To My Casual Readers

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There’s a habitual interaction that I’ve had with others when I talk to them about my blog, usually along the lines of “Oh, I’ve read your blog, I really like it!” But this is actually something of a surprise to me, and let me see if I can break down exactly where this disconnect stems from. I also want to offer a call to action to some of my meatspace friends who read what I write.

First, I want to recognize that as the semester comes to a close this blog has been getting less love. Right now I’m juggling school, a relationship, paid freelance writing, a relationship, summer job searches, and other projects. By all accounts, I have to make decisions as to what I want to prioritize.

Ditto for my interactions with other bloggers, something I’ve never been particularly good at in the first place, which is why I admit to feeling a bit hypocritical writing this. But perhaps I could use this advice as well.

I have a lot of “casual readers”. What I mean by this is that there are people who read and enjoy my content, but whose interaction with what I’ve written ends there. Of course, this is part of the reality of blogging. Not everyone has the time to build an ongoing rapport with every blog that they follow.

But I do have some loyal readers, despite their casual interaction with the content. However, when I pull up analytics, all I really get is a number that indicates where they are from.

What I don’t have is a clear idea of exactly who those people are, is it a friend from UMBC that I talk to after class? Is it my extended family elsewhere? Is it one of my friends overseas? All I see are numbers.

I would love to have a comments section full of folks who interact with my content. I know for a fact that there’s likely some algorithmic behind the scenes stuff that does things depending on my likes and comments, but I’m not writing this because I’m chasing popularity that way, though I am chasing popularity admittedly in the long term.

So, if you see this and you engage with this content on a regular basis, go ahead and leave a comment or a like. Even a simple one that just lets me know that I’m not talking into the void.

 

11 thoughts on “To My Casual Readers

  1. Hi, commenting to hopefully start interacting more. I always think you blog is thoughtful and provides an interesting point of view, but I’m terrible in general at leaving comments and such….

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  2. First off I will be honest I don’t actively follow your site as I have been away from the blogging world a little bit over the past year. However, starting about a month ago I am jumping back in but more in the terms of other peoples blogs and less on my own. I would agree it is a mystery sometimes why engagement doesn’t happen as much as we would like but I think you pretty much touched on it above.

    For the same reason you read other peoples content and don’t react or leave feedback for them it is a cycle that always comes back around to our own stuff. I know sometimes it could be as simple as people not having anything to say or don’t want to just say “nice post” but I also think that it depends on external engagement as well. The short version that I have been figuring out again is that when you comment on other peoples stuff they eventually (not always) come to your site and leave a comment as well. Somehow the small fact of leaving a comment (or engaging by clicking on like) on another person site draws them to want to engage back with you instead of just reading your post and leaving.

    Well, that is enough for now but I have thought of the same thing and will probably continue to ponder this for a while now that you brought it back up to the surface.

    Good luck with the rest of your semester, summer job search and everything else it seems like you are busy with.

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  3. I know what you mean and have felt the same way. But finally I realized I don’t have to write every day or twice a week. I don’t have to write at all. But I want to write because: it is good for my brain and heart; I want to write; I enjoy writing; you never know who you are reaching whether they respond or not. For a long time I checked the numbers of viewers several times a day after a post. Finally recently I realized the numbers are not important, of course unless you are trying to make money. What is important is that you are doing something you love and it doesn’t matter in the big picture how many are responding. What is important is that you are doing something you feel led to do. Best wishes and good luck!

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  5. This is my 1st time on your blog. A member from the Blogging Meetup enticed me to visit. Since I love 💕 to blog hop, I took the bait. As you mentioned, it’s difficult to calculate how many visitors land on your posts. What I love more than having scads of the same visitors, is having visitors I’ve never welcomed before.

    I believe there was something I wrote to bring them out of the shadows. One or one hundred, I’m chuffed, because I figure they “wanted” to be on my blog that day. No other rhyme or reason necessary!

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    • I love interacting with my audience and I’m glad that this has been well-received as a post. I don’t expect a massive brain trust on everything I write, but I like hearing what others think!

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  6. I feel as though I’m imposing on peoples’ time if I leave uninformative, inconsequential comments that basically say “Hi, I’m here, I read this blog post.” So I click on the “Like” button instead. (I don’t know you IRL but we have corresponded by email.)

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