Thursday, April 24, 2014

Social media silence

Yesterday I listened to the High Impact Blogging interview with Roni Noone (of Fitbloggin' fame).  It was interesting to hear the story of how she built the Fitbloggin' conference and how her brand has expanded. I loved the podcast and am looking forward to catching up on the interviews with other bloggers I admire.

It was fun to hear her talk about the Social Media Cold Shoulder -- it's good to know that even an iconic blogger like Roni feels ignored sometimes. I think it's funny, though, that she feels ignored if one tweet or blog post doesn't get a response.  I would have quit this long ago if I felt that way. I have one or two regular commenters (thank you!) but mostly it's <*crickets*>.

I am going to make it a point to post comments on blogs more often -- I post a comment maybe 1 in 100 times that I read a post, mostly because going through feed readers makes it easy to flick through a bunch of posts. I also don't comment as often when I'm on my phone, especially if there is a 95-digit number I must type in to "prove that I'm not a robot" -- but still, I will be more generous with the blog love.


5 comments:

  1. I agree about not commenting when I'm on my phone. Even on my tablet, the keyboard is weird and I end up losing the comment before I can publish it. I read dozens of blogs and I want to comment, but like you, I don't make the effort often enough. Thanks for the post. And the nudge. =)

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  2. I do not read a lot of blogs. I just counted and there are 20. Of those, several are luckily to post once a month. I actually just bookmark them, so it is easy to comment.

    Roni's posts from when she just started, getting to goal and then fine tuning to figure out her points to maintain are classic. That was long before she was into the media stuff and branding. I loved those old posts.

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  3. Woohoo! I'm third commenter! I read a TON of blogs and I pretty much always read them on my phone using Bloglovin, which doesn't allow me to make comments. Even if I read a post that changes my whole perspective on something, I rarely go to the trouble of walking to the computer, bringing it up and commenting. Yes, I am THAT lazy and I don't hold it against other people for not wanting to do all that extra clicking. I get very, very few comments on my own blog, but plenty of traffic (and I know from Google analytics that they actually hang around for a bit), so I think this is a pretty common phenomenon. I also get a lot of tweets and private emails from readers and listeners, so I know my audience is engaged, even if they are pretty quiet on my actual blog. Since I really, truly blog because I love it, I don't ever freak out about the number or feel "ignored".

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  4. Another commenter! I also read many blogs and don't leave much comment. But my blog doesn't get much comments either unless I've gone and upset a bunch of people. :)

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  5. Thank you all for taking the time to comment! I will definitely pay it forward.

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