Thursday, 1 September 2011

Fresh Sewing Day + Small Blog Meet

It's 1 September and here we are back at FSD and SBM. Link up at the end with a blogpost showing off something you've been working on this month for FSD and/or with a blogpost introducing yourself and your blog if you're a small or new blog. This time, a small blog is any blog with 50 followers or fewer just to widen the net a bit. And the same rules apply - visit and click to follow as many of the other small new blogs as you have time to visit and try to visit back and follow as many of those who visit you as you can. August was my holiday month so the sewing in the mosaic is decidedly summery.



Here are the buttons again to add it into your post.

Fresh Sewing Day
<div align="center"><a href="http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/" title="Fresh Sewing Day"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5883537449_e85ba77279_o.jpg" alt="Fresh Sewing Day" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Small Blog Meet Button.

Small Blog Meet
<div align="center"><a href="http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2011/08/fresh-sewing-day-and-small-new-blogs.html" title="Small Blog Meet"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6147/5989823380_a69fafd955_m.jpg" alt="Small Blog Meet" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And I thought it might be fun for anyone who has a moment to leave comments with your top tips for new or smaller bloggers who want to grow their blog following. And now for the linkys:









31 comments:

  1. My blog following grew by visiting lots of other blogs, commenting and following them - no one will know that you are blogging unless you go out and introduce yourself. It's just like a big party where you don't know anyone - you have to go up and say hello to people!

    Pomona x

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  2. Hi,
    seems that part of your site aren't working in Firefox 6.0.1 anymore. The linky buttons and comment buttons don't work. I had to use IE8.

    I love quilt alongs and swaps/bees. You get to know a lot of other quilters and some may follow your blog.

    Bye
    Susanne

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  3. Suzanne - I was having a problem - think it doesn't like it when someone-else is commenting as OK now x

    Newbies, post loads to flickr with links back to your blog, comment loads on other blogs; be nice, don't overtly promote your blog in the wrong places as it puts people off, but make good use of the Lily's Quilts flickr threads, join in swaps and QALs and have fun - do not take it too seriously!

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  4. Thanks for helping us baby bloggers to expand!! :):) Sandie

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  5. What Pomona said is spot on. Visit other blogs. Get commenting and get known. Like Flying Blind said...link your blog from pictures and 'introduce youerselves' in swap threads over on flickr.

    It took me ages to get any followers but it does seem the more active you are the more followers you'll attract.

    I think it's nice to try and respond to at least some of the comments you get left. People are more likely to keep commenting and interested if they feel you are engaging with them.

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  6. I'm still a small blog so am signing up again this month. I've really enjoyed the last month reading other small blogs and seeing the fabulous work created by so many talented folk. I too endorse the comments above. Mind you, I may have to stop soon as more and more of my day is taken up reading all these blogs!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. I agree with the others. Get involved in the blogging world and enjoy it. Join a swap, or a bee, or a qal - or all three. Interact with others. My blog is still small but I get a great deal of joy and laughter through it and the people I have met consequently.

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  8. I'm new!! I love looking at new blogs and for me it's such an inspiration :) Thanks for doing this, it's great to meet other who love sewing!
    Lucy xx

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  9. Such a great idea Lynne, thanks for hosting. My tip is also to link to your blog when you post a photo in Flickr - I usually pick up a few new followers each time I post a major "finish". Which is not very often! But anyway! I've been having fun checking out some new or small blogs and I have to say, you guys are amazing!

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  10. Thanks for hosting again, Lynne. Your followers do a great job showing the new bloggers the ropes. That's so kind!

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  11. I'm so excited...I've been waiting for this since you mentioned it a few weeks ago. I really am enjoying meeting new people on your blog and look forward to making new quilting and design friends. I have been studying a bit about the creative mind and the gift of creativity, which I look forward to sharing in the near future on my blog. As well as my designs, WIP's and completed quilts! Laura of Ruby Grey Studio

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  12. Thanks for hosting this again--I look forward to it every month!

