One thing I have noticed in my first few months of blogging is that I receive a lot of feedback, in terms of commenting, bookmarking, and subscribing, from people who also blog. But not so much from people I know in real life who do not.
I came to the realization that, prior to my own entry into the blogging world, I never did much of these things on blogs I read either. I knew little about social bookmarking, with exception to my Stumble toolbar that I just used for random web surfing, and always found myself frustrated with having all my favorite links spread out on different computers at home and at work. And I never thought of using an online reader for RSS subscriptions, opting to locally bookmark every blog I read.
While reading blogging help sites, I came across the same tip over and over again: inform your readers about RSS. So I created a What is RSS page earlier this month, and since have seen my subscriptions double. It could be coincidence, but it could also be the fact that I gave a little explanation as to the benefits of subscribing. Readers who had never known what that meant were now informed and subsequently inspired to subscribe.
To further take advantage of this good blogging advice, I have created a FAQ page for my blog that explains some of the basic things to do around here, including commenting, subscribing, bookmarking, and supporting the site. I also added a What is Social Bookmarking link next to my Share This buttons to further explain the benefits of social bookmarking sites.
These additions highlight all of the interaction features of this site to visitors who are just beginning to delve into the world of blogging and Web 2.0. Hopefully, all of this information will be beneficial in enhancing your experience on this, and other blogs and websites.