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8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog Readers

Just like all relatively new bloggers it’s an on-going challenge to get new readers let alone enthusiastic blog readers, so when they do arrive at my place (my blog) for the first time, I sure want to make sure they enjoy the experience.

When your blog visitors become blog readers that is a huge jump and something we must treat with excitement and enthusiasm.

What do you do to improve the experiences of your visitors and readers?

Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to know how you go about creating enthusiastic blog readers…and I’m sure my readers would as well. 

In this post I’ll be sharing with you what I have been working on to attract and retain enthusiastic blog readers. You only get one chance to create a first impression with these first time readers.

So it’s super important that we do everything we can to engage them, make them feel welcome and provide an experience where they feel some sort of connection with you.

Our future as a viable blogger is dependent on our ability to create a community of enthusiastic blog readers.

To create enthusiastic blog readers will take lots of effort but we can put in place specific things that will encourage our first time readers to maybe subscribe with us, come back and visit with us and, over time, become a loyal and enthusiastic blog reader.

I am constantly reminded of a comment left on one of my recent blog posts by one of my mentors, Don Purdum who said “According to report by Google in 2012, it on average takes 10.6 pieces of content before someone initiates engagement with you. That could be a comment, opt-in or a purchase. That means our content has to be worth someone continually coming back for.”

Why Enthusiastic Blog Readers are So Special?

Enthusiastic blog readers keep coming back for more, add to the value your content with their comments and will not only consider you as being competent but also someone who provides valuable relevant content that they are excited to share with the world.

Be careful never take your blog readers for granted as they will be the backbone of your blog business. Treat your readers as valued guests and try to give them a sense of “shared ownership” of your content.

The following are ways I have tried to make the experience of visiting my place enjoyable, memorable and one that will hopefully create enthusiastic blog readers.

enthusiastic blog readers1.Write Your Posts As a Conversation

Wrire (or create a video/audio) just as if you were talking to a particular person. Sounds a bit goofy I know but when I am writing a post I have an image of my target blog reader sitting on my desk next to me.

In this way I try to make sure I can engage you as a reader, interest you in what I have to share and often ask you a question just as you would in a normal conversation with a friend.

Be friendly and not aloof. Show your readers that you understand and never be afraid to share your own experiences. Just like meeting new friends you must show you are interested in them. Take your time to build trust and rapport – it doesn’t happen overnight!

Does this make sense?

2. Always be Grateful and Thankful

Every blog visitor and blog reader is a person. So make sure you treat them that way. People these days are so busy and there are so many other things competing for their time so show that you appreciate them at every chance you get.

If you care to comment on this post (and I hope you do) you will notice the first thing I say when it comes to “Your Turn” is “I know how busy you must be so many thanks for your comments.”

3. Create Your Own Personal Brand and Styleenthusiastic blog readers

Apart from sharing your thoughts and experiences, come up with your own personal branding.

Think about what makes you different? What something special can you bring to the conversation? Remember we are all about ccreating a memorable experience for your blog readers.

Do you have a tagline for your blog?

Did you see my blog tagline? It’s “The Village Marketer Who Cares”

Do you have a signature at the bottom of your blog post comments or your blog posts?

I usually add the following to all my comments “Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger” – this alone has encouraged some readers to seek me out as they are curious about some blogger based in a isolated village in Thailand.

When we go about creating enthusiastic blog readers we first have to become memorable is some way.

I use my isolated position in the world plus the fact that I really do care for people, as my way of differentiating me and making visits to my “place” enjoyable and hopefully memorable one.

Speaking of “My Place” I use this term a lot rather than “My Blog” or “My website” as I want my visitors and readers to know and feel that they are visiting MY HOME online. Because that’s exactlywhat you are doing right now. Welcome to my home!

4. Always Be Asking For Feedback.

Make sure you tell your readers that their thoughts are very much appreciated. Make them feel part of the whole conversation and do whatever you can to further promote the discussion, not just in the comment area of your blog but also in the sharing of your posts on social media.

Have call-to-actions spread throughout your post to ensure your readers have every chance to follow up with the blog post conversation you have created.

Just like this one

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enthusiastic blog readers5. Give “Shout-Outs” to Your Blog Readers

One thing I have discovered that leads to enthusiastic blog readers is to give a “shout-out” to one of your blog post readers. Maybe mention them within your post if they have created content that adds to what you have created.



