Well, I am on the last stretch to the winning post as I contemplate Day 25 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge. In this activity, Problogger suggests you go shopping. The idea is that you observe what is happening and relate that back to your blog. Have a look at Michele Martin's reflections on this activity - that will give an idea of how this challenge works.
I did cheat a little because I did not go and spend a great deal of time observing what was going on - I only have today to finish my paper that I am submitting to the ICCMSN conference. But I did run a quick trip to the supermarket. Here are a couple of thoughts about that shopping experience and how I feel as a shopper.
One of the things that has changed about my shopping habits lately is that I rarely go into the main shopping center in Dunedin any more. I find parking is difficult and expensive, and everything is too time consuming compared to nipping into my local shopping community at South Dunedin. Time is a huge issue for people today so I think it is important that my blog does as much as it can to help people utilize it in a time-effective manner. To this end, I have added a Lijit search facility as well as ways to easily subscribe to my post.
I went down to the supermarket wearing my old study clothes - baggy trousers, old teeshirt with last night's dinner splashed on it, old worn furry slippers, hair and eyebrows that should have been 'dealt to' at least several days ago. I thought it didn't matter because I planned a quick 'in and out' trip. But who do I bump into...my male boss! Moral of the story - you never know who you are going to meet at your blog so it is important that the blog is looking at its best all the time. No poor spelling or grammar errors! Kate Olson has written more about this in her post 'Let's clean up the web'.
My final thought is that I want help from sales assistants when I want it - I hate being harassed when I am just browsing, but I also hate hate HATE being ignored when I want service. That will make me take my business to another shop. I do not know about harassing people, but I think it is vital that I respond to people whenever they leave a comment or ask for help. That personal connection is what contributes hugely to the networking process.
Image: '100_2058.JPG' Dunedin Main Shops