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A conversation can only take place with two or more people, right? And I believe, as a blogger, that it’s important to have dialogue with my readers. Yes, I write for me, but I want to connect with others. If I didn’t care about anyone but myself, then I would write on a notebook, and never have a blog, or post anything online. So my question is this: What do you do when people won’t dialogue with you?
I have lots of followers, but only a small group ever comment or like any of my posts. Most of the questions I ask remain unanswered. Shouldn’t I just soldier on? Shouldn’t I just keep saying what it is I feel I need to say, regardless of whether people comment or not? Sure. I can agree with that. However, I’m not a robot. I’m a person, with feelings. I’d be lying if I said my feelings don’t get hurt, or that I don’t get disappointed. For example, yesterday, I posted a question to all of my readers/followers regarding my music posts: Should I continue posting lists of several music videos, or limit it to just one video per post? And guess what….no one commented.
In the year + eight months that I’ve started this blog, so much has happened. My style of poetry has changed somewhat, I’ve added at least three other categories (Tuesday Talk, Thursday Thoughts, and Music), I’ve taken breaks, I’ve made and lost friends, and through it all, my readership has continued to grow. I appreciate people who take the time to read what I post, or listen to my music posts. I appreciate all of the kind comments from people. I appreciate all of the people who have chosen to follow my blog, out of the thousands that are out there.
I’d just like to know…What does a girl have to do to get some conversation going with people? (insert crickets chirping here) I spend time on others posts/blogs everyday. I add new blogs that I follow every week. I answer comments, and I comment on other people’s blogs as well. I don’t think that I am some sort of master writer, someone great like Poe, or Tolkien, or Frost, or Tolstoy, or Shakespeare, or Longfellow, etc. But neither do I think that my writing is just crap.
Do I need to step up my game? Post more often? I cannot crank out a set number of poems a day; I write when it strikes me, when I am inspired to write, when I need to get something that’s pressing on my heart, out. I am not the perpetually positive one, who always posts uplifting happy stuff. I am not the scholar, posting techniques to help other writers. I do not have a blog geared towards something specific, like travel, novels, food, women’s rights, opinion, etc. My blog is my own. It’s sort of like a diary, in a way. But I really want to connect with others. Forgive me for whining. I don’t mean to be ungrateful for what I have, or greedy for what I want. I supposed I’m just frustrated, and longing for some feedback.