One other thing I do is if there is a comment on the post that I feel is extremely valuable, then I will edit the post and add an “Update” to the end of the post showing the comment with a link to their website. Here’s an example from one of my blogging mentors, Adrienne Smith, so just scroll down to the bottom of the post if you’re short of time and you’ll see what I mean.

Some folks actually designate comments as “Featured Comments” if they feel the comment is of special value to their post. I have been fortunate enough to have had some of my comments highlighted like this and it sure did make me an enthusiastic reader of that particular blog. Human nature!  

6. Respond to Your Blog Reader’s Comments

Always, always , always reply to your comments so that your readers know that you value the time and value they shared. Make them feel special by not just replying to their comments but at both the beginning and end of your comment, thanking them by name.

In fact replying to your blog comments is just as important as the blog post itself when it comes to engagement and creating enthusiastic blog readers.

7. Comment On Your Readers Blog Posts

This sounds like common sense but way too many bloggers not only don’t reply to comments left on their posts (which I find unforgiveable and such a huge loss of opportunity when it comes to building relationships) but they also fail to visit the blogs of their readers and leave a meaningful comment on their posts.

I must admit sometimes I do go overboard a bit here when it comes to commenting on other blogger’s posts but my enthusiasm takes over and often results in a “blog post” sized comment.

Check it out as I did go “overboard with my enthusiasm” but  you’ll enjoy this post as well from my friend Kim Willis.

Whatever, I’m sure the blog owner appreciates the effort I made and to be honest, this approach has also enabled me to capture some enthusiastic blog readers.

8. Pro-actively Show Your Blog Readers You Careenthusiastic blog readers

Don’t wait for them to visit and comment on your posts. Spend just 30 minutes to go out of your way to surprise your blog readers. Think about ways you can link to them, tweet their posts and share their content.

Tweeting about my reader’s posts has been an amazing revelation for me.

A few months ago I started tweeting my reader’s blog posts using my own words (not the pre-written stuff) and the feedback has been awesome.

Not only that folks have retweeted and come to visit my place as well.

How do you feel when all of a sudden, out of the blue, you see your posts being tweeted everywhere? It’s a great feeling and one I know your readers would also love you for doing the same for them.

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Your Turn

I know how busy you must be so many thanks for your comments.

Care to share what has worked for you when it comes to creating enthusiastic blog readers?

I’m not very technical but do you use any sort of special software to help you with building engagement with your readers?

I know there are widgets that you can add to your wordpress blog sidebar that shows photos of your most supportive blog readers. If you have this care to share how its working for you? Does it help build enthusiastic blog readers?

I look forward as always to your comments as they are very much an appreciated vital part of the value of this post.

All the best from a remote Thai village blogger

Peter Beckenham

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  1. Dear Sir,

    Thanks For Sharing Information. Your Blog Is very helpful For Work.
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  2. Excellent article. Lots of takeaways.

    To add to your points, providing your users with subscribe feed get them back your website, whenever you publish a new post. This helps to maintain a long lasting relationship with your readers. Other tactics include following them up with informative emails, conducting in-person events, online webinars, hangouts, active participate in social media etc.

    Keep up the awesome work Peter.

    • Hello and welcome Bharathi,

      Yes a subscribe feed is a useful tool but to be honest I haven’t worked out how to use one yet. I tried once but it didn’t work for me.

      I’m not a techie but I am going to follow up on your point and ask my tech guy to look at this option again for me. So many thanks for the heads up re feeds.

      I use the email follow up strategy of course but I need to be more active in “live events” like hangouts or Facebook live of Periscope. Great suggestions and the only reason I haven’t done more with them is because currently in our village we have very limited internet connections.

      Thanks for your awesome feedback Bharathoi – much appreciated

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village blogger

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Get Started Online the Smart WayMy Profile

  3. Hey Peter,

    Getting enthusiastic and engaging readers is a true challenge. But those visitors of your blog actually form the part of the returning visitors and active commentators.

    Responding to our comment authors is of utmost importance to let them know that we care. And commenting back to their blog posts makes it even more engaging. Many top bloggers have been doing that instead of their very tight schedule.

    Loved all your best practices. And to my delight I truly enjoyed my first experience in your place.

