I check my email CONSTANTLY.
Inevitably, not every post gets the same response, and when you’re used to getting semi-immediate feedback, a post that goes on for days without a response kind of feels like a failure. After all, popular posts are filled with comments.
I am here to (hypocritically) tell you not to freak out. Or maybe to tell myself not to freak out. Because, as I write this, I’m worried about my latest post—and you know what? I shouldn’t. Here are a few things we can do instead.
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1. Be PatientNot everyone can get to blog posts immediately, myself included. Though I may only get two or three comments the first day I publish a post, by the time I respond to comments at the end of the week, that number has often doubled or tripled. Be patient; give people a few days to read and respond.
2. Go CommentHere is a correlation for you: when I don’t comment on other blogs, I don’t receive as many, either. Going out into the blogosphere is not just a way to get your mind off of things, but a way to surreptitiously invite people back to your blog as well. Get to networking!
3. Take a HitReaders don’t read everything. I tend to skim book reviews and rarely comment, not because I think they’re bad—I just don’t use them to find my reading material. Even if your readers decide to skip one of your posts, it isn’t a gauge of your blog’s entire quality. You may just have to try again with another post.
4. Remember Other WinsSometimes it can be tricky to tell how well a post is going to go over—but being the blog-master you are, you have the power to look at stats of posts that went over well a long time ago. It’s worth studying your successful posts, not just because they’re something to be proud of, but because you can learn from them, and perhaps replicate them at a later date. There is always room for approval.
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5. Put Your Egocentrism in the CornerI love to talk about the things I love. I do! But people read blog posts because the blogger and reader share a mutual concern. My religious posts will always have a smaller readership, as will my book and movie reviews. It’s not that I can’t or won’t talk about those things, but connecting with others often means considering what my readers want to get out of my posts before I put in what I want to say.
6. Consider SuccessSome bloggers use their comment count as a measure of overall success—I’ve even seen bloggers give out prizes for those who will write the fiftieth, hundredth, whatever comment. That is way too much work for me. Here at Sometimes I’m a Story, my success is in reaching out to my peers, discussing our mutual interests of reading, writing, and blogging, and having fun in my beloved blogging community. Consider the same for your blog—what does success mean for you?
I checked my email during the first drafting of this email, but not during the second, so kudos to me. I can take my own medicine. Sometimes.