About Community Pool

I grew up as the shy kid who never really talked much.
Partly because I’m just not designed that way.
But also because we moved to a new country and quite frankly, I was struggling with the language.

Luckily the latter was fixed, but after years of being mainly quiet, people didn’t really feel like listening to me.
Yet, I had so many feelings and opinions I wanted to express.

About a year ago, I started a “life changing” experience called Blogging!
I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing.
But I just started writing, kept writing and wrote some more. 😉

running

I took blogging very serious from the very start.
I wanted to achieve something.
I wanted a large audience.
And luckily, I had a lot of time to spend on WordPress in the beginning.

But still, how to get there?

I found out about something called “Community Pool” ONLY when it got cancelled by WP.
A little too late, isn’t it?

A fellow blogger replicated this Community Pool.
I did take a look, but decided to not take part of it.

Why?

Part of why I quit social media was because the constant notifications became to distracting.
They’d pop at work, during the night, while I was driving, during romantic moments (!!)
Of course, I could have disabled  them.
But I needed to know what was going in the world.
So I ended up deleting everything. That seems to be only thing that works for me.

Now this is just assumption, but I guess, participating at CP, you will be overflowed with likes and comments that don’t really say much.
“Good post”. “Read and left a comment”. “Hi all. Read my blog *link*”.

A wile ago, I also disabled the notification when someone “likes” my comment.
The constant “Pinging” of my phone just became a little too much for me.
You can still like, I just won’t see it.

Lately, I had a conversation with both Goldie and Curiosity  about this exact topic.
Both of them asked me “How did you gain followers if you never did Community Pool”?

Mhhh.

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Search

I believe in a simple formula.
I was looking for identification with other humans.
I actively searched for topics I wrote about and that interest me:
Hating your job.
Mental health / OCD.
Skeptical views on feminism.

A tip for everyone: Use relevant hashtags.

 

Write, write, write

If you want your stats to go up, write every day. I can garantee success.

I know, if you have your 9 to 5 and other social obligations, it can get tricky though.
Some people are perfectionist and are tweaking their post endlessly before publishing.

I have the utmost respect for that, but that’s not me.
My fingers move faster than my mind can think, so there will be a couple mistakes or forgotten words in each blog.
But I think that’s still acceptable.

Be careful with “taking a break”

If you go on an unannounced blogging break and write a comeback post and then disappear for another month, readers might loose trust.
It’s completely OK if you want to take some time for you, but don’t try to fool people like that.

Interact

We all know about this one, so I’ll just leave it as it is.

Motivation equals inspiration 

I still don’t like talking and socializing much, but I do observe.
Anything what colleagues say or what I see around me, can get me to blogging ideas.
But still, my biggest inspiration are mean people and “standard quotes”.
And there are plenty of those 😉

Blog party 

The first big booming my stats was when I attended a blog party.
Basically that is where a blogger invites people to leave their link or what their blog is about in the comment section.
I organised one once and apparently, that is my “most famous” post.
If people are interested, I can organize one more. So let me know!

 

Have you participated in Community Pool? What are you thoughts on it?
What do you find the easiest way to gain followers? 

 

38 thoughts on “About Community Pool

  1. I have never attended the community pool .I think regular blogging and interactions with bloggers is the best way to gain followers.

  2. I remember reading about it but never took care to participate. The only thing I did was to drop my link on the Beginners’ Friday, or smth like that.
    I feel that I talk too much IRL, and when I start teaching more (I am a teacher) my need to express myself always falls off. I then use to blog once a week – with photos more than words.
    It all depends on our needs, it seems. I have stopped thinking of gaining followers the moment I stopped thinking of blog like a job :)) phew, so relieving, haha!

  3. There is now something called “Swimmers”. You will find it if you search for it.

    That’s a great idea, please do! Looking forward for it! 🙂

  4. Many people don’t feel pressured by stats, but take every opportunity to participate in CP.
    How very fake haha.
    I am happy to see that you are honest about it 🙂

    A teacher! How interesting.
    I might take a teaching job soon. But it’s technical stuff and for adults?
    Do you teach kids?

