To be an effective blogger, you want to spend time thoughtfully commenting on other people’s blogs in such a way as to draw readers to check out your own blog too.
(Nothing blatant, of course.)
One effective way to get started on this is to budget some time, like ten minutes a day, for scanning other relevant blogs. You can subscribe to these blogs by email, but you may also want to have an RSS reader create a mini-magazine for you daily with blog posts from your chosen blogs. It’s faster.
RSS means something like “really simple syndication.” It’s a techology that pulls blog posts into the blog reader.
Here’s how you use it: You download and install a free RSS reader. There are many to choose from. Yahoo.com has one, for example. Feedly has another. Google’s has been discontinued. Just Google “free RSS reader” and pick one.
After you install the RSS reader, you go to the blog you want to link to and find the RSS symbol, pictured alongside this post. Right-click on it and copy the underlying link. Now find where it says “add feed” on your RSS reader and paste the link in. Repeat for all your favorite blogs.
All you have to do is remember to go to the RSS reader page regularly to check out the latest. You could make that the “home” page on your browser, so it opens automatically when you open the browser. First, make sure the browser is opened to one window, showing the RSS reader. Find the browser settings (look for a gear icon), locate Internet options, and set the home page to “current.”
No more solo blogging! Blog alongside all those other bloggers who care about the same topics you do!