Are These The 7 Main Reasons Why Your Blog Is Losing Readers?

Unfollowing blogs. It’s something many bloggers don’t like talking about and is something many fear.

However, unfollowing blogs is a great way to free up time. Your WordPress reader and email box (if you subscribe to new post notifications) become a little more uncluttered from stuff that no longer interests you, and you get back some time you’d have otherwise wasted.

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Are These The 7 Main Reasons Why Your Blog Is Losing Readers?

Have you unfollowed or not followed a blog for any of these reasons?

1. No ‘About Me’ page or one that hasn’t been updated

Did you know that the ‘About Me’ page is one of the most visited pages of a blog? Go on, check your stats. You may be surprised by how many visits that page has had.

One of the first things I look for when visiting a new blog is an ‘About me’ page. If there isn’t one, it takes more than 30 seconds to find, or the contents of it are not interesting, then I won’t follow.

Likewise, if there is an ‘About Me’ page that hasn’t been updated for many years, I’ll also not follow.

Of course, if you don’t have an ‘about me’ page then you could be missing out on hundreds of new visitors and followers every month.

Don’t have an ‘About Me’ page or don’t know what to put on one?

My blog post Why Every Blogger Should Have An About Me Page On Their Blog gives full details.

2. Broken links

From time to time, we all encounter problems with broken links on our blogs.

Broken links are no good to anyone and can spoil the enjoyment of reading blog posts and pages that contain them. The ‘404 – Page Not Found‘ message is one of the most frustrating messages readers come across.

If I find a broken link, I’ll notify the blog owner of it. If it doesn’t get fixed and there are many other broken links on the blog (including those in the email notifications I get from WordPress), I will unfollow the blog

Check the links on your blog’s home and ‘About Me’ pages at least every couple of months to ensure they’re still working. If they’re not, fix them immediately.

Don’t lose followers by not fixing broken links on your blog.

Not sure how to create a link or pingback?

My blog post How To Create A Pingback On A WordPress Blog gives full details.

3. Not responding to comments

I’ve mentioned this many times before, but if somebody has taken the time to read any of your posts and leaves a comment, then how are they going to feel if you ignore them?

Would you ask somebody around for dinner and ignore everything they had to say? No!

So never ignore or take readers for granted.

If bloggers do not respond to comments, I will unfollow them or stop leaving comments if the content is still of interest.

4. Unfriendly and uninviting blogs

Would you shop on a website that’s not easy to use or navigate around? Probably not.

Do you find the layout of my blog or my blog posts messy? Are they not particularly nice to look at or hard to read? I hope not.

Now, ask yourself the same question about your blog. Does it look inviting and friendly? Is it easy to navigate around? Are all the links working? Is the menu too top-heavy and over-cluttered?

If my first impression of a blog is any of what I’ve mentioned in the above paragraph, then I’m not going to waste my time trying to find posts I may be interested in reading.

Likewise, if a blog I’m following becomes over-cluttered, unfriendly, no longer easy to get around or takes too long to download, then I’ll unfollow it.

So ensure you keep up with your blog’s housekeeping. Keep your blog an inviting and friendly place to hang out on and make all your blog posts engaging.

5. Out of sight, out of mind

One of the first things every blogger should decide is how often they are going to publish posts. If you choose to publish posts three times a week, then stick to that schedule. However, do not, without warning, change your posting schedule or not publish anything for a couple of months.

There’s nothing wrong with changing how often you publish blog posts and informing your readers why you’re doing it, but try and stick to the same schedule. If your readers expect a blog post once a week, they will probably not stick around if you don’t publish anything for months. Out of sight, out of mind.

Every six months, I check for blogs I follow who haven’t published any new content for at least six months. I’ll unfollow those blogs because it’s likely they’ve either abandoned their blog and will not publish any new posts.

If your readers expect a new blog post from you once a month and don’t get anything for six months, then you’re going to lose followers.

