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I'm a medical doctor by profession but currently on study leave to pursue my Masters degree in Pharmacology. I'm a mother to three amazing kids (Yousof 5 years old, Aishah 3 years old and Hamzah 1 year old). I love reading books, good food, and my latest passion is blogging. Have a peek at my blog, HidayahStory.

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Blogwalking with love

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Undeniably, BLOGWALKING (BW) is one of the most important ways to increase traffic to your blog. Basically, you are your best ambassador, promoting your blog to others. If they like you, then they will surely visit you back.

Thanks for visiting

Everybody has their own blogwalking ritual. For me, my first priority is to visit everyone who has visited me. Hey, it’s only fair. If they made the effort to come all the way to your blog, it’s the simplest way to show your appreciation. So I will clear my shoutmix and my chat box. Some people wonder why I have both. The simple reason is because I know some people prefer one over the other when BW (I prefer shoutmix especially with all those cute little animated icons). Secondly, when one goes wrong, visitors can always type in the other one.

Secondly, I will visit all those links I have on my sidebar. I put them there for a reason right? It’s because I really do like reading their entries. So I make a point of visiting them whenever they update their blogs.

You never know what you might find

Thirdly, I also love to travel to random blogs. This is sort of a blog treasure hunt. I just click any name in any shoutbox that takes my fancy and Voila! I arrive at a new and unexplored destination. I’ve managed to discover some truly amazing blogs in this way.

My short four months experience with blogwalking has taught me a few points of Blogwalking Etiquette:

  1. Do your best to also read their entries and comment on their posts. It makes the blog owner feel appreciated.
  2. Do not forget to make sure you have typed in your URL properly. It will be your loss if they click and cannot reach your blog.
  3. If you have a new and interesting entry promote it as you are BW too.
  4. Try typing something nice/interesting/funny in people’s chatboxes. This encourages more people to click you.
  5. Have a unique memorable identity. So they know that you are a regular visitor to the blog.

My pet peeves (I really don’t like these things when I BW):

  1. Spammers
  2. People who “force” you to follow them. Especially, the ones who say that they have already followed you you so they try to make you feel guilty and follow them back.
  3. Chatboxes with really tiny font or really curly font because I can’t read!

Honestly, I think my blog relies heavily on BW right now because I notice the difference on days when I dont have time to BW. What are your BW habits? What irritates you during BW? What are the other ways that can help increase traffic to your blog?

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  1. i love blogwalking too..

    satu benda paling irritate adalah bila, tetiba terkeluar lagu bila blog t abes loading..mak aii aku terkejut kau!!! hahahaha
    lydzar´s last blog post post ..Update Pagi Khamis

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    amirah Reply:

    aah la stuju la..torkujat..!!!terus tak sengaja klik x..hihi
    amirah´s last blog post post ..Selamat Hari Jadi Ke 30 Tuan!!Hehe

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    Hidayah Reply:

    ahaha.. oops! I do play a “soundtrack” to my blog .. but I try to stick to soothing songs and put the player in plain view so readers can mute it immediately .. have considered removing it a few times but am just a bit sentimental I guess..
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  2. tp sumi kurang gemar kalu ad ablog pasang lagu…sbb mengganggu pembacaan la…

    sbb kita dh pasang lagu kat komputer…camput pulak lagu kat blog..perghh..pening pala…hahaha

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    Hidayah Reply:

    uhuhu..sorry yek sbb peningkan kepala awak (pernah singgah blog kan..hehe).. ni yg kena fikir balik ni ..
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    syigim Reply:

    kalo ade lagu kat blog, kadang2 saya mute je…tapi agree jugak dgn sumi…kadang2 xleh mute sbb tgh pasang lagu sendiri kat komputer… or i sometimes just play f.r.i.e.n.d.s in the background while i blogwalk!
    syigim´s last blog post post ..A Quiet Lunch &amp A Noisy Bbq Dinner

