Two blog posts from me in one day. That’s a first. While posting on how to grow as a writer, I realized an interesting dilemma.
This blog has over 1400 followers and has had over 13,000 hits. The blog is linked to show up on the author website, Facebook page, and Twitter. On Facebook people will comment and click the ‘like’ button. I have regulars who take a moment to ‘like’ or comment here on the blog (which I appreciate greatly!). But more people tend to ‘like’ or comment on Facebook rather than here.
And that’s the dilemma because comments and the ‘like’ button are the life-blood to a writer. When you comment you add vital dialog to the subject matter. You make people think about what they just read. You encourage people to add their thoughts. Clicking on the ‘like’ button, or, more importantly, the ‘share’ button, means you’ve just invited your friends to take a peek. All those simple actions do more to help a writer than any paid advertising ever could. But this is about more than advertising.
When I look for a new blog post to read, one of the first things I do is go to the comments section. How many comments does that person get? If it’s only one or two, the blog doesn’t feel active. I’ll read the blog anyway, but may not comment.
So how do you ask followers to comment without begging or cutting into their valuable time? After all comments take more time than simply hitting the ‘like’ button. How do you ask followers to comment on the blog itself as well as the Facebook page? How do you ask people to hit the ‘share’ button rather than the ‘like’ button so more people might see your post?
And how in the world do you do any of that without coming across as desperate for attention? Or coming across as desperate for book sales? After all that’s what it looks like when people ask you to share their blog. When in reality, almost every writer I’ve ever come across wants a comment in order to have dialog and relationships with their readers.
Like I said, that’s life-blood to a writer. Being able to interact with their readers, to chat, to learn from them, to improve their work, and to make new friends.
I don’t know how to solve the dilemma so I’ll just keep tinkering away with blog posts and hoping someone understands that when I daydream about comments it’s not begging for sales, it’s hoping for interaction.
I know, still sounds kind of desperate, doesn’t it? All part of the dilemma.