Since I joined the Redbud Writer’s Guild last year, I’ve been privy to countless insider conversations about the joys and frustrations of writing and blogging.
Sometimes the conversation is about something technical, like how Facebook’s new algorithm means that fans of your page aren’t actually seeing your posts. Other times someone says, “I’m feeling vulnerable. This post tells my whole messy, complicated story.” Or: “Someone left nasty comments…again. How should I respond?”
Many times when I see these conversations about writing, I wish I could share them with our readers so you knew how much we appreciate you and how hard we are working to connect with you.
Today I’m doing just that. I’ve asked some of my favorite bloggers to tell me what they wish their readers knew and I’ve added a few things too. Thanks to these bloggers for being honest with us and allowing me to share their words!
Tweeting a post only takes seconds, but it can easily bring in many more readers who’ve never heard of my blog. –
I LOVE it when I speak to your heart. And the reader always has the power to let me know – by liking, sharing or commenting. – Jennifer Kelly
It only takes a moment for you to “like” a post on Facebook, but it means my post reached more people and I really appreciate that.
Comments are always appreciated, even if they are short – even if you’re just saying you enjoyed reading the post or have a question! – Janelle Cook
I love it when you ask questions. It gives me ideas for follow up posts – Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
“Receiving a comment in my inbox literally makes my day. Writing a post with two young kids underfoot isn’t an easy task—sometimes one post takes hours or even days to draft. I read every single comment (and respond if possible), and truly appreciate the time you spent to slow down and write a response. Comments are like gold to bloggers…it’s why we continue to write! Without readers and feedback, we’d basically be writing in a diary!” – Jessica Lynn
I love it when you link to one of my posts and continue the conversation. –
Writing inspiration ebbs and flows. Be patient as I take time off or share an old post.
Share your experience too – it helps me know I’m not alone. –
Writing is lonely. Knowing you’ve read a piece cheers my heart!-
I love it when you share and explain why you do. I love when you defend me when negative comments want to tear me apart. – Sheli Geoghan-Massie
I want blogging to be a dialogue, not a monologue.
I’m not perfect, just sharing my heart, or writing what I hope will bless others and glorify Christ. A “like”, a brief comment, or a retweet encourages me to write on. – Ilona Hadinger
Liking, sharing, tweeting helps me to feel that meal I’ve carefully made will not only be eaten but enjoyed. – Dorothy Greco
I want to hear from you too. Let’s have a conversation. –
And finally: I am GRATEFUL that you take the time to read my words and that you value them. I know that there are many writers you could be reading right now and I am honored that you chose me!
- If you are a fellow blogger, what do you wish you could tell your readers?
- Now let’s switch it up: as a reader, what do you wish bloggers knew? Go for it! I’m listening!