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  3. betul cakap sumi… hehehe
    tak semua suka akan lagu yang diperdengarkan. Silap2 langsung tak dijengah dah blog tersebut
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    Hidayah Reply:

    erk! definitely have to reconsider my music taste :)But sometimes I find blogs with really nice songs that I haven’t heard before ..a plus too
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    ajjah Reply:

    sometimes i bw using office computer and whenever a song came out, the whole office will hear it. kalau lagu slow then okay la, tapi kalau lagu rancak-rancak ni terus maluuuu
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  4. Agree. I feel the difference too if i don’t BW. Anyway my POV is, for blogs that I love to read, I will always read them even some of the blog owners didn’t return a visit to mine. But as a blog owner, tak baik la camtu kan? Mungkin kita glamer tapi jangan la tak pernah sekali pun menjenguk blog frequent visitors kita. Unless u visit as anon then no one knows. Just my 2cents…Thanks for this info, writer..
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    amirah Reply:

    I concur with ur view dbalkis. Sometimes, kita buat BW pada blog yg memng kita suka baca walaupun the owner tak return a visit..nak wat camno, blogger tak glemer..hihi
    amirah´s last blog post post ..Selamat Hari Jadi Ke 30 Tuan!!Hehe

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    Hidayah Reply:

    yup..yup..kinda like being in high school all over again.. all the cool kids versus the normal ones..hehe..

    I get really excited if a blogger I like pops in for a visit and comments.. hehe..
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  5. I love blogwalking too! my daily routine is to visit ones on my list and see their lists pulak next :P

    my turn off while BW is when they have this really striking background colour and fonts that really eye popping!

    seryes sakit mata n baca sikit terus rasa pening2 n nausea :P
    i would prefer simple white background and black text. like mine :P

    anddd… please… dont update your blog like updating FB status just for the sake of being on top of the list. :)

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    Hidayah Reply:

    ahaha.. I am a bit put off by people who update their blogs every 5 minutes too .. like syigim said 3 times per week cosistently is quite good.. if you can then once daily would be great (that’s why they call em daily reads..hehe) .. coz too frequent might end up with one-liner entries like..(true examples “don’t feel like blogging today, wanna go dating instead”… “hari ni nak buat entri merapu, tak tahu nak blog pasal apa lah.. merapu2 jelah”)

    would have to agree about the whole brightness factor too.. (says me who has an ORANGE blog..ahaha)
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    catlina Reply:

    ho ho ho…melampau lak update setiap 5 minute kan?apo ekau tak dok kojo ko hahahaha…

    kalau nak short update leh ke twitter or fb kan?..

    sy kadang2 terkejut beruk juga bila ke blog yg ada muzik bagai ni(especially bila E-ein tido dan sy lupe nak off sound laptop)..tapi dulu2 pernah gak terjebak dgn keje2 gini..heheehe..kunun nak share lagu faveret dgn kawan2…

    tapi memberatkan blog dan “bising”.terus sy buang.ini pun kat blog rasa mcm dah serabut tapi all that widgets terrasa sayang lak nak buang..huhuhu

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    Hidayah Reply:

    uhuhu..camni nampak gayanya mmg hari ini last day lah music kat blog kita tu .. sedih jugak.. takpe.. sapa2 yg singgah sila bawak music sendiri yek?
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    catlina Reply:

    hidayah, sy tak perasan ur blog ada muzik..hehehe sebab dah terbiasa silentkan laptop..cuma on sound bila e-ein nak tgk youtube dibo the gift dragon jek hehehe

    actually kalau blog tu menarik, people won’t mind the music kot..:) peace !

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    ::Ida:: Reply:

    hehehe.. your blog is orange but the text background is white which is totally acceptable :D
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  6. nice one, hidayah!

    i dont mind ‘following’ another blogger upon request, but i do mind if they want to ‘exchange links’ because i wanna put blogs that i actually LIKE on my sidebar, and not SIMPLY because of link exchange! hihi

    i believe placing certain links on the sidebar can be a reflection of the blogger her/himself. that’s why i’ve once deleted a link because it contained too many mengutuk postings. i certainly dont want my readers to see that i’ve got a kaki kutuk blogger in my blogroll!
    syigim´s last blog post post ..A Quiet Lunch &amp A Noisy Bbq Dinner

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    Hidayah Reply:

    Thanks! totally agree with the link exchange thingy (I guess that’s why our PR still stuck down there).. but yes, I do care about who I have on my sidebar .. we are what we read ;)
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  7. sometimes as silent reader jer…

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    Hidayah Reply:

    silent readers are good because at least they READ.. am not too keen on BW simply for traffic .. I usually at least take a peek at the post .. it’s so easy to just hop 10 blogs at a time type something like “Blogwalking here, nuff for you, up traffic” .. but kinda takes the quality out of the BW..
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  8. nice info for newbie like me..thanks for sharing=)
    mamaqari´s last blog post post ..ECE Seminar

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    Hidayah Reply:

    you’re welcome.. am still a newbie myself (4 months old- in human years still crawling).. :)
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..I hate Middle Lane Hoggers!

