How do I increase reader engagement on my blog? #Blogging Insights 15 – Traffic and growth
How often, if at all, do you check your blog statistics? If I’m blogging regularly, once a day. If I’m not, then maybe in months. I have been posting daily since January, have kept a track of my stats daily for half of it. But then life became a lil busy, so I just forgot to check the stats. I have been more focused on replying to the comments this last week.
What methods do you use to increase reader engagement (provided you care about this)? Reader engagement matters to me. I love knowing what readers think about my thoughts. I have recently started ending my posts with questions. It has encouraged readers to share their thoughts with me. But I don’t feel like doing that on my poems. Because poetry is alway open to interpretations. My questions might make the reader align their thoughts with mine. But now while answering this question, I feel that I might just start adding something like “What do you think about this?” or “What did this poem made you feel?” I often visit new bloggers that I find here. Read their posts, browse through their blogs and drop comments. When I take out time to drop comments on their blog, they sometimes visit me too. How do I find new blogs? I sometimes find them in the comments section of bloggers I know, sometimes the people who like my posts, sometimes they find me, sometimes other bloggers give them a shout out. I have also used the Reader to find new bloggers. Then I have Let it Bleed prompts and Our Garden of Gratitude running weekly on my blog. They have helped me connect with a lot more people. I’d like to add here that I recently started a new blog called Blogger Community to engage better with more bloggers. It’s about sharing, discussing, helping, exploring and many more things.
Do you actively promote your blog on social media? I have tried to, but it’s a tiresome task. If you need 1 hour to write a post, you need 2 more to promote it on social media. I really can’t take out too much time. I don’t want to start social media promotion only for it to become a burden to me.