6. Uninteresting content

I’ve followed many blogs by mistake. In the early days, I fell into the trap of following every blogger who followed me. Have you fallen into that trap?

Then again, and this is something I think many bloggers don’t like talking about, I’ve unfollowed blogs because the content they are publishing no longer interests me.

Doesn’t it make sense to spend the precious time you have reading content that interests you rather than read content that doesn’t interest you simply because the blogger who publishes it follows you?

And I have no problem with people unfollowing me if my content no longer interests them. However, I take a different view of people unfollowing my blog simply because I don’t follow them.

I follow many bloggers who don’t follow me. Why? Because they publish engaging content I am interested in and which motivates me to leave comments.

Never be afraid to unfollow a blog you’re no longer interested in. It will free up valuable time, which you can put to better use, such as writing or reading and commenting on the remaining blogs you follow.

Not convinced? Click here and read some of the answers James, who blogs at Perfect Manifesto, gave in a recent interview. He hits the nail right on the head when answering the question ‘Do you have any advice for bloggers starting or struggling with blogging?

7. Annoying popups

Do you have any annoying popups on your blog? Do they keep popping up because they don’t give readers the chance to say ‘no thank you’ to what you’re trying to offer them? Or do they not go away unless I do subscribe to your newsletter? What if I don’t want to subscribe? Will I keep seeing that annoying popup?

Then I’ve probably unfollowed your blog.

I don’t mind discrete popups that do not cover the post I’m reading, but when my reading is interrupted by the same popup every time I visit, then I’ll unfollow.

Get rid of annoying popups. If you do need them on your blog, chose a design that is discrete and one that does not interrupt the enjoyment of reading.

Do You Know How To Unfollow A Blog?

The simplest way to unfollow a blog is to click on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the WordPress email notification you get when a new post is published.

Screenshot highlighting where to find the unsubscribe button on a WordPress email notification
Where to find the unsubscribe button on a WordPress email notification

WordPress.Com users and those choosing not to receive email notifications can use the following methods.

1. Click the ‘follow’ button that appears in the bottom righthand corner of a blog you’re following. It appears when scrolling up on the device you’re using.

Screenshot highlighting the Following button when reading a WordPress blog
The Following button on a WordPress blog

The ‘following’ message will change to ‘follow‘ when you click it.

You’ve now unfollowed the blog.

2. Click the ‘Reader’ button (situated next to ‘My Sites’ in the top left corner of your blog).

A list of newly published blog posts from the blogs you follow will display.

If the blog you want to unfollow is listed, click on the toggle menu button next to the post.

Screenshot highlighting the toggle button on a blog being followed from the WordPress Reader list.
Where to find the toggle button

To unfollow the blog, click on ‘Following Site’ in the new mini-window that opens.

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The Following Site button

You’ve now unfollowed the blog.

3. Click the ‘Manage’ button (situated near Followed Sites).

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The Manage sites button

You’ll now see a new page that lists all the blogs you follow.

Find the blog you want to unfollow in the list and click the ‘following’ button next to it.

Screenshot highlighting the Following Blog button on a blog being followed on WordPress
The Following Blog button

You’ve now unfollowed the blog.

Does WordPress notify bloggers you’ve unfollowed?

No.

Of course, nobody wants anyone to unfollow their blog, but do consider unfollowing some of those blogs you never visit anymore. All they’re doing is cluttering up your WordPress Reader and email box.

Let’s wrap it up.

  • Unfollowing blogs you’re no longer interested in frees up your WordPress Reader, email box and time.
  • Rather than wasting time reading and following blogs you’re not interested in, use that time to write or read the blogs that motivate you to leave comments on.
  • It’s easy to unfollow blogs on WordPress. Follow my guide in this post.
  • WordPress does not notify any bloggers you’ve unfollowed.
  • Don’t want to lose followers? Then make sure your blog is inviting, easy to navigate around, has an updated ‘about me’ page and is a friendly place to hang out on.
  • Never ignore or take your readers for granted. Consider unfollowing bloggers that do not respond to your comments.
  • If you’re going to change your blogging schedule, inform your readers about it.
  • Don’t leave long gaps between publishing posts. Stick to your schedule. Once a month – great. Once a month, but don’t publish your next post for six months – not good. Out of sight, could mean out of mind.

