Does your blog feel empty due to a lack of comments? Are you wondering how to get people to interact with you?
Blogging is a conversation. It’s a dialog between you and your readers, but in the beginning when you first launch it can be hard to get people to comment leaving your blog feeling somewhat empty. An empty blog can be disheartening leaving you wondering if anyone’s reading or if you should spend your evenings doing something else. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to encourage participation and comments.
On Monday Jakob Nielson published his latest Alerbox article, Write Articles, Not Blog Postings. and, as is often the case when Jakob offers something, not everyone agrees with him or agrees completely. He does make some valid points, but also seems to show a lack of understanding about what a blog is.
Aaron Wall thinks so and I tend to agree.
The type of people who subscribe to sites are also the type of people who write about that topic. If you have built up trust and a following your ideas spread faster than the competition.
Now I’m not sure if Aaron’s got the numbers right. Links differ a lot in value and if you let me hand pick those 1000 links I think I could place 1000 of them on sites that would end up leading to more than one new RSS subscriber. Not all RSS subscribers are equal either. I know I’m subscribed to some blogs where my last visit was the one where I subscribed. Aaron may be off in the math, but he’s dead on with his main point.
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
What are you thinking during that moment when you’re about to click the publish button on your blog? Are there times when you ask yourself if you should take out the paragraph that might offend someone? Are there times when you wonder who are you to be giving out advice? Are there times when you think you’ll look foolish because you’re going against common wisdom? What do you do in those moments? Do you publish anyway or do you play it safe?
It’s a difficult question to answer. Difficult, because for the majority of us there’s little if anything remarkable about our blogs. That’s not meant to imply your blog isn’t good. It’s not meant to imply that you won’t find something here worth reading. But when we take a long and hard look at our blogs do we find something that’s truly remarkable?