Hello, all! I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday! I have a favor to ask all of you: how do you increase readership on your blog? This is something I've wanted to ask everyone for quite some time now, but I wasn't exactly sure how to approach it. I write my blog because I like to, and I want that to be known far and wide. However, I would enjoy having a few more readers (not that I don't value that ones who have been here since the beginning. I love you all, even if the majority of you are family). When I first started blogging, it was an outlet for me. I love to write (always have) and it was just kind of natural for me to end up here. After I started reading more blogs, I discovered the wonderful friendships that could come from them. Suddenly, I wanted to be a part of that. It reminded me of pen pals, but in a 21st-Century-kind-of-way. Well, here I am months later with not much readership to show for (once again, cannot express just how grateful I am for the ones that have come and stayed).
When I got my first random commenter, I was thrilled. When I got my second, I was thrilled again. I started commenting on their posts and they would comment on mine — it was awesome! Somewhere down the road, however, I noticed that they were only commenting on my blog if I was commenting on theirs. That's fine if some people work that way, I don't. I only comment on blog posts when they resonate with me; when I relate to them, find them breathtakingly beautiful, or they make me smile. I will not comment on your blog post for the sake of getting a comment on mine. That's not what this is about to me. It hurt my feelings when people would leave comments like "So cute!" because I knew they hadn't read a single word I'd written.
So, now I comment on a splattering of blogs that I think are worth commenting on. Maybe some people think the only approach to gaining readership is to mindlessly comment on a slew of blogs, but I refuse to believe that's so. I guess what this whole, long spiel is about is this: how did you gain your readership? Did you do anything specific? This is so hard for me because I fear that when I post this into cyberspace it's going to seem like all I care about is a ginormous readership, but that's not true. I just want to know: is anyone out there?