Join the disussion

Do you unfollow blogs? If so, what are the main reasons why you unfollow them? If you’ve never unfollowed a blog, why not?

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How To Make Your Blog Standout From All The Other Blogs Out There

Thank you to Marje Mallon, who blogs at M. J. Mallon – YA/Paranormal Author, for asking me a question about blogging after reading my blog post ‘Do You Have A Question About Blogging…’

How To Make Your Blog Standout

Marje’s asked two questions, which I’m going to answer as best I can. Here they are –

Marje’s comment

With millions of blogs out there, Marje’s first question is one I get asked a lot.

Every time we hit the publish button, our blog posts are launched into vast cyberspace in the hope that they will stand out enough from all the other millions of blog posts out there.

How do we make sure our post is brighter than all the others? 

For me, the most crucial part of a blog post is its title. If it doesn’t stand out or is eye-catching enough, then it’s likely that it will fade away fast. Almost certainly, after a few weeks, it will probably be long forgotten and never receive any further attention.

I firmly believe that when getting the title of a blog post right, you’re already halfway to getting a blog post to stand out.

The other half, of course, is getting the content of the post right. Get the title and the content correct, and you’re well on your way to having a successful outstanding blog post on your hands.

Why? Because it opens the door to make it stick in the memories of many of the people who read it.

Many of those readers may save the post so they can refer to it in the future. It’s also likely to attract lots of attention by way of comments and by being shared on social media and other blogs.

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Indeed, the number of shares a blog post gets on social media will almost certainly tell the author if their blog post has stood out.

Of course, some will share the blog post of others they are friendly with regardless of what the post is about, but if other readers who are little known to the author also chose to share it, then that is when the author knows their post has stood out.

The same goes for when a post is shared via a reblog, Press This, or by way of a pingback on another blog. If the number of shares is more than average (taking away those who always share the posts of certain bloggers), then it will have stood out. 

Keep publishing blog posts that have eye-catching titles and excellent content that engages those who read it, and it won’t be long before the whole blog starts to stand out.

When it comes to content, don’t rush the post and publish it on the same day you write it. Give it time so you can go back to it and make changes that will make it stand out even more. 

Remember, blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.         

What are some of the key elements when deciding on the title of a blog post?

  • Making sure the title makes sense and reads correctly.
  • Word it in way that will make the reader want to find out more.
  • Ensuring the title is not misleading and has little or nothing to do with the content. 
  • And, of course, ensuring you have a title for your blog post. 

You’d be surprised by how many blog posts I come across that have no titles.

Did you know that when a blog post with no title is published on WordPress, the title is made up of a random row of numbers?

Numbers, numbers

That doesn’t look good, does it?

If you really are stuck for a good blog post title, ask yourself what title would make you want to click the link to read the post you’ve just written.

Once you have your title, try inserting it into a headline analyser and see what score it gets. The higher the score, the more likely your blog post title will attract search engines and readers. I use CoSchedule for this. Click here to try it out for free.

What else can I do to get my blog post titles to stand out?

To get my blog post titles to stand out, I like to ask a question or use certain words in the title such as –

How

How to

When

Have

Have you

Don’t

Did

Do you

This

This is

Who

Why

What

Where

And don’t forget to add an excerpt after your blog post title. This will help the post stand out even more.

Click here for more tips on how to make your blog posts stand out and get noticed.

