As the prompt for Day three of blogging 101 says, ‘Blogging is a communal experience.” I couldn’t agree more. We blog because we want others to read our thoughts and ideas. We would not continue if others never read our work.
As we want others to read what we publish, so too do others want us to read what they publish. So it becomes like in marriage. You have to give and take. If you only take, you will soon find nothing to take.
There are many befits that have accrued to me from engaging with a blogging community. Now I have friends all over the world. That makes me proud. Secondly, I have learned a lot from both young and old.
But two problems stare me in the face. Although my dream is to have as many readers as possible, and although I do not yet have as many readers as I dream to have, already I am unable to manage the ones I have. I continue to wonder how those who receive more traffic than I do manage them.
And I feel really bad that many people visit me and like my work but I cannot return the kindness because I find it hard to visit all of them.
I would appreciate if somebody could kindly tells me how they handling this issue.
This is point one. Point two has to do with my mission. I blog not just to be read but to inspire, motivate and encourage my readers to bring out the best in themselves and achieve their dreams. What worries me is am I not running after an audience that may not be those who actually need what I am giving. The focus of everybody on the blogosphere seems to be traffic. We hit like on people’s sites so that they may come to ours. At the end of the day, how many people actually read what we write carefully to benefit from it.
My question is how can I stay focused on those readers who find what I write helpful and read not to encourage me to come to their own site but to benefit from what I write; to use it to change their lives.
It looks like most of blogging is running around liking and commenting without actually benefiting from the immense wealth of knowledge that fills the pages of sites on the blogosphere.
This is a real worry to me. If I can have ten people who read what I have written and use it and it actually changes their lives shall I not have succeeded more than having one thousand people on my site a day who only hit the like button without having read what I have written?
I appreciate if somebody cold say say something about this.
Day Three: Say Hello to the Neighbors
Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts, you’d keep a private diary. Today, you’ll engage with the blogging community, the first step in building an audience.
Today’s assignment: follow five new tags in the Reader and five new blogs.