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1. How important do you think reader connectedness is to the success of your blog?
I started this half hoping no one would ever read it, but let's be honest: it's the internet. Now that I have readers (other than my mom and my sister: Hi Mom and Deb!!), I definitely want to keep you here!
2. What do you do to draw readers in and create that writer-reader bond?
I've read some blog which ultimately suggest NOT sharing any information about your life. While I agree, this isn't a forum for personal information which probably shouldn't be online, the blogs I look forward to reading everyday always have details about the person and not just their clothing. I try to do the same thing here. I can flip through a magazine to get clothing inspiration, for me blogging is more about community.
3. What is one way you could improve this connection?
I used to love the idea of a sponsorships and giveaways, but I'm not convinced it creates new genuine connections. It's great positive reinforcement for regular followers, but I'd be interested to see some stats on whether the increase in traffic and followers is maintained after the giveaway.
I would love if my couple dozen followers were more open to commenting, and joining the conversation that way, but I'm still happy there are a couple dozen of you out there!!
4. Is there a blogger you think does a great job creating that writer- reader bond? Why?
Sheila, Hillary and Melissa all do a great job in my opinion. They all have a good mix of fashion and life, and acknowledge their commenters in some form. They also all make an effort to have genuine comments on other people's blogs, rather than simply doing the "Nice outfit" with a three line footer redirecting everyone to their blog. I really also love Hillary's invitational question at the end. Not only does she encourage people to comment, she usually has a cute anecdote as her answer to get the conversation rolling, even if it's about what's for lunch. (Today, I'm thinking grilled cheese)
5. What do you do to cultivate new readers? How do you get them to your site in the first place?
This reminds me of question from a couple weeks ago, so if I say the same thing, forgive me. If I say something contradictory, it's because I'm not awake yet. Downfall of my life: my inability to drink coffee. Anyway, I like to think I get them here by building relationships with their blogs, frequently through commenting. I do also try to join challenges and the like.