This of course is an age old topic in the bloggin’ world, but I’ve never written on it and lately I’ve seen a big difference between the two, so I decided to post about it. It sorta goes along with a post OM did over at Harsh Reality. Yes, I knew it was there and yes, I had to hunt for it.
In one form or another, I have been blogging for about 8 years, give or take. My most successful blog ever was my recipe sharin’ blog. I don’t remember how many followers I had on it but it was the most active by far. I had comments, suggestions, questions and reblogs galore and I LOVED it! This blog is next in line as far as successful goes, or the original one on WordPress.com is, I’m still havin’ difficulty with this self hosted version.
What I meant by seein’ a big difference lately is, I actually looked at the stats for this and the older version the other day. They both, especially the older one, gets a decent amount of views, however, a large percentage of those views are silent readers. Basically, they read and move along, no interaction what-so-ever, they don’t even hit the like button. Hmmm, maybe they don’t like what they’re readin’, never actually thought about it that way before.
Do I think of myself as one of those bloggers that “write for myself”? I used to, a long time ago, back when I first started. What I didn’t know or understand at the time is that blogging, real blogging, is about community.
“A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site …….. A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers.” Wikipedia.
It was when I realized this that everything about bloggin’ changed for me. No longer am I a strictly silent reader. I interact, I post comments, I answer every comment on my blog (or try to) and I participate in “Share Your Blog” events where a lot of popular bloggers with lots and lots of followers will allow you to post a link to your blog, for free. Harsh Reality is one such blog, and the really awesome thing about his blog and other ones like it, is they are ACTIVE blogs with a lot of interaction.
So far, most of my efforts haven’t paid off really well. Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for the followers I have and enjoy each and every one, but I want to make The Hillbilly Blogger a huge success, not for money, although that would be nice, but for the community aspect of it. I just have to find the right formula, and I will.
So I guess my advice to those of you that are readin’ this, don’t be a silent reader, get involved, be active. I can guarantee that the blog owners will truly appreciate it. I know I do
Thanks for readin’.