    Thank you for sharing the tips and your way of building engaged reader-pool. Take care and have a great day ahead 🙂
    Manidipa Bhaumik recently posted…Top 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Able To Make Money OnlineMy Profile

  4. #1 makes all pop Peter. I wrote how I speak. Or, I write how I chat. Engagement. Conversation. Seems to draw in readers who appreciate my casual style and also, this tells more formal, prim and proper readers to…stay the hell away! LOVing these tips PB. Thanks for sharing and hey….keep cool! Know it must be sweltering in early March in Northern Thailand.
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…20 Exotic Animals I Saw in the Jungles of Buena Vista Costa RicaMy Profile

    • Hey Ryan,

      Great to have you back here mate.

      Your relaxed and conversational blogging style was something that I have tried to emulate a little.

      I want my posts to feel like a conversation is taking place (sure its a bit one way but at least its a start).

      Like you I’m not a big fan of the “prim and proper” approach mate – thats definitely not me that’s for sure.

      And yes you’re absolutely right re the weather – its extremely hot right now and everyone’s looking forward to celebrating the Thai New Year in April – even if the monsoon rains haven’t arrived by then at least we’ll all keep cool with the water festival and games!

      Thanks as always for your visit to my place again Ryan – appreciate your valuable input mate

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village blogger

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Affiliate Marketing – A Guide for Complete Beginners Part 1My Profile

  5. Hi Peter

    Just wanted to drop a comment to thank you for sharing these 8 ideas. I really enjoy reading your articles as they are always full of useful information.

    These 8 ideas are easy to implement, so I will try to use them to improve my blog.

    Thank you again,

    • Hello Gerhard,

      Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comment.

      As a blogger it’s always great to get feedback like yours as it makes all the effort worth while of creating the best posts I can.

      The 8 ideas to improve enthusiasm are easy to implement and they defintely do work – as a regular visitor to my blog you can see that for yourself.
      Gerhard I’d love to get your feedback once you’ve started implementing some of these tips.

      Can you please drop back here and let me know the result with your readers?

      I’d be extremely interested to know what happened.

      Best wishes from Thailand Gerhard

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Affiliate Marketing – A Guide for Complete Beginners Part 1My Profile

  6. Excellent work Peter.
    I really appreciate this effective and helpful post you have kindly provided. The above mentioned steps will definitely help me for creating enthusiastic the blog readers.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Hello Shaoor and welcome to my place.

      This is your first visit I think and its great to have you here.

      Thanks for your kind and supportive words – very much apprecisated.

      If you need any more info about how to create enthusiastic blog readers then contact me – I’d love to help you out.

      Best wishes from the remote Thai village blogger

      Peter Beckenham recently posted…Affiliate Marketing – Profit By Not SellingMy Profile

  7. Hi Peter,

    This is a great post – perhaps your best yet.

    There are so many gems in here; I don’t know where to start.

    But rather than list them all out I’ll select a couple:

    Although only a small point it hit home with me tonight. I’m talking about your little byline, “Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger”. Sure, I’ve seen it plenty of times but it was only tonight when I read it again within the context of this post that it hit me – I should do the same thing. I’m a digital nomad, and I know some people would be interested in doing what I do. So thanks, Peter!

    I totally agree with your comment in point 7. It IS unforgivable when a blogger does not reply to comments on their blog post. I see so-called gurus like Dereck Halpern and Jeff Goins doing exactly that. Needless to say, I no longer waste my time on their blogs. Visiting commenters blogs is another worthwhile activity for the committed blogger. I do it regularly too.

    Giving shout outs to selected blog readers is another excellent strategy. Something I will now do – thanks again Peter!

    Being grateful and saying thanks is another key tip. You’re excellent at that – a natural!

    Thanks for this top notch post, Peter. Priceless

    Kim Willis recently posted…How Often Do You Need To Blog?My Profile

    • Hi Kim and welcome back to my place,

      Wow – I’m a bit lost for words after all your praise mate.

      Just let me say thank you as coming from such a very successful blogger and online entrepreneur your supportive feedback means a lot to me.

      Actually the byline “Best wishes from the remote Thai village blogger” is not only the truth because that’s exactly who I am but, it also peeks people’s curiosity. Many times I have been contacted about this very thing and its become an integral part of my branding.

      As you know we always have to be aware that our blog visitors and readers could be anywhere else they wanted rather than spending time on our blog.

