I receive email updates from a blog subscription I’m not subscribed to.
I receive comments unrelated to the post topic I wrote about, with the blogger asking me to check out their site.
Now, I write this post with no ill will. I’m not upset or angry.
Perhaps, a little annoyed sometimes, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I write this as a reminder. If a blogger desires to gain a following, readers, and a community, that blogger must be willing to take the time to get to know that actual community.
We cannot expect people to come to us if we are not willing to come to them. If we do not read people’s posts, why should we demand others read ours?
I understand not everyone has time. If that is the case, seriously, just try to read one post from someone a day. Or a few posts a week. Comment on posts. Say what you liked. Add some discussion to the actual topic.
One of the reasons, and the main reason, I do not like people commenting “Check out out my blog,” or “Follow me.” I do not like being told what to do. The more someone tells me to do something, taking away my choice. The more likely I am not going to do it. *Yes, I was also problematic when it came to chores as a kid.
This is not to be confused with the fact I do still love helping bloggers. I hope this is evident by the number of posts I share on blogging 🙂
But I do not want to feel like I am being taken advantaged of and used. I don’t think anyone does. For this reason, I caution and ask bloggers, especially new ones, “Is what you’re doing how you want others, your audience, to respond to you? Do you want comments that reflect your writing or theirs on your blog?”
Think about it. 🙂
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