Conversation, Conversation, Conversation
By: Patty L. Fletcher
October 16, 2020
Before I begin, let me just say, Thank You to All who like, comment on and share my work. You’re very much appreciated.
With that thought in mind, I’d like to talk to you about some things I’ve noted over these many Joyful years of blogging.
We’ve all heard how Engagement and Interaction can lead to Great Success for bloggers.
It is to my mind at least, some of the most Important work you’ll ever do when running a blog.
All the time, people ask me, “Should I start a blog?” and my answer is always the same.
“Not unless you’re willing to do some Heavy Lifting.”
“What do you mean?” They ask.
Well, let me speak on it…
First, it’s not enough to blog about yourself. After a while if people only see posts containing content about nothing but you, that screams, “Me! Me! Me!” they’re going to tune you out. Oh, they might read, and they might even hit the like and share buttons occasionally but over time their attention will waver, flag and finally fall away.
Even if you write on a variety of topics concerning you and what you’re doing, sooner or later people are going to get bored.
“Well, what should I do then?”
For starters, reblog other’s work. It’s quick, easy and costs you nothing.
And this leads me to today’s topic.
“Hmmm? Was wondering when you were going to get on with it.”
When someone reblog your work, hosts you on their blog, or shares your work across their Social Media platforms, although saying thank you is an absolute must, it’s also a great idea to chat with those who are going out of their way to see that your work gets seen by others.
It’s a great feeling for me when I get to have a bit of conversation with someone. I love meeting and learning about people and the blogging community is filled with some of the best in the world. Heck! They’re all around the world and you’d be amazed at what you can learn from them if you try.
But, just as it’s a great feeling for me when I get to meet and learn about people by engaging in conversation with them, it’s not such a great feeling when someone writes a thank you comment and then basically ignores my follow up.
Now, I know we’re all busy and I’m certainly not suggesting you sit and chatter like magpies on your blog all day long, I’m just saying, if someone makes the effort to start a conversation with you it’s a great idea to give them a bit of your time.
“What’s to be gained by this?”
My experience has been that I have…
- Made some long-lasting friends.
- Networked with people who have helped me further my career, and even
- Shown me new ways of doing things and sometimes to new services.
Lots of times I find when I take the time to chat with those sharing my work and who’s work I’ve shared, I find I gain new followers as well.
In short, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Well, I think you get the point so, until next time, this is Chatty Patty saying…
Conversation, Conversation, Conversation.
May Harmony find you and Blessid Be.
- Speaking of ‘conversation’ I’d love to know what you’re doing to expand your blog following.
Please feel free to email me with your thoughts at: firstname.lastname@example.org