This is a post in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop.
Our writing insecurity of the month: ‘If I have what it takes to be a writer, why does no one read my blog?’
Blogging. We do it— those of us that do it— because we hope that it will help build a platform. Maybe to sell more books, or maybe just to make connections with our readers.
But not only is blogging hard, it seems like it’s gotten harder for a blog to find new readers. And so we blog, and hope desperately that THIS blog post will generate a comment. Just one comment. One word is fine. Even a hostile comment is better than nothing— I was thrilled recently when I got a new commenter who accused me of being an idolator, based on the fact that I admitted to being a Catholic. I said a Hail Mary for the guy.
I think I am beginning to learn a little something about blogging. It’s not enough to have great ideas for posts and to write them well. Blogging is about interactivity— that’s why comments are so important.
The way to encourage interactivity is to forget about yourself, and be determined to serve others. So I ask, what can I do for you— the reader of my blog, or potential reader?
Number one, I can comment on your blog. That’s one reason I’m participating in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop today— it gives me a LOONNGG list of other blogs to comment on. Enough that I can spend the whole month visiting blogs from the list. I will try to comment thoughtfully on what you posted about— but if all I can think of is a slightly longer version of ‘great post’, I’ll give you that.
Two. I can be open to helping you. No, I can’t buy all of your books— there are economic reasons. I can’t even accept free copies of every book offered for review, because I’m a slow reviewer and I’m backlogged. But I will welcome your offers and if you describe the book in an interesting way, if it sounds like something I could be enthusiastic about reviewing— well, I will consider it.
Three. I can visit your blog. Now, if you have ‘adult content’ I’ll have to hop right out again. But I’m willing to check your blog out to see what you have to say. We may well have a lot in common. Or maybe your kitty pictures are almost as cute as my kitty pictures.
Four. I can forgive you. It’s easy, in the internet world, to say the wrong thing, even when you are trying to be nice. And some people have never been taught that being nice to others is important. Sometimes people feel inspired to write unpleasant or angry things about me. Like the guy who said my disabled kitten was ugly, or the ones who respond to the fact of my same-sex attraction and my support of traditional marriage by calling me a self-loathing, crazy moron. As a Christian, I’m well aware that I’ve been unkind to others myself, many times. And so I will be willing to forgive you if you come to my blog with a bit of an axe to grind. Perhaps in time we can become friends in spite of a rocky start.
I think that in a way is what human interaction is all about. We do something kind for others. They feel happy about it, which makes them want to interact with us again. If enough kindness is generated through our interactions, the world becomes better.
I suppose some may feel my attitude is too religious. But my faith gives me sound reasons to be kind to you and to others, even when it costs a lot of effort and I don’t really feel like it. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without crazy Christians building homeless shelters, setting up food banks, and going overseas to provide medical and material relief to the poorest of the world’s people? Secularists may decry random acts of kindness as illogical, but those acts may rationally be described as socially useful.
In the end, what I’m saying to you is this: Welcome to my blog! Who are you? Where are you at in the struggle of the insecure writer’s life? And most of all, how may I serve you?