Bloggers… Let’s face it, we can be an odd bunch at times. This is easily the most caring, understanding, open-minded group I’ve ever been associated with knowing. Compassion out the wazoo. But when it comes to clicking on other people’s stuff, as a collective, we simply don’t do it. Let me explain.
I produce my own content. I also reblog 3 bloggers each day. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I produce a link post. And 75-100 bloggers LIKE those posts every day. When I check my Google analytics I see that few if any actually took the time to click the links and visit the bloggers I shared.
Meanwhile, I get 40-50 emails each week asking “How do I grow?” The answer to that question is to network your butt off searching out people who will become a part of your tribe; your community.
So the work is done in the form of hand-delivered, new bloggers, yet few people actually take the time to click on those bloggers’ pages to meet them and say hi.
Let me put this in perspective. When I first started blogging I clicked on those links. I introduced myself to those bloggers. And I did it 500+ times each and every day without fail and without missing a day and I did so for years.
I’m not saying this to brag, but to make a point. There’s a disconnect in the question I’m getting so often and the action people are displaying which I monitor through Google Analytics.
Imagine this scenario….someone comes to you and complains that they need a job. You write down a phone number and an email and say “This lady’s name is Mary. Mary knows everyone and is a great source to know. Call Mary and see who she knows who might be able to get you a job.” A week later the same person is still complaining about not having a job. You ask, “What did Mary say?” Friend: “Oh, I never got around to emailing her.”
That’s how I feel sometimes. I guess I’m kind of complaining to those who send the emails, but I never see networking. Maybe what I’m going to start doing is just delete those emails; maybe not. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but they take up a lot of my time yet few, if any, seem to want to work at it.
Anyone else notice this or am I just paddling in my own canoe?