Don’t Just Peek in the Window, Pay a Visit

3 Feb

In the world of blogging – in the world of all writing, actually – authors want first and foremost to have what they have written to be read, and when it is read, we are thankful and happy.  However, anyone who has a blog on WordPress knows that someone reading your post doesn’t necessarily translate to visitors to your blog when those posts are read by way of the reader.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my reader. I love having all the new posts on the blogs I follow show up on one convenient list, and I love searching for new blogs by tags.  The cons to the reader are that oftentimes, authors end up with plenty of likes on their posts, but hardly any actual visits to their blog.

To make things a little more difficult for bloggers, sometimes you have to click twice to reach the actual blog where an actual visit will be registered, because one click (or clicking the wrong place) will take you to a page that shows only that post, but it’s still part of the reader (which you can tell by the ‘like’ and ‘share’ icons being at the top of the page).  The actual blog will have a layout, a theme, a place to leave a comment, and icons of other likes.

Another issue is, even if you manage to get someone to your actual bog (yay!), they often never leave your home page, so an author never knows which posts have been read or have caught the attention of readers.  This can be rectified by the author somewhat by making use of the ‘insert read more tag’ (located on the far right of the top row of editing tools in the visual editor).  This is the tool that allows you to have a paragraph or two on your home page, but to finish reading, the reader needs to click on the ‘read more’ or ‘continue reading’ link.

As a reader, what you can take away from this is: if a blogger writes a post you really like, make sure you click all the way through to the actual post.  If you take the time to read a post, take the time to actually visit the site it was written on, not only to show your appreciation, but this truly lets the author know that those types of posts are received well by their readers.  Additionally, it fosters the same in return.

Let’s be honest here… the majority of WordPress readers are WordPress authors too, and we all want to see nice stats on our site, and most of us use the feedback from those stats to decide what posts our readers want to see more of.  Stats also help some bloggers attract sponsors, so if it’s one of your favorites, you’re helping support that author, simply by clicking through to their actual blog.

When we stop taking the time to give this feedback to others, they stop taking the time to give it to us.  So the next time you run across a post you enjoyed reading, take those few extra moments to let the author know by clicking the post’s title on your reader, and going to the actual post page!

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4 Responses to “Don’t Just Peek in the Window, Pay a Visit”

  1. Becky February 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    HI!! I clicked through to say HI!! and to tell you I read you whole post, I agree we need to actually visit the site, after all the author has worked hard to make this site ready for visitors.

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  2. betsysbeat February 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    Did I do this correctly? I saw this post on my reader on my iPhone WordPress App and clicked on the title so I was able to read your post. But click as I may, I don’t think I entered your site because I didn’t see a theme, etc. Is this a limitation of the iPhone app and something that can only be accomplished on the computer?

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    • KraftedKhaos November 17, 2016 at 5:27 am #

      Wow… I’ve been gone a while this time! To answer your question, I’m not 100% sure. I tend to only use the site on PC. But I appreciate the effort!

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