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11 Sep 13

Zero Comments? Here’s What To do When Your Blog Dies

The blog was dead.

It had been nearly 12 hours and there wasn’t one comment. The zero stared at me.

In the garden, Sam asked why I was in a bad mood. I shrugged. “Ach, the world just feels a bit shitty when you put out a blog and no-one comments.”

I knew I sounded ridiculous. She was kind and empathetic. “I’ll leave one”, she offered, bright-eyed in delight at her solution for breaking the seal.

Bless her, but – “Baby, no. That’s so uncool. It’ll look pathetic.”

“I’ll post anonymously!” she offered, insistent on helping.

I was reminded of so many clients who have toyed with posting comments on their own blog, just to escape the feeling of living in a blog ghost town. (Not you, I’m sure…)

I imagined Sam’s email account pulling a sparkling Christmas tree next to her name. I told her that anyone who knew me would know instantly that the first comment was from my festive-loving wife, feeling sorry for me.

She looked indignant. “Angel, I wouldn’t start with… ‘Hey Corrina, I’m feeling sorry for you because no-one’s commented…’!”

Comments don’t matter (much)

Person asking "Is there anybody out there?"I knew my blogs with the fewest comments often inspired the most sales. (Makes sense, right? People are so excited to click Buy Now that they’re distracted from leaving a comment.)

But my ego really cared about comments. My ego wanted validation, wanted friends, craved some sign of life out there. My ego wanted to know I’d got it right.

Blogging is a delicate path

Often, like anyone, I’ve got the balance wrong.

Over seven years of blogging, there have been some great bloopers. Times I’ve shared too much, or made a sexual innuendo that in retrospect felt a bit icky. Other times, I’ve got stuck in a formula. I’ve held back too much, coming across as wooden and formal.

Sometimes, I’ve been apologetic, coy about selling, “No, noooo, I’m not really in business. I’m just this generous community information service.” And at times, I’ve swung the other way and been over-forceful with promotions. I’ve plugged too hard, too often.

Here are five things I’ve learnt about CPR for dying blogs:

1) Once is never enough. Don’t expect one share on Facebook to bring the masses your way. Build up an email list of people who look forward to hearing from you, and share each blog a number of times, through a number of channels, in a number of ways. In your social media statuses and email subject lines, experiment with different angles until you find what hooks people enough to engage.

2) Reach out to individual people you think this post is written for. (Not written for anyone? Alert: it’s probably not a blog worth sharing in the first place. Tip: always write with one person in mind – even if it’s your younger self.)

3) Give to others what you want for yourself. With my blog dead in the water, I went on a commenting spree, a re-tweeting frenzy. If you know the pain of no blog comments, go relieve that pain for someone else.

4) Get curious about why this particular blog is struggling. Is it off-topic? Too formal, or too chummy? Did you post it at 2am? Has it accidentally fallen into people’s spam folder? Did you miss out the bit where you actually ask people to leave a comment? See what you can learn. Disclaimer: Sometimes you can’t figure it out. Sometimes a blog just dies. Bury it, and move on.

5) Look for other signs of life. Did the blog inspire personal emails? Social media messages? Actual sales and clients? Remember: zero comments doesn’t necessarily equate to zero engagement, so don’t write off a blog just because it looks lonely out there on the interweb.

And remember: everything can be turned into a future blog. Including (especially?) dead blogs.

Over to you

I really want to hear from you. So, rather than this being a formulaic section where I ask two to three pertinent questions and you obey and leave a reply, I just want your truth. What are you thinking, what are you feeling – right now?

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74 Comments

  1. Tara

    Hi Corrina, I just discovered you through Abby Kerr’s website, and was instantly drawn in by the colours of your header! And then by some really interesting and useful posts.

    I’ve never seen a post covering this topic before and love your solutions; I’ve definitely experienced that ‘shouting into the void’ thing. It’s hard not to guage the success of your blog by the quantity of comments, and I haven’t yet found a clear cause as to why some posts get more than others. I agree that asking the reader questions to encourage engagement/sharing helps, and also offering something actionable or thought provoking, plus good images.

