This is a self-important rant. You’ve been warned.
I wrote last week about the launch of the travel blog my girlfriend and her friend will be writing on while they galavant across Europe the next three weeks. Their blog is 10 days old and has 5 posts. Those five posts have accrued a whopping 24 comments! I’m really stoked for them. It’s great that their writing is being read and that people are giving them so much positive feedback.
But I’m also jealous. Compare their numbers to those being produced on my blog. I’ve managed to get 4 comments all year. And one of those was by me, a response to one of the other three.
Granted, if you include comments left on Facebook and at-replies on Twitter then I’ve received substantially more interaction. But comments left on my blog have always eluded me. Since switching to WordPress in May ’07 I’ve published a new blog post 274 times. I’ve received only 135 comments on those posts, and that’s not even telling the whole story. You see, of those 135 comment 28 are responses written by me to others and 10 were left on posts written by guest writers. That leaves 97 comments by others on my work in five years.
I’m not really sure how to change that trend either. Not that I’m losing sleep over it or anything, but it is a metric I’ve actively worked to improve with little success. Here’s what it boils down to. I don’t want to fall under the “those who can’t do, teach” category. Yes, I want to help others succeed. I want to succeed, too.
I’m in the middle of reading Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. He’s built a tremendous following on his blog, including a very talkative reader base. Hopefully he’ll provide me with some new insight that I’ve overlooked.