Thursday, February 25, 2010

1000 followers?! Seriously?!

I can't believe it. I reached 1000 followers. How crazy is that?!

I remember when I first added the little follow widget and within a few days I had 8 followers. It blew my mind that there were people out there who were actually interested in what I had to say....you know, because it's not like my own family listens to me.

I never imagined that the blogosphere could be as wonderful as it is...I have caught myself many times talking to someone and saying, "My friend, Jen, wrote the funniest post today about her kids..." or "my friend, Missy, came up with this super fun craft to do with the kids..."

Yes, I referred to people I've never met in real life as friends. Because they truly seem like a friend, in every sense of the word, along with many other bloggers I follow.

Something about these friends feels safe, supportive, encouraging and inspiring. They do not sit in judgment or harshly criticize us. They have our backs and can be fiercely loyal when it's necessary.

For someone who doesn't blog, they simply have no concept or understanding of what this means. They might think it's a little strange, even.

In many instances, it begins as a friendly exchange of comments on one another's blog. Then, at some point, the blogger e-mails you personally or you e-mail her to further continue a conversation that started off in the comment section.

You both reveal a little more about your lives to one another and realize how much you both have in common. Before you know it, a genuine friendship has blossomed...she becomes someone you care about. You hurt when she hurts, you laugh when she laughs, you cry when she cries.

When she's going through something you have experienced first-hand, whether it be a difficult pregnancy, depression, losing a job or marital issues, you want to hold her hand and help her through it.

The best way to describe it is you have become invested in one another. If you lived closer, she's someone you could see yourself wanting to spend time with, sharing a cup of coffee and some giggles.

Of course, in this day and age, you have to be extremely cautious and observant because unfortunately there are predators and imposters lurking on the internet, just waiting to pounce on an innocent person who seems trusting and open to some kind of connection.

Fortunately, I have never experienced this but I know of others who have and it's heartbreaking that there are people out there who want nothing more than to exploit or take advantage of a well-intentioned person.

Okay, so enough of the seriously mushy stuff...I want to share a few blogging tips I've learned along the way, which I hope some of you might find helpful, especially if you're wanting to increase your readership and/or followers.

-- Sign up for google alerts. Google will send you a notice whenever your blog name, URL or your first/last name are used anywhere on the internet. If someone mentions my blog in a post or links to me, I'll usually leave them a comment, thanking them for the shout-out.

-- Make sure to have some kind of tracking system on your blog so you can see where your traffic is coming from. I personally like Statcounter because they give you every single detail you could want about who's visiting your blog. If there is a particular person or site which is sending many readers your way, be sure to visit their blog or site and show your appreciation.

-- In reference to keeping tabs on your traffic, don't worry so much about general blog hits. Pay more attention to your unique visitors and return visitors. What's the point of having 600 blog hits per day if no one ever returns?

To me, it's more important that people keep coming back to my blog...this is how you gain a loyal readership. It's all about content...if you notice lots of people are visiting but either don't stay for very long or they never return, it's probably time to breath new life into your blog content.

-- Refresh your blog on google reader at least once a day (if not twice), especially for those bloggers who post every other day. You always want your blog to be near the top of someone's google reader list instead of buried at the bottom. You need to subscribe to your own blog first, then click on the link and hit "refresh" at the top.

-- Use LinkWithin on your blog. Those are the little boxes at the bottom of your posts that show other topic-related posts on your blog. Once someone finds your blog, you want them to stay and make themselves at home.

The longer someone spends on your blog reading your content, the better the chance that they will be back again.

-- Comment on at least 2 new-to-you blogs per week, if time permits of course. As you maintain your regular readership, you also want to continue to grow.

-- How do you find those new-to-you blogs? Mostly, I find them by looking at the blogrolls of those bloggers I truly enjoy. I've also connected with some fabulous bloggers simply by noticing that they were commenting on many of the same blogs I comment on, so it was obvious we shared the same reading interests.

