Jeff's post is great advice for all of us. I love his comments about "picking up the phone". I've had some great phone conversations (ironically one with Debe Maxwell who Jeff mentions below) with Active Rain members. What a great way for us to learn from each other. I post my phone number all over my blogs, websites, etc. Call me!
How Can I Connect on ActiveRain?
CONNECTING - READING - SUBSCRIBING - COMMENTING - ASSOCIATING
If you are newer to blogging on AR, you may be wondering "How can I connect on AR?"
Well, let me count some of the ways. There are loads of opportunities
WRITING ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE POSTS will encourage folks to engage and connect with you. Do so regularly. Localism posts work well for consumers but you maty not get many comments.
RESPOND TO COMMENTS YOU RECEIVE and don't just say "thanks for the comment." You may not be able to respond to each one, especially if you get a ton on one of your posts, but at least make an effort to interact with a bunch of commenters.
READ OTHERS' POSTS AND COMMENT REGULARLY AND INTELLIGENTLY. And don't just say the proverbial "good post."
Here's a novel idea - STEP AWAY FROM THAT COMPUTER AND PICK UP THE PHONE and call AR folks that interest you, when you have a question, or you simply want to have a live conversation. I had a great chat with Debe Maxwell this morning - we have followed each other for ages but never talked live.
EMAIL OTHER BLOGGERS with questions, sharing information or a personal message you don't want to put in the comments of their blog, or just to say hi and introduce yourself
SUBSCRIBE TO BLOGS THAT INTEREST YOU. You can do this easily. You will see a Subscribe to this Blog button on the sidebar of the blogger's post. Some bloggers also add RSS links in the footer of their posts or on the sidebar. Take advantage of this so you will hear as soon as a new post is live from your fave writers.
Don't forget to CHECK OUT PEOPLE'S PROFILES to learn more about them personally - their business, passions, experience and areas of service. Plus you might find some interesting connections - hobbies, where they went to school or grew up, etc.
ADD PEOPLE AS ASSOCIATES. Click on the "More About Me" link on the sidebar of their post under their photo. On their profile page you will see a link to "Associate with Me" under their photo. Do so. On the next screen you'll then have several options to add them to one or more groups such as:
Other Folks to Know
CONNECT WITH FOLKS BY JOINING ANY OF THE 6826 Groups that interest you. You can join as many as you want but be careful to not overdo. It gets difficult to participate in them all and it doesn't make sense if you can't or don't post to a group.
Take connecting to the next level and LOOK FOR LINKS TO FOLKS' SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES, especially Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (perhaps in the sidebar of their blog or in the footer of their posts). Why not connect there, too, and see what they are doing and sharing outside of AR?
CONNECT WITH AR FOLKS AT RE BAR CAMPS, RAINCAMP, OR LOCAL GATHERINGS in your general area or if you travel (I just met with several folks when I was traveling for CRS in Arizona). OK, so it's NOT connecting on AR itself but the benefits are still tremendous. Heck you might meet someone you aren't yet connected with on AR.
Are YOU taking advantage of the connectability that AR offers?
You might find Are You Engaging or Just Playing Around to be of interest. Or not.
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