Blogging Is All About Community and Self-Expression
Hi there Blokesters. March is upon us and change is in the air. Spring is just around the corner and already I’m seeing flowers beginning to bud.
Woohoo! This is so exciting and I can’t wait for winter to be over.
In the Blokester household we are also making changes to our environment. We decided to move our dining room furniture out of the smallish room where it was and into our large living room where we had extra space to put it.
So we now have an extra room that we are making into a utility space for all kinds of things such as our music where we have a piano, an electronic keyboard and my guitars set up.
I can also easily set up my Total Gym exercise equipment to work out (do I ever need it) and fold it away again when I’m not using it. It’s also a nice play area for my 11 year old daughter and her friends, a space for her home-schooling and anything else that we can think of.
As for my blog it’s time for a change too. Although you probably don’t notice it, I’m constantly adding refinements here and there to make your stay more useful and pleasurable.
One thing in particular that I’ve decided to do is to make minor changes to my ‘Top Commentators’ plugin. I use it like a blogroll and you can see it in action under the tag cloud in the right-hand column.
Instead of the usual blogroll like everyone else does, I like the idea of using it as a reward to those Blokesters that make the greatest contribution to this community.
I think most of you probably know by now the benefit that your blog can get with an incoming link from a prestigious blog. Believe you me it will do wonders for your pagerank and blog authority with the search engines.
You might also have noticed that I’ve changed the menu title to “Top Performers” for two reasons. First off, I’ve been getting a lot of spammers who are hijacking your links. All they have to do is make a comment with your name, change the URL and oilla - they have effectively stolen your coveted position.
These spammers search for the term “Top Commentators” so that they can cheat you out of the Google juice you deserve.
I have spent a ton of time keeping an eye out for this nuisance and correcting them when I find it, but I suggest that you not rely on me to do all the work and watch for it yourself. After all, it is you who is reaping the reward — not me.
All you need to do to fix it is to write another comment with your blog address and you will get it back again.
Secondly, I’ve noticed that comments are down again and I think that some may have been resting on their laurels because they were ahead of the pack.
For me what is most important for my blog is to see a thriving community full of comments and conversation. So I’ve made a small change to the plugin that I hope will encourage you to participate more.
From now on the “Top Performer” links will automatically reset itself back to zero every month. I’ve also removed the count number so there will be no way of knowing how far ahead or behind you are from the rest of the crowd. (Sneaky eh)?
That way I think it will be more fair and hopefully encourage y’all to keep those comments coming.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I live for your comments. I don’t make any money off this blog and my greatest pleasure (besides writing) is to read your comments and let me know if my hard work is paying off.
Thanks so much for helping this blog be the success it is and please remember — blogging is all about community and self-expression. It is the closest thing that we have to direct democracy.
But most of all this blog is not just my blog, it’s yours too so please use it.
Think of me as just the moderator.