    But as you say, it’s a fine balance. I think the most popular ones tend to be the ones that are personally relatable ~ like a ‘this happened to me and this is how I learned to deal with it’ ~ but then you have to be careful not to get too formulaic or TOO personal! Being your natural self is definitely the key, and that’s when I find people engage most, but I’m not always in that zone when I write, so it’s a constant shifting process.

    1. Corrina

      Ah, great to “meet” you here, Tara. And I love that we use this CommentLuv plugin because now I can go and read YOUR blog (and comment!) 😉

  2. claire

    Mainly glad that you have (at least once) had no comments. I tend not to get any comments on my posts; probably because I don’t ask for them, which saves me from having to worry about why no-one has commented. Which is, clearly, helpful to my delicate ego, but doesn’t really encourage any public interaction or sharing. Hmmmm. Shall rethink, although I’m not sure I’m yet up for expecting any comments…!
    thanks for such an honest post – I love the thought of Sam wondering why on earth a jolly festive comment isn’t what you want!

    1. Corrina

      Claire – Nice catch!

  3. Kyle Newman

    Hey Corrina, hope all is great with you. I was just reading this and reflecting on my own reactions / mood swings when this has happened to me.

    Then chucking at the irony if nobody commented on this post… couldn’t help myself. But I see Tara got the ball rolling and now here I am… so all is well in the world.

    Much love K xxx

    1. Corrina

      Kyle – Now, you wouldn’t have left me hanging out here, would’ya…? 😉

  4. Ana Goncalves

    Dear Corrina,
    Thank you for a very insightful post and I can relate with so much. I have been a blogger for 16 years and all my time blogging I realize that all you mentioned has been about right as that is how readership and connection has grown. I had one blog which was my previous before the one I have now which was my most popular because I was authentically sharing from my heart, and that lifted the lives of many people. When I started this website/blog (the one I have now) I knew how long and hard work it will take because of past experiences and I am bringing something new to the table and not my usual insights, I wonder whether to include that now in some way or just continue to follow my intuition and be happy for where I am. I have also realized that my website is looking a lot like others, this is the first time I have been influenced by other people and not taken my own route because I am inspired by these new online service business’s that I wish to be and create as well. I am sensing that with starting out again that the more authentic I am the more I can be myself and share and work with others. This has been a most insightful and inspiring journey and am so grateful for everyone I have connected and come across today.
    Thank you and blessings to you x
    Ana

    1. Corrina

      Ana – Wow, 16 years! I bow to you. And blessings to you. ♥

  5. Keri

    Hi Corrina – Great post, thank you! It’s quite a pertinent issue for me at the moment. I get very few comments on my blog. Then again I talk a lot about fertility difficulties, periods and hormones so I don’t really expect many ppl to publicly discuss their symptoms on the Internet. You’re right – my bookings and research requests grow as I increase my presence so a lack of comments isn’t reflecting on my work. However, i recently got a particularly vicious comment from an Internet troll and decided to turn off commenting for now while I get my head around the value of commenting on blogs in my field. I figure I just don’t need that hassle – at least for now!

    1. Claire Zarb

      I with agree Keri, my blogs are pretty silent in response too and writing about periods, painful boobs and low libido ain’t exactly conversation starters!! But, I still find I get enquiries so people are definitely reading and resonating, even if they’re not publicly commenting.
      Keri, I’ve also had a couple of internet troll comments, I just mark them as spam and filter any comments before they can be shared on the website. They’re our blogs after all! 🙂 x

      1. Corrina

        Claire – Hear hear on the “delete spam” front. I don’t think there’s any way for someone to post a vicious comment on our blog, unless we approve it (or don’t delete it), right?

