I suspect that’s been the plaintive lament of all authors, since the dawn of written languages. Just as a conversation can’t occur when one of the parties ignores the other, no “communication” takes place when something is written, but never read.
Blogs provide an excellent framework for exploring this phenomenon. Bloggers don’t write merely for themselves. (If they wanted to do that, they’d simply “journal.”) Bloggers long to have others read their words. And the commonest disappointment of new online writers is just how few people actually visit their sites.
Fortunately, communities such as wordpress include features that allow us to track statistics in an accurate manner. Even when visitors fail to comment or formally “like” a post, they still leave digital footprints. I’ve written before about how enjoyable it is to see how frequently your page has been visited by people from all around the world.
At that time I shared my statistical world map, (directly below). Today I follow it with my current status . . . which reveals that I have finally penetrated the Great Wall and accessed the vast population of the People’s Republic of China! (Of course, I have long suspected the Chinese military of spying on my column, in an effort to glean military secrets about the Inklings’ military service during WWI.)
Methods of Increasing Visits to Our Sites
There are a number of concrete ways to expose others to our words. A few appear below. Still, it’s good to remain realistic in our expectations.
I recently read that it’s worthwhile being listed in the Technorati blog directories. As part of the verification process for inclusion there, I need to include in one of my blogs the code RFQE8T2R48RG. (I just hope their verification search engine isn’t confused by the numerous occasions when I’ve used that very same code in my previous blogs.)
As promised, here are a handful of nearly universal recommendations for increasing the number of visitors to our websites.
- Write on subjects we feel passionate about.
- Write well.
- Be as unique as possible (in our personal publishing niche).
- Encourage people to leave comments.
- Dialog with the readers who do.
- Create intriguing titles for our posts.
- Write regularly (at least weekly, but not hourly).
- Offer RSS and email subscription options.
- Visit other blogs & offer encouraging comments.
- Tell everyone you know to read Mere Inkling.
Truly sorry about that last plug. I’m simply trying extra hard to ensure my words don’t drop into the obsidian darkness of digital anonymity. Blessings in your own efforts to ensure the same!