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  9. samalah..tak suka yg dtg blog kita cari nuffnang dgn harapan kita klik dia balik(klik nuffnang)..nak berblog walking, biarlah ikhlas…

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    Hidayah Reply:

    betul catlina ..sgt setuju .. I blog for fun.. I blogwalk pun should be fun too kan?
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  10. kalo blogwalking dengan agenda nak menyakitkan hati orang, baik duk diam2 kan..hikss..
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    Hidayah Reply:

    betul..it’s amazing how many people have nothing better to do than “anonymously” insult people..a few of my blogger friends have even removed their chatboxes ..
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  11. Hi Hidayah..

    Me love Blogwalking too…but mostly not enough time to leave any trace(comments). But I have made it upon to leave comments at least once per day or whenever I can.

    I normally read from Google Reader and whenever I find the content interesting or cannot resist to comment, I clicked and hop to their blogs :) hehe…

    Cheers!
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    Hidayah Reply:

    yup.. another thing I totally believe in is ..comment only when you have something worth saying ..hehe
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  12. Thanks for the great tips! Learnt a new thing today ;-)
    I actually don’t mind a soothing song or pretty layout but I totally dislike consistent vulgar or nudity or sexual type of blogs. I have experienced it before… gave me a heart attack! Blogs are universal so I think it should be ‘U’ lah…
    Sholee´s last blog post post ..Home-cooked Sunday

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    Hidayah Reply:

    ahaha so true.. must be countless blogs out there with the Ariel Peterporn vid shots.. that biggest boob in the world girl.. there was even one blog that had pics of ppl masturbating .. yucks..discussing current events is one thing .. you don’t have to be so graphic …

    those people should have the content warning thing activated..seriously
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  13. Sangat setuju!
    Ziarah menziarah kan ke bagus?
    Tapi WAJEEBla kene amek taw “apa,siapa” tuan tanahnya! ;-)
    appledia´s last blog post post ..I got my first but then

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    Hidayah Reply:

    Ya betul! In real life pun..kalau melawat ..kurang2 bagi salam..tanya khabar kan?
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  14. saya ske membaca entry yang bergambar. if takde gambar, baca statement pun skip2 je.
    then satu lagi, tak ske entry yang tulis text panjang-panjang, takde paragraph langsung. semput den membacanya! :???:

    lagu.. blog saya pun ada lagu. tujuan lagu tuh dimainkan adalah untuk saya sendiri. hahaha, sbb tak install pun lagu tuh dalam pc. so bile kemana2 sahaja berada, boleh bukak blog sendiri, and play lagu feveret sendiri! :lol:
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    Hidayah Reply:

    hehe.. I used to be exactly like you (about the music)..but after taking into consideration all the points made by MBP readers on this article .. I have decided to remove my music widget.. so bring along your own music if you come and visit my blog ok? :)

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  15. aww,..Hidayah..dont feel bad about that music, you can still install the one that is not an auto-play type.

    i don’t really like it when anyone who leaves a shoutout instead of a comment but expect other blogger to visit them back and leave a comment.

    anyone understand what i’m trying to say? i pun rasa ayat i berbelit2..haha
    unlisted_one´s last blog post post ..Kakak siapa ini

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    Hidayah Reply:

    That’s agood suggestion Nia.. but I guess it would be the same as just having my own playlist on.. it’s ok.. it’s good to hear suggestions from all.. and I would like to make the reading experience better at my blog :)

    I totally understand you .. they come and type something like “Ada entry baru..sila baca dan komen” in the chat box but then they don’t even bother to comment .. true? hehe..

    well, I try to stay honest to myself.. will comment if the article piques my interest or I really have something to say.. also will always try my best to comment on my regular commenters :)

    MY LATEST ENTRY: I hate Middle Lane Hoggers

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  16. hari nie baru ada masa nak BW.. time constrained..
    even nak update blog pun kadang2 terlepas, even tho suka baca blog orang tetapi masa membataskan dan kadang2 tu tak comment pun, just read n go
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    Hidayah Reply:

    Yup.. yup.. some days are mor ehectic than others.. that’s why my attitude is always..do whatever is comfortable.. when it gets to be a chore.. you know something is wrong.. like if BW is simply for traffic .. then you’ll always be stressed right? like it’s never enough.. so I take BW like any other trip..and enjoy the scenery along the way.. :)
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..I hate Middle Lane Hoggers!

