Getting More Comments And Missing The Interaction

Posted by / December 17, 2013 / 4 Comments


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I mentioned earlier today that I wasn’t quite feeling myself, and I discussed one of the reasons why. There is another part to it, and I’m hoping that I can figure out how to rectify it. I’ve been feeling a little down because since I left Bubblews and started writing here at the blog, I’ve been starved of the interaction I had come to love so much.

When I started writing at Bubblews I absolutely adored it. For the first time I was free to write any way I wanted, about any topic that interested me. It was fantastic, and it really helped me to figure out what it was that I wanted to do with my writing career. What made it even better was the fact that comments were encouraged, and every post I wrote got at least one, and usually several. I had such a good time talking to my readers every day.

Those comments gave me instant feedback. And the comments weren’t just the “nice” or “cool” that you might expect on some sites. People really had things to say. They’d comment and ask questions. They’d tell me how my work was affecting their lives. They’d even write about me and my work and tag me so that I knew about it. The sense of community and connection was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. In the end, comments started to dwindle, but they were still there, at least from my most devoted fans and friends. When I moved to the blog, only a small handful of people followed, so comments have been scarce.

That’s part of what has me feeling off. Having that instant feedback really kept me going. I got to know right away that people were seeing what I wrote and enjoying it. (Or not enjoying it, that happened too.) On a blog, it can take time to build a following that feels comfortable getting in there and making comments. So my writing time here has felt less rewarding. Since the blog is relatively new, there are also fewer visitors than I used to get each day at Bubblews, so that adds to the issue. I really, truly miss the daily interaction with the public. Whether it was names I knew or new ones, that connection made everything I did worthwhile.

So now I’m wondering, is there anything I can do to get you, my new readers, more engaged? What makes you want to comment? I want to get this blog to a place where it’s a community of its own. I want to have readers feel like they want to comment and interact. I love interacting with people. Whether I’m helping you, listening to you or just tossing around ideas, that’s the part that makes all of this worthwhile. It’s all about the people. So what would encourage you to get more active? And please, if you’re just nervous, don’t be! You can make up a name to comment with and be pretty anonymous. And I’m all about keeping things friendly, so trolls or spammers will be sent packing in very short order.

I want so much to feel like I’m reaching people again. I love helping others, so if there’s anything I can do to facilitate you getting more active in the Better You community, just let me know.

About Briana Blair

Artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, Dr. of Metaphysics and passionate oddball. I love to create, and I love bringing knowledge and joy to others. I've been an artist for 35 years, a writer for 26 and a Pagan for 22. And I'm just getting started!

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4 Comments

    FullofShoes

    Gosh, I don’t know what to tell you. Bubblews has 100,000 member plus or minus but I can’t imagine how an individual blog would get the type of interaction you crave. I do understand just what you mean though. It’s why I haven’t left BBWS yet and probably won’t… and I’m working on the side on blog stuff. Could you do both?

      Briana Blair

      A lot of blogs do get enough fans to have a good interaction rate. It’s not entirely about the numbers, it’s more about the quality of people. Most of the members at Bubblews are only there for the money, not the community.

      As for doing both, not a chance. I will never give them another piece of my work. Their policies are highly questionable, the staff is unprofessional and it’s not a place for a real writer to make their mark. I valued my time there and what it taught me, but I’d never go back, not even to post trivial things. I’m actually planning a second blog for the fun and fluff that doesn’t fit with the theme of A Better You.

        FullofShoes

        I don’t disagree with you. I’m still thinking through all of this. I have to keep in mind that I need to make a certain amount of money to survive. I’m struggling mentally with which way to go but I’ll get to the bottom of my head, sooner than later 🙂 I understand what you mean about quality people vs quantity… I’ve not come across a blog yet that I really wanted to spend much time at . In fact this is really the first blog that I’ve been interested in. Probably because I’m not raising kids anymore or into certain things that others are into.

          Briana Blair

          I decided to take the risk and live off what I have in the bank while I build income on the blog, but I understand that may not be an option for everyone. You do what’s right for you, but be sure to look at what’s best long-term, not just right now.

          I’m glad that you like it here. I welcome all kinds of people, so I think that sets this blog apart from many that are designed for a narrow interest group. Most people, at least in part, want to become better and read things that inspire and encourage them, so there’s a lot here for people to get interested in.

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