As bloggers and writers we churn out our poems, stories, photos and memoirs and send them out into WordPressland. We work hard on our pieces, we try to make them shine and hope that a good number of people appreciate our efforts.
WordPress features allow us to see how many readers liked the piece, how many commented on our work, and how many actually gave our post a peek. I find these features invaluable when gauging if my work was up to par or hitting the mark I was aiming for.
To me, it’s all about the views. A view means someone actually visited my site, took a look around, and might have stayed to leave a comment or a Like or decided my blog was worth a future visit by pressing the “Follow” button . It means that something in the title, the subject matter or my style of writing has pulled them in for a look.
To this writer, these visits are gold, even if the reader left after the first paragraph. If nothing else, I got them to look…and that is why I write.
I realize that not all my work will be Liked, or worthy of a comment. You can’t please everyone all the time and my work may not attract a certain kind of reader. That’s okay with me. As long as I know I did something right that brought them into my world, then I’m a Happy Camper. At least they gave me a chance.
When I stroll down the Reader, I look for subjects that interest me or titles that promise I might enjoy what the writer has written or the photographer has captured with their camera. It’s impossible to read all the blogs…it would take a month of Sundays just to get through the thousands that are posted daily.
I rely on the presentation, the categories or the tags to tell me if I might want to drop in and read or see a little more of what the blogger has to offer.
I don’t indiscriminately hit the “Like” button hoping the blogger will repay one of my posts in kind. Sometimes I comment and sometimes previous comments have already said what I would have stated. But, I do like the fact that the owner of the site will know that I dropped in and took a look around. And, they can do that by watching the number of visits their post received.
Of course, the only thing that excites me more than the number of views I receive is to find that another blogger has found my work worthy of a “Reblog.” If views are gold, Reblogs are gifts of diamonds…they get your work out to more readers, readers who perhaps have not found your site yet among the thousands out there.
So, if you come across a piece that you think your followers will enjoy…Reblog!
For everyone who has dropped in on this site or “Grandma Says” I want to thank you for your visit. Visits like yours keep me blogging and inspire me to write more, write better and try to get you to drop in again.
And, to my faithful readers who kick back and chat with me during their visit, a special thanks. You make my day!
Yours In Writing,