      2. Keri

        Hey Claire 🙂 Yes, definitely just delete! I do moderate my comments. This one was alot harsher than I’ve received before. Maybe I was hormonal and sensitive that day myself! 🙂 But things like “utterly disgusting” and “putting people’s lives at risk – what if they have cancer” made me think that I don’t even need to have this on my radar or in my vicinity to get me down – so switched off for now while I reassess…. x

        1. Corrina

          Hey Keri, I’m sorry to hear you had that experience. ♥

          I wonder if you’ve ever seen the video blog I did, way back in 2010, about the kind of criticism we might get when we follow our passion. Here’s the link:
          http://youinspireme.co.uk/2010/no-bad-parts-how-to-handle-criticism-other-attacks/

          Out of interest, you’ll see it was the first video blog I ever did – and it got me a record number of blog comments, at the time. So it fits beautifully with this discussion about more engagement.

          I’d be curious to hear what motto you choose…

    2. Corrina

      Keri – Do you know Naomi Dunford of IttyBiz.com? I’ve learnt a lot from her over the years and I notice she does inbox-to-inbox marketing, rather than public blogs with comments. As long as there’s conversation happening somewhere – but then I haven’t spotted Seth Godin doing that anywhere, and he’s doing alright 😉

      1. Keri

        No I’ve not heard of her, thank you! Will sign up. So true – as long as the conversation happens somewhere, and it does via my weekly newsletter come to think of it. Maybe that will be my new focus, now that I don’t do comments on my website 🙂

        1. Rosie @1ManBandAccts

          Keri, I read a lot of blogs on subjects where people use it as their platform to project whatever hate they have going on inside. A few of them you probably read aswell. To me, that isn’t a comment. It’s either a cry for someone to take their pain seriously (and comment deleted) or there are just nasty (comment deleted). When I see people not engaging with respect, I take extra nurturing time for myself, even though it’s not my blog!

          1. Keri

            Hi Rosie – thanks for the lovely comment, it’s so true! Extra nurturing time does help, and forgiveness toward the person who is, as you say, likely in their own pain for whatever reason. 🙂

  6. Jac McNeil

    This is why I love you so much. You keep it real. You keep it relevant.

    As you know, blogging and I have and a rough road together. At one point I said “screw this, I’m just taking away the option to even leave a comment” I thought this would protect my feelings. So, I did that for a while. But I knew that was an ego decision. I knew this was me having a temper tantrum, playing the victim kinda thing. And that’s not me at my best, it’s not who I really am. So I put the comments section back in and committed to writing and sharing and inviting my community to participate. Best decision ever! Now I’m off to share this!! love Jac

    1. Corrina

      Jac – Bless you for sharing this, and for YOUR beautiful blogs 🙂

  7. Helen

    What I love most about this post is the fact that you turned the situation into a post! What I find myself thinking, unsurprisingly perhaps, is which post was it?! Not because I want to rake over the embers of the dying fire, but because I find it astounding that you would get no comments and now I want to know why! Can’t beat human curiosity 😉

    I of course have no such commenting issues on my blog – that’ll be because I’m still hiding behind my fear of putting myself out there – which also means my ego doesn’t have to face the no-comment scenario…… I’m not proud of this, but at least I’m honest…!

    1. Corrina

      Helen – It’s a You Inspire Me team joke that nothing bad can happen without Corrina turning it into a blog 😉

      Hat off to your honesty. I think my first EVER blog was something along the lines of “Oh my god I’ve got to start somewhere and here I am” and it got a positive response. People will love you in your authenticity.

  8. Julie

    Thank you for your awesome posts Corrina! I don’t have a blog yet but I will be sure to remember this when my blog needs some CPR 🙂

    1. Corrina

      Julie – LOVING your gravatar! Just gorgeous ♥

      (For newbies to the blog-commenting world, a “gravatar” is a “globally recognised avatar” i.e. the little icon on the left of your name. You can set your headshot as the photo, or a different image as Julie has.)

