The blogisphere is a funny place sometimes. You can build meaningful relationships or you can just be a voyeur. You can hero worship. Or solve world problems.
What do YOU want to do?
How important do you think reader connectedness is to the success of your blog?
I’m interested in talking about the particular problems women have dressing at 50 and over; connectedness with my readers is why I have my blog. Just pretty pictures won’t do it. Connecting and creating a community to me would be the most successful way to solve problems and have some fun along the way.
What do you do to draw readers in and create that writer-reader bond?
I try to get a conversation going. Sometimes that is anticipating reader’s questions, or posing a question of my own. Right now, I am trying themed weekly dressing to create an ongoing conversation. Eventually, I hope my readers will come to my blog for inspiration or advise. Trust would be the ultimate bond.
What is one way you could improve this connection?
I don’t know specifically, but a good connection would be one of mutual trust, respect and some humor. Maybe listening, provoking thought, sharing my own, maybe offbeat ideas, and always asking what my readers think would help the connection.
Is there a blogger you think does a great job creating that writer- reader bond? Why?
Most of the blogs I visit seem to have a good writer-reader bond. Blogging is funny—I see a lot of one-way conversations out there, and for some, it works to get conversation. Some popular blogs have hundreds of comments— I’m not sure if 100 posts of “cute outfit” is my idea of connecting.
What do you do to cultivate new readers? How do you get them to your site in the first place?
I cultivate new readers by visiting other blogs and seeing if there is a common thread, and possibly inviting them back to my site. I don’t randomly push my site~I try and establish whether or not my blog could be helpful/useful/inspirational/amusing to the reader. It may not always be a match-but I keep trying to make those connections.