Being a published author makes their heart sing.
Bloggers travel through blogosphere, leave comments, tell their cyber-friends about their latest article, Tweet their work, link to it on Facebook, ask for Stumbles and love when others pay them a visit.
When comments are left on their posts, they feel validated.
However, most of those who leave comments are technically strangers.
I’ve lost count of how often I’ve seen comments or posts stating “my real life friends don’t read my blog and/or comment”.
PS – I’m jealous that Vered had a few close friends reading her blog in the beginning :=)
This appears to be a recurring concern for bloggers. They have found a hobby they’ve come to love, but their real life friends and family don’t “get it”.
Those in their real life show no interest in reading their writings nor do they want to hear about their blogging milestones.
Although some friends and family may show an interest in the beginning, even that quickly wanes.
Short of begging to get our friends to read our work, what other methods can we use?
One thing that worked for me was to have my husband proof read an article I wrote for my (rarely updated) “green” blog. I had written a post that described how we recycled waste wood products, and because I didn’t want to publish incorrect information, I asked him to verify what I written.
Ironically, when he saw the article published online, he began to “get it”.
The fact our offline friends don’t seem to care about our online work is hurtful for some.
So what’s a blogger to do?
Do your real life friends/family read your blog?
Do you care, if they do, one way or the other?
Do you have any suggestions others can use to engage their real life friends to show an interest in their blogging endeavors?
Photo Credit: tapasparida