… that when you adopt a personal writing style (like me talking to YOU), you have to have the courtesy to reply to comments. You have to take your time and give an answer and you have to make that answer relevant and personal too.
The you comment I reply movement is no longer a new phenomenon, although it started only this year, on June 30. But everything in the blogosphere happens at a fast pace. Trends are summer showers. Not this one though. It shouldn’t be a trend. It should be a mark of blogging ethic.
You don’t need to display the artwork on your site to show your respect for the audience. Your actions should speak louder.
The principle is quit simple. The moment you choose writing in a personal style you write for an audience. And when you expect the audience to listen to you, you need to listen to your audience. No matter how busy and important you are. You have to do your job right. You have to do what you are paid for!
Oh, yes! When a visitor spends time on your blog, clicking on your ads, reading your texts, she is paying you. The visitor spends valuable time on your pages. She probably leaves richer with a few thoughts and she enjoys all the benefits of the “free content” you wrote for your audience. But that’s not enough.
That visitors give you more than you imagine: time, traffic boosts, clicks on your ads, then, if what you write is really valuable, links back, bookmarks, word of mouth. One visitor can mean the difference between success and failure.
Let’s set things clear once and for all: you’d be NOTHING without your audience. A lonely performer, singing under the shower when there’s no one around. You probably have the voice of a Pavarotti, but who cares?
If you use this wonderful voice to entertain, instead of singing for the water, what do you do when you hear the first clapping hands? You smile, give a thank you bow, and sing again? And the audience? They talk about you, spreading the word about how great you are. Act like a self-sufficient bastard and no matter how great your voice is no one will come to listen again. Got that?