In one 24 hour period, 900,000 blogs were created worldwide. Are you and I any more than ripples in a world-ocean of grasping souls, shouting "Read me!"?
Who will notice us? How will they?
I've written of Google Panda and other Search Engine Tools like key words that will lead a wandering cyber-soul or two your way.
But once at your blog, why should they stay?
1) Is your topic interesting to more than your zombie dog?
Does what you write have substance, style, and humor on something that is interesting and arresting? Does your article have a fun line that will be repeated at the water cooler across America?
The fact that no one understands you doesn't make you an artist -- nor does it persuade anyone to stay and read.
They'll just wander away, muttering, "I don't know what her problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce."
And remember SHORT matches the tempers and attention spans these days.
2) Do you give more than you ask?
Nowadays, the waitress expects a tip for just showing up at your table. People will not come to your blog just because you write one. You must provide a service -- a service that is given with a warm welcome and a smile.
This is a WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME generation. Truthfully, it always was. Napoleon wrote that the best way to persuade anyone was to appeal to their self-interest.
This is a stressed-out generation as well. If your blog regularly makes readers laugh, muse, or nod in satisfaction that they've found something that will help them --
guess who will be coming back?
3) Are you supporting like-minded bloggers?
I am not doing the A-Z CHALLENGE because I love going through the alphabet. I am doing it because I like Alex.
I write the Friday Romantic Challenge because I want to support Denise Covey and Donna Hole --
and some of you might consider it, too, for their numbers are few right now.
Have you read of a struggling fellow writer whose book(s) are doing poorly? Write a review on your blog of one of her books that is funny and insightful. Hey, Karma may just exist. :-)