A good way to discover other W.a blogs and interact with other bloggers, would be to organise a blogging challenge.
Challenges run for a limited amount of time on a specific topic or theme. The challenge is to write on that theme a certain number of times during the event. It might be one week long where you post daily, or one month long where you post twice a week. I like the way Inktober does it because you can pick any frequency you like.
When lots of people write on similar topics at the same time, it’s easier to respond to each other. When you discover someone’s writing you like, then you tend to check out their other posts.
I’ve taken part in one very large challenge with 1200+ blogs, and another with around 50. They were both interesting in different ways, but the main goal was to discover other bloggers and respond to those you were interested in.
I created a button for the larger challenge which allowed visitors to be taken to a random blog among the 1200 participants. Many people liked that idea because they could easily discover blogs without being overwhelmed by the huge list of participants. The text on the button read “Surprise Me!”, which probably helped make it more fun.
Such challenges used to display a badge or banner, and there would be a list of all participating blogs. There needs to be something that identifies and connects participants. That way it feels like an event.
How does that sound?
(commenting is a key feature of a blogging challenge. Maybe my response tag idea could help bloggers connect during the challenge.)