Definitely check out all the blogs on my blogroll...I promise you will not be disappointed.

There are multiple social networking sites you can join and find other bloggers who share your same interests. Some of my favorites are
SITS, Multiples and More (for those people who have twins, triplets or more), and Mom Bloggers Club. Two new ones that I just discovered are Lady Bloggers Society and Comment Crack Whores Anonymous.

You can also request to be a "featured blogger" on many of those sites and that will most definitely draw in many new readers and followers to your blog.

-- Add a link to your blog in every signature, whether it be in your e-mail, on message boards, or social networking sites. It's like your own little personal ad, that screams "Read me, read me!"

-- Comment, comment, comment on other blogs! And I'm not talking about comments that simply read, "Great post" or "LOL". I'm talking about genuine comments that relate to what the blogger has written.

The point is to let that blogger know that you took the time to read his/her post and that you either enjoyed it and/or got something out of it. There's no better feeling than realizing something you've written has touched or entertained someone else.

-- Keep it real. Write from the heart...be willing to open up (to the level that you're comfortable with, of course). If you're having a bad day or you need to vent, go for it. No one's life is 100% glamorous and you want your readers to be able to relate to you, not envy you.

At the same time, don't always be a downer...find some positive things to share as well.

-- When someone new comments on your blog, be sure to visit their blog within a couple days and write a comment which relates to their most recent post. At the end of your comment, add a quick "Thanks for stopping by my blog". People want to be recognized and appreciated, they want to know that their comment matters to you, especially if you tend to get a large number of comments and they're #56 on the list.

-- Make sure your profile is linked to your blog....when someone clicks on your profile picture, you want them to be able to find your blog easily. There have been many people I'm unable to follow back for that very reason.

Same thing goes for the whole "no reply" blogger issue, which drives me nuts! You can take care of all this by going to "edit profile" on your dashboard and make sure you have "show my e-mail address", "share my profile" and "e-mail address" all checked off and filled in with your contact info.

Lastly, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to those who read my blog, especially if you follow me. The fact that you take time out of your day to read my little ole' blog gives me warm fuzzies. It means the world to me and I appreciate it more than you know!

And for those of you who lurk but don't comment (come on, I can see you on Statcounter so I know you're there!), leave a comment sometime...I'd love to hear from you!

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114 comments:

Kristina P. said...

That is a lot of Followers! I know a lot of people get traffic from Twitter. I don't Tweet, so whatever. :)

I need to sign up for Google alerts.

And I also love Statcounter!

Carly said...

Yahhh I am the 1st to comment:) I love Reading your blog. Yours was one of the reasons why I started my Blog. Congratulations on 1000 followers. I hope someday to get to 100:) Please never stop blogging I enjoy your bloggy friendship too much. Thanks for all the great advice :)

Tracy said...

Congrats on 1000! I'm not surprised. You are extremely entertaining. :) In a good way.

I used to have a lot more followers and hits when I wasn't private. Oh well.

I have to say, three of my close friends, the women I talk to very regularly, I met through blogging and have never met in person. Crazy, huh? At least my husband no longer thinks it's weird. He's just happy I have somebody to talk to so I'm not always bugging him about the baby stuff.

Nezzy said...

That's a boatload and a half of followers. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yep, I'm frustrated with the people who do not have their blog on their profile, I'm afraid they think I don't care squat for 'em. I need to sign up for Goggle alerts and also link within...soon as I figure that link within thingy out. I'm techno challenged! SIGH

God bless and have a glorious day!!!

Living It, Loving It said...

Everybody loves twins!!! Plus, you have a way with words.

Lana@The Kids Did WHAT?! said...

Of COURSE you have over 1000 followers! You're HELENE!! You're funny, insightful, creative, kind, and have GREAT blog fodder!!! :)
And you have great tips too! TIPS. As in BLOG tips. :P

Screwed Up Texan said...

I agree, commenting builds a community so I find it necessary to reply to comments as often as I can and if time permits.