  9. Ann Brown

    Thanks for a very honest and humbling post Corinna. Having just recently started my ‘blogging journey’, I know that feeling of fear and awkwardness when no-one comments. And the ‘knife-edge’ feeling of asking other people to comment, just so it doesn’t look like no-one at all is listening!
    Having done your blogging course I am heartened that it does take time to build up a following, and all the other great wisdom that you share has made the process SO much easier than it would have been !
    I’ve noticed the last couple of blogs I’ve written have been shared and commented on, but not directly on the blog itself. So I’m pleased that my message is touching hearts even though there’s no ‘proof’ of it. I think what’s made the difference is sharing ‘real’ stuff that’s from my heart (just like you’ve just done) – all the formulas in the world cannot make up for that human touch.
    Thankyou for the inspiration ! 🙂

    1. Corrina

      Ann – Oh, it’s crushingly awkward, huh? I’m over-the-moon that the masterclass has made blogging easier for you 🙂

  10. Anna

    Interesting post, Corrina 🙂 thank you.
    I enjoy getting comments on my blog but I don’t tend to see them as having a direct relationship to the quality of the post… I think it depends very much on the field and agree with Keri above that some blogs cover such personal topics that a reader may not want to comment publicly. ( I write about sex, erotica and sexuality, and appreciate that my readers may not want to add a comment.) That said, my ego would love more comments!

    You’ve given me plenty of food for thought, thank you!

    1. Corrina

      Anna – Ego: “Feed me, feed me” – right? 🙂

      I shared your Singing Vulvas post with so many people. In fact, I’m going to post it right here because it one of the most revolutionary things I’ve ever seen on the net:
      http://www.ladygardenproject.com/2013/06/17/singing-vulvas/

      I notice that post has no comments as yet, but who knows – maybe after sharing it here, it will!

      1. Anna

        Thanks for sharing, Corrina.
        Of course you do know that’s not *my* vulva singing?!
        (Although it would if it could…)

    2. Karen J

      Anna ~
      Hmmmm… your post here, and the ones above (about quote “Female Physical Issues” unquote) make me wonder if there isn’t a widget-of-some-sort that lets folk comment *without* using their “connect everywhere!” ID? An anti-Gravatar, as-it-were. 😉 But, more individual than “Anonymous” – so real conversations on “delicate” topics are still possible…
      (If not – why not? Let’s get on that, developers!) Surely, I’m not the only one who doesn’t want the same ID that I use on LinkedIn attached to everywhere I go!

      1. Anna

        Good point, Karen! Anti-Gravatar sounds so…futuristic 😉

    3. Jo Bradshaw

      Hey Anna
      I noticed that Ev’Yan Whitney has taken blog comments off her site, but has a thriving presence on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sexloveliberation). Someone like Abby Kerr (abbykerr.com) has a great (private) Google + community for discussion that’s not publicly visible. And Paul Jarvis (pjrvs.com) gets heaps of shares of his posts without having comments on (he also puts a call to action in each newsletter to hit reply).

      One of my favourite quotations by Anaïs Nin: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” As in, people use comments to contribute and connect using their own experience as a filter. Loving the singing vulvas, but not sure I’ve got any context in which to post a comment, apart from perhaps ‘Wow!’ since it’s so far outside my realm of, er, experience…

      1. Anna

        I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Jo. Sometimes there is nothing to say. And sometimes there simply aren’t the words. Another favourite Anais Nin quote of mine is ” The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

        So maybe I have to accept that, on some topics, I may be the only one writing.

  11. Cali Bird

    Hi Corrina. Under your expert guidance I have started asking for blog comment and guess what – people are leaving comments now. I made a joke out of it in the PS to my email newsletter. I thanked people for clicking through to the blog. Then I said that I felt like ‘Cali no mates’ and that it would make me REALLY happy if people left a comment. And a couple of people did which was really good. Some people emailed me in response to the blog so it must have hit the right spot for them.

    1. Corrina

      Cali – Ask and you shall receive, right? And way to go with being vulnerable and asking for what you want.

  12. Aisling Burnand

    Hi Corrina,
    Like Ann, I have only recently started blogging after participating in your fab blogging course. Yesterday, I sent out my first Mail Chimp campaign but the link didn’t work (even though I had done a test and it did!). I also posted in a couple of on-line communities. Imagine my delight when I received a comment – The comment was the link wasn’t working. Aargh. However, they did want to read my blog and so I corrected the links and re posted/email with an apology. Who knows, I may even get another comment:)
    The key for me is to keep trying and learning. Thanks for sharing your story and tips.