How To Get Your Blog An Audience

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Of course, you also need an audience to get noticed. Some of the best ways to get the attention of an audience is –

  • Leave good meaningful comments that add value on the blog posts of other bloggers.
  • Participate in a blog party.  
  • Look for opportunities to write guest posts for other bloggers.
  • Open up the opportunity for other bloggers to write guest posts for your blog.
  • Ensure you promote your blog and blog posts on all your social media accounts.
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Looking for nectar – A Bugs Life – for the Sunday Stills Challenge. ©hughsviewsandnews.com

Now, you may have come up with the best blog titles in the world and have excellent content in your posts, but remember that if the layout of your blog is not friendly or inviting, then you’ll be dimming the way your blog stands out.  

What are some of the most critical aspects of making a blog standout from the rest?

  • The name and subtitle of the blog.
  • A good blog theme that matches what you blog about.
  • Easy to use and accessible menu and widget bars that do not include any broken links.
  • A blog that downloads quickly (especially photos and images). Click here for some tips on how to improve your WordPress site speed and performance.
  • Using neutral or coloured backgrounds that do not strain the eyes or make reading posts difficult. 
  • Ensuring that the font (and the size of the font) used is easy and comfortable to read.
  • The layout of your blog is not cluttered (e.g. too many items in the menu bar).
  • Any images or photos do not overlap with other images or text (especially on the emails notifications that are sent out). 
  • Images and photos are aligned correctly (especially on email notifications that are sent out).
  • Using the latest software and tools available when drafting posts.
  • Publishing blog posts that are of good quality content that invite readers to engage with you and each other.

With regards to Marje’s second question – ‘how do you successfully combine an author platform and a blog?‘, I believe there are several choices open to an author who also has a blog. 

 

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Some authors will have one blog purely for their books, their current work-in-progress, author interviews, etc., and another blog for more personal stuff that does not include anything about their books. 

Some will have two (or more) blogs that combine everything, but this is something I don’t recommend as it is likely that there is a lot of repeated and duplicated information on each blog.

Then there are authors, like myself, who will have everything on one blog.

I think the main thing to remember when combining an author platform and a blog is continuity.

The author should stick to using the same photo, logos, and themes on all their social media accounts, blogs and author platforms. This helps readers identify you as the owner and gives you a brand. 

If you’re a blogger who already has a book published, ensure your author platforms (such as Goodreads) follows the same theme as your blog. That way, your readers will instantly know it’s you when they see your page.

Thank you so much for your questions, Marje. I hope my answers have helped? 

Connect with Marje

Blog – for information about new releases, photos of main characters/character interviews, book reviews and inspiration: https://mjmallon.com

Facebook Group #ABRSC: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook

Instagram: Instagram

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and Twitter: @curseof_time

Facebook: Facebook: m j mallon author

Marjorie has devoted the past few years to writing over 100 reviews on her Goodreads Review Account, and on her blog to help support traditional and indie writers.

#author #books #interview

Author, Writer, and Blogger, Marjorie Mallon

Do you have any tips on making your blog stand out? Share them with Marje by leaving a comment. 


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Is It Time To Remove The ‘Like’ Button From Your Blog? #MondayBlogs

In my recent post, ‘Is It Time To Turn Off Comments On Your Blog?’, the subject of the ‘like’ button came up in the comments section of the post. Some of those comments got me thinking and asking questions.

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WordPress says that clicking the ‘like’ button is a way of ‘tipping your hat’ to an awesome post you’ve just read and crediting the author of the post for a great piece of work. It doesn’t say anything else as to why or when the ‘like’ button should be used, yet I’ve heard and read other reasons as to why somebody clicks the ‘like’ button at the end of a post.

I’ve scattered some of those examples throughout this post.

“It’s a way to show support for a blogger, even though I’ve not read the post.”

“I use the ‘like’ button so that I can come back and read the post later.”

I’ve come across comments left on some blogs (which do not display a ‘like’ button) saying that they miss not being able to click on a ‘like’ button, and some even almost beg the author of the blog to reinstall it.

