When I first started out, I tried to visit every blog that came over a post in one of my loops. I wanted to support other authors, but in a selfish way, I wanted to get my name out there, too. I figured if I was posting all over the place, people would start to recognize my name, and I thought if I posted a comment on an interview another author had given, they might be kind enough to post one on mine.
Unfortunately, I found that wasn't usually the case. In fact, I did a blog tour earlier this year to promote WILD WEDDING WEEKEND, and got very few "outside" commenters. I got lots of people from my local RWA chapter and people from my two regular blogs, but not too much other traffic in most cases (not all, but most). It was a little disappointing, especially since I made it a point to post to my loops that I was guest blogging or being interviewed on a given day.
Now, in the interest of time, I find that I am simply not able to post on every single link that comes through. I'd neer get any writing done or have much of a life. So I pick and choose. If it's someone who's hosted me in the past, I go right to it. I also look at the topic titles in the subject line, and that helps decide me, too.
I do have blogs I check on a daily basis, and I always leave a comment if there's a new post. These blogs are the ones who were kind enough to host me this past Spring on my blog tour. (And of course I check in with the blogs I participate in - here at Heroines with Hearts and at the Acme Authors Link.)
Nine Naughty Novelists
Sharon Donovan Wednesday Spotlight
Dayana Knight Author Spotlight
Emma Lai Writes
Elaine Cantrell's Blog
Joanna Aislinn’s Blog
Tess Quinn: Writers on Writing
Just Write with Anne Marie Novark
Rachel Brimble’s Blog
Also, if I see these folks 'visiting' anywhere else, I try to pop in and at least 'wave hello'. I also have links on my web-site to any blog interview or guest post I've done.
In this way, I feel like I'm building a few strong releationships, rather than running myself ragged trying to build a million weak ones.
Until next time,
Happy Writing (or blog hopping)!