Then, why does one blog? I think most of us blog with the hope that someone somewhere is going to read what we wrote and appreciate it. May be, I am not too sure about you. I blog with the hope that someone [as many 'someones' as possible] reads what I blog. At one point in life everyone wants to be a 'popular' writer and 'blogging' gives us that satisfying feeling that we have become one. I go and look at my Google Analytics Report at least once a day. I am on the top of the world when I see the 'visits' graph shooting up. I don't purposefully look at the bounce rate for the fear of 'blogger's depression'.
Talking about Blogger's Depression: I think I recently stumbled upon another way in which I can possibly overcome it. IndiBlogger - a blogger commuinty for Indian Bloggers that saves you from the fear of no one taking a serious look at your Blog. I joined the Community with the hope that more people are going to read what I blog. And I am not disappointed that I did. My Google Analytics Report shows me that IndiBlogger is now at the top of the list in my report on traffic through Referral Sites. I have also found that the bounce rate came pleasingly down a few days after I had created a profile on IndiBlogger.
There are a few things I liked about IndiBlogger, which I will share with you like I usually do:
- They have this 'Blog Directory' where they list all the bloggers and their blogs once they join. It looks like they have this 'soft corner' for new bloggers or new members, which I think is a good thing. The most recent ones to join the community gets to be on the top of the 'Blog Directory' featured on the Home Page of IndiBlogger.
- In my attempt to take teachedIN to as many people as possible, I have tried many Blog Directories and Blogger Communities. Almost all of them are strict about you giving a reciprocal link to their site. I have instances where Directories have rejected my membership because I was not willing to give them a reciprocal link. Please do not misunderstand - it is not that I don't want to thank these Blog Directory Guys for giving me a space to showcase my Blog. It is more about my freedom to choose if I want to publicly display an affiliation or not. When you make reciprocal linking compulsory, you are forcing me to thank you. I was happy to see that IndiBlogger does not insist on you giving them a reciprocal link. [Many a times a reciprocal link is like leaving a trail. Leaving a trail on-line is not always advisable.] I was happy to see that they permit you to choose if you want to display their badge or not.
- Another feature I liked about IndiBlogger is 'Blog Reviews' Of course, they do not entertain 'shameless self-promotion.' Asking for a 'Blog Review' is one way IndiBlogger satisfies those who are particular about promoting their Blog. Fact is, the more you participate in the forum on IndiBlogger, the more people will know you and come to read your blog. And if you don't have time to participate actively in the discussions happening on IndiBlogger, the next best thing is asking for a Blog Review.
- There is another way to increase your bandwidth and reach. IndiBlogger lets you build a network. You can add fellow bloggers to your reading list. It is a 'win-win' You can keep track of those people you like to read and you can also make people take note of you by following them. I think I got the first 'it-makes-me-happy-you-read--it-because-you-wanted-to-read-it' comment on techedIN, after I joined IndiBlogger.
- They also have this IndiBlogger Ranking and IndiVine. Ya, IndiVine is an adaptation of Grape Vine. I think it gives you a categorized list of Blog Posts. I think they have an option to rank posts too. I did not have an opportunity to make sense of IndiVine so far as it is undergoing a major revamp as I am writing this. But, I think I'll like that feature too.