Dan Zak, a columnist for the Washington Post has a great article for all of us – both pro and beginning bloggers. He lists 10 things that we can do to “be more than a blip in the blogosphere.” Swing by and read his full article. Here are the ten summarized:
- TELL STORIES RATHER THAN STICKING SOLELY TO LINKS OR PHOTOS.
- CREATE A VOICE FOR YOURSELF.
- MAKE EVERYTHING EASY TO READ AND ACCESS.
- SIFT THROUGH BLOGROLLS AND CREATE YOUR OWN.
- WIDGET YOUR PAGE.
- COMMENT EARLY AND OFTEN.
- PRAY FOR A LINK FROM THE BIG BOYS.
- NOMINATE YOURSELF FOR AWARDS.
- POST WITH VERVE AND CONSISTENCY.
- JOIN THE CROWD.
Articles like this interest me because I unashamedly want more readers – both people I know and people I don’t know. More readers = more influence. If I have more influence, then people will eventually hear from me what is singularly most important in my life (and I believe, theirs too) – that a love relationship with the God of Creation through faith in Jesus Christ is of paramount and eternal significance. I’m not even concerned that they agree with me. I just hope readers keep returning, that there’s “something” here are Notes that draws them back again and again. So… how about you? Do you care if your blog is read by more and more people? Or do you prefer its readership to be kept within a select group of family and friends? Are you uncomfortable receiving feedback from people you don’t know? Or perhaps criticism about things that are important to you?