Farewell Meet & Greets!

There have been a lot of changes going on over here, some subtle and others drastic. I’ve changed a few topics over the past few months and the posts themselves have changed in nature and approach. One of the more drastic changes is that I tapered off with the meet and greets. I’ve really enjoyed hosting them and had such a great time coming up with the theme to be able to open up the platform for the wonderful conversations we’d engage in. While meet and greets are a fabulous way to connect bloggers together, discover new blogs to add to your Reader and gain exposure to our blogs, it’s not the direction I want to pursue anymore.

I really enjoy the connections I make with those that follow because they enjoy the content and I just don’t feel that meet and greets drive as much value in that aspect. One of my biggest reasons for continuing to blog is because of the wonderful conversations we have! I’d much rather have 17 followers that read and enjoy the contentΒ than 17,000 that rarely if ever made it over here and didn’t interact. That would make for such an empty experience for me! So I’ve decided to do things a little differently.

Instead of hosting meet and greets, I’m going to spread the blog love. At least once a month I’ll highlight posts that I’ve come across and really enjoyed. I’ll share blogs of all different genres and do my part to continue to connect you with other great bloggers. I’ll open up the platform for you to suggest blogs this community should check out.

I’ve had a really great time at the meet and greets and am so grateful to everyone that participated, let their creative side out, let their inner child come out to play, and connected with other bloggers. This will be a slightly different approach on my blog but I look forward to spreading the blog love!

Have a great weekend!

Niki

29 thoughts on “Farewell Meet & Greets!

    1. Thank you! You were actually one of the first people that came to mind because you spread the blog love so much. Thanks for what you do in the blogging community ❀

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  1. I always feel a little odd about meet and greets. I’m shy in strange ways, and that’s one of them. I’m happier to drop by here and there as life leads me. I like your new idea. Hope it works out for you; for sure, you’ll have an adventure out there curating posts! =D

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    1. I don’t think you ever attended mine or at least not dropping a line. They each had a different theme to get the conversation going and the only requirement was that attendees brought along a link to a blog other than their own. I didn’t like meet and greets that were shameless self promotion because I felt like no one was reading. Everyone would drop a link to their blog and run. People did engage in conversation and connect and I loved that. But it just isn’t serving my blog anymore and this change feels like a better fit πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s ok. I think you might have surprised yourself. I’d love to encourage you to take a peek at one of the blogs I share in the future blog love post. Maybe you could just say hi and let them know something you like about their blog. We’ve had such great conversations and we actually met by you starting our conversation. Maybe this way you won’t be as shy because you’re being introduced to a friend of a friend πŸ˜‰

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      2. Well, peeking at a blog doesn’t make me shy at all. Neither does commenting. Like I said, it’s an odd type of shyness. I think it has a lot to do with my childhood.

        I’m glad I helped you make a friend. That makes me smile. =D

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      3. That makes me feel even better about this then because you’ll actually feel inclined to check them out and even strike up a conversation. I wasn’t fond of meet and greets because I felt like everyone wanted to be seen and no one wanted to listen which is why I tried to put a spin on mine and really encouraged conversation and for people to interact with one another. That part of it went really well but it was limited to meet and greets which I didn’t anticipate.

        I look forward to returning the favor ❀

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  2. I love your new approach. I have taken a break from meet and greets. For me, blogging is about writing and organic connections. I wanted to get back to my original passion. I am looking forward to reading your blog. You write with love!

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  3. You did them a ton. I can see how much work that would be to keep up, especially on your month long one. I look forward to your new highlights of note worthy posts. Thanks for all your effort and time on the Meet and Greets πŸ™‚

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    1. I did! Then keeping the conversation going, it was a lot of work but I enjoyed it. It just no longer fits into what I’m doing so time for a change πŸ™‚ Aww, my pleasure! Thank you for attending the meet and greets. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Lovely idea Niki, and good you have made a positive decision to let go of what worked well once for the new, fresh approach. It seems an age since I visited your blog, although I have just promoted yours on another blogs meet and greet hosted by a good friend of mine. The topic of mindfulnes and kindness arose and I thought of you whilst linking in my reflection on the challenge so added your blog to that. Hope you don’t mind!

