The Golden Rule of Blogging
This morning I read an interesting article about whether readers are likely to click links on blogs and what bloggers can do to encourage more of that. If you are inclined to click links, as apparently many readers are not, click here for an interesting take on this. If you haven’t visited the Dream Big, Dream Often blog, you are in for a treat. It’s one of the ones I read “big and often.”
Basically, the takeaway for me after reading the post was this: if you want people to read and interact with what you write, the only way to get there is to read and interact with what others write. I doubt too many people have enough time to read every blog to which they subscribe every day but what goes around comes around. That’s true in the real world, it’s true in the cyber world. I know I’m guilty of not spending enough time reading and interacting so I’m setting a doable goal. Read and interact with at least 10 blogs a day. I’m a fast reader and can do this in a short period of time. I know there are bloggers who work 4-5 hours each day doing exactly this and I’m sure it pays off for them. Since I can’t do that, I’ll do the best I can until I can put more time into this.
I urge you to make a similar commitment. It’s pretty much the Golden Rule of Blogging, “Read unto others as you would hope they read unto you.” (Okay the language doesn’t exactly work but you get the idea.) Again, it works in the real world, it will work in the blogging world. For an even more in depth read on this topic, click here and read Jason Cushman’s brilliance on the subject of building a bigger blog following.
As an indie author I made a similar promise to myself. I committed to read and review at least 1-2 indie books each month. So far I’m keeping up with this goal and have been for about the last 8 months. By the way, I just read Lynne Spreen’s wonderful, “Dakota Blues.” I really liked it and can recommend it highly. She serves all indie authors well in that her book is pristinely written, professionally presented and it tells a good story. The Golden Rule of Indie Authors, in a way, Write for others, the way you’d like them to write for you I suppose.
In summary, be mindful out there, what you put out into the blogging and/or indie publishing world, can come back to delight or haunt you!