Re: No readers.

Similar to other Re: posts, this is posted as a reply to a post. I’m not going to link them out of privacy (unless they insist on it), but for context: it was a post about a blog receiving no readers no matter how much work they placed in for their poetry and posts. I probably got too worked up for this, though. I’m posting this here for anyone who’s thinking similarly to said blog. Hopefully it helps.


I don’t understand the sort of ‘compromised and corrupted’ stats that you talk about. No one is ‘hacking’ into your site, no one would have a purpose in doing so anyways. I’ve read your whole post, but as someone who gained six hundred followers and commentors in a month through pure hard work, you can either take my advice or leave it. Everything I’m going to say is the harsh truth.

Do you understand that as a poetry blog in WordPress, you hold 1 in 1,000+ chance of being read? Yes, there is a lot of poetry blogs out there because there is a fuckload of angsty and bored people. Let’s not even talk about all the humor blogs in here. You may think that your poetry is a magnificent work of art or your sense of humor is great, but even so, you won’t get anywhere because there is so much more competition. It’s not about the unorthodox topics of your poem; controversial topics attract people like moths. Hell, I’m a shitty poet and I sometimes do the same, but a ton of people still read, ‘like’, and comment on my work. Why?

Because I connect with other people, I went on my Reader and looked through other blogs, then I actually read, ‘like’, and comment on their posts. If I really like what they write, I follow them. If you show that you’re interested in them, then they will be interested in you. Even if 300 people subscribed to your work, they may hold the same principles as you and would rather write on their blog than read your blog, unless you show that you’re willing to read their work, then they will read yours.

You can’t sit there and write poetry, but then suddenly expect people to pop out of nowhere to read your blog. It doesn’t work like that. You have to make the first move to visit another’s blog before you can expect someone to visit yours.

Yes, over a period of a month, I have read and commented on around 500 blogs, but because of that, 500 people began to read my work. It definitely takes time, and you’re going to have to divide your time between writing poetry and visiting other blogs, but you will see a huge improvement in the number of readers and commentors. Trust me, my blog is the perfect example of it.

Again, take this or leave it. You’ve repeatedly said that you don’t care about views or any of the sort after skimming through your blog and your About page, but with this post, I really doubt it. So if you really want people to read your work, you have to read their work first. It’s up to you.

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It Throws Me Off

When I see blogs with their ‘like’ or ‘comment’ features disabled.

I like to scroll down posts a lot in my Reader, and usually, I like what I see. My finger would automatically point to the ‘like’ (or even better) the ‘comment’ button. But if it’s gone, I get uncomfortable, and then just confused.
I mean, why would you disable it? The ‘like’ button is there for your readers to show their appreciation for a good read, and they can come back to the post in their Reader since they ‘liked’ it. It also shows what your readers like to read most, so it shows what your strength is in too.

And the ‘comments’ section… Holy shit aren’t comments the reason why blogs are created in the first place? So that you can gain interaction and feedback from your readers? If you disabled comments, might as well just write in a fucking diary instead.

WordPress existed out of school?

WordPress is famous in my school, but not because all the kids were extremely creative and willing to create blogs to showcase their talents, but because the school created blogs for every student using WordPress’ dashboards. Sure, there were those few students who were willing to upload their art, but everyone else would groan whenever the teacher told us to review the day’s lesson in a blog post. A few of us who were expert procrastinators didn’t update for months, and the blogs were all left in the dust after we didn’t need them anymore.

After we had graduated from high school, I was cleaning up my friend’s browser (because she had way too many tabs for any sane person) and noticed that her laptop had WordPress’ dashboard open. At first I was confused, she couldn’t have been that lazy to close a site that we hadn’t used for months now, right? Then I realized that her username was different, and that the URL wasn’t that of the school’s. I clicked on her website and saw that it was filled with pictures of wildlife and completely free of school notes.

Oooooh.

I commented on how lovely her blog is, and then the scramble for her laptop began. She desperately closed Chrome while I desperately tried to remember her URL. I succeeded.

I kept quiet for a while, until it was time for me to leave. Right before I entered the car, I told her that I knew what her blog’s address. She scolded me, and feeling just a tiny bit of guilt, I told her that I’d make my blog too and that I’d tell her later so that we would be even.

So then this was made, and in my head, we’re even.