      This is exactly why I am genuinely grateful and appreciative to everyone who takes time out of their busy day to spend with me on my blog.

      Kim I am delighted if some of the ideas I presented can be of use and value to you my friend – that makes me very happy.

      Best wishes as always from the remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…Affiliate Marketing – Profit By Not SellingMy Profile

  8. Hi Peter,

    Another great post, thanks!

    I’m always extremely grateful that people come and comment on my blog – because a few years ago I was working SO SO hard on a blog in the health niche and no-one was coming. It was so very soul-destroying, and of course I couldn’t sustain my interest and just wiped it clean. Bit of a shame really, as I often wish I still had those articles available.

    But undeterred I carried on with my current blog that I was doing in parallel with the health blog (and actually finding more interesting). Thanks goodness I found Adrienne, Donna and Enstine and they have been wonderful mentors and inspiration to me.

    I’m a part-time Internet Marketer so progress isn’t as fast as I’d like it to be, but taking “baby steps”.

    My current project is working round to appealing to my ideal customer.

    Thanks for your helpful tips – one of which I will implement right NOW!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • Hello there Joy and welcome back,

      Yes, we are all the same and really appreciate people who not just read our posts but actually take the time to leave us a comment.

      I always, always, always truly appreciate folks taking the time to give me their feedback, just like you did right here Joy.

      By the way couldn’t agree with you more re Adrienne, Donna and Enstine – fantastic bloggers, great people and superb mentors to follow that’s for sure.

      Like you I have learnt so many things from these guys and it has really helped to make my blog come alive.

      Joy another fantastic blogger you may like to check out if you are working on appealing to your idea customer is Don Purdum. When you go there look for his brilliant free ebook called “The Shift” that you can download. This really helps me to get my head around the whole concept of our target audience.

      Thanks as always for your feedback Joy – Blogging After Dark!

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  9. Hi Peter,

    Yes, you need enthusiastic, engaged followers for your blog to grow and become meaningful to people… like the beacon in the night of the crowded, competitive blogosphere.

    You’ve laid out the way to do it. It’s really about sharing and syndicating other people’s work, while building up the two way conversation on your own blog site. Blog commenting is absolutely powerful, as you point out, and it’s probably been the single most important factor in my blog rising to a high ranking and getting lots and lots of daily traffic.

    You’ve given a great guideline for bloggers to follow here, my friend.

    Donna Merrill recently posted…How To Start A Blog On WordPress – And WhyMy Profile

  10. Yeah, I totally agree!

    The commenting on other people’s blogs tip was what brought a lot my visitors and fans to my website. In fact, that’s how I found your website, Peter! So, I also highly recommend leaving comments and interacting with your fans as much as possible. I understand that popular website owners usually don’t have the time to reply to each comment, but it makes a huge difference when they do!


    • Hey Timothy and welcome back mate,

      Yes blog commenting does really help with attracting visitors to our sites but to get better traffic levels and quality I actually have to do a lot more than just reach out and provide valuable comments to others.

      I am finding it requires me to focus more and more on creating relationships whenever I can online and to work on developing those relationships, always ensuring you encouage them to visit with (and hopefully subscribe with) your blog site.

      The traffic I am getting is extremely engaging but its going to take a lot more effort and time to build the traffic to a more viable level as far as my business potential is concerned. I truly appreciate the reciprocal traffic from blog commentators but I need a lot more traffic than just that going forward.

      Always great to have your feedback Timothy

      Best wishes from this remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  11. Hi Peter,

    Thank you for a great post.

    When I first started blogging I had come out of a stuffing professional background and my writing was anything but conversational but over time I learned to write like I talk.

    It always amazes me when bloggers do not respond to comments. To me blogging is two way and why do people not engage with their readers I wonder.

    Great tips Peter thank you,

    From sunny gorgeous Noosa. 🙂

    Sue Price recently posted…How Can The Benefits Of Meditation Help You?My Profile

    • Well hello and welcome back Sue,

      Always great to have my Noosa friend drop by my place.

      You know of professional backgrounds and writing, as a successful marketing consultant in another life, many times I tended to be too conversational in my written business dealings. I vividly recall a Regional Manager of a hotel chain here in Thailand, commenting to his staff at one of the sales skills management training sessions I was giving, not to expect anything too formal from this guy Peter but he will tell you exactly as it is! I guess in a way that was a compliment!