I'll one more thing: If you have the embedded comment form for blogger and no one is leaving you comments, it's probably b/c no one can leave a comment--Blogger/Blogspot has had this issue for months now. Frustrating. Switch to the popup comment form.

Kimberly said...

That was sweet! Congrats on hitting 1006!

I wish people would add their link to their profile. I often go through some of the people that have followed to comment to their blog, but they have no link.

I am sure by the end of the summer you will have 1000 more. It is a pleasure to come to your blog. I enjoy it! I really am having tea right now too.

Mommy24cs said...

I love visiting your blog because you always have a way of finding humor in anything you have going on in your life. Most times I find myself laughing out loud because our lives seem so similar that it's scary!

Congrats on all the followers, I'm not surprised that you have so many since your such a great writer! :)

Menopausal New Mom said...

Congratulations to you on reaching more than 1000!!! You rock girl!!! Now where do I find the part in this post that tells me how to increase a 24-hour day into a 30-hour day so I can blog more!!!

Brooke said...

great post.

and

lol.

:P

you're welcome! thanks for keeping me laughing (and being a constant reminder for me to take my BC pills...)

When did I become my Mom said...

I don't know WHY you're surprised! You are awesome mama! You are funny, sweet and Human (u know what I mean).

Blogging really shows you a sisterhood doesn't it!

Really proud of you. Congrats!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Yay for YOU!!! I had my pen and paper ready and jotted down some of those sites you mentioned - Thank You!

I do that too about mentionning bloggers by name around the house. I do it all of the time and my husband almost always goes and read their posts too! He had to see your Lizard incident.

I am happy for you and aspire to be you!!

My only problem is that I ALWAYS feel guilty if I don't respond to a comment that same day. So far, I am pretty good, but my comments are getting bigger.

Oh and one more thing - the reason you have 106 followers is because you are really FUNNY!

Sadia said...

Only 1000? Well, everyone else is missing out. I'm honoured to call you a friend. Who else gets how COMPLETELY insane my Mom is?

Actually, I'm going to go e-mail you about my last therapy session. Mama Drama!

I've always said that I don't care about the number of page hits I get (I use Statcounter too). Just meeting 3 or 4 people through my blog would have been worth, and I've made more friends than that. However, today's Multiples and More link has resulted in quite the ego stroke!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Congrats that is so awesome!!! Wonderful blog tips it will help so many :)

Megan said...

I saw that you had hit 1000 followers the other day and said to myself Helene is a SUPERSTAR!!! Congrats!

I'm not surprised one little bit, because you.crack.me.up.

Thanks for all the great bloggy tips!

HT said...

Congratulations!

What a great achievement.

Reading your blog brings a smile to my face on a daily basis.

Angela Cooper said...

Congratulations and great tips. Thanks for that Linked Within site. I never knew how to do that and thanks to you now I know.

Booklover1212 said...

Hooray, Hooray for you!!! Very proud to be one of your followers!

I remember the first comment I left on your blog. It was about your trip to Disney and staying at the Candy Cane Inn. I still have the email where you sent me the link. (Still planning the trip for this summer!)

Keep on bloggin' momma -- and I'll keep on readin'!

~ Jennifer

Gracey said...

Congratulations! 1000 followers, huh? That's HUGE!

I am relatively new to your blog, but I love it. Every post (even the ones where you describe a crappy day) are hilarious! [No, I don't laught at you, I laugh WITH you!]

Here's to the next blog milestone!

singedwingangel said...

HOly cow and I was thrilled to reach 100 today lol... congrats on the 1000.. and thanks for the great tips.. checking out the link within and stat thingie now ..

The High Family said...

