It's called "social" networking. Make no mistake about it, most of us are here to network not just have fun. On the other hand, there are a few groups that are created for just for breaking away from the every day. If you are here to network don't forget the social aspects. Here are a few reminders:
1. Respond to comments on your blog - If someone stops by to express their opinion or give you some kudos, acknowledge them. Not only is it polite, but it encourages them to return.
2. Keep blog topics positive - Occasionally you may cover a tough topic, and say something that needs to be said. This will be taken a lot more seriously if you are positive in your delivery and keep topics helpful and encouraging.
3. Offer genuine commendation to others - If you read a post and really enjoyed it or found it insightful, let the writer know. I am not talking about a "Nice post" line to get yourself some points. Be specific. Mention what in the post was helpful, and how you might use it.
4. Keep comments related to the topic at hand - Nothing derails a great conversation like someone jumping in and changing the subject. If you comment, stick to the topic that was blogged about and keep links to a minimum. Blatant self promotion will only annoy others and make them ignore your future blogs and comments.
5. Disagree, but don't Attack - Having a difference of opinion is not only acceptable, it is how a community learns and grows. Personal attacks will cause others to feel that you are not objective and don't have a real point. Keep opposing arguments civil, and be sure to mention that it is purely your opinion, and that you welcome responses to change your thinking.
6. Subscribe to your favorite bloggers - It increases their popularity and is a sign you are being "active" in the rain.
7. Add selected individuals to your Associates list - When appropriate, adding someone that you have had positive dealing with is a great way to increase your circle of contacts.
Remember, it's networking but it will only be effective if you are social.
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