“Scratch my back… and I’ll scratch yours” as the saying goes.
(((UPDATE: See the first couple “advertisers” or fans at my fanroll.)))
I’m a fledgling blog of only about a year old (between VirtualHugs and this one) and I’m constantly trying to think of something interesting to do on my blog… okay… maybe interesting isn’t the right word. I think naming my wart as one of my best friends would qualify as interesting to say the least. Perhaps unique would be a better word.
In the blogging world… you have to separate yourself and find new ways to market yourself and your blog. This involves a lot of time registering with search engines, making comments on other blogs, getting involved in all the social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace), etc. This is all rewarding and fun to do… but I’ve been scratching my head trying to come up with another way to make myself different than all the other blogs in the “blogosphere”… as us blogging nerds like to call it.
Most blogs out there have a “blogroll”, or list of blogs they (the author) enjoy reading, open for their adoring fans to click through and read. I too have this here.
In addition to a blogroll… I am going to do a “fanroll” or you could call it “Who’s Reading Papa K”. It will be a completely separate page up top in addition to “Home”, “Wanna Know Me?”, “Who’s Bunny?”, “Who’s DLG?” and “Sushi Blogroll”.
This will be an area for my readers to “advertise” whatever they’d like (within reason… no escort, assassination or knee-cap shattering services please) FOR FREE! All you have to do is take a valid picture of yourself verifying it is actually you holding a sign reading “I Read Hands To War!” and, if you like, any other interesting or funny quip.
“I Read Hands To War! And I Think You Are An Extremely Handsome Man.”
“I Read Hands To War! It Saved My Marriage.”
“I Read Hands To War! But Just Because I Think Your Wife Is Hot.”
In return, I will post a link to your website, blog, service, FaceBook page or whatever you want people to go to underneath your picture.
So… it would look something like this:
Ha Ha Papa K… you’re the most handsome, ingenius blogger I know! Go read Papa K’s blog and www.handstowar.wordpress.com. And in case you’re wondering… yes… I was trying to look sexy.
Oh Bunny… you ol’ comedian! To read more about Bunny and her adventures with her overstimulated husband go to www.icantbelieveicanputupwithsomuchcrap.com (FYI… that’s not a real website… I did click on it just to make sure).
Doing this in turn does two things:
1. Drives more readers to my site to make themselves known
2. Brings traffic to your site… uh, did I mention… FOR FREE!
Now, I know I’m no Google or Perez Hilton… but I could be some day. Wouldn’t you be kicking yourself if you didn’t get in on the ground floor now?
Just food for thought.
Send your pictures and URL information here: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTSCRIPT: Don’t feel like you have to have something to “advertise” just to send me a picture of yourself you’d like me to put in the “fanroll”. As most homosapiens, I desire words of encouragement and would love to see your smiling faces giving me props… or maybe you want to tell me to go to hell… whichever.
POSTSCRIPT #2: This “fanroll” idea generated a challenge in my mind: “How hard would it get celebrity bloggers to send me their pictures verifying they’ve read my blog?” Look for future pictures in my fanroll of Kim Kardashian (aka Hottest Woman Alive Next To Bunny).
Oh… she’ll read my blog… you just watch! A boy’s gotta have a dream.