    Hope alls well and speak soon….

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    1. Thank you Gary. It worked great in the beginning but my blog is going in another direction and this feels like a better fit now. Thank you so much, I really appreciate you thinking of me and leaving a link.

      All is well, thank you. Wishing all is well for you also ❀

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      1. My pleasure Niki, it’s good to move on when the time is right and the mind is in a different place. Sometimes not doing so can hold you back and leave life with regrets for not trying something new when the opportunity is there. I’m sure it will be equally succesful 😊

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      2. I agree. It’s funny because meet and greets helped grow my following when I first started earlier this year but it’s been a few months since I’ve held them consistently but my followers have continued to grow. I don’t put too much into my stats but I do like to review them every now and then. I noticed that my number of visitors were really high during the beginning when I hosted meet and greets regularly but my engagement numbers were low. Also my meet and greet posts had the most views and that always rubbed me wrong because there were some posts that I put a lot into and if there was a meet and greet that week those views dwarfed the posts that I put so much into. That was my sign that meet and greets weren’t providing me the results I wanted. I’d rather a few people browse through and read a few posts, have a laugh, feel encouraged, and even feel inclined to comment than 150 people stop by in a day to drop a line to be seen and never return. I’m grateful for the exposure I got and for the connections I was able to help foster but I’m confident in this new method for me and feel really good about connecting people in a way that isn’t seeking anything in return ❀

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      3. I think what counts is not just views and likes, but engagement. Comments make blogging more positive and by doing it you show time has been invested in reading and actually commenting. As an author, I feel it’s important to be accessible to my readers. And by similar thinking they should feel free to correspond and feedback knowing that I will take the time to read and reply. Obviously if a few turn into thousands that process must, by default, become harder to do. I’m quite liberal in terms of who is a repeat commenter. I’ve two audiences it seems. Those that like my writing and those that like my rambling such as the quote challenge and thoughts on the kindness challenge. I don’t mind that and understand my genre is not to everyone’s taste. Although at the same time I have more to offer than fiction in terms of writing. Balance I suppose and also in the method by which I schedule replies. I’ve notice as growth here, Twitter and Facebook occurs time becomes more precious. If I do what I did at the start I’d never actually write anything!!
        I think your new direction is very sound and in tune with your movement forwards too 😊

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      4. I’m with you Gary! I’m all about the connection! I’ve often said WordPress is the only form of “social” media that’s social. I absolutely love the engagement and very much enjoy connecting with my readers. I love the conversations and interaction. I agree with being accessible and you’re right the larger the following the harder that is. For right now I’m at a place that it’s very manageable. I have time set aside each day to write and I comment as I can but I’m sure to respond to each comment. I already have ideas in place to handle the flow of comments should the following ever get to be such that I can’t keep up. I’ve jotted it down and will cross that bridge when I get to it πŸ™‚

        I love how aware you are that you have two distinct audiences and luckily they both work great for you!

        Thank you, I’m very excited for this unexpected turn and look forward to the connections to be made in a different way πŸ™‚

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      5. It’s a strange medium in some respects. Some seem to post so often I wonder if they can keep up with engagement and maintain a healthy outside lifestyle. That balance thing. I know when I’m writing, I have to disengage from social media altogether or story arcs don’t flow properly. I guess that’s where scheduling comes in. However juggling a family is also in the mix. Might have to tap into your thoughts on larger volume coping lol

        I also have a blogging mentor that keeps showing ways to increase traffic flow and article reads via multiple platforms. Thing is that really does chew time so it’s probably OK for some but not for others. I guess it really depends on how much time you can actually commit and not stress if it’s the rate limiting step. I’m trying to balance my efforts more now and regain the mojo to work on other projects. That mindfulness calling again 😊

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      6. I’m one that posts daily. I set an hour aside everyday to write something. At first it was difficult but I found a way to make it work for me. I personally have a different topic for every day so by writing about different things it makes it easy to come up with a post. I write while my youngest naps and my oldest in school. I just have my posts automatically upload to my social media accounts and I’m not very good about posting outside of that because I have too much going on. Social media doesn’t bring as many view in for me anyway so I don’t cultivate it. On the flip side, maybe if I cultivated it, it would bring in more followers I don’t know but I’m ok with my current schedule.

