When I started blogging I didn't realize it's depth and how much of a social environment it really is, even though we may be faceless in cyberspace.
I don't know how many others are like me, but I find social networking a little confusing as well as time consuming. I know that investing reaps many rewards, but I'm frustrated that I don't have the free time I need to make it work.
The few attempts I make to join hops and link-ups do pay off. Many of the hops and link-ups will feature popular posts or a specific blog. The features are helpful with building traffic and exposure.
I have found many terrific food blogs that have optimized their exposure by offering different forms of networking. For those who use Twitter and tweet often, or spend a lot of time on Facebook I found "Feed Me! Tweet Me! Follow Me Home Friday! is a great way to gain new followers. The link opens on Fridays and stays open for 6 days so you have plenty of time to stop by and link up.
My shameless plug -- please follow me on Networked Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook by just clicking on the links in the sidebar. Simple, no link-ups, just click through!!!!
I will keep trying, though it will be a slow journey to get into the social networking scene.