Being a successful blogger means way more than being an engaging writer on a somewhat consistent basis. A successful blogger juggles many hats: writer, researcher, community-builder, web designer, techie, networker, marketer, statistician, and entrepreneur (if one desires to convert this all-consuming hobby into an income source) are the hats that most readily come to mind. Needless to say, a successful blogger always has something to do. For someone operating with only one thumb, the to-do list is never-ending!
To take this blog the next level, which is still to be determine where exactly that next level is, some changes need to be in the works, including, possibly, automating a few tasks.
While wearing my community-builder hat, I attempt to thank (via email) new readers when leave their first comment and I invite them to stop by again â€“ to let them know that i did indeed see their contribution and that I appreciated it, and to welcome them to my blogâ€™s community. However, unfortunately, I donâ€™t always get to it and, to be honest, it bugs me. I donâ€™t want to be an absentee blogger. On the other hand, my left thumb can accomplish only so much.
In searching for a solution, I came across the WordPress plugin Comment Relish that â€œsends an e-mail message to users who comment on your website who have never commented before.â€ But, reading some of the reviews and responses, some bloggers were concerned the automated email may be seen as spammy; annoying rather than welcoming. Scratch that idea!
A few weeks ago at BlogWorld, listening to a WordCamp Las Vegas panel with top-notched bloggers Chris Garrett, Darren Rowse and Jeremy Wright, a bunch of useful WordPress plugins were rattled off, including Thank Me Later. Although a similar concept to Comment Relish, Thank Me Later â€œis highly configurable. It allows you to create multiple e-mail messages and to send the message after a pre-defined amount of time, making messages appear more unique and people-friendly.â€ Sounds intriguing.
As my current readers, would you have objected to receiving an automated yet personalized email a day or two after leaving your first comment, thanking you and perhaps pointing you to hidden gems on this blog, after I had approved your comment?
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