On my own blog, I regularly have some readers who will ‘like’ a chunk of my posts within seconds of each other. I’ve never known any of them to have ever left a comment on any of those posts. I also found out that some of the same readers, who do this, also do it on other blogs. And, how many of us have had somebody, we’ve never seen on our blog before, ‘like’ one of our posts (even those that contain over 500 words) within seconds of the article being published?

“Pressing the ‘like’ button on blog posts (without necessarily reading them) is a great free way to promote my blog or site.”

Recently, I’ve also begun to see spammers ‘liking’ posts in the hope that a reader will click on their Gravatar and be tempted to click on links that lead to sites selling certain medical remedies, followers, webcam shows, or pornographic images. These spammers are getting more and more ingenious in ways of getting spam links onto our blogs. Did you know that you can unsubscribe readers from your blog but, other than removing the ‘like’ button altogether, there does not seem to be a way to stop anybody liking one your posts? Unless, of course, you know of a way? However, you can report suspicious Gravatars and blogs to WordPress.

“When I click the ‘like’ button, it shows the blogger I’ve visited their blog even though I have not read the post.”

“I click on the ‘like’ button of all the posts of certain bloggers because I’m good friends with them. They’d be upset if I didn’t press the like’ button.”

I don’t know about you but, until recently, I rarely (if ever) look at who has clicked the ‘like’ button on any of my posts or those of other bloggers. Clicking the ‘like’ button (as I have discovered) doesn’t mean to say that the reader has actually read the post. So how many of those ‘likes’ at the end of your posts are from readers who have actually read your post?

For me, and more important, are the comments left on posts, especially those that clearly show they have read the post (I’m not talking here of comments that just say ‘great post!’). In my post, Is It Time To Turn Off Comments On Your Blog, it was clear (with just about everyone that left a comment) that leaving and responding to comments on posts was one of the positives of blogging. Not only that, but it also made many bloggers feel good and valued about what they were writing and/or publishing on their blogs. Does clicking on the ‘like’ button do that?

“Bloggers would get upset with me if I didn’t ‘like’ all of their posts.”

“I use the ‘like’ button on days when I’m too busy to read posts. At least the blogger then knows I’ve visited their site.”

So, is it time to remove the ‘like’ button on your blog? Is there any value in having a ‘like’ button on a blog? Have you ever ‘liked’ any of your own posts and, if so, why? If it is time to remove the ‘like button’ from your blog, you can click here to see how to remove it.

As for me, I’ve taken the decision to remove the like button from all of my posts (past and present). However, I can always be persuaded to reinstall it, but you’re going to have to give me some good reasons to do so. Not only that but, from now on, I’ll only ‘like’ a post in line with what WordPress says it should be used for. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from leaving comments on your blogs. In fact, if I like a post then I will probably leave a comment.

“I always click on the ‘like’ button on all of the posts of certain bloggers, even if I haven’t particularly liked the post or have given up on it halfway through. They’d be upset if I didn’ ‘like’ all of their posts.”

What are your thoughts on the ‘like’ button? Have I persuaded you to remove the ‘like’  button on your blog? Leave me your comments and thoughts, and let’s start the debate.

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13 Free Blogging Tips For Every New Blogger

If you are new to blogging or are even thinking about starting a blog, here are my thirteen quick blogging tips to get you on your way.

It’s all about me

Ensure you have an ‘about me’ page. Tell visitors a little about yourself and at least give them a name by which they can call you. Make sure you do not have an ‘about me’ page that starts off by saying ‘This Is An Example Of An About Me Page’ and contains no information.

Click here to read about setting up an ‘about me’ page and what it should include.

Make some journeys outside of your blog

I’m always amazed by what information is out there in the blogging world. I’ve learned how to self-publishing a book, how to use social media and make it work for me, how to bake gin & tonic cupcakes, take great photos and, of course, picked up lots of blogging tips.

Reading other blog posts can also give you ideas for writing your own posts. Even if you can only spare a few minutes a day, make sure you visit, read, and comment on other blogs.

