Chances are I’m not reading your blog. That’s not because I don’t like you, most likely I don’t even know you exist, and that’s your fault.
Yes, you heard me. Your fault. It’s something you can remedy though.
There are a gazillion blogs out there, and most of them suck, to be honest. Yours might not, though, so I’m willing to have a look. But how am I to find it? And why should I stay along at all?
His points are very good:
- Are you commenting on my posts?
- Do you submit your posts to social tools?
- Do you write great headlines?
- Does your blog look like shit?
- Does your blog even function like it should?
- Don’t clutter it at all!
- Do I get your blog?
- Are you being consistent with your updates?
Any of these resemble you and your blog?
I’d add a few more questions to the list:
- Are you writing for your audience?
- Are you meeting the needs of your audience?
- Are you writing good comments, or just link bait comments?
- Are you contributing to the online conversation on your blog and off?
- Are you behaving professionally?
- Are you treating your blog business professionally, and like a business?
- Are you spending more time watching and whining about your stats than working on writing great content?
- Is the gimmick and games of blogging more fun than the writing and conversation?
- Will this blog exist in 5 years?
As for asking me to read your blog, don’t ask. Forthright requests to review, look, critique, or read your blog will not work with me. I get too many. People forget this is my job, not just a volunteer project. I wish I had that much time.
If you want me to read your blog, writing something brilliant in the comments. Make me want to find out who you are from what you say on my blog. Or, write something brilliant about my blog content with a good trackback, and I may come looking to see what you said. Say something dazzling, unusual, and intellectual, and I may even leave a comment on your blog.
Want any blogger to read your blog? That’s the method. Make them want to come see what you are doing. Don’t beg nor demand their attention.
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.