Blogging lesson for the day is on reactive networking.
You’ll often hear bloggers state what they dislike with blogging. They’ll complain about the driveby reader or someone who just presses “like” on their posts. These bloggers are so busy complaining about blogging that they miss the opportunity it is giving them.
Let’s take the dreaded “like” for example. I love it when people like my post. I love comments. I don’t look down on one and praise the other.
What blog will I read today?
Why not some of the people that like my post since my WordPress App allows me to easily jump to their sites. More importantly, even though they may or may not have commented, I know these people are online. They’re doing stuff.
You take the data you have and you use it. You don’t take half the data and ignore the other half because you don’t think it benefits you. If you are truly trying to network and expand your platform, use the data you have from all directions. Comments means the blogger is either talkative or a reader in general. Someone that just likes your posts doesn’t mean they are a spammer or they are trying to trick you. It could mean they are a writer too and don’t comment much, but they read while waiting to pick their kids up from school or on their 15 minute break at work. Doesn’t give you much time to comment, but you can read and like a few posts.
Be careful not to fall into this dark hole some bloggers get into where they are skeptical of everything everyone else is doing. Sometimes things are just as simple as they appear and in the end you gotta do you.
So why not visit a few people today that just leave likes. Interact back and a bit further than them and see where it takes you. Networking is a push of many fronts, not just one.