Get talking to other bloggers

When you leave a comment on another blog, other readers will read and see your comment and may then come and visit your blog. However, ensure that the comment you leave is relevant to the post and at least proves that you have read it.

Try and avoid leaving worthless comments such as ‘Great Post.’ Instead, tell the author what it was that made you think it was a great post or why you enjoyed reading it. They will appreciate your thoughtful comments and may then visit your blog and become your next follower.

#BloggersBash #Bloggers
Some of the Bloggers from The First Annual Bloggers Bash – London, August 1st, 2015

Treat others how you’d want them to treat you

Don’t ignore anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on one of your posts. However, most importantly, never ignore anyone who has taken the time to leave a comment on the ‘about me’ page of your blog. Think about it like this. You’ve invited a guest around for coffee and completely ignore them when they arrive. That’s almost like ignoring comments left on your blog.

Treat everyone who visits your blog as a guest and ensure they are made to feel welcomed. After all, with millions of other blogs out there, they can always go elsewhere…can’t they?

Not all links are seen as friendly

Speaking of comments, never leave a link to your blog in a comment unless it is either relevant to the post you have just read, or you have been invited to leave a link.

When I first started to blog, I learned very quickly from other bloggers that leaving uninvited links was frowned upon and seen as spammy. What would you think if you owned a coffee shop and, without your permission, somebody from a rival coffee shop came in and left a load of leaflets about their coffee shop? It’s not your blog to leave details of your blog on unless it’s relevant to the post or you have been asked to leave a link.

Take a challenge

There are lots of writing and photography challenges in the world of blogging. Don’t be shy, have a try. Not only will it help you with your writing and/or photography, but other participants will come over and read or look at your take on the challenge. It’s a great way to make new friends, have fun, and gain more followers.

Join a party

Blog parties are a great way to introduce your blog to many other readers and for you to discover new blogs to follow.

This is where the host will either invite you to leave a link to your blog, one of your own blog posts or to introduce a blog that you follow. I’ve hosted and joined blog parties and have always found them a great success.

However, the rule of most blog parties is that if you leave a link to your blog, then you must at least visited some of the blogs of the other people at the party. It’s a great way of showing how friendly both you and your blog are.

#blogging #blogingtips #party
I met hundreds of new bloggers and gained lots of new followers at my first ever blog party.

Make sure you’re contactable

Can you imagine a TV or movie producer, an editor of a magazine, or another blogger wanting to contact you to invite you to write an article, and they can’t find a way of reaching you?

A lot of bloggers dream of making some extra cash with their blog, so if you don’t have a ‘contact me’ page, and they can’t find a way of contacting you, then they’ll probably move on and give that opportunity to somebody else. Click here to learn how to set up a ‘contact me’ page.

Invite a guest blogger

I’ve contacted and asked other bloggers to write a guest post that can be published on my blog. Many are happy to do so. Once published, the guest blogger may reblog the post on their own blog. They may even ask you to write a guest post on their blog, putting you right in front of a brand-new audience.

Don’t be shy. Ask other bloggers if they’d like to write a guest post.

Take up an invite

On the other side of the coin, take every opportunity of writing your own guest posts for other bloggers. Remember what I said previously about being put in front of a brand new audience? Time for the spotlight to shine on you.

Reblog and share

I no longer use the ‘reblog’ button but, instead, use ‘Press This’ to share posts. I also share posts on my social media platforms, especially if I have enjoyed reading them.

In return, many bloggers will share my posts which mean they are putting me and my blog in front of thousands of other readers. By sharing the blog posts of other readers, you are putting yourself in the position of the possibility of having your blog pushed to the front where you may be discovered by new followers.

Social Media: The highway to your blog

Using social media to promote your blog can bring your blog lots of extra traffic. But don’t take my word for it, check the following screenshot to see what additional traffic social media brought to my blog in 2017.

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6 of my top 10 referrers for 2017 were social media platforms

Get ready to land

What’s the first thing you’d like a new visitor to your blog to see when they visit you?

