Attracting Reader Responses on Your Blog by Annmarie Miles
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge whether anyone is really connecting with your blog. If you’re using a platform that shows statistics, then at the very least you know how many people visited your site. As interesting as that is, it doesn’t tell you if your reader has engaged with what you are saying.
How do we know the difference between someone who just clicked the link but then said, “Nah… not for me!”, someone who clicked the link, spent 10 minutes reading and another 10 arguing with you in their head, and someone who clicked the link by mistake while accidentally leaning on the mousepad?!
Well the truth is we don’t; unless they respond to us in some way.
One sure fire way to know that there is engagement with your blog is when you start to get likes and comments on it. So how do we encourage folk to respond to our blog posts?
Ask For a Response
It may sound a bit obvious but, if you are looking for direct feedback on your posts then ask for it. Pose a direct question. Not just ‘Do you agree?’, but more open questions like, “What would you do in that situation?”, “Where do you find your inspiration and encouragement?”, “Have you any experience of this you’d like to share?”
Be careful not to just appear to be interested in the opinion of others! We should actually be interested. So when folk do leave a comment, make sure to read them and reply to them, even if it’s just to acknowledge and thank.
Read to be Read
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that to be a writer is to be a reader. Well the same goes for blogging. To be good bloggers we really should be reading other blogs.
There are blogs I just love to read. Folk that I feel are far more engaging and funny than I am and I can’t help but comment on their posts. Certain bloggers always seem to invite response and welcome my two cents worth of opinion on their musings.
I find then that I’m interested in comments other folk have made. So I go to their blogs and I read something and leave a comment there. If you do this often enough you’ll come across folk who are active commenters. When you start to engage with them it can naturally become reciprocal.
Depending on the blogging platform, you can leave comments, click the ‘like’ button, vote and share blog posts that inspire and encourage you.
Be a Social (Media) Butterfly
Connecting with fellow bloggers on social media is a great way to share what you want to say and hear what others are saying. It’s a great compliment to a blogger if you share their post. And though we don’t want to fall into ‘you scratch my back…’ mentality, making the effort to promote other people’s work can oftentimes reap benefits.
Twitter seems to be the most popular and active for writers. But Facebook, Google+ and others are all good to join if you have time!
There is no doubt about it, they can take up a huge amount of time. So we need to be careful or we’ll spend too much time Tweeting and not enough time writing!
But investing time into your social media connections is well worth it.
It won’t all happen in a couple of days. I read blogs that have at least 20 or 30 comments on every post but that’s often from 100s of followers. I’m only starting to put this into practise and slowly but surely I’m reaping little rewards. It takes time to build a following and develop connections.
But if that’s what we want… then it starts with us!
Oh and quick question… have you any advice or tips on this subject? 🙂
About the Author
Annmarie Miles is 40 yrs old, Irish, Christian, married, and proud to be all of those things. She loves words, music & chocolate! She mostly writes about the things that life has thrown at her and how she has tried to learn, love and laugh at it all along the way!
Where to find Annmarie:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
Personal Blog: www.auntyamo.wordpress.com
Fiction Blog: www.ficticiousamo.wordpress.