  5. Like your views on this and agree with you that followers come from the work you put into your own blog; good content that speaks to your reader. And I agree that socializing is better done through comments. The community pool is just a bit “extra” but if you don’t have your own site good enough to read then the community pool will lead nowhere. That would be great if you threw a blog party… I would be there for sure! 😁😉

  6. Well, why not be honest? :)) After a year of playing with idea of becoming a super blogger I realized that it is like learning any job – takes time and effort. If I want to earn money on that. But I already have a job I enjoy! Why use so much energy on the new one when I can develop the old one?
    I am a school teacher, yes, used to work in a primary school. Now I am teaching Norwegian as a foreign language to adults. I love working in education, it is fun! Totally recommend trying that!

  7. Haha. So you have learned your lesson.
    I’m not obsessing over it, but I do believe it is possible.

    Oh how fun! I used to teach and I always did like it 😀

  8. Yeah, learning always has to be done by myself :))
    I do agree that it is possible. It just seems that blogging ourdays became another profession, and as any profession it needs training, effort, etc. I just don’t want to learn a new profession right now, I want to keep a blog for playing :))

  9. Good morning, Andrea!
    What a fantastic post and great tips. I’d ask if you mind if I reblog this but I’m guessing the reblog button is an indicator that it’s ok. Lol

  10. Reblogged this on All The Shoes I Wear and commented:
    Hi Guys!
    I thought I’d share a post I read this morning by Andrea – the perks of being different. It’s a terrific piece not only about her blogging journey, has very good tips and insights but also, she’s a terrific person. I’m always grateful that I found her blog and you will be too. Write On, friends!

  11. Actually, aside from Liking this post, I do not have much more to say. You did give me hope just now, though. There IS a way to connect more and read. It just requires some time and effort on my part.

  12. A like is sometimes enough. 🙂

    I know people like the term “follow for follow”. But honestly, if someone is interested in my blogs, we must have something in common.
    Most likely I would like theirs stories too.

  13. I’m glad a conversation with Goldie and I prompted you to write this post. I liked all your points, they are valid. It is possible to gain more readers and followers by simply reading more, but as you said, it requires a lot of time and effort.

    However, I still enjoy the CP and Swimmer type posts and the convenience it provides. Bloggers post little excerpts about their posts, and it is easy to find a variety of posts. Someones you even stumble upon topics that you never ‘search’ for.

    Definitely looking forward to your blog party!! =)

  14. Oh, and I forgot to say that I hosted a block party a year ago, with a plan of re-doing it annually. Last year it was a whole other story (just a few followers), so I will need to change the format of it. Not sure yet how I will do it, but it should be coming up during the Labor Day weekend (September 4th) time-frame.

  15. Hahaha, I always keep my phone on silent so I never have to hear pings or vibrates. 😄

    These really are good tips, especially the be careful about taking a break lol! I have unfollowed those kinds of bloggers before for trying to fool me. 😂

    I’ve never heard of nor participated in community pool before. I’ve heard of blog parties but haven’t joined one before!

  16. I had never hear of a community pool! I don’t have a large audience, but I’m already dreading the day I do…because of my full-time job and getting a master’s degree. I’m totally grateful for my blogging experience and can’t complain! I also wouldn’t mind a large audience, but I fear that I won’t have enough time to read other blogs and leave comments to all the readers who support mine. Since I’m still a newbie at this, I’m just learning how blogging will fit into my schedule as I go 🙂

  17. I would find it uncomfortable to write one of those “I’m going on a break” posts. Because I wonder, would anyone even notice.
    But then again, I definitely noticed the absence of some and I wish they had written something.
    So it’s best to do it anyhow 😉

    But indeed, only write a come back post if you’re sure you’re going to be back on the old track!

    Happy to see I’m not the only one doing it in the old fashion way. This is just as good, because, look at us go 😀

  18. If you want to check it, it’s called Swimmers.
    For some it might work, but I don’t think it would for me.

    I was already guessing many of your opinions might be the same as mine 😉

  19. I know right!
    I think CP tells you “write about this or that topic and then post it on here”. That wouldn’t work for me.
    And we are just as successful!

  20. It definitely has its pros and cons to have a larger audience.
    You definitely do deserve a larger audience, but it will take time. Looking at your schedule, it already seems cramped! But you do very cool and intelligent stuff!

  21. I went through this in February/ March, when I was going to be away from my computer for 3 weeks. Who am I to think I’m important enough for others to notice and care. But I realize I don’t like other bloggers disappearing on me, so I posted I was going on a break. And I’m glad I did.

  22. It’s hilarious to read the comments.
    Soooo many people I follow/ follow me complain about CP, and then I come to your blog, and no one seems to know what CP was. Too funny. But it’s good to hear that life beyond CP is possible.

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