When I initially began this 10-week journey of a blogging assignment, I really didn’t think I would be engaging with anyone, or that my blog would actually be read by anyone other than my professors or the occasional browsing classmate. I knew the Internet had created a whole other world of communication, but it didn’t occur to me that my reach would be beyond J452. Boy oh boy, was I in for a surprise…
Engaging with your readers is crucial in the success of your social media or blogging strategies. The days of simply talking at your audience are long over- it’s all about talking with your audience. A simple ‘Like’ or ‘+Follow’ isn’t really worth anything unless you’re interacting with the person who liked or followed you in the first place.
Ryan Johnson said it best: “It’s like having a bunch of acquaintances [that] will show up at your party, but no real friends who will pick you up at the airport.” You would be both surprised and amazed at what you can learn by engaging your readers, initiating conversation and listening to each other.
Throughout my intro to blogging process, I’ve connected and interacted with several people from different corners of the country that I would’ve never known otherwise. I’ve learned so much from Charles Primm, Daniel Hebert, Ryan Johnson and Jonno Mason just to name a few.
Although this assignment comes to a close within the next week, I plan to continue blogging.
Thanks for reading, following and engaging with me; but most importantly, thank you for making me feel like I have a voice and for giving that voice credibility. I look forward to connecting and engaging with you in the future. 🙂