Why One of the Most Difficult Things To Achieve in Blogging Is To Get People To Care

blogexciteI once met a blogger who could not understand why so few people read her blog.  She used all the strategies she learned through other successful bloggers: commented, Liked, interacted.  But after a couple of years was perplexed.  The truth I explained to her is that one of the most difficult things to achieve in blogging is to get people to care.  And by care I mean care enough to interact with a blog on a daily basis.

People are under zero obligation to interact and even the largest blogs are affected by this truth.  I can have 100,000 views in a month, but those views come primarily from a small group of my followers and random people who find me on the internet.  And I would go on a limb and say every blog experiences the same phenomena.

Getting people to buy into what you do is tough.  Building a community is tough.  So if you wonder why more of your followers don’t interact, the reasons can vary, but usually they have other things that captivate their time.  And I take absolutely no offense to that nor do I harbor any frustration with these folk.

I have never expected anything of anyone who follows my blog, nor do I feel any obligation to the blogs I follow.  I have my personal “rules” that I use when interacting with other blogs, but try to keep in mind that everyone is different and each blogger is entitled to do their own thing-meaning they don’t have to comment, read or like any content I produce. People can interact or they can remain in the background as the occasional reader and I am perfectly accepting of both.

I simply do what I do and try to appreciate those who find value in my activities.

40 thoughts on “Why One of the Most Difficult Things To Achieve in Blogging Is To Get People To Care

    • I think some bloggers get frustrated with others when they don’t respond in the desired manner. I use to get upset and others for not following my “rules.” I quickly had to accept that other people have much different reasons for blogging and that I needed to appreciate that fact.

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      • Very true..
        and some only blog on spare times..

        So you get missed sometimes unintentionally.. because by the time they come on..
        your posts is all the way down the line..
        Like. I didn’t come at all on yesterday.. I know I
        May have missed some really good 😊 posts… but to catch up to them.. would mean scrolling all the way down.. and with so many to read will almost be impossible

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      • The counter strategy to that is to build a community of people who will seek you out regardless. If people care they will choose to interact and will make an effort. If they do not care then you can run all the ads in the world and it will make no difference.

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    • This also makes it difficult to get people to care. A lot of my online readership comes from other parts of the world. That is why I work diligently to give them multiple ways to interact with my page: email subscription, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The easier you can make it the better chance of getting someone to care enough to interact.

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  1. your blog needs you to provide a value , to fulfil a need, to solve a problem, instead of doing s e o tricks and spaming social feeds are no longer make any any sense.

    i got more traffic on one of my shortest post because it solve something.

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    • Seth Godin puts forth the idea that if you don’t stand out from the crowd then you become just like everybody else. Therefore you must be or do something unusual or different. And even then there are no guarantees. After all, sliced bread was invented for 15 years before it became popular.

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  2. Yes, that is the key. I’m also learning to just accept it is what it is, & not to care too much.

    I still find it interesting, that anytime I post something on the lines of this subject, is when everyone suddenly comes out of the shadows to comment! 🙂

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  3. As a new blogger, I appreciate the perspective. I’m telling myself I’m writing for me, because it’s who I am and what I’ve done since childhood, but a part if me also knows I want to find an audience. The size of the audience is less important than the level of genuine interest/engagement. Who doesn’t want to be heard, right?I’m

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    • I appreciate your honesty. Bloggers who say they don’t want an audience are being disingenuous. After all why publish online instead of in a notebook if you don’t want someone else to read?

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