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Building Blogging Relationships – Email

Taughnee left a simple but very helpful tip on my last post in the building blogging relationships series that I thought was worth promoting up as a main post as it’s something that I too do.

If I read a forum post, blog or even a comment and think, “hey, I like the way this person thinks, we should know each other” … I’ll drop them an email and introduce myself. Sometimes I feel a bit silly or shy doing this, but then I remember that I LOVE it when people contact me this way.

Also, if people post their IM information in forums or blogs, I’ve been known to do the old, “You don’t know me but (insert flattering ice breaker here) …” and it has lead to some great connections as well.

It is amazing how powerful a simple email can be.

Whilst we live in a world where mass generated, impersonal, irrelevant, unsolicited email is incredibly annoying – so when a personal, relevant, genuine and relational email hits your inbox it can actually have a real impact.

I too do what Taughnee does and go out of my way to send emails to other bloggers when they write something that resonates with me. Many times I don’t get (or even expect) a response – I know many bloggers are incredibly busy – however from time to time the email can lead to a wonderful conversation and even occasionally to some fruitful relationships that directly impacts my blogging (either through a link, working together on a project, generation of ideas etc).

Having said all of this you might want to keep some of the following guidelines in mind when emailing other bloggers:

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Corporate Bloggers earn $40k – $70k

There is an article in the WSJ today on how Blogging is becoming a Corporate Job for an increasing number of people:

‘In its short lifespan, blogging has largely been a freewheeling exercise in online self-expression. Now it is also becoming a corporate job.

A small but growing number of businesses are hiring people to write blogs, otherwise known as Web logs, or frequently updated online journals. Companies are looking for candidates who can write in a conversational style about timely topics that would appeal to customers, clients and potential recruits.’

Duncan points out that the jobs mentioned pay between $40,000 and $70,000 ($US) per year.

I’m not sure what the average wage in in the average wage is in the US but considering exchange rates it would put an Aussie on between $52,000 and $91,000 which at the lower end is around the average Aussie wage (from the last figures I saw) to a pretty decent income at the upper end.

Building Blogging Relationships – Positioning Yourself at the Watercooler

This is another post in the building blogging relationships series.

I remember reading two studies a number of years ago that taught me about the power of positioning in social networks when it comes to relationships.

One study did research into who the most well connected, social and relational people were on a floor of offices. The study found that people whose desks were close to highly trafficked areas in an office were those who were best connected with others on the floor. Generally these people were close to entrances, elevators, water coolers or recreational areas etc.

The second study did similar research into which household on streets were most connected in the neighborhood. Once again the research found that it was people who lived on the corners of two streets that disproportionately were more connected and relational than others in the street.

I’ve been pondering these two studies recently and wondering how they might give us some clues about being connected and relational bloggers. I’m not sure exactly where these ‘water cooler’, ‘street corner’ places are in the wider blogging community – but I suspect they exist and are emerging. I’d be very interested to get your opinions on where such places might actually be?

Perhaps some of these places might include:

- discussion forums – I know I’ve started some very interesting relationships with other bloggers through forums – they are a place where people actually come to learn, discuss, share etc

- other blogs - Some of my best blogging buddies were made as i read other blogs comments sections. Sometimes something someone says makes so much sense that it’s worth checking out there blog and getting in touch. I guess it’s some of the bigger blogs where you can make the most connections with others.

- group blogs – I’ve not really gotten to involved in these – but blogs like linkfilter and blog critics seem to be places where community can be built and bloggers get to know each other.

It strikes me that these sorts of places might help position you to be more visible as a blogger and lead you into some interesting communities where relationships with other bloggers might emerge. Where else would you suggest?

Read the rest of the building blogging relationships series.

Introducing My Guest Bloggers

I would like to pause for a moment and acknowledge some people who have gone out of their way to make it possible for me to have a restful holiday.

The following 27 (so far) bloggers responded to my call for guest bloggers on many of my blogs. None of these people owe me anything – all are giving their time freely. All I promised them was a link back from each post they write to their own blog. Some are even blogging on up to 3 of my blogs!

Between this group of people are some names that many regular readers of ProBlogger will know – most are daily readers here and active participants in comments sections. Among them are some fine bloggers in their own right who I’m honored to have writing on my blogs for the next 4 or so weeks.

I’d like to encourage you all to visit some of these bloggers blogs as a little thank you for their work. In doing so they are enabling me to have a real break from blogging which will help make ProBlogger better when I return. All of my blogs now have guest authors – there are only three positions left (see bottom of this post if you want to be on this list).

To the bloggers listed below – I’ve already thanked you each – but want to publicly acknowledge the time and effort you’re putting in to lend me a hand. I’m humbled by your response and can’t wait to get home early in July to see what you’ve written!

nb: this list does not include those guest blogging here at ProBlogger.net – I’m still waiting on a couple of bloggers to get registered and will publish this list in the next few days.

Stan Hooker
Stephanie Herman
Scott Randol
Arieanna Foley
Michael Nguyen
Paul
Rich Brooks
Dimitri (doing it without links back to his blog)
Ian Pattinson
Rob Lewis
BJ
FMF
Jon
Matthew Thornton
David
Tom Hanna
transitus
Teli Adlam
Cynthia Giles
Colbert
Chris Abraham
Tim
FredonSomething
Andy Merrett
Angelique
Tony
Shane Birley
Tim Flight
Ken
Chrispian

For those who would like to join this list and be a guest blogger I have three positions still remaining open – one on each of:

Camera Phone Zone

shoot me an email to get involved.

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