Click on the home button in the menu at the top of my blog to see what new visitors to my blog will see when they arrive here out of the blue. Make sure your landing page is something that will persuade every new visitor to stay, rather than leave and never come back.

Do you have any other tips for new bloggers you’d like to add to my list? Please leave them in the comments section.

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The Official Video Of The Bloggers Who Attended The Third Annual Bloggers Bash

Saturday, June 10th 2017 was the date for The Third Annual Bloggers Bash which, like the previous two years, was held in London.

#BloggersBash #London #bloggers #blogs

And, what a day it was. Of course, as a member of the committee, I’m bound to say it was a success and that everyone who attended had great fun, but don’t take my word for it! No, allow me to introduce you to some of those who attended the event and hear what they had to say.

As the cameraman and social media guru for the day, I didn’t get a lot of time to talk to everybody, but I hope I managed to capture the spirit of the day in the video. I did manage to take a few photos, but these are nowhere as good as many of the others I have seen on other blogs.

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We’re already planning The Fourth Annual Bloggers Bash which is due to take place on Saturday, 9th June 2018. So, book the date now and join us in meeting some of the people behind the blogs you follow.

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What To Do If All Your Comments Are Ending Up In The WordPress Spam Folder

This happened to me and I wrote about it here.

Help poster

All my comments were ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs I was leaving comments on. Unless the blogger checked their WordPress spam folder, they had no idea my comment was there.

Those that did check their WordPress spam folder, and un-spammed me, were my heroes. However, because WordPress deemed my comment to be spam, I got no email notification that my comment had been un-spammed and replied to. The only way I knew was by checking my notifications (that’s the little bell symbol in the top right-hand corner of your blog).

It didn’t help that WordPress had no Happiness Engineers available last week. I headed to the WordPress forums where I left a cry for help. I heard nothing!

Yesterday, I received an email from WordPress saying that my cry for help had been marked as spam on the forum! They fished it out of the spam folder and told me what I should do.

Here are those details.

Hi there, your post here was also caught. 😦

If those sites you refer to are on WordPressdotcom, then Akismet may have you flagged accidentally.

Please use the Akismet contact form at https://akismet.com/contact/ and enter the words “marked as spam”. Then fill out the form that appears on the lower half of that page to notify Akismet staff of the problem. Make sure you enter the email address that is associated with your WordPressdotcom username account.

I followed the instructions. Today, I’m pleased to say that my comments no longer seem to be ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs I’m leaving comments on. Hooray! It looks as if I’ve been released by the WordPress spam monster.

Please, please, check your WordPress spam folder on a daily basis and un-spam any comments which may have ended up in there by mistake. Then contact the blogger who the comment came from and let them know that their comment ended up in your WordPress spam folder. Why? Because they may be unaware that some or all of their comments are ending up in the WordPress spam folders of the blogs they are leaving comments on.

Where is your WordPress spam folder?

  • Go to your blog’s dashboard.
  • Click on WP Admin.
  • In the left-hand side menu, click on Comments.
  • In the top left corner of the new page that opens, under Comments, the spam folder is the fourth one along. It will indicate how many items of spam are in the folder.

Comments dash board

I’ve heard this problem has affected a lot of bloggers over the last few months. It may affect you over the coming months, so keep a copy of this post.

Any questions? Leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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Why I May Have Ended Up In Your Spam Folder

I’ve been taken hostage by the WordPress spam monster and, since Wednesday, all the comments I’ve been leaving on other blog posts seem to have gone straight into the spam folder.

Please check your spam folder and let me know if you find me in there. If you do, then please mark the comment as not spam. The spam monster will then release me and I’ll appear in the comments section of the post.

I first heard reports the WordPress spam monster had been taking hostages about a month ago. My understanding is that if it happens to you, you need to report it to WordPress. The problem at the moment is that all the WordPress engineers are at some conference and won’t be back until Monday 26th September. Therefore, whilst I will still be visiting and reading your blog posts,  I won’t be leaving any comments until I know the problem has been sorted out.

