Many blog owners are feverishly promoting their blogs, spending money on advertising and marketing. They’re so engrossed in numbers: number of people commenting on their blogs, number of RSS subscribers, number of visitors, number of other sites linking to them, the income that their blogs generate and so on, that they fail to recognize who make their blogs popular, who promote their blogs more than the owners do – very often they forget to thank the readers.
LGR has written a very insightful post “Love Your Commenters“, where he talks about some bloggers not responding to their comments, or not moderating them at all. It’s like engaging people into an interesting conversation and suddenly leaving the room, when you’re done with your speech.
Sometimes we forget that we’re not only blog owners but commenters on other blogs too. How do I feel when another blogger doesn’t respond to my comment, or doesn’t approve it? Of course it upsets me, and depending on a blog, I might stop commenting there or stop reading it altogether.
Of course, one way to show an appreciation to your blog readers is by replying to their comments, acknowledging their participation and interest in your posts, another way is getting to know your readers – visiting their blogs and leaving comments there. There are many other ways to show your appreciation, you can read about 5 more ways written by Bes.
Two bloggers took this one step further and formed a new project – “Reader Appreciation Project“. This venture is like a breath of fresh air in a dusty and crowded blogosphere. “The RA Project aims to show readers that they are one of the most important assets a blogger can have, and the RA Project also aims to show among other things how bloggers can treat their readers.”
Recently they’ve announced “Reader Appreciation Week“, that starts on April 9th and continues till April 13th. I’ll be definitely participating in Reader Appreciation Week and will announce the prizes later on.
During this week I will give out prizes to my most loyal readers who’ll be commenting from today until April 9th, and hopefully will continue to do so in future. Prizes will be selected from RAW 2007 Prize Ideas.
To keep up with me and my plans, please subscribe to my blog if you haven’t done it yet, and start commenting :-)
How about you, would you participate in Reader Appreciation Project?