Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Value of Comments
You came here because someone recommended my writing. It might have even been... me. And you will diligently read through what I have to say. Thank you.
But many of you have websites or blogs of your own, and are wondering how on earth to drive traffic to them, because you have something to say. Here's how:
When you read somebody's blog that you like - leave a comment and leave your contact info. (And yes this seems just a smidge like leaving your 'phone number' on a bathroom wall. Get over it.)
If a reader likes what you said in your comment will copy/paste your contact info into their browser, following you back to your site. And voila, you have a hit, and everybody wins.
What about those readers that are just readers, have no website and have no need to drive traffic anywhere? Please leave a comment anyway. Why?
Because it takes courage to put yourself and your writing out onto the superhighway of the WWW. Because writers are often concerned about whether they're making any sense, your comments help them refine their message. And this is true whether they're writing about string theory or writer's block, the benefits of organic produce or organic underwear. Because if we care enough to publish it in a blog, we are a writer.
I also know that sometimes you don't feel like you can add any wisdom to what has already been said. The appropriate comment in that place is:
"Thanks. I liked it."
And so I invite you to comment. Leave your URL so that we can follow you back to your 'house' and read what you have to say.
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