“I don’t understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate … It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what’s right, I inevitably do what’s wrong.” (Romans 7:15)
What is it with me? Why do I act the way I do and that is just the opposite to what I know is right?
Engaging meaningfully with the readers is one of the pillars of blogging success. We all know that comments on our blog posts not only help us to get feedback, it also aids in developing and maintaining relationships. So, responding to the comments from the readers is essential to make this interaction more meaningful and it also helps in increasing the connect with them. Even the BAR’s tip of the week talks about the same.
I am totally convinced about the engagement with my blog readers. But knowing something and actually doing it are two very different things. Do I engage with the readers on my blog, efficiently? Well, you know the answer!
Let me tell you that this faltering on timely response to the comments disturbs me. It leaves me pretty unsettled and restless. And yet I don’t do much about it.
I pondered over this and came to a conclusion that I am stuck. I am stuck for I am trying to find the balance among…
- reading and leaving comments on the blogs in my niche,
- writing the next post and
- responding to comments.
I’d like to believe that I am doing a fair job with the first two to-do things but I am failing miserably on the last one. And it’s not that I have to respond to a lot of comments per post!! But visiting other blogs and writing new posts takes a considerable time and that leaves no or little time for responding to comments. I know, I cant use that as an excuse. So what do I do? How do I boost the engagement with the readers on my blog?
I believe, I need to have my Do Plan. This Do Plan for better engagement on the blog should include the following…
- Stop procrastinating and make blog engagement a priority.
- KISS: Keep It Small and Simple. Set small, achievable goals.
- Set time limits. Devote a few minutes daily to respond to comments.
- Make it a habit.
They say, success is about progress, not perfection. As long as I keep moving in the right direction, keep acknowledging the changes, and keep working on the goal, it would work out in the end. So, one post at a time, it shall be for me. And I am taking the step in the direction of meaningful interaction with my readers from TODAY! Fingers crossed…
How do you manage your time as you visit other blogs, write on your own blog and respond to comments. Please do share your tips and suggestions.
Linking this to #MondayMusings