I realized this weekend that I’m getting lazy. I’ve become reliant on my Google Reader to navigate me through the many blogs I read on a daily basis. The problem is I never visit the actual blog sites anymore! In some cases I’m losing the connection with the author because I don’t take in the look and feel of their site. My whole point in starting the Lonely Marketer was to share my experience and network with people in my field of expertise. Well, how can I connect if I don’t make the effort!?
Is this about partial or full RSS feeds? I don’t think so. Honestly, I prefer the full feed, but I’ll click through on a partial if the story interests me. Mark Goren had an interesting post on that topic if you’re interested. For me, it’s more about not taking in the personality of the blog author in the feed reader.
Lee Odden had a post that kind of alerted me to my new trend. He posted about Technorati and being added as a favorite. It dawned on me that I’d never pegged Lee’s site as one of my Technorati Favorites even though I’ve been reading his blog for over a year now! I think at that point a blog deserves to be a Favorite.
So, I’m vowing to get back on track. I’m going to join more MyBlogLog communities, add more Technorati Favorites, make more LinkedIn connections and contact more of the authors I read each day. I’d encourage you to do the same. In fact, I’m kicking off this week by offering up ways to connect with The Lonely Marketer. If you don’t want to leave your Reader of choice, here are a few ways to connect with me and learn more about my site.
If you would like to connect with me via LinkedIn, either comment on this post or send me and email via my contact form.
I’m hoping other bloggers do a similar post so it’s easy to learn more, join more communities, and make more contacts – right from our feed readers. Care to join me?