        I think it’s about producing consistent quality content. For some that’s once a week, others once a month, and others daily. As long as it works for you without taking over your life, I think that’s what’s important because you’re being mindful πŸ˜‰

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      7. Very true indeed. At present I’m in transition. I need to sort out priotities and apply them to daily life. My writing has really suffered the last few months and that impacts blogging and sorting out my synopsis. I need to find a time and space to write and schedule it. My day seems to be full, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it has no me balance. I rather like blogging so that has to move up my pecking order. I think me commenting on other people’s blogs, or being absent for a while in doing that, is a good indicator things are out of order here. I often think I need more hours in the day, but I am now thinking my hours need better scheduling. It will come no doubt at some point πŸ™ƒ

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      8. I think you’re really onto something there Gary. We know that there are only 24 hours in the day. Subtract the time that you need to eat and sleep in a given day. Now you’re getting a little closer to how much time you actually have in a day. Of that, how much time is needed to fulfill responsibilities and commitments (be realistic). Now you have an accurate picture of the time you have left to work with. Of this time, how much time is spent doing things that don’t bring value into your life? How much time is spent doing things that others can contribute to? How much time is spent doing things that you “should” be doing but don’t “need” to be done? I hope I’m making sense and that you find this helpful in analyzing your current routine. Sometimes we just have to cut things out, move them around, or get to them later. It doesn’t have to be permanent but long enough for you to feel that the pieces are fitting into the right places and you can move them as you go along.

        Now that I think about it, I actually wrote about something along these lines on my business site last month, maybe you’ll find something that can support you on your endeavor to create a routine that works better for you-
        https://nikimeadows.com/2016/08/31/dose-of-empowermenttrue-to-yourself/

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      9. Thanks Nikki, it makes sense and is the conclusion I also made a few weeks ago. Putting it into action is the next phase and I think it will take a bit of time to iron out the finer details. It’s a journey though and in metaphoric comparison…journeys are beset by delays, traffic lights and jams, diversions and so on. Trick is not to have a crash !!

        I shall have a look at that post now 😊

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  5. I love this! I think we look at blogging in a rather similar way. That is one of the reasons I stopped blogging in September, I felt like I was doing it just to keep up with everyone and not to actually engage or, heaven forbid, write. I look forward to reading more!

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    1. When I started my old blog 3 years ago, I didn’t understand how the blogging community worked. I’d comment and like people’s posts and they wouldn’t respond. It was such an empty experience for me. This time around I stumbled upon a few blogs that had a really great platform of people interacting. I loved it! So I started hosting meet and greets to build my own community. They are great in the sense that people see those words and they come running to the blog but some people come just for the exposure. There’s nothing wrong with that but I’d rather have less exposure and more interaction. So moving into a different way of connecting bloggers makes sense. This way the people that find me and follow because they like my content will more likely interact and I’ll be able to connect them to other bloggers.

      Why did you start blogging in the first place? What do you enjoy most about the blogging experience? What can you do to support that aspect? How can you engage more with other bloggers? What can you do to keep posts consistent? No need to answer these but just somethings to think about that might help bring clarity or help you come up with a strategy that works for you ❀

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      1. πŸ™‚ those were the same questions I was asking myself for the last two months. I need to get back to writing to write instead of writing to watch the stats increase. It’s easy to get sucked into that aspect of blogging. I’m happy you were able to strategize on how to get back to blogging for you!

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      2. I’m glad you found the reason. I thinks stats are a good thing as long as we don’t read too much into them. I write on 7 different topics so I see which topics get the most interest, and that I write to different audiences with each topic, but I don’t let the stats dictate what I write about. For example, meet and greets and blogging tips get the most views but that’s not what my blog is about. While I love to connect people and enjoy teaching others what I know, that’s not where my heart is. If I used my stats to dictate my blog, I’d only host meet and greets and write blog tips to cater to the higher views. I get much more interaction on my other topics and that’s what I enjoy. So just use it as a guide to interpret the data that you want to get some insight on and write to write and not for hits. I’m sure that once you get back to that, you’ll see the stats go up anyway πŸ˜‰

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