      LIke you Sue it amazes me as well when bloggers just ignore the very people who are expressing interest in them. Not replying to comments is not just discourteous but bad for your reputation as well. If you don’t want or need any more people commenting and seeking a relationship with byou, then close off your comments or even rethink why you are running a blog platform.

      Great to have you back again Sue and hope things ares till going gang-busters for you.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  12. Hey Peter,

    So flattered that you mentioned me here and highlighted my comment in that other post. That’s very flattering of you my friend, thank you.

    Well let’s see, what do I have to add to what you’ve already said? Nothing, that’s right can you believe it? I know, you’ve pretty much covered everything to get people eager to want to keep coming back to your place.

    This is what it all boils down to.

    People only care about themselves but let’s face it, when you show how much you truly care about them they’re going to take notice. They appreciate being appreciated because there are a LOT of people online and the majority of those beginners really are searching for help. Be that person that helps them and you’ll stick out big time to them. How do you do that? Just how you’ve described in this post.

    I can’t say it any better than that Peter.

    Great job with this one and you KNOW I’ll be sharing it too so thanks for the great advice. You have a wonderful weekend now.

    Adrienne recently posted…Every Entrepreneur That Blogs Regrets Not Doing This SoonerMy Profile

    • Hello Adrienne and welcome back to my place,

      Your visits are always so appreciated and my highlighting you is simply an indication to you and my readers how much I value the contributions you make to my blog posts – on a very regular basis I might add.

      The skills you have to quickly assess the connections you make online and maximize the engagement potential of that relationship, is something that very few bloggers have ever fully implemented.

      But as you say, you’re a Texan and love to talk! However, we both know that deep down the value of continually making connectionms online and developing these relationships, is where our real future as successful bloggers lies.

      I agree with you that many people only care about themselves but everyone needs help at some time or other.

      In the case of beginner online marketers and bloggers, who are my target audience by the way, my only hope is that they find my place and connect with me so I can care for them in ways that may surprise them.

      But as a relatively new blog amongst millions of others online, I need to “up my game” in the SEO side of things. Hopefully a better focus on SEO, without changing my conversational format with my readers, will help more of the struggling benginner bloggers and marketers to find me.

      Adrienne thank you for your belief in me – that is so special coming from such a recognized and successful blogger like you.

      And yes I will be there to care and do what I can to help those who are prepared to invest in themselves.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger who cares.

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  13. Hi Peter.

    Thanks for another great post.

    I’m not sure if I actually write like I’m in a conversation. I’d have to look back and read my previous posts. I do know that in the one which I am in the process of writing I have started asking more questions to try and get the readers involved much earlier. All I can say at this point is that it’s going to be my longest post, and hopefully my best. I’m already over 600 words and I’m maybe halfway through it.

    I try to thank people and welcome them to my site. I always say hi or hello. I try to treat my readers with the same respect as if I were standing right in front of them. It doesn’t seem like much, but it can make a difference.

    You’ve read some of my posts so you know my style is just tell it like it is and keep it down to earth. You’ve commented on my style previously. Thanks for that.

    I haven’t used shout outs or featured comments yet, but it’s something I may implement going forward. I can definitely see how it can make someone feel special and want to return in the future. I am a firm believer in the blog commenting on my visitors sites as a way to build a relationship with people. Like you said, not enough bloggers take the time to do this. I know that some may get 100’s of comments on a post and it would take forever to visit them all, but there’s no reason why most can’t, especially if they only get a handful of comments.

    I do share every post I read and leave a comment to my social media accounts, fan pages, etc. And I also respond to them if I get a thank you because of those shares. They take the time to do it so I take the time to return the favor.

    The one thing that I don’t have is a tag line. I’ve been tossing some things around in my head, but nothing really jumps out as The One.

    Keep up the good work. I always enjoy your posts and your comments on my posts.

    Oh, and, I made sure to wipe my feet before visiting you “home” to keep things tidy. 😉

    Have a good one…..Chris
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    • Hey Chris and welcome back to my place mate.

      you made me laugh when you mentioned “wiping your feet” before you visit my home next time. Are you aware that in Thailand the culture is not to wipe you feet but to remove your shoes before entering a person’s home?

