Saturday, June 09, 2007

Every Dot *Does* Connect

Last week, I found two new blogs to follow: Problogger and Writing Thoughts.

I wouldn't have found these blogs were it not for Twitter.

Here are the actual series of connections that led me to these blogs:

  1. I follow Connie Reece on Twitter. She is founder of Every Dot Connects, a social media consortium that provides new media services. On June 2, she sent a tweet asking "How do you drive traffic to your blog?" and shared her own answer through a blogpost.
  2. I read her blog post and learned it was inspired by a question from Darren Rowse, the Problogger. He had asked his readers: When was your biggest day of traffic and how did it happen?
  3. I followed that link and started skimming through the comments on the Problogger post. I don't know what it was that made me stop and read comment #81, but it was a comment left by freelance writer Laura Spencer. I clicked on her name and ended up on her blog, Writing Thoughts.
So thanks to connecting these dots, I've got two new RSS subscriptions in my Google Reader.

Now if only I can remember who or what led me to Connie's Twitter account in the first place... :-P


Laura said...

Thanks for sharing this sequence of events. It's good to know that leaving comments works.

Usually, I don't know how a reader found me. If they don't comment, sometimes I don't even know that they are there.

Your story is a good testimonial to the power of networking.

Connie Reece said...

MDY, I can't remember how we found each other on Twitter either, but I'm glad we did. I'm continually amazed by how the Internet allows us to "connect the dots" around the world. Besides Twitter and blogging, we have discovered that we both sing alto (or at least I used to) and share similar tastes in choral music. And I have a cousin who lives in Baguio and spends a lot of time in Manila. The world seems smaller because of our Texas-Philippines connection.

Thanks for the mention of my blog and how it led to discovering other valuable voices online.