meant no harm. I thought that displaying a genuine interest in others and engaging in…

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What is the best way to interact with bloggers?

This is a great reminder not to forget about the silent readers! Nice post! -OM
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Jean's Writing

Do you engage with drive-by readers?

If not, maybe you should.


Because others, like myself, may be drive-by readers. drive 01

That means reading on the run. Waiting in line, waiting for to pick up grandkids, or in the dentist/doctors office. And almost always I read on my phone.


The absence of a comment doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the blog post. Simply means I wasn’t in a place to write one. Typing on my cell phone is not easy.

And even though we’re all very busy with the holidays, remember to read and click the “like” button. Means a lot to bloggers everywhere.

A post by OPINIONATED MAN encouraged me to do more.

So I’m going to start with an apology.

sorry badI’m sorry if I’ve disappointed any of my readers. I’ve read many posts but sometimes failed to click the “like” button. Just because I’m on the run doesn’t mean I…

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You learn new things everyday. So I made my own “list” on twitter finally because I couldn’t separate the real tweets from the spam tweets. The adult advertisements are usually pretty clear…

So if you got a notice that I added you to a list that is why…

It isn’t a confessional group. Stop confessing things to all of us on Twitter Gary, we don’t care!! 😒


Twitter @smokendust

@smokendust is my twitter name. That’s why I write this over and over under my signature… is doesn’t have to do with smoking or drugs…

My Blog Got Reviewed… #Failed

Isn’t that what is fun about the blogosphere?

You review some blogs… and someone reviews you back! I’ve always enjoyed the honesty that bloggers employ towards one another. You gotta be able to accept criticism.

I’ll admit that I don’t take criticism very well.

Not in real life, not on my blog… definitely not to my face. It puts me in fightback mode!

I got a smile from this review today though. I needed a grin after this week!

It is a fair statement. I told people their fonts were hard to read and someone handed the comment right back to me. In the blogosphere you get what you give. It doesn’t matter who you are, what website you run, how many subscribers you have, or how important you think you are. We are all bloggers here and we all blog.

How do you accept criticism?

Thanks to Scott for the shoutout! –

-Opinionated Man



I am reading blogs this morning and I have a thought to pass on. When you are setting up your blog or website and you are picking your template, font, or background please consider one thing before settling on it. Ask yourself this one question…

Is my blog hard to read?

I am staring at a blood red background with tiny black font and I can’t read it…

I gave up, closed their website, and I am writing this post now.

That is what happens when we can’t read your blog. If you can’t honestly tell whether your blog is hard to read find an opinionated friend to look at it.

-Opinionated Man