Over the last week or so, I have been asking my twitter, facebook, and forum blogging friends this question: “What do you wish your blog READERS knew about blogging?” I am excited to share their answers with you today!
What do you wish your blog readers knew about blogging?
Farrah Udell, Reflective Mama: Sharing means the world to us! If you like a post, please support the blog and author by sharing it with your friends. Tagging people who you think would like it is amazing, too! I wish readers understood affiliate marketing better, so that if they were buying something online, they would look for an affiliate link to click through first to support their favorite bloggers (i.e. Amazon).
Ashley Greenwood, 3 Little Greenwoods: I don’t think readers have a clue about how long it takes a blogger to complete a post from start to finish. Especially a DIY project tutorial.
Dee Dee Wheaton, Mom, Wifes and Everything Else: Blogging is an art form to a blogger. We pour our heart, soul, and time into our posts. Every time we publish a post, we feel as if we are standing naked in the grocery store with all our business exposed. And, yet we do it because we love to connect and share with our readers.
Dini Gonsalkorale, Giramuck’s Kitchen: I wish the readers new the value of commenting and sharing the blog links!!
I don’t think they realize how much work and time goes into developing just one post – Research, recipe developing, numerous cooking/baking attempts, Photography and writing and so much more. They don’t realize that this is like a fulltime job, just as time consuming. Just a small gesture to show they enjoyed reading (Or even if they have feedback) it – with a share or a like or a tweet or a comment would be so awesome!
Sarah Nenni-Daher, Ruffles and Rainboots: I wish they knew we wanted to hear from them and that they shouldn’t be afraid to tell us what they want FROM us. Other bloggers supply the majority of my comments, with non-bloggers mostly subscribing to the email newsletter. I wish the non-bloggers would comment more and let me know what they find useful / not.
Sarah Martin, Me Plus 3 Today: I wish they knew how much we love to get comments on our blogs, or on our social media shares. It is so incredibly rewarding to actual hear from someone who read your post. Even if it’s a simple “Too cute!” or “Great post!” Even negative comments are OK, although those can hit our self-esteem pretty hard. But sometimes those comments are also the reminder we need that not everyone thinks the same way we do!
Julie DenOuden, Girl on the move: I LOVE hearing from and connecting with readers…it’s a big part of why I blog!
Casey Palmer I wish readers were more prone to commenting when they have something to say. I have a lot of friends who regularly read, but refrain from commenting because they don’t want to be seen as foolish or not adding to the conversation, etc. But I love comments. And sharing. And all of that. I guess, really, that bloggers need validation that they’re doing something right.
Irkitated I really wish more people would comment on posts! Whether they agree or disagree its just nice to have some feedback and interaction.
Samantha Clarke: Jill of all Trades I wish readers knew that they are NEVER “bothering” us. I’ve gotten so many comments and messages from shy people who actually apologize for it! I just wish they understood how much their interaction really means to us and how happy we almost always are to answer questions, get “nominated” for something, or even just chat about our posts and ideas.
Claire, World Traveler in Training: I guess I’d want readers to know that I do really want to interact and connect with them (one of the reasons I started to blog was to make friends since I’d just moved to Germany when I started), but it’s really tough to do with comments like “nice post!” or “great photos!”. I like getting comments, but I love it when someone tells me a funny anecdote about something similar that happened to them, or asks me a question. Something I can respond to, you know?
Crunchy Crafty: Blogging is not as easy as it looks! LOL my friends/family think there’s nothing to it!
Alexis Briggs, Chicademics: Blogging takes more work, energy, and inspiration to post than a reader may think.
Poeekitten, Many Waters: We love comments!
Christine Berres, Curried Cantaloupe: Sometimes you take 200 pictures to get 6 that you are happy with.
Brittany, Stories, Songs, and Praise: The importance of (relevant) commenting! I really love the community that can form around blogging – talk to me please!
Kawartha Lakes Mums: When our readers leave comments it helps us write more interesting posts for them to read
Bloggers want readers to know that they love communicating with you and that blogging is a lot of work.
I was actually surprised about how everyone’s answers were about the same. The overall takeaway is that bloggers want their readers to comment on their blog, to talk to them about the article topic, to ask them questions, provide feedback, give suggestions, etc.
Bloggers also want their readers to know that they take blogging seriously. It is their job and a lot goes into every post they write. And, they write it for you, the reader.
Bloggers: would you add anything to the list? What do you wish your READERS knew about blogging?