Ok this is super weird...I was "cleaning up" the blogs I follow (getting rid of the ones that no longer exist, etc) and I when I came to your blog and saw 1007 followers, I was like WOW...GO HELENE! That's seriously awesome. I recommend your blog to everyone I know...just the other day a friend asked on FB for some new blogs to follow and I told her to head over to yours right away. :)

I am sorry I've been a horrible mommy blogger lately. I have no real excuse except for maybe the winter blues. It's snowing again outside and I am super depressed. I truly think I live in the wrong state...maybe I should pack up the fam and move to Cali??! ;)

I hope to get my blogging mojo back with Spring around the corner and start sending some comment love your way every day.

ps- GREAT post btw...loved ALL the tips! xo ~ Bobbi

Rae Nolt said...

CONGRATS! 1000...So happy for you! Thanks for the tips on blogging! I'm kind of new and need ALL the tips I can get! Learning SO SO SO much!!!!

LaVonne said...

Wow! 1000 is so many! Great job. I love reading your blog, it is not all review and giveaway, but real life. And funny. So thank you for blogging. Plus, great tips! I am going to do some of those to hopefully grow my readership. ;)

Mighty M said...

Thanks for the tips!

Congrats on 1000 followers - that is amazing!!

The Lane Family said...

Way to Go!!! You are an amazing woman Helene and the way you share the up's and down's of being a stay home mom, wife and just human being is AWESOME!!!

Thank you for the tips as well those are some real great ideas and I am excited to incorporate some of them!!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Congratulations! One THOUSAND? That ROCKS!! Yay, YOU!!

Also, thanks so much for the tips, these are really helpful and I definitely need to apply more than a few to my own blog! Cheers!

The Mother said...

Mazel Tov. And if you get tired of any of yours, feel free...

Lisa said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so glad I found you're blog or you found me, not sure which now lol. But I enjoy reading what goes on in your life and it makes me smile when you stop by mine:) You're awesome!

I've been wanting to do a post about this so I may do a short one with a link back to yours since you have covered pretty much everything and so nicely I might add!!

Anyway,

great post:)

Hugs~

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

1,000 + members is no surprise to me. You rock, your blog rocks, you have the greatest sense of humor and you the cutest kids ever!!! Seriously, I mean it all!
Thank you for the shout-out!
What great, awesome info - I will have to check out these things. I learned a lot of today! : )

Low Expectations said...

I am totally not surprised since your blog rocks my world! I love your posts and can imagine how everyone else does too! Thank you so much for your wise tips about blogging! I appreciate it!

D said...

Of course you have lots of followers . You're friggen awesome.

Shell said...

I just love you, so of course you have so many followers! :)

Thank for the great tips!

This Daddy said...

Helene I am so happy for you. I bet Tim is going to be greeted by a super happy woman tonight. And just so I can have my long lost brother by another mother have that every night, I am going to delete followers of your daily and let you hit 1000 followers every day

It is the little things like that I do that make me feel special

Eva Gallant said...

I just became a Comment Crack Whore Addict thanks to you. I'm so ashamed! Congrats on 1000 plus followers! That's awesome. Knocked the wind out of my sails, though. I was excited because I hit 275. You are so much fun to read--I often find myself telling my Husband about something your kids said or did, just like I know you personally. He knows who I mean when I mention Helene!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Wow! How cool is that? Congratulations on reaching the over 1000 club.

When's the celebration?

cindi said...

Way to go!!! 1000 is a lot and you deserve it. I totally know what you mean about blog friends. Sometimes I start talking about someone I've "met" through blogging and the person I'm talking to gets a confused and glazed look on their face. Also, thanks for the blogging tips. I'm definitely going to implement some of them.

Charlene said...

Wow....Congrats on the 1,000 mark (I'm totally jealous!!!)!! And thanks for adding those great tips. I have used some of them, but I'll definately try the others too at some point.

You deserve it, you have a fantastic blog...I love reading it and I love that you make time to stop and visit me too - love ya girl! And yes, I refer to other bloggers as friends too lol!

2Wired2Tired said...

Congrats on 1000 followers! How exciting.

I love your tips too. I've always thought about setting up Google Alerts for myself and my blog and just have never done it. You gave me the push forward, thanks!

Here's to another 1000 followers and many more wonderfully written make me laugh out loud posts!