    1. Corrina

      Aisling – It was great to have you on the blogging course 🙂

      That’s a great sign of community, when someone messages you to say there’s a tech glitch. It means they care enough to reach out = first sign of engagement!

      (Did you spot this post? – http://youinspireme.co.uk/2013/are-you-our-missing-team-member/ – maybe you had the wrong kind of apostrophe too!?)

  13. Joan Richardson

    I’m a blog newbie but I’m learning fast. I have received a couple of comments and I’m still at the stage of feeling honoured that someone took the time to comment. However, I am aware that I should comment on other people’s blogs more often so that they too may get that lovely warm feeling of appreciation!

    1. Corrina

      Joan – Oh yes. Give warm fuzzies to others – excellent advice to self 🙂

  14. LisaZ

    I’ve been up and down with comments on various blogs I’ve had over the years and yes, it does affect one’s ego! I hate to get no comments and then on the other hand, at one point I had a blog that I kept up daily and was getting frequent comments. I had networked with other similar bloggers by leaving comments on their blogs, and soon had many readers. At one point, a very popular blogger shared my blog as a permanent ‘blog list’ link on her blog, and I freaked out. I was afraid of my own success! So, it can go both ways. That freak-out led to writer’s block big-time and I stopped blogging for a long time. Now, I’m in a much better place with a new website and a blog attached to it.

    That said, as I write this comment I’m realizing that I’m currently feeling ‘off track’ on my blog topics because of a request that I blog about this yoga thing I’m doing. I have to rethink that. It doesn’t feel like what I want to be blogging about for my new coaching business and then again, it’s bringing my whole self to my business so maybe it is. Good question to ponder right now. I wonder if you have thoughts on choosing our blog topics to further our business?

    1. Corrina

      Lisa – You make a great point re: networking with other bloggers. When we connect with like-minded people, we’re naturally inspired by their posts & they’re inspired by ours, and so our reach grows. (And yes, success can be terrifying! Loving that honesty.)

      We cover the best topics to further your business in Module 3 of the blogging masterclass – you can read the full curriculum (and get front of queue) here:
      http://youinspireme.co.uk/how-to-blog-to-help-more-clients-masterclass/

    2. Rosie @1ManBandAccts

      I talk about all sorts of subjects that have nothing to do with tax and accounting. I find an analagy and use that. It makes it more fun, and I want to write about normal life. That’s why I have posts about the Cookie Monster and cash flow and a video I did with the Mozilla (Firefox people) audio video guy.

  15. Karen Knott

    Hi Corinna,
    What I love about you and your blogs can be summed up in a word – authenticity! I admire your ability to be so real and authentic in your writing unlike many of us (…or maybe it’s just me!) who have those ‘tapes’ in our head instructing us on what we ‘should’ say and how we ‘should’ say it. The trouble with this is we all end up sounding the same and saying the same which is why reading a genuine, honest and transparent post like this is a breath of fresh air. Keep ’em coming! K x

    1. Corrina

      Thank you, Karen. ♥

      (And the tape is there in my head, I just find the “over-ride” button whenever I can…)

  16. milly

    Hi Corrina,
    Thanks for being so honest about it. As a newbie I have just set my mind to not expecting any comments but when I have been lucky enough to get them, they mean so much!.It’s nice to have these additional ways of looking at comments/lack thereof! : )

    1. Corrina

      Milly – They are precious, huh? There’s a song by Miten with Deva Premal called Connection (know it?) and these lines strike me: “How do we show that we care? Reach out and touch someone, reach out for Connection.”

  17. Sabrina

    What am I thinking/feeling right now… that I’m glad I took some time to read this blog post today! The advice is great, but I mostly love how connected to you I felt while reading it.

    1. Corrina

      Welcome here, Sabrina ♥

  18. Stephanie Lin

    Loved this post. Very honest and great tips too, especially number 3. 🙂

    1. Corrina

      And you’re living it right now, Stephanie 🙂

  19. Vanessa

    How am I feeling right now? Full of hope, thanks to you Corrina!

