I have a plan…
My blog hit 1000 followers a couple of months ago. It seems like a milestone in a way, since I did not have the Sign Me Up! subscription button on my sidebar the whole time I have been blogging.
I was not even sure a garden blog would garner a lot of interest, so I was reluctant to offer a subscription. Are you one?
Many of you are relatively new here and I am grateful for you hopping on board for whatever reason you chose to find this blog interesting. I have followed some of you as well. So that leads to the question, “What attracts you to the blogs that you read?”
Want to take this journey?
It is a loaded question, no? I really am not expecting you to answer specifically by name to spare feelings, but…
There have been a few posts lately questioning what content they should post and what readers might find interesting. My guess is they are suffering from falling readership in just asking.
I have even broached this subject before in The Secret Life of a Boring Blog. It was a very engaging post, eliciting a number of thoughtful comments, even some squawking. I am revisiting the idea differently, plus I have a plan…
What might be an infinitely more useful question is, “Why did I quit reading your blog?” Chirp, chirp, boring, chirp. But, rather than open that can of worms today and stay upbeat and helpful about it…
I listed reasons I thought were pertinent. What is it that draws readers in?
Let’s see if I miss any.
- Absolutely gorgeous photos, the ones you just drool over so much you just want to be there in those far away locations. People like to escape.
- Do they write like they care if we return? People like to know others feel as they do.
- Do they have personality? People just like people
- Want to know what their contemporaries are thinking? People want the closeness of friends and respect their thoughts.
- Are they helpful? People like to get better at doing something.
- Are posts informative? People like to learn and expand their knowledge.
- Do they have a compelling topic? People are curious.
- Are posts delightful with humor? People like to feel good and smile.
- Does a blog make me want to take action, try what they posted? People like to be inspired.
- Does it offer pithy opinion and commentary? People like good or intelligent writing.
- Need friends? People need to connect to people.
- Do they start a conversation? People like to gab.
So what interests you and why?
What topics grab your interest? Actually you may help out a few of my readers that have had these concerns.
My advice to them is keep it fresh and keep it unexpected. Don’t rehash information you can repeat or find just anywhere.
And read my post The Secret Life of a Boring Blog. It tells the reader everything I think about blogging and so does the long, thought out comments that resulted from the post. Set aside an hour of time though, the post and comments are very long ones.
So how do I answer the questions I posed…
I explore, so a large variety of topics excite me.
I look for new and different. I search to find things recently discovered in science, art, design, earth science or technology. Maybe I get a smile from those with the knack for funny. Of course, beautiful things anywhere and things unexpected are always welcomed. These things keep me coming back for more.
I visit those that visit here and leave a link, because I assume I will like the same things they do. How about you, what floats your Ducky?
Precipitate a change in your weather vane and let the wind blow where it may.
Leave a comment, then pick a blog you don’t know from those that commented also – and go have a look. Would this not be a nice thing to do each time you visit a post, explore blogs that find the same things you find interesting? Oh and make sure your link works too.
Let’s try this for those that comment here. Place a link from your blog to your favorite post or current post in my comments (one to encourage others to check you out) so others may find you.
Let’s see if we increase everybody’s readership! Make sure they learn how you found them so that they may do the same. Add freshness to your reading and theirs too!