Jo said...

I love this post! I'm still trying to figure this blogging thing out so all your tips are appreciated!

Congrats on 1000 readers! Heres to hoping for 1000 more.

Katie Lane said...

I absolutely LOVE these tips, thanks so much. I'm totally going to write about you on my design blog. Congrats!!

Alicia said...

Man, girl! You are in the big time!!!

I'm not surprised that you have these many followers. You always manage to make me laugh!!!!

Annie said...

Congratulations for those followers.

Also, thank you so much for those tips. Sometime ago I was looking for tips to get more followers or at least people that read my blog and comments, but anybody have idea of what I was talking. So, thank you again.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

And I remember you way back when you only had like 400 something. You are awesome & fabulously funny that's why you are sooo popular!

How do I sign up for google alerts?
The rest are all great tips!

Michelle said...

Helene you have a way with words that just makes me keep coming back!! I love your style of writing and you ALWAYS have something interesting to write about!! Thanks for giving me a laugh when you write your blogs :)

Michelle
Perth, West Australia

Nikki B. said...

1000 followers!! nice work, woman!!

Jen said...

Aw shucks, mama. You think I am funny? That makes me happy. :)

I noticed that you hit 1000 followers yesterday, that is awesome. I am so proud of you.

And I often mention you as a friend of mine when I talk to people. You are fabulous and I love that you are in my life. :)

Oh and great tips.

Twins Squared said...

Congratulations! That is amazing! And quick too! I started following you this summer and you were at 500. And everything you said is so true - I was ecstatic that you had 50 comments yet took the time to visit my blog and invite me into your world. I cannot tell you how much I love reading your blog. I feel like there are so few people out there in the mommy world or any other that I can truly relate to but I completely do to you! Our attitudes are pretty similar too. It means so much because I love being around people but I decline so many things that I sometimes feel a bit alone. (Wow - how's all that for sappy?) Anyway, I just want you to know I appreciate you sharing with me and reading my blog too - I don't know how you have time to visit so many! And I'm super-excited you've reached 1000! Are you still working on that book?

Marianne said...

You know why people follow you? Because you take the time to go visit their blogs and comment. I know you probably have a hard time keeping everyone's journey's straight, but every time you comment on my blog makes me so happy! After all, you were my first follower and your comment on my first post I abandoned for 8 months is kind of the reason I picked it back up :)

so..... THANK YOU, HELENE, for being so fabulously awesome. I hope I can have the privilege of being one of your real life friends some day

Marianne

Jenny said...

Congrats on 1,012 followers! That is awesome!

Thanks for the great tips too!

Simply Complex said...

Doesn't it eat up all of your time doing these steps??? Or has it become so routine that it is quite speedy?

I don't mind not being followed, I just use my blog as a personal outlet, but it is kind of weird to run across a ton of blogs that are fairly boring to me, and see that they have gazillions of people paying attention to them. You can't help but wonder what the deal with that is.

Jenna said...

Your awesome and I am so not surprised you have 1000 followers, though maybe slightly jealous, lol!
Thanks for all the great tips, we can always learn from the greats!

Molly said...

Thanks for the great tips! I just found your blog through my cousin and look forward to following! Just a chance to glance thru, but can definitely relate to your house hunting at the moment. and 1000 followers is crazy! congrats :)

mudmama said...

Congratulations, very impressive!! And thanks for letting us in on your secrets. I am so not a techie- but I just signed up for google alerts and for the tracker- yay! Thanks and congratz again!

High On Craft said...

Admittedly, I'm a lurker. You pulled me out. You're posts are very amusing - it's not surprising in the least that you have so many followers.

Thanks so much for the tips! I just added link within to my blog.

Jessica said...

Not a lurker. Thanks for the info though. I'll have to give some of those a try. Nowhere near 1,000 here ;)
Congrats!

KK said...

Congrats, I love it here!

Donna said...

1,000! And to think I knew you "when." I think you were at 877 when I started obsessing...er following you!

