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It’s the first day of the month and the Blaugust 2019 Festival of Blogging is currently underway. So far there have been numerous posts from established bloggers, offering sound advice and encouragement to those participating in this annual event. However, I wish to focus on one specific aspect of blogging that appears to be on the wane at present. Something that can be invaluable to the new and enthusiastic blogger. And as Blaugust is no longer solely focused on writing, this is also applicable to podcasters, live streamers and You Tubers (I hate that phrase, but it appears to be an accepted collective term, so let’s roll with it). The thing I am alluding to is audience feedback or put more plainly, reader comments. Yes, the thoughts and musings of those who consume your work, left on your site, blog or channel, in the form of a few lines of text. They can be both praising or damning. Supportive, insulting or sometimes incomprehensible. But at least they indicate that someone thinks sufficient of your work to leave some sort of statement.
People write and produce online content for a multitude of different reasons. The pleasure of creating something, sharing a common interest and engaging with others are just some of the many motivations that come to mind. But at some point, the following question occurs to all content creators. “Is anyone actually reading, watching or listening to this?” or some such variation. And it’s a totally justifiable enquiry, because content creation does not exist in a vacuum. If you’re writing for example, the basic premise of such an undertaking is that its intended to be read. If you therefore write continuously, eventually you will want some feedback. Do people enjoy your work? Do they find it useful? Is it relatable? Or is it an unmitigated disaster and an affront to all sentient life? Content creation and its consumption is a bilateral process. A writer, podcaster or streamer cannot grow if they have no idea how their material is received.
Sadly, despite the internet being filled with people who have an opinion on absolutely everything, getting them to leave a simple comment on your blog is comparable to asking them to undertake one of the labours of Hercules. Admittedly, some blogging sites can be a bit picky about verification and logging in, which does discourage some people from sharing their thoughts. But I think the problem is more due to a cultural shift and the fact that people will use social media to leave feedback and make recommendations these days. I find that readers of Contains Moderate Peril prefer to discuss the various posts, leave feedback and question my parentage via Twitter. The advantage being there are no additional logon credential required and a link to an article can be referenced publicly. Engagement is immediate. I do still get comments left via the site but they are far from common place. It can be a little frustrating at times especially when statistics tell you that a post has been well received.
So in light of this situation I would like to do the following. Here is a list of new bloggers who have embarked upon the Blaugust experience. I would urge readers as a sign of solidarity and goodwill to visit these sites and leave a comment, to encourage and motivate these good people. You’d be surprised what a shot in the arm, a positive comment can be.
· Remus: ..in the mind..
· Tea: Cooler on the internet
· TheRoyalFamily: Dating Sims on the Holodeck
· Serum7six: Enjoying Overload
· everwake: Everwake’s Internet Journey
· Dan/Magimos/Magi: Indiecator
· Kaylriene: Kaylriene
· Sita Dulip: Synthetic Dulips