    I don’t usually get comments, but I don’t ask for them either. I do get shares and likes on Facebook, which I do ask for. But my blog last week got crickets. Internet silence. Which was rough because my blog post from the week before got a whole lot of shares. Emotional high one week, emotional low the next.

    Your post just injected my heart with hope!! I’m taking action by sharing the blog one more time today, and then moving on.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Corrina

      Yes, Vanessa, and here’s where suggestions #1 and #3 intersect, right? – because when you comment on someone’s blog which has the CommentLuv plugin activated (like this), your blog is linked to and therefore it serves as a way of sharing YOUR blog again, with a new community. Two birds, ‘n’ all 🙂 Thanks for being here.

  20. Lynne

    Thank YOU Corrina for these blogging tips!
    I find them very useful & easy to apply.

    I also find your post is about letting (blog) our messages freely circulate & see what happens over time (without instantly judging results negatively).

    ps: I have yet created my blog. It is included in my to-do list. I will definitely keep your advice in mind :-))

    1. Corrina

      Ah, we ♥ easy, Lynne. And thinking of you birthing your new baby blog. Be sure to come back with a link when it’s delivered 😉

  21. Annie

    Shock horror! when was this? Good to see it’s looking live and healthy right now … Like some others here have commented, I too often get few or no comments on my blog – apart from buckets of spam that thankfully get filtered out. I would love more comments and to see proof that I’m engaging with the blog readers …. and I do invite comments … and it’s disappointing on some level when nothing comes back.

    Then again, I’m aware that no comment doesn’t mean no engagement. Who knows what stops someone in their tracks so that they don’t comment. It could be they’re so moved, so impacted by what they’ve read – it’s hit such a strong nerve that they simply CAN”T comment. Or at least not right away – and by the time they’re ready to respond, the blogger’s already moved on …. another week, another topic. Missed the boat!

    And for every blog that gets read, there’s probably only ever a few people who will ever respond. The same one’s keep coming back and the others stay quiet in the background.

    If a topic one time doesn’t quite hit the mark with the core voices of “they who respond” – (and sometimes maybe it won’t – but so what?) well ???

    I think for those of us who haven’t yet got used to getting lots of responses, the lack of comments is just something we are used to. When you’ve reached a critical mass where you are used to getting lots of comments, a sudden quiet spot might seem more alarming. A silence that startles.

    The question is, as ever with coaching, how you respond to it and, after a little ego trounce and flounce (and I love ego trounces and flounces!) you’ve bounced back with dynamic aplomb. Respect CGB … 🙂

    1. Corrina

      Thanks, Annie 🙂 And maybe a good question for us all to ask is, “Why do *I* comment?” Investigating our own commenting impulses gives us clues about what might inspire our readers to comment.

      1. Annie

        Yes, good point Corrina 🙂 I think you’re right – it is a really good idea for us all to look at “Why do I comment?” – what am I contributing when I comment? what might be in it for me?” And also, when deciding to not comment, “Why did I not comment? What’s stopping me? Why am I censoring myself? What’s getting in my way?”

        I wouldn’t want to guarantee that our answers would be the same as our readers /potential commenters responses, but if they true members of our tribe then possibly our ansers might align. Mmm, interesting! Ta lots, Annie x

  22. Erin

    Hi Corrina, another great blogpost, with a very healthy number of comments 🙂

    Just wanted to say hi and thank you for your fresh topics (and I’m still delighting in your still-quite-new web design).

    1. Corrina

      Ah thanks, Erin. Yes, the site still feels fresh to me too 🙂 Great to have you here.

  23. Kay Gillard

    A friend of mine posted recently on Facebook asking – do you write your blog for others, or just for yourself? A fair few people commented that it was just for them and they didn’t mind if no one read it. I was immediately struck by how untrue that was. *no one* publishes a blog without wanting someone to read it! That’s called a diary.
    Blogs are social things, so of course we have a response to how our words fare out there in the world, just like in a physical social situation. Thanks for being honest about things as usual 🙂

    1. Corrina

      Ha, love it, Kay! Thanks for bringing that honest observation into this space 🙂

  24. Linda Anderson

    Love the honesty of your post, Corrina and I’m not surprised it inspired so many comments – authenticity seems to do that, doesn’t it?

