Blogging and your readers
Blogging tips with readers in mind.
Most of the readers of Liberated Way come from WordPress. If your blog is designed with readers in mind it would be worth considering their needs to attract readers. The best way to do this is be a reader: follow blogs, read blogs, comment on blogs; this way you develop the wisdom of seeing from the readers point of view, which then will impact how you create your blogs.
The photo on the left I produced quickly by dumping a book close to flowers; what is original, interesting and useful attracts readers.
When readers read your blog they will perhaps “follow” and leave comments. Here are insights on what irritates me when it comes to “follow” and commenting.
“Follows” are a good indicator you are doing something right; the reader likes your blog, which also means they will get a copy by e-mail of everything you post to your blog. Two pitfalls:
1. Before you post, make sure your blog is error free by using Draft Mode. “Followers” can get spammed with multiple copies of your blog, the one with errors, with a dead link; and the corrected blog posts.
2. Too many blog posts annoy readers. Readers like me get between 50-100 new post e-mails each day, which is a lot of reading time. I had to unfollow a blogger who was reblogging 10+ blogs each day; I could not cope with that number of posts to read. Some Dandelion Award winners blog up to four posts a day, but they keep those quality blogs short and sweet. I blog mostly one post a day, I know my readers are probably reading dozens of WP posts a day, as well as mine.
The blogs in order of annoyance that do the following better have a lot of “wow” to keep me interested in reading them:
- blogs that have turned commenting facility off.
- blogs that failed to approve their comments.
- blogs that insult those that leave comments.
- blogs that never reply to their comments.
Blogs in my opinion are developing a relationship with the reader, commenting is part of the relationship. Readers who have taken time out to read and comment on blogs deserve the attention of being replied to. I stopped following a blog because the blog failed to approve comments I made a month before.