      By the way I know we are jesting but the point we are sharing that I hope my readers will understand (and implement) is to treat our blog visitors with courtesy and politeness – and show real interest in your blog readers and commentators.

      Chris I strongly recommend readers visiting your place online as your “say it as it really is” style is really refreshing and well worth checking out. There you go my friend – hope lots of my readers click that link and come visit with you.

      Hey I’ll be really interesting in checking out youir upcoming post – sounds like its going to be a block-buster!

      Thanks a million for adding such a valuable comment to my blog Chris – awesome stuff mate.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  14. I’m pretty good after all these years on all of these except #2 & #4.

    It’s funny about #2 because in real life I’m always thanking people for all sorts of things, even when they might not deserve it. lol As for #4… well, I kind of do it on one blog, just not with every post. But only on the one blog; the others, which are geared towards different audiences, just don’t fit the concept since their purposes are much different.

    Overall I think #1 is the most important out of all you’ve mentioned for a blogger’s sanity. If one writes as they talk the readers can feel it and there’s no pretense as to who they are and what they are. It’s also much easier to do; at least that’s my opinion on it. 🙂
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Product Creation, Marketing, Promotion And SalesMy Profile

    • Hi Mitch and welcome to my place,

      As an experienced and extremely busy blogger its great to have your feedback my friend so thank you indeed for taking the time to comment with me.

      We are much the same in real life – I often find myself thanking folks when often all they are doing is a job I paid fully for in the first place!

      But hey, it doesn’t hurt anyone to share your appreciation as just maybe you’re the only one that day who bothered to say thanks to them.

      And that’s why I continue to do the same online because you never know who may respond to the appreciation I share. Just as long as it’s genuine and sincere then I see nothing but postives for spending that extra few seconds to share some form of appreciation.

      I’m not sure I understand how your different blogs being geared to different audiences, still wouldn’t respond postively to some of the simple ways I shared re creating enthusiasm. After all we’re all human and we all like to be appreciated in some form or other. Yes?

      Mitch great to have your feedback on my post – a valuable contribution that is much appreciated not just by me but also by my readers.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

      • Well, let’s see if I can explain it.

        I think if you’re offering opinion then asking for feedback works well. If you’re telling someone how to specifically do something and ask for feedback, it feels like you’re asking for validation. In those cases, most of the time the best someone can do is write “good post”, and no one wants those comments on their blog.

        Also, sometimes you write something that you know most people aren’t going to want to touch. Asking for feedback in those cases feels unwarranted because you know you’re not going to get it. What kind of posts? Look at my link below; this is the kind of article that, in my opinion must be written, that I might be the only type of person who could write it, and I know that almost no one else will want to have their name associated with it. 🙂
        Mitch Mitchell recently posted…White America, It’s Not Always About YouMy Profile

        • Hello there again Mitch and welcome back to my place,

          Well you’ve raised an interesting perspestive on commenting and one that I had not thought about before.

          So many thanks for this as it really does add quality to my post about enthusiasticc blog readers.

          Most of my posts are my opinion and experiences so with your thoughts in mind, asking for feedback should work OK.

          However, with the point you make about explaining to someone how to do a specific task I would still ask for feedback re their understanding and any further help that may be required. So for me it would not be a matter of “validation” but simply making sure what I presented was able to be properly implemented.

          But I can sse why you mention the real difference in the request for feedback and yes on some occasions, I agree it would not be necesary.

          I’ll gp and check out the post you are referring to as it has certainly got my curiosity now.

          Thanks as always for your contribution Mitch – greatly appreciated

          Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

          Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  15. Hello Peter!
    So many posts are focused on more technical aspects of blogging so yours was very refreshing. Content marketing is really all about connecting with people and you gave us some great things to keep in mind when creating posts.

    I’ve been working on writing more conversational type of posts but that hasn’t been too easy for me. I come from a technical writing background and it seems to carry over into everything I write, so it takes a lot of effort.

    However I noticed that I get better engagement when the posts are more conversational – good advice!

    Commenting is so important and I sure do appreciate your comments on my blog! I love your idea of featured comments but not exactly sure how to implement it.

    Sharing other people’s posts is a great way to show you care and give your readers a call out. I’ve been trying to more of that as well.

    Well Peter, you gave us an excellent round up of important tips to create a happy community around our blogs. Thanks so much for your insights!

