Today — the 20th of April — is a day I will never forget in my life. Last year, on this day, I lost my pet dog, Chikoo. He was my son, the apple of my eyes, and lived with us for almost 13 years.
This morning, I dreamt of him and woke up with a start. And, since then, my mind was restless and sad. Writing this post was the last thing on my mind, although I had been pushing myself to work on it since morning.
So, I sent out a message into the Universe, and to my friends on my FB Page, that I needed help in choosing the topic for today’s letter. And an outpouring of suggestions awaited me when I logged into FB after some time.
I was deeply moved by this love shown by my readers and chose this topic suggested by my dear friend, Shilpa Garg. Shilpa and I were, I believe, twins in another life. No wonder then that she came up with the perfect topic!
Maintaining a healthy relationship with the readers of your blog is a very essential part of blogging. It’s after all the reciprocity that takes place between you and your readers that helps your blog survive!
To repeat what I said in one of my older posts, I had no idea about commenting or building a rapport with my readers in the first few months of my blogging journey.
It was only after I began observing other bloggers that I realised the necessity to bond with my readers. Caring, as in responding to their comments, visiting their blogs if they, too, are bloggers, or communicating with them if they weren’t, was what I needed to work on.
And, believe me, it works like magic!
WHY YOU NEED TO CONNECT WITH YOUR READERS:
You need to reach out to your readers. Appreciate how they share their feelings with you, and be genuine in your conduct with them.
Readers often leave behind comments sharing their views, or similar experiences from their life. Some readers pour out their heart to you–a stranger–hoping to find the patient listener they might so crave for. Reach out to them. it’s how you will learn to bond with your readers.
Your readers are the reason why you blog, why you survive as a blogger!
At times, their words may be full of praise for your work, but, at others, their comments may also reflect an attitude that opposes yours. Accept it all bravely. For all you know, in their criticism, may lie a suggestion for you to change your writing style, or the way you express.
We are all unique, so isn’t it natural that our reactions towards others’ thoughts will be unique, too? Opinions may differ; words used might also be laced with bitterness. But, as a blogger, I believe, it’s our responsibility to accept their stance sensitively.
And, if some reader does leave behind bitter comments, refrain from replying in the same tone. it will only lead to acrimony. And, we sure don’t need that sort of negativity on our blogs, do we?
Not everyone will approve of your way of thinking. Accepting others’ views with an open mind is the key to avoiding clashes of any sort or any bitterness.
It is from our readers that we learn a lot.
Their words often give us clues as to what we need to focus on, what works and what doesn’t.
And, finally, it is because of our readers, that our blog grows, reaching to a height we never thought possible!
So, do reach out to those who grace your blog with their presence. You owe your success to your readers.
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.