Monday, June 16, 2008

A dreaded sunny day...

...So let's go where we're happy and I'll meet you at the cemetery gates...

Well, the work day is nearly done, I've spent most of it tying myself in painful mental knots but at least I'm still here.

Spent quite a lot of time yesterday scanning various people's handy tips and hints for getting more comments on your blog. Also, reading other people's more successful blogs than mine. When I can get over the painful feeling of envy and inferiority that that engenders at the moment (because I am depressed and basically constantly looking for reasons to feel worse) I begin to understand ways that I can tweak what I'm doing here to make it more reader-friendly and more comment-friendly.

One thing I plead guilty to is not always having answered comments. Apologies to anyone I did that to. I just had not really mastered this aspect of netiquette. Secondly I need to make a point of visiting other blogs, finding some favourites, and commenting. When I comment it's best to have something pertinent to add.

I also need to add more links to my blogroll, and get into the habit of using links in my posts. Asking open questions and inviting comments explicitly is also a good idea. Up till now I've been using this blog mainly as a personal diary, with the aim of monitoring myself, but actually I really value the interactive side of things and want to get more involved in the online communities. As mental patient calls it 'the madosphere'. Hey I did my first link! Hope I got the url right. I'm still a novice at this game! No, stop the press, the correct link is I think!

I'll get there. Love, Zoe


Mental Patient said...

Ooops! The address is

Don't worry about it though as I worked as a web designer for several years and I still get creating links wrong all the time.

I'm glad to see you using the phrase madosphere. It's not really caught on but I'm ever optimistic!

Zoe said...

Thank you Mental! Actually I love the term 'madosphere'. It has definitely got to catch on! It's an idea whose time has come.

Also, thanks for pointing out my error. I was really guessing when I did the first link. I have amended the entry to include the correct link.

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

Mo said...

Hi Zoe.

I love the term "netiquette", haven't heard that before, I'm sure it will prove useful in the "madosphere". Participating in mutual blogrolls will ensure you get more hits and comments.

Best Wishes

Zoe said...

Thanks Mo for reading. I like your blog!