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    • Hello again Lisa and welcome back,

      Always great to have a New Yorker come visit with a TRhai village blogger.

      Actually you surprised me a little as I have always found your posts very easy to read and follow. Maybe you’re being a bit hard on yourself but I do agree that when we are more conversational, more people take notoce, read and leave comments.

      Coming soon I am creating a series of posts about affiliate marketing as that’s how I monetize my blogging activities. I havealready got in my mind what I want to share and I know, for me, the easiest way to present this information will be to do it in a conversational style.

      Not many people would say this but let me share something here.

      I must admit publicly that these affiliate marketing posts are aimed at new-comers online who are battling to get some cash flow. However, they will also be impotant to me as I will be promoting my affiliate links as real solutions I have found to some of these affiliate marketing challenges. I just want to be careful my posts providing real value and not being preceived as a sales page – this is an interesting challenge for me.

      Now back to your comment – sorry about the side-trip but you did ask me about this in another conversation we shared.
      Blog commenting to me is by far the most time comsuming yet amongst the most enjoyable experiences for me online. Everyday I am learning new things and for this old Aussie that’s great news, plus I love creating new relationships with interseting people.

      Sharing others posts and adding your own bit of flair to the share is something I also love to do – just today I got some really funny and enjoyable tweets from folks whose psots I had shared recently and had added some fun bits to my share.

      Thanks as always for visiting my place Lisa – you are always so very welcome

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger who visited New York for the first time 37 years ago this week!

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    • Hello Robin and welcome to my place online,

      It’s greatr to welcome first time visitors who take the time and effort to leave me a comment.

      For that I am always very grateful – so thanks a lot.

      I am delighted you found some good ideas and tips with you first visit here and I hope you subscribed so you don’t miss any of the goodies I have planned for the near future.

      Tips are only helpful if they are implemented so please make sure you make use of the tips and put them into action on your blog.

      Thank you again for your very first visit to my place Robin.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  16. Hi Peter,

    Great content my friend, I’m not sure if I’m posting as a conversation but I totally get it and I will try to do it. Creating a personal style isn’t easy but not impossible, a little creativity is needed but anyone can do it from graphics to personality, everything counts. I understand what you say, like your example “from a remote Thai village”, the village must be awesome!

    Shout-outs, never done it before but I will try my best to do it, great advice Peter.

    I notice that you’re using great images for your ideas, well done my friend! Have a good day.


    • Hello and welcome to my place Nicolas,

      Great to have you visit with me and I’m delighted that you found some real value here – make sure you subscribe with me so I can keep you updated with my latest creations. It’s a free service that I love to provide to my blog readers.

      Nicolas don’t stress too much about the “conversation style” thing – this is how I do things but there are other formats you can use.

      Would you like me to send you some alternative styles you could use for your blog posts?

      Think about what makes you different and let that be the thing that makes you unique as part of your branding.

      Yes I love giving shout-outs as therer are so many supportive and far more talented bloggers than me who have had a huge impact on my blogging future.

      By the way the images I use are all copyright (and price) free and here is one of the best places for Creative Commons Images

      Then all I do is use PicMonkey which is a free online photo editing service to create my little memes.

      These are my little ways of making my posts completely unique – try it out – its easy and its fun!

      Thanks again for your visit Nicolas

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

  17. Thanks again for an outstanding post on your blog.

    Lot of great information as usual.

    Many times when I read some of your writings I get moltivated and enthused.

    The main thing I bring to the table when I blog is just being myself and like you said in your post up there “just talk or write as if it’s just you and I are talking with each other.

    Being sincere and honest in everything you do shows and I think that is what people are looking for.

    I know your honesty and caring shows with you and for that reason you are one of my favorite bloggers. Wishing you great success.


    • Hello David and welcome back ot my place,

      Wow you were quick of the mark – I only just published this post a few minutes ago.

      Maybe theae are lots of effective ways to write blog posts but I just find it easier and far more personal if I simply write as if I was speaking with a good friend.This suits me and hopefully other readers agree with your kind sentimments.

      You know there is so much BS and hype online so when we share simple, totally honest content and ideas, it probably helps to differentiate us from those others!

      Thank you for your very kind and supportive words David – greatly appreciated.

      Best wishes from a remote Thai village blogger

      Peter recently posted…8 Ways To Create Enthusiastic Blog ReadersMy Profile

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