When you first start blogging, you really don’t know if someone hears/reads your words.
You write and write, but no one shows up. Your statistics are improving, but no one is commenting.
You borrow the line from the movie Field of Dreams
But then you start asking, “How long do I have to wait?
Just like in the movie, patience, perseverance and persistence will pay off.
When I started blogging, I was blessed with a “real comment” on day three, from a young lady in the UK by the name of Jomay. I was shocked, excited, and instantly motivated to keep writing. I knew I was being heard.
So I kept writing.
I envisioned an imaginary audience. Daily I would sit at my computer and construct my articles. Daily I would check my comments. I even checked my spam folder hoping a “real” comment accidentally got marked as spam.
Other than a few from friends, the comments were slow in coming.
I had read leaving comments on other blogs, joining blog carnivals, and/or submitting to blog directories, were several ways to get “discovered”.
I tried a few blog carnivals and a few directories. They brought a little bit of traffic, but no comments.
I was hesitant to leave comments on other blogs.
Although I had questions about blogging, I was too stubborn to ask for help.
Besides, what if they thought my comment was stupid?
I persevered. As time passed. I began to leave comments on various blogs.
Soon, a few commenters showed up. Slowly, the comments began to mushroom and my blog began to grow.
Lesson 2 If you want to grow your blog and know that others are “hearing your words”, make time to comment on other blogs.
If you want to become part of, or form a community of like minded people on your blog, concentrate your efforts on smaller blogs.
Although I have found a few candidates for my “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW’), leave comments on, and have gotten comments from readers of big name blogs , community within smaller blogs grows much faster.
Do you ever feel like you’re writing just to write, and wonder if anyone will ever find your words?
Is blogging becoming frustrating because it’s not meeting your expectations?
As you leave more comments on other blogs, are you seeing an increase in comments on yours too?
Photo Credit: Taken at the location of the Field Of Dreams movie in Dubuque County, Iowa by mwlguide’s photostream