    I love the wisdom and practical tips too. I’m new to regular blogging and still seeking confidence in using my real voice, so the occasional ‘Blog That Dies’ gives my Inner Critic a big poke and it sets off the usual tapes of ‘I told you so, what’s the point, why did you even bother?’

    At times it reminds me how I used to feel joining a party or a room full of strangers who all seem totally relaxed and busy chatting away to each other, while I’m struck dumb by fear of saying the wrong thing. A kind of ‘online social anxiety’. (Just getting an idea for a new tapping programme here 🙂 )

    The Blogging Masterclass has been so helpful for getting started and encouraging me to keep on keeping on. As you say, it’s not all down to comments, and who knows what effect our posts have, either now or down the line?

    Thanks for all that you do and for the steady stream of inspirational posts.

    1. Corrina

      Linda – A tapping programme to address “online social anxiety” sounds like an amazing idea. So many of our online interactions can trigger memories of being left out at school – “they don’t Like me”, “she Unfriended me!” – urgh! 🙂

      1. Linda Anderson

        Yes, Corrina, definitely worth looking at. It seems to be a particular trigger for the silver-haired brigade, of which I’m one :-).

  25. Kirstie

    I’m quite new to blogging and found this blog very reassuring! I’ve resisted the current numerous marketing offers of pay us to like your facebook page/blog/etc etc etc and prefer the genuine route with all its joys and challenges.

    1. Corrina

      Delighted to hear it, Kirstie – and what a beautiful way of putting it.

  26. Andrew

    Hi Corinna

    Thought-provoking post and fascinating to read the comments. It’s made me reflect on how I (don’t) invite comments on my blog. I’ve found that the blog provides a foundation for debate in social media. This one, http://bit.ly/14ctDAW, for example, got quite a few shares on Facebook and retweets on Twitter with comments remaining there (and I’ve also noticed the more personal, the more discussion). Reading your piece, I see an advantage in driving comments to your blog – they’re then all in one place and create a mini-community. Interesting thought – thank you!

  27. Nikki

    Not only was this post exactly what I needed to boost my blogging confidence today but I also learned about CommentLuv YAY! Thanks! 🙂

  28. Sofi

    I lissened to uou in entrepreneur on fire today, and thanks for taking up this task. My issu or whatever to call it is that very few read my bloggs but everything else i write in F.B wich are like bloggs often gets more or lot of attention, i have been intervjued in magazines and many even uses me as a mentor and so on…butmy blog and even my newsletter is not going well…itry to understand…meybe its me, a mindset. I get more work when i dont try, when i meet people accedently then when i working onto get job. Its very strange for me. I love what i do, this is what im here to do, im passionated in many ways…but it seems loke when i have an intention with it, to focus something happens. I like and know what you said about leaders as well. thanks a lot!

    1. Corrina

      Sofi – Congrats on inspiring great Facebook interaction!

      And interesting awareness that with intention and focus seems to come self-sabotage. Keep digging into the beliefs that may lie behind that – and keep an eye out for free webinars I run about blogging/newsletters, as well as the full Blog for Clients course, in case there are practical pieces you’re currently missing.

  29. Jeff

    Corina,

    I just listened to you on Entrepreneur on Fire and heard you mention this post. Thought I’d give you some comment love!

    Cheers,

    Jeff

    1. Corrina

      Hey Jeff! Thanks for coming over and for the comment love 🙂 I look forward to getting to know you.

  30. Keith

    Hey Corrina,

    Thanks for sharing your post on Entrepreneur on Fire. I’m taking advice from tip 3 and going on a commenting spree, a re-tweeting frenzy..

    -Keith

  31. Jeremy

    Amazing! I have always had trouble getting commentators (I won’t post my link for obvious reasons).
    Thank you for the insights – such a fantastic and clean representation of how my blog develops! I for once love such random acts of kindness, providing the reader with information.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  32. Diane Hughes

    Great advice within in post and throughout your site. I love your enthusiasm!

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