Although we haven't taken our relationship to the next level YET (I've looked for your e-mail!), I feel CERTAIN that we will. ;-)

I do refer to you as my friend - the one living on the West Coast with her CRAZIES. The only contenders I've met in blogland so far to my East Coast crazies.

I am off to update my blog with so many of your nice little informative pointers. I have visions of increasing my following 100% - that would make 42!

And thank you, my love for your condolences and hugs.

The Blue Zoo said...

1000 followers? Wow! Thats so awesome. I have almost 100 and am feeling pretty darn cool.

Great tips! Like really great!! Thanks.

Myne Whitman said...

Congrats! And thank you so much for the tips.

Seizing My Day said...

and I was excited to hit 50 this week! =) After one and a half months.. I am pleased! love that feeling that I am building a community! Thank you for the blogging tips! I must look into a few of them asap! Congrats on your following!
Just Jenn~ www.seizingmyday.com

ShellyInOz said...

I just wanted to thank you for including these tips about how to increase your readership.

I followed your advice, signed up to google alerts, and lo and behold, my name was mentioned on another person's blog because I had won a giveaway. They sent me an email and I didn't get it because of the no reply issue you mentioned.

I only just discovered statcounter and am addicted to checking to see what parts of the world my readers come from. Don't know what I will do when I have to pay to increase my log size.

Then I got myself a LinkWithin widget, which I always thought was part of the blog template people were using. I love it!

I do comment, but don't do it with any sort of regularity, so I have made a list of my favourites and will try to go through those on a regular basis.

Thanks again for your advice, and your 1000+ followers? Well deserved!

Shelly at Tropical Mum

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Congrats on your 1,000+ followers! It's because you write so well and have such funny posts, I'm sure. At least that is why I follow you. You are also very nice as shown here by your sharing these blogging tips.

Blogging is so time-consuming, I don't know how you keep up with it. I'm having trouble and I don't even have any children!

Merri Ann said...

Congrats !!! It is well deserved. You are such a fantastic writer. I always feel like I have withdrawal on the days you don't post.

Many thanks for the time you have taken to email me and comment on my blog ... I really, really, appreciate your kindness and dearly hope we can keep working on our friendship.

Congratulations!!!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Thanks for the great tips. Now I just have to find the time to do it all!

Ode to Motherhood said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips. I have been blogging for a few months now so it's always nice to learn something new.

Btw, I'm a new follower! :)

My name is PJ. said...

Hi Helene! I found you via Lisa at Dusty Thorn Farm.

It was the title of your blog that drew me in. Pure and simple.

Congrats on 1017 followers, the newest one being moi.

I'm glad you took the time to spell out hints for bloggers/commenters. Especially the one about no reply which drives me batty. Thanks for this post!!

Cascia said...

Wow! That is awesome Helene! And thanks for the tips. I think I am going to use some of them. My goal is to reach 1000 followers within the next few months. Now I know how to do it!

Samantha said...

Congrats on 1000, and at this very moment 1018 :) You deserve it definitely!

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

Congrats on making it to 1000 followers. I love your blog so it doesn't suprise me that you have alot of followers. I always leave your blog with a smile on my face.....

Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

Awesome! I'm not surprised that you have 1000 followers! I really love reading your blog. Thank you for the tips! I need to work a bit on my blog and will take your advice. Thanks for being one of my readers.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Wow! Congrats on 1000!!! I only have a fraction of the follower you have, but it continues to amaze me that anyone cares to read what I have to say too! :)

Jesslyn said...

Great tips! Congrats on the 1000 followers... and surviving 2 sets of twins! I had a surprise set of twins last January. Hardest year of my life so far - but a great adventure.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Thanks for the tips! I hadn't heard some of those and they are great!~

Tracie said...

Congrats on all those followers! I hope people heed your advice - especially linking you blog and ditching the no reply thingy. Those 2 drive me nuts.

PS I don't track the stats on my blog. Isn't that nuts?

zookeeperjess said...

