I was pleasantly surprised today to find out that my RSS subscribers number reached 26. It’s been a month since I started this blog and I haven’t been promoting it too vigorously… not yet.

I would like to get to know my readers better. First of all, I’m very curious:
- How did you find out about this blog?
- What attracted you to subscribe to my RSS?
- What are your interests?

I’ve installed a couple of new plugins today to encourage the comments and discussions on my blog. We all know that it’s much more interesting and rewarding to have dialogs rather than monologues:

  • Subscribe to Comments 2.1 plugin: There’s a checkbox in the comment area, if you check it, you’ll get email notification of further comments. This way you can come back and stay engaged in the dialog
  • Show Top Commentators plugin displays the names of Top Commentators (see the sidebar), linked to their website (currently set on monthly basis) and number of comments they have made recently. This should motivate you to comment more and participate in the blog discussions.
  • I’ve also installed Related Entries plugin which currently shows three “related” entries to the post based on keyword matching. This should make it easy to browse my blog and encourage the reading

Look forward to hearing from you all. Thank you, Vivien

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  1. This is ShAnKaR GaNeSh. A 16 year old guy from Tamil Nadu, India.
    My Blog is at http://shankarthetechie.blogspot.com
    I love to surf the internet, learn new technologies, and I would like to pursue a Ph.D. In Computer Science.
    I have forgotten how I came to know about your blog.
    Subscribed to your RSS Feed on first visit.
    Best Wishes to get good PRs from Google!!!

  2. Hope the Top Commentators plugin works for you…please let us know if you have any issues

  3. I was just cruising around reding blogs and found you. I love inspirational posts.

  4. ibit

    Hi Healthy Body. Welcome to my blog. I see you’ve started your blog on Dec 2006, just like I did :-) Some very useful articles you have there, great job!

  5. I just saw one of your comments on another blog, I followed the link and here I am. I’m also a new blogger on the block, I started in August 2006 and I’m very pleased so far with the experience.

  6. ibit

    Welcome to my blog, Simonne. Thanks for all your comments. You’re now a Top Commentator on my blog, with a link to your site :-)

  7. I have been looking for the right version of the Top Commentator plugin, is this one the default with the TC on the home page only or it this a modified version of the site wide one, I am a bit confused, sorry.

    I also spent a long time searching under Top Commenter, not often I spell stuff right only to find the name being used is incorrect!

  8. Hi Nitmix. This is the version of Top Commentator that I use on this blog. Hope this helps.

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Hi, I'm Vivien. Thanks for visiting my Inspiration Bit. I often find myself scouring the internet looking for either answers to many questions I have or websites that inspire me, sites that I can learn from. On what topics you might ask — any topics that interest me, anything from web design to typography and art, from blogging to entrepreneurship, from programming to open source.
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When I'm not blogging, I design web sites, teach, play with my daughter and try to balance family, work, friends and a somewhat active social life on