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  13. I was lucky enough to benefit from a huge plug from Lynne just three days after my first post and I'm so very grateful to all the lovely people who stopped by and left a comment and/or decided to follow me so I'm off to share the warm and fuzzies with some others! I heartily agree with all the other comments about commenting on other blogs and being nice! I was recently told that making your comments box a pop-up made it much easier to comment and I haven't got word verification for comments...oh, and make sure you're not a 'no-reply' blogger! Thanks again, Lynne - you're a star!!

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  14. P.S. Love your August mosaic - so sunny and inviting!

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  15. I have done a page on my blog with lots of blog help/tips/resources on - did add it to the links, can't see it at the moment. Biggest tip- share the love and comment on blogs that you read and pics you look at on Flickr!

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  16. Lily, you've been so busy this month! So many hexies and finishes!

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  17. New blogger here... You guys are reminding me I have to get my Flickr Acct into order! Thank you for so many awesome tips & more importantly --> ENCOURAGEMENT!

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  18. What a great idea!
    I am a beginning blogger with a lot to learn:)

    For me, I like to behave on my blog as I would in real life: be myself, be nice, be interesting, and thank those who make the effort to come and visit you. Even though a blog is generally "all about me" - it's nice to share and acknowledge others - give back, by linking in with other blogs or sites and being free with information.

    PS -: It looks like there are two Kathy's - but one is a misspelt URL that I couldn't work out how to delete!

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  19. What a great idea! I can't wait to meet other small bloggers. :)

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  20. I'm a new blogger and new quilter, although I always seem to be a bit late to the party... on the subject of which the hexalong - I've been inspired. So never allowing being late to the party to spoil my fun I'll be starting this weekend :) and if after a bit more reading I find small blog meet is a regular feature (great idea) I'll be sure to take part in that as well.

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  21. Ahhh. There are too many great blogs to keep up with....I will never get off this computer again!

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  22. New blogger here...This is wonderful..Love YOUR blog and would love to expand my group of followers and to follow other great bloggers..

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  23. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to do this. Will be great to see and support the smaller blogs.

    Jan at iquiltforfun.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi there, I am excited at the prospect of meeting others. I took the Small blog Button and added it to my blog but when I click on it I am directed to your August 1 post with only 40 some bloggers on each group. I know there are more than that, when I signed up there over 50. Did I do something wrong??? Thanks

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  25. I have been blogging for a couple of years, but am still a small blogger. I love quilting and traveling to other blogs to see what other quilters are doing. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  26. RE: Small Blog Meet

    Lynne, just want to thank you for this. I don't get many hits on my blog - mostly do it for gearing up for a real one - so this is really fun! Thank you.

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  27. Forgot to say my blog is Happy Dance Quiting at Wordpress. :)
    http://happydancequilting.wordpress.com/

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  28. I have been blogging all year, but have been keeping too much to myself. Now that I am searching for other bloggers, I find that there are some very wonderful quilters out there!
    Thank you for the invitation to join the small blog meet. I am enjoying visiting everyone.
    Please stop by and say hi at www.maverickquilts.wordpress.com. Don't be afraid of my cuckoo alter ego Mavis Quinn who sometimes posts on my blog - she is harmless (mostly).

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  29. Tip for Blogspot bloggers - many people can't comment from their blogging (Google) account if comments are set to appear under the post. It needs to be a pop out window or a new full page like on this blog. I've tried to comment on so many blogs from SBM but can't due to this!!
    Also, for some silly reason (Blogger likes to play up) unless you have the Google Follower Widget, I can't follow either. But I have followed those that do have this, even if I can't comment.

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  30. I found out about this through Susans blog. What a generous thing to do:) I love sharing blogs I love and find with people too:)
    Because I run my blog through my own domain sometimes blogspot doesn't allow me to leave a comment. I need the URL option. But when ever I can I leave comment for people and hope the same in return:) agree with many commenters before me!
    Valerie Moss
    blog: http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada

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  31. Thank you for hosting this lovely linky party! I've been blogging for seven months now and I so enjoy seeing other peoples' work, both their sewing/crafting and their blogs. It's very inspiring and it's fun to get to know people this way, particularly for those of us (like me) who don't really having any sewing friends in "real" life.

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