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  17. yang penting, isi hendaklah padat dan menarik minat pembaca. Tentang letak lagu tu, tak mendatangkan masalah bagi saya, cuma ia akan efek pada bandwith terutama pada mereka yang menggunakan mobile brodband yang mempunyai bandwith limit. Suka pada artikel ini, satu cara untuk kita kenalkan diri dalam dunia blogging melalui blogwalking!.
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    Hidayah Reply:

    Thanks av. Yup I guess it will effect loading time etc. I always pick entry quality over bling ..hehe
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  18. salam

    thanks a bunch for the post! i really love this topic coz presently i believe that a blog’s traffic relies much on BW…definitely i can feel that way coz when i do not BW, my hits look quite stay the same….after BW, my hits increases!

    well….pls visit my saunashop http://q-wish.blogspot.com

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    Hidayah Reply:

    Thanks! So true.. have to be hardworking to promote our own blog right? as long as it doesn’t become a burden.. then what’s the point ..hehe

    Must blogwalk with LOVE
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..Inception movie review – Awesome!

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  19. Nice Blogwalking idea:-) I did Blog walking to some of my favourite bloggers and as well as yours:-) Informative for bloggers and woman in malaysia.COOL>>>
    kiki solar girl´s last blog post post ..Tacit Knowledge-How Toyota Transfer Knowledge!

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    Hidayah Reply:

    Thanks :) I love to browse other people’s must reads too.
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..Dude- wheres my car Aishahs version

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    http://fannysoh.blogspot.com/search/label/Mercury
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  21. dah lama tak singgah ke MBP.. rupanya dah ade penulis baru…

    salam kenalan hidayah

    agreed dgn idea u ni… should BW with love..
    cuma kdg2 ade blogger yg kerap expect kita komen n3 blog dia, tp blog kita tak mau komen pun… huhuu, sgt tak suka dgn org yg terlalu kejar trafik ni…

    btw, to tell the truth, kakyong pun memang beri priority pd blogger friends yg rajin beramah mesra di kotak komen dulu.. lepas dah habis BW blog depa ni, bila ada masa baru la BW yg dlm bloglist…

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    Hidayah Reply:

    salam kakyong (thanks for visiting my blog)

    yup.. I think there was a brief period when I was a bit excited about chasing traffic too (must admit it is exciting to see those UV figures on the nuff analytics) plus the prospect of money through BE and clicks.. but after that brief moment I realized.. it’s really not why I blog .. I just love sharing and I BW to see what others want to share with me too ..

    Quality trumps quality each time.. I would rather have most visitors who actually read, and smile or say “Hey, I’m like that too sometimes” or “What a good idea” than people who simply zoom in on my chatbox to type a few words and have no clue what I wrote for them earlier that same morning :)

    Idealistic? Hopeless romantic? – That’s just me :)
    Hidayah´s last blog post post ..Where am I

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    Hidayah Reply:

    *quality trumps quantity
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  22. oh,your blog is nice. i can make my english vocab’s added

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  23. nice site

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  24. singgah sini…..

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  25. Even if this was your old entry..i am now BW you and soo agree with you about BW^^ ya the most irritates me…i must say the song that acessorised the blog sometimes Oh! you shouldnt add that!…funny things happen, i was blogwalking while my bos walking through my desk( of course he didnt see my screen) but because of the loud of the background song ( i forgot to mute my speaker)i was caught red-handed blogging out of working hour..hehehe shame on me^^

    NICE BLOG ANYWAY plus you are a DOCTOR and MOM^^..i also wants to sharpen my english! They’re just getting bad and bad..practice makes perfect right?

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  26. blogwalking is really a great platform for new blogs and websites so as to drive traffic with ease and the one which is very targeted also. Great information. ;-)

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