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.