What do people think about your blog?
Do you care? Who are you writing for?
It seems that themes run around the blogs I frequent. Or perhaps it’s coincidence that I stumble upon the right words when I need them the most.
Recently, I read commentary where a reader commiserated about not having instant feedback from her blog, as opposed to the instantaneous feedback she’d received from performing arts gigs.
Funny thing is, I’d never considered a blog not giving me instant feedback. After all, there’s traffic to watch, commentary to engage in, tweets to share – so what’s this about not having feedback?
I get what this person is saying, however. When your blog is young and hanging by an isolated thread on the web, it can be a lonely journey as you build a new community. In the beginning, the rewards aren’t outside affirmations. The rewards are knowing you’re sticking with your blog, reaching out to others, and continuing the journey.
The more I read about successful blogs, the more I see how absolutely determined and tenacious you have to be in order to keep your web property alive. When commentary isn’t forthcoming, it’s like standing in the middle of Grand Central Station with hundreds of people flooding around you, yet no one sees, hears, or notices.
If you need instant feedback, does that disqualify you as a blogger? Can someone who craves attention make it as a successful blogger? I think so – if you maintain a patient stance. Most of all, keep blogging and channel your passions through your words. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself – and for others.
Does it matter what others think about your blog? Perhaps. Does it matter that you receive an applause after every post? Probably not. Stick with it, keep plugging away with great content and networking – the applause may not be loud, at first, but in the end, you might receive a standing ovation.
I’m willing to wait for that.
How about you? Is instantaneous feedback necessary? Do you need to know what others think in order to feel successful with your blog? Or to write at all?