Day 6 and we are well underway for the annual November NaBloPoMo.
I am cruising through, finding new interesting blogs and writers, new discussions to get involved with. It’s exciting, inspiring and then bang!
No like buttons. No share buttons. Nada. Zip. Again and again. Not even the standard blog like, much less the Facebook like. And don’t even get me started on hard-to-find RSS feeds. Hint: Make it easy to subscribe to your blog by any means that works best for me.
Bloggers! Use those social sharing buttons! Make it easy for other bloggers to fan your work, support you and help you along! Especially during NaBloPoMo!
And what I’m guessing is, if you don’t have easy ways for others to share your work, then it’s unlikely you are very involved with sharing the work of others either. And that’s not how this social stuff works. So, come on. It’s not hard. Just take the time and do it! Share and be shared!
And I’m not saying you should share anything you don’t really like. More on that later….
Don’t know how to add buttons?
Well, the first place I’d send you to learn how to add buttons to your particular blog will be the forums for your blog’s platform. The information in those user forums will likely be the most accurate, helpful and up to date.
However, here are a few articles to help:
Facebook “like” buttons for Blogger blogs: http://www.bloggerplugins.org/2010/04/facebook-like-button-for-blogger.html
“Share” buttons for Blogger: http://maketecheasier.com/add-share-buttons-to-blogger/2011/05/26
More instructions for “share” buttons on Blogger: http://www.digitalkonline.com/blog/bid/54870/How-to-Add-Social-Media-Sharing-Buttons-to-your-Blogger-Posts
Facebook “like” buttons for Wordpress blogs: http://mashable.com/2010/05/07/wordpress-facebook-like-buttons/
“Share” buttons for WordPress.com blogs: http://jamal919en.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/how-to-add-share-buttons-in-your-wordpress-com-blog/
“Share” buttons for WordPress.org blogs: http://tripozia.blogspot.com/2012/08/adding-stylish-share-buttons-to-your.html
Adding social sharing buttons in general: http://mashable.com/2011/03/11/add-social-sharing-buttons/
You might be wondering why I didn’t hide all those links above?
Well, as a courtesy, it’s nice sometimes when you’re sending folks to a bunch of links to let them see the links first so they can decide if they are safe or not. I tried to pick pretty mainstream links, but by posting them, you can see the names of the sites outright.