Blogger Appreciation Day (Unofficial)

By Selene M. Bowlby in Blogging on April 14th, 2008

Blogger Appreciation Day (Unofficial)

This morning, as I was checking out the latest posts from some of my favorite blogs, I saw a headline on ProBlogger that caught my eye… “Today is Blogger Appreciation Day [Unofficial]“

As the title suggests, this is an unofficial day – but I have a feeling that any blogging tradition started by Darren Rowse is very likely to catch on. I would not be surprised if this is an even bigger event – and possibly changed to [Official] – by next year as well.

From Darren:

Lets spend today doing a few random acts of kindness and encouragement for our fellow bloggers.

We’re in it together, blogging is about collaboration and together going further than we can by ourselves – so why not help another blogger today by shooting them a word of encouragement, a pep talk, a congratulations, an idea to help them improve or some other positive constructive message. Better still, do it publicly on your blog and tell the world about another blogger who you appreciate.

I was checking out a few of the posts, and noticed that a few people have taken this opportunity to thank some of the bloggers who have had a positive impact on them. I would like to do the same, as well!

In the past 8 months that I’ve been blogging, I’ve met some amazing people! A few in particular have done some amazing things for me, and I would love to thank them on Blogger Appreciation Day.

Shane of Shane and Peter Inc.

Shane is an amazing young entreperneur, offering his business insights on the Shane and Peter Inc. Blog. He’s accomplished so much and is only one year younger than I am (and goodness that sort of thing makes me feel old, lol). Shane has really helped bring out the entrepreneur in me!

I was simply amazed when he first found and commented on my original blog (little ole me?!?!?!) LOL. He offered some very kind comments and a huge boost of encouragement. I was honestly shocked that here’s this great business person (whose blog I had been following for some time) who somehow came across my blog – and thought it was good enough to leave a comment! This was back when the old blog was not even a month or two old.

Shane asked a few questions that really got my mind going – he has an certain way about communicating with other budding entrepreneurs… you get the sense that he honestly cares about find out your dreams and goals, and wants you to succeed!

Shane’s questions really gave me a big kick in the pants. I have him to thank for playing a large part in getting the ball rolling for me. So to kick off my version of Blogger Appreciation Day, Shane, I have to say Thank You!

Naomi of Itty Biz

This chick seriously rocks! Do you have a small business… a very, very small business, LOL? If so, you probably need marketing help, and Itty Biz is the place to go!

Naomi’s got a unique writing style – she tells it like it is, and isn’t afraid to use a few expletives in the process. I literally laugh out loud reading many of her posts – but they are not just funny, they are incredibly informative, as well.

I bought Naomi’s Itty Bitty package a few months ago, and all I can say is WOW! I can’t remember being as excited about my business as when I got off the phone with Naomi! I had some initial plans and ideas, but Naomi helped set me in a new direction – one I must say is working amazingly well so far!

I had a great phone consultation with Naomi, with follow-up emails throughout the re-design of my primary business site, and this blog. Heck, she had such great info, I came back for a second Itty Bitty package. Naomi, you’ve given me such amazing advice and direction, etc, that I have to say Thank You!

Wendy of eMoms at Home

Wendy offers great business advice for work at home mom’s and dad’s on the eMoms at Home blogging network. Well – I should re-phrase that… Wendy offers great business advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs period – regardless of their parenting status.

Wendy is in the process of re-branding her web site, as she’s realized that a large portion of her audience are not just parents. I don’t envy her on the re-branding – it’s certainly NOT an easy task… especially with a blogging network as large as eMoms at Home is!

Wendy is great about sharing the love with other small business owners. We’ve been following each other on Twitter for a while now… Shortly before the re-launch of my current web site, Wendy and I had a great little conversation… and by little, I mean 140 characters at a time or less, LOL.

I had been having questions and doubts about the direction this blog should take. I needed a bit of a nudge, and Wendy was there for me. She gave me the little pep talk that I needed to follow through on the same direction that Shane and Naomi had been nudging me towards as well. So to you, Wendy, I must say Thank You!

Jon of Freelance Folder

Jon is awesome! He’s the go-to social bookmarking guy, LOL. I had been reading Freelance Folder for a while, but first found a connection with Jon through StumbleUpon when I noticed that he bookmarked a post from my original blog. I thought that was pretty cool, since well, it was an itty bitty little blog (I swear I didn’t say that on purpose, Naomi, LOL).

Jon and I have since emailed and connected on Twitter, etc. – especially since the launch of this blog last month. This blog started out with a very small following – 20 people came over from the old blog (just about 50% of my original subscribers). It wasn’t long before I posted my article about the “6 Phases of the Web Design and Development Process.” I asked Jon if he wouldn’t mind submitting it to a couple of the social bookmarking sites (Digg or StumbleUpon – wherever!)

Little did I know, he submitted it to more than just a couple places, and it really caught on! 24 Diggs, 40 Likes on Stumble, 275 Saves on Del.icio.us… Wow! This one article has received well over 10,000 page views, and as a result I now have over 100 subscribers. Still a small number, but much larger than the original 20.

I’m still amazed by the number of comments, and trackbacks this article continues to receive. It even made the “Best of March…” lists on Smashing Magazine and Vandelay Web Design. I owe this 15 minutes of fame entirely to Jon. And for that, I must say Thank You!

Who Do You Want to Thank?

Who do you appreciate out there in the blogging world? Please spread the word about the (Unofficial for now…) Blogger Appreciation Day!

Please post a comment below, or on ProBlogger showing your appreciation for your favorite bloggers. Better yet – dedicate a post on your blog to the topic!

About the Author

About the AuthorSelene M. Bowlby is a web designer and front-end web developer with over 15 years of professional experience in the design industry. As the owner of iDesign Studios she specializes in creating custom WordPress driven web sites for other small businesses. Follow Selene on . more »

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  • http://www.emomsathome.com Wendy Piersall

    HUGZ.

    Will I get to meet you at one of the conferences this year??

  • http://freelancefolder.com Jon Phillips

    Hey Selene! Thanks for the linkage and mention, really appreciated! 10k views? that’s pretty cool heh? Congrats on the 100 subscribers mark, I’m sure it won’t take long before you hit 1k :)

  • http://www.idesignstudios.com/blog/ Selene M. Bowlby

    @Wendy – LOL, not this year, that’s for sure. We’ve already got our vacation planned for the year… finally going back to both our homes – it’s been far too long – really looking forward to introducing our daughter to the rest of our families! Maybe one year down the road, though – the conferences seem like lots of fun!

    @Jon – Yeah, I’m simply amazed by the traffic! Of course, it’s since plummeted, LOL, but I’m very happy with the subscriber numbers so far. 1k would be nice – I know that’s quite a ways off, though. ;)

  • http://www.netage.co.za lynnscott

    Great post..wonderful thought who said no body cares..I would like to thank you Selene as you have inspired me and better organized…A Big Thanks from S Africa..and i will pass on the (Blogger Appreciation Day)Unoffical…