This week I want to talk about something some of you may already be on the verge of doing; hitting delete on this post email notification. So please, don’t delete it just yet, and try to find the time to come and read the rest of the post and join in the discussion!
We all click to be informed when our fellow bloggers make a post. On WordPress we have the reader which puts all our blogs in one place, and we can scroll through. However, the more direct and personal way is by signing up to receive an email whenever one of our favourite bloggers makes a new post.
I want to know when you guys and girls write something new, so receiving an email is ideal, then I can visit when I get the chance. However, the issues in doing this are we can receive quite a lot of emails. Time is precious for all of us, and the more blogs you subscribe to, the more emails. This can be quite overwhelming to see 100+ emails waiting every day, so what do we do? Well, I want to guess I’m not alone in deleting a few that maybe don’t interest me. That’s not to say they never interest me, of course, but sometimes blogs make 7 or 8 posts a day, or I only really want to see your movie reviews and not what you had for breakfast (just examples!), so I have to be a little more selective and they are the emails I would delete to cut down on my reading time.
This sounds harsh, but I know I’m not alone. I know how many people subscribe to my site, and when I see how many views the post gets, I can see how many don’t visit. And that’s perfectly understandable, if a title of my post doesn’t sound interesting, or contain a movie title that grabs people, its easy to delete and save some time. There are people who I know visit EVERY post I make. They know who they are, and I’m not only grateful (beyond grateful, when I look back to posts from last year and the same names still comment now and retweet my work, honestly I’m humbled by it, thank you!!) I return the favour to them (or try to!). There are also people on the opposite end of this scale, who NEVER visit despite me visiting them. Even now when there are comments of mine on sites that still haven’t been responded to, yet the author begs for comments and views on Facebook etc, it becomes an easy task to delete and un-follow them. One less email to receive! After all, visiting someones site shouldn’t be a chore, and if they can’t be bothered to ever check out our work, why should you take the time to read theirs?! All about respect and reciprocation in my eyes.
So my question……….
I’d love to know how you deal with your notifications from fellow bloggers. Do you visit each and every post that hits your inbox, or are you a little more selective in the posts you visit?
What will this achieve in an ideal world? Well, in a time where I’ve seen people complaining about a slump in views and comments, maybe if people start to visit every emailed post, or even just to hit a like, surely all our numbers would go up, and our stuff would be read by more people. This isn’t just another Call To Arms ploy to get me more views by the way, I just feel we can all do more. Caring is sharing! People spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into writing posts, so the least they deserve is a view from us followers. If nothing someone writes ever interests you, you shouldn’t be following them in the first place!
Next time I get an email about your favourite recipe, or what outfit you wore today, I’m going to visit. It takes seconds to do, and it has made me realise how even just little differences could benefit us all.
If you would like to see all the other questions from this series, please click HERE and check them out!