1000 whoa!! i just reached 50 yesterday and am ecstatic LOL.

you rock :)

Heather said...

Wow, I think I have 20 people who subscribe to my RSS feed... 1000! Go girl! :) I came from SITS, and I'm glad I found you! I'm about to take a look around at more of your posts. Have a great day! :)

Debbie in Nashville said...

Stopping by from SITS roll call. Congrats on hitting 1,000 and now you have even more! That is awesome.

I always enjoy reading your blog and am going to look into some of these great tips. I don't have anyway to track visitors like you are talking about so maybe that will help wiht my traffic. Thanks for all the great advice and have a great weekend!

Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥ said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is a whole bunch of peeps! :0) Thanks so much for all the great tips. I did not know about Google Alerts but now I have signed up and hope it proves to be very useful. Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge!

I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderfully blessed weekend!

Teresa <><

http://toomanyheartbeats.blogspot.com/

Corrie Howe said...

Congrats. I'm looking at 1019 followers. Some great information here. Most of it I never read before...and that is saying a lot. I talk a lot about the various blogs I read.

sandandstarfish said...

CONGRATS!! Such a great milestone to hit! and thanks for the tips! They'll definitely help me out in the very near future!

Kim said...

You have more people who follow your blog than who live in the town where I grew up!

Good tips, although you can refresh your blog all you want . . . it's the quality of your writing that keeps us coming back! You are also the commenting QUEEN—I really appreciate your taking the time to leave them 'cause I know you've got one or 2 other things going on in your schedule!

LMJ said...

CONTRATULATIONS!!

WOW! I wonder if I'll ever reach that! I was ever so excited when I reached 100!!

Erin said...

Helene,
CONGRATULATIONS on 1000 (1019, now!)!! I'm not surprised at all. You're an incredible blogger and friend (if even only in cyberspace for now).

How do I sign up for google alerts? I'm so dumb.

You've mentioned a lot of great tips and I'm glad I'm already doing a lot of these things, but the alerts are completely new/Greek to me....

Have a wonderful weekend!

Theta Mom said...

Helene -

Of course you have a 1,000 followers, you are an excellent writer and you have so much to offer! I have enjoyed your blog since I began my own blog and you were actually one of MY first followers! I look forward to watching you get 1,000 more and I'll be with you for the ride!

xoxo

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Congrats on surpassing 1,000 followers! And thanks for the tips.

Alison said...

Congrats! These are very helpful tips! They are very helpful to new bloggers like myself! I hope that one day I have half as many followers as you do...or I'd even be happy with one third!

Clueless_Mama said...

Hey Helene, Way to go on reaching 1,000. You are one of my favorite blogs. I love all the posts you write. Thanks for always making me smile! YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks for this amazing post too. Lots of great information:)

debi9kids said...

Congrats! That is HUGE to reach 1000 followers! AWESOME!
Great list for bloggers. I do have to ask, how do you sign up for google alerts or google reader? My friends talk about it, but I have never asked them.

Also, a quick question... do you ever feel guilty for not replying to every person that leaves comments? It eats me up to not reply to every single person that leaves comments and, well, it's just becoming unrealistic to do it and the guilt... UGH!
(ps I know. I;m a dork.)

Kristen @ Moms Sharpening Moms said...

Holy smokes, you got game, girl! :) Awesome tips on how to increase readership...thank you so much! I changed a few of my settings to reflect your suggestions. Thanks so much for your help! Have a blessed weekend!

Tara said...

This is such a wonderful wealth of information! I'm so happy that Laurie (http://www.guessingalltheway.com)sent me over!

Tiffany said...

Great tips and advice!! It does take a bit of work but it's so much fun.

It's amazing isn't it the friendships, the legitimate, will be at your doorstep if needed from half way across the country, friendships that are formed on the internet.

Buckeroomama said...

Congrats, Helene! :)

Kelli said...

