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.