I loved reading and replying to your comments on my post about fashion bloggers and self-promotion - thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts! I'm also very flattered that post was chosen as the basis for this week's set of questions for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, in which I'm participating for the first time today. My answers are below.

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1. How do you promote your blog?
I post updates on my Facebook page, Twitter and host giveaways. I think it's important to have Facebook and Twitter pages because these platforms have become number one news source for many people. I'm not doing as much promotion as I'd like right now because I'm working on future plans for Dressful (I'd like to start implementing video next year) and unfortunately the day only has 24 hours. However, my friends and readers often help me promote my blog by sharing posts on other sites, which makes me incredibly happy. :)

2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self promotion?
Giveaways are great for getting new people to your blog. Leaving thoughtful, sincere comments on other blogs works wonders if you want to establish relationships with fellow bloggers, which is what really pays off in the end. People who keep returning to your blog, read everything you write, think about it and discuss it with you bring you so much positive energy and motivation to keep blogging.

3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
Technically it's only wrong if it doesn't work. I see these ways more as annoying and aggressive.

4. When it comes to others pushing their product what annoys you?
I'm not a fan of the "I'll follow you if you follow me" or "Following you please follow me back" proposals. Leave me the freedom to decide if I'm interested in your blog or not! Also, if I see a generic two-word comment that could go under any post (such as "great blog!") followed by a bunch of links, I am all but motivated to check out that blogger.

5. In Dressful's post on this topic earlier in the week she said, "It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation." Do you agree?
Of course. ;)

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