Friday, August 3, 2012
How to Keep Your Favorite Bloggers Motivated (and why you should)!
No matter how much you love something or someone, chances are, sometimes you just need to feel appreciated.
Am I right?
Imagine, if you will, a husband who never gives roses to woo his wife.
Or a boss who provides a paycheck but never a positive word of encouragement.
Or a friend who never hears the word “thanks” for the moral support and joy he brings.
Or a mom who goes unrecognized for her daily sacrifices.
No doubt, there would be a feeling of being taken for granted or undervalued.
Wouldn’t you agree?
Let’s face it; every relationship requires a little give and take to go the distance.
My point? Glad you asked.
Lately I’ve been making my blogging rounds, and there seems to be less activity in the way of comments and conversations, even on popular blogs. Some bloggers may even witness a decrease in traffic numbers.
Maybe it’s the dog days of summer that makes folks sluggish, or in need of a break.
Or perhaps readers are just really busy meeting the daily demands of life.
Still, your favorite bloggers need to be motivated too, Charlie Brown…:-)
(Consider this. Most of us leave tips even when we've gotten bad service.
We do so because we recognize what it means to the person receiving it.)
Most of us spend a great deal of time with blogs and their owners. The average “serious” blogger puts in 2-6 hours a week. Multiply that number by a month, then by a year.
That‘s a whole lot of sweat equity invested.
They share their time, expertise, personal stories, photos, resources, recipes, heart and soul, to entertain and enlighten us. For free.
Some of them blog faithfully, even through health issues, family problems, financial woes, computer mishaps, deadlines with editors, and traveling…oh my! :--)
Do they get anything out of the deal? You betcha’.
For their sweat equity, they yield, the joy that blogging brings.
They enjoy unexpected “friendships”. They get to expand their platforms.
And, if they’re lucky, they get a little recognition along the way.
But, some get burned out and hang up the towel because there was not enough to sustain them to go the distance.
In fact, some of my favorite bloggers have done so.
And they left a void in the blogosphere.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS MOTIVATED...
Leave a comment.
Sometimes “good job” is better than no response at all. Besides, blogs by their very nature are intended to be “interactive”. And we love to hear from you! How else will we know whether or not we’re “missing the mark”. :-)
Share their link.
Sharing is caring!
Purchase their books and products.
If you like their blog, chances are, you’ll enjoy their books or classes.
Nominate them for recognition through contests and awards.
Contests like Writer's Digest Favorite Blogs, or Write to Done's annual competition, to name a few.
Send them chocolate.
(Okay, that’s just me.):-)
Though I doubt that any other blogger would object.
And while we're on this topic, let me take this opportunity to show my gratitude for your readership. Particularly those of you who have followed me when I wasn't even sure where I was going. :-)
Not to mention, those of you who keep the "conversations" going by leaving regular comments. It keeps me going. Really.
Your turn. Agree or disagree? Thoughts?