|Flickr Credit: Sam Javanrough|
Reactions are temperamental things. No, I’ve never had anyone be rude to me on my own blog, but even if I’m not supposed to I look at most-viewed post, and most-commented on posts, and then the other side where posts don’t go so well.
I haven’t gotten a no-commenter since November (example, example, example) but that fear remains, mostly because I really don’t like being boring, a, and I still want to understand why some posts are worth 20 comments and others are worth 2, b.
Also, I feel like this post is really important and if people don’t comment it feels like nobody’s read it, mostly because my #1 viewer is vampirestat.com and that means a bot comes to visit and sees if I’ve done anything notable lately. I don’t want to just talk to a bot.
See, I’m nervous and I’m rambling.
Basically: I’ve decided that I want to go through with a team of Fans kind of like with what I did in November, and hold another Fan Event.
It will be March.
My rationale behind this is that since I’m not expecting a big team, it would be really hard to organize one week, like I did before, without losing a few people. My assumption? People will have some time during the whole of March to do this for at least a few days, even if they are not in consecutive order.
|via Readers in Wonderland|
The idea of audience has become really important to me over the last few months, and so I want to make it something I can pass on, even if this is the only time I do this. You may have run into the Bloggers Commenting Back image before, and I love that, because it shows a blogger’s appreciation for his/her audience—but the point of that is to reciprocate.
What I want to do is promote sacrifice.
More details will come later as I go on, but the idea behind Fan Week is that you put your own blog on hold, and don’t post your own work, but spend time really paying attention to other people’s work instead, and taking care to share things that catch your eye.
On bigger blogs, efforts may not seem like much, especially when so many people comment anyway. Being the only comment on a lonely blogger’s post can make someone’s day. But either way, what I find most gratifying as a blogger is knowing that I’ve said something worth reading, and, big or small, sharing that feeling by letting people know my feelings is something I love to do.
It doesn’t work all the time, but it’s a good reminder every once in a while. I’ll probably choose one week to be a fan in March, but maybe some people have every Thursday off from work, and instead of posting that day they spend those four Thursdays spending their blogging time being a reader. Maybe it will just be the weekends. Maybe just three days, maybe seven.
The point is, I really want this to happen, but I don’t know if it will, because I’ve never done this before. I have a few thoughts about what the next few weeks are going to look like, but nothing is set in stone and if you have any advice, PLEASE let me know, because I could use all the help I can get.
I have a few ideas, though.
- interview a notebook posts or ISTJ Love posts (Mondays) [still deciding]
- how to be an audience posts (Tuesdays)
- alternating Thursentaries/WBIs
I think this worked well enough in January; fun posts, bloggerly posts, and then reading/writing posts are the general idea, and most people don’t seem that bored of them all.
I ALSO want to hold a giveaway sometime this month (for an Amazon gift card, probably) but I don’t want to pay a whole dang $13 for Rafflecopter when I am not going to use that bugger every month, anyway. (Any suggestions for a giveaway domabob that is free?)
- guest posts (Mondays)
- blogging/reading/writing posts (Tuesdays)
- maybe Thursentaries/WBIs
- Fan Week Related Stuff
What I would LOVE LOVE LOVE is to have a few outside sources (ideally four or more) to talk about the social aspect of blogging, whether that means comments, social media, blog hunting, or anything else that strikes your fancy. (Really, though, if you have any interest at all please go to my Contact Page, and I would have this discussion with you.)
Anyway, I’ll be attempting to keep to a normal blogging schedule and see if I can get this ball rolling—we’ll see how it goes!
And, as always, thanks for spending another month with me. ☺