If you do un-spam me, then I understand I can start leaving comments on your posts again. However, it’s probably best I don’t do that as I really have seen more than enough of the spam monster these past few days.

Has this problem affected your blog? What did you do to get it put right?

Help poster

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Meet (Some Of) The Bloggers (On Video) From The 2nd Annual Bloggers Bash

If you haven’t heard about The Annual Bloggers Bash yet, then where have you been?

Bloggers Bash 2016 Logo

I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the event and for making it the huge success it was. Last year, just over 20 of you attended. This year it was just over 50, and boy, what a great day it was. I only wish I could have magically got everyone there who wanted to come so they could have shared the magic of the day. New friendships were formed, lots of hugs were in evidence and everybody met up with online blogging friends they’ve been wanting to meet for a long time.

There have been lots of posts all over WordPress about the event and I’ve been busy reading, tweeting and sharing them across social media. Where possible, I’ve added all the posts to my Bloggers Bash Pinterest board.

When Sacha Black first came up with the idea of a Bloggers Bash and I was asked by her to become a Bloggers Bash committee member (along with Geoff Le Pard and Ali Isaac ) I was extremely proud that she had considered me. These three bloggers have become a big part of my life and, although it’s been hard work putting on the two events that have so far happened, I have loved every single second.

Geoff Le Pard, Sacha Black, and Ali Isaac.
From the top: Geoff Le Pard, Sacha Black, and Ali Isaac.

From what I have read, this year’s event was an even bigger success than the first Bloggers Bash held in 2015. That’s all down, not only to Sacha and the committee, but to all those that came along.

We are already planning The 3rd Annual Bloggers Bash which is being held on Saturday 10th June 2017, so put it in the diary now and make sure you come along. Of course, we’ll be letting you know details as soon as they become available.

If I had one regret about the day it was that I did not get around to filming everyone that attended. My fault really as I should have let everyone know when announcing the awards, so my sincere apologies to those I never got around to filming. Next year, I promise, we’ll have a better plan in place to capture you all. I put it down to being overwhelmed with all the hugs I was getting.

Now on to the video I’ve put together of those I did manage to capture. You’ll have to excuse the odd moment when I seemed to be aiming the camera at the floor rather than the blogger, but thank you to everyone for allowing me to film them.

That’s not quite it from me. There’s more film of the event which I’ll publish in another post at the weekend when I’ll also be mentioning some of the Bloggers that I did manage to have a chat with.

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Meet The Bloggers Who Attended The First Annual #BloggersBash Held In London on August 1st, 2015

If you are viewing this post by email then you will need to log onto my blog to view the videos.

I hope I haven’t scared you off…yet!

Now to the videos.  Underneath the videos you’ll find a list of the bloggers in the order they appear on the video.  Just click on their name and you will be taken to their blog page.

Geoff Le Pard  – TanGental

Helen Jones – Journey To Ambeth

Sacha Black – Sacha Black

Ali Isaac – Ali Isaac Storyteller

Ellie Marinova – A Writer’s Caravan

Suzie Speaks – Suzie Speaks

Graeme Cumming – Graeme Cumming Dot Net

Connie Kaufmann – Study. Read. Write

Marjorie Mallon – Kyrosmagica

Esther Newton – Esther Newton Blog

Lucy Mitchell – Blonde Write More

Melissa Barker-Simpson – Melissa Barker-Simpson

Julie Lawford – Julie Lawford/ A writer Notepad

Dylan Hearn – Suffolk Scribblings

Stuart France – Stuart France, Writer

Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

Sherri Matthews – A View From My Summerhouse

I hope you enjoyed meeting the bloggers who attended the very first Annual Bloggers Bash in London on August 1st, 2015.

Why not leave them a message in the comments section below?  I’m sure they would love to hear from you.

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