Saturday, July 18, 2015
A little rant
No one cares about my blog.
If I stopped blogging a few of my friends might wonder why. My family would not get my weekly updates but they would call instead, so it really wouldn't matter to them.
I started my blog to communicate with my students about the books I was reading, books I thought they would like. I linked the blog to the library home page and I do get a few hits from it. But not many. It is hard to figure out to market a book blog to busy students.
Next I told myself I was really blogging for myself so it didn't really matter if many people read it. Ultimately I was lying to myself. It does matter. I want people to read it and to give me feedback about what they think. I hope I have something to say that someone wants to read.
Now for the rant...
I not only write reviews for YA books I am reading but I also participate in blogging community posts like Top Ten Tuesday, Book Beginnings on Friday, Friday 56, and Sunday Salon. When I add my name to those link-ups I linger and visit other sites there. Whenever I visit a page I leave a comment, letting that blogger know I was there and took a look around their site. Everyone does not extend that courtesy back to me, even other bloggers.
For example, last Friday I posted in Books Beginnings and Friday 56. Then I visited 35 other blogs and made comments everywhere I stopped. 35. I counted. By the end of the day, four people had made a comment back on my blog post. 4. Those are NOT good odds.
See what I mean?
What is a gal to do?
I know. Whine. Whine.
I notice lots of bloggers doing things to improve their followers like offering give-a-ways. I tried that a few times but only experienced an uptick in my numbers during the days prior to the event and then a return back to status quo. Sigh.
Any advice or help would be appreciated. What are your thoughts about this rant?