But my favorite? Link Parties.
(No, I'm not talking about Blog Parties Like This One)
Sometimes when I am facing writers block, I will turn to Thursday Thunks, or Top Two Tuesday for ideas.
Parties like these don't just give you a topic to write on. They also give you a chance to expose your blog to a whole new audience.
And who doesn't like exposing themselves?
When I link up to this kind of party (a blog one, not a flasher one), I try to visit each and every person there, and leave a meaningful comment.
(Emphasis on the meaningful part)
At the end of that comment, I'll add "I found you through ___________."
The return visits are awesome, and I always see a huge traffic spike when I do this.
A few weeks ago I tried a Wordless Wednesday post. And I got 200 extra visitors that day who clicked through to my blog (I track my traffic sources through Google Analytics).
Parties are where it's at, y'all.
There are also some blog carnivals that don't require you to write on a specific topic. Some ask for a funny post. Or maybe for your best post of the week.
Others have a theme, but it's general enough that you can just add what you already wrote that day.
Here, let me show you what I mean. Take my sister's Small Treasures Tuesday party (which is open all week).
Some people are inspired to write a post about something they treasure.
Others (like me) will link up whatever they wrote that day, and in the linky they will write titles like "naked old ladies are a treasure" "being married to me is a treasure" and "reaching that level of awkwardness is a treasure."
Again, you will receive more visits if you visit the other participants, and leave them thoughtful comments.
It's all about the social interaction.
(Yes, this is a plug for my sister's party. Go link your posts up)
So that's my secret.
What are your favorite ways to draw in new readers?
And are there any other parties that you guys like?
I'm always looking for new parties.
(I should probably specify, I'm not looking for Craft parties. Not that yours isn't awesome. But since this is not a craft blog (it's in the header), maybe only link up ones that would apply?)