I must say, I am totally impressed! But, it is never enough, is it? I remember just dying to get to 100 followers. I thought if I could just get to 100 I would reach my blogging goal. ROTFL! That came and went... my new goal is 500. :-) If I can just get to 500 - course, I have over 3000 on twitter, but to me that is different. :-)

WhisperingWriter said...

Woah, you have a lot of followers! Congrats!

Thanks for the tips. I seriously have no idea what I'm doing half the time. I paid someone to set up my blog for me because when I tried, I kept bursting into tears and calling it an arsehole.

Kristyn said...

Congrats and thanks for the tips! I enjoy your honesty. I'm honest, but you bring it to a new level girl! :)

Mrsbear said...

Congrats! And I can say I read you way back when...You are a blogging genius and I appreciate the tips, as it is I consider myself quite the slacker and it showws I'm sure. Then again, the four kids are not exactly cooperative when it comes to a writing schedule. lol. You're a vampire right? You must not sleep to be able to get it all done. ;)

Amy said...

Check out my blog for an award I passed on to you:
http://movingonfromthedrama.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunshine-and-beautiful.html

Xazmin said...

Your blog is seriously so entertaining! Over a thousand people can't be wrong!

Thanks for the great blogging tips as well!

Cara and Jenn said...

Hi sent you an award today!!!
http://forwardmom.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunday-grateful_28.html

The Royal Family said...

awesome!

Hey do you do blog giveaways if i have something I want to give away to your readerss???

it would be a gift basket of all sorts of hair bows and accessories in a reusable fabric basket. :)

let me know please

Brandy
The buzz

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Wonderful tips from a wonderful blogger! Yours is one of my very favorites. Congrats on your success!

Sierra said...

First - congrats on the followers! That is really exciting! Thank you for sharing your tips, I love blogging (reading and writing) and am enjoying the interaction it brings.
Best of luck with the house reno. We've done that and it is crazy with kiddos, but so worth it when finished!

McVal said...

Wow! Congratulations on 1000!!
I liked your tips! Especially the linkwithin thing. I was always wondering how people did that...

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Dude, You rock! Congratulations on hitting 1000 followers! I can't tell you how many times I laugh my ass off when I come to your blog and read your posts. I completely identify with you on so many levels - you are one of my favorite peeps! I suck lately because I have been too busy to read anybody's blog for the last couple of weeks.

You gave some great tips and I appreciate any and all advice from you. Keep those awesome post coming, and good luck on your remodel!

Shelby at DoubleUpBooks.com - The Twins and Multiples Bookstore said...

Phew... I just had to go through 105 comments just for this one post. Helene, congrats on all of your blogging success - you are terrific!

As a new blogger, I really appreciated your tips and have carefully read through each of them.

You share so much of your life with us and for that I am so grateful. Good luck with your home improvements and I'm looking forward to sharing in the journey with you.

Shelby

Rocketgurl said...

Wow! Congrats.. I'm not surprised at all.. I love your blog!!

jane said...

My name is Jane and I'm a lurker. I love your blog, it always cheers me up. You have a charming mix of sarcasm and fun, I really don't know how you manage the mountains of laundry, your four gorgeous children and a blog.
Congratulations on your 1000 followers, I'm one very happy follower :)
love jane

Carmen said...

Thanks for the statcounter link! Very cool feature. My blog is tiny and I basically just do it for family and friends that don't live in our town, but its fun to have info about who is stopping by and why!

Carmen

Homesick Cajun said...

Thanks so much for the great tips!

Hernandez Clan said...

I always wondered how you got those links at the bottom of your page for past blogs. Love it, thanks for the link :) Got to you from "miracles come in pairs"...love your blog!

Hernandez Clan said...

I always wondered how you got those links at the bottom of your page for past blogs. Love it, thanks for the link :) Got to you from "miracles come in pairs"...love your blog!

Hernandez Clan said...

I always wondered how you got those links at the bottom of your page for past blogs. Love it, thanks for the link :) Got to you from "miracles come in pairs"...love your blog!

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