It sucks whenever the comments section of one of your blog articles appears to be a barren wasteland.
You spend a lot of creative time writing your blog posts and you want a clear sign that readers find value in your content. You want to interact with your readers directly. You want them to contribute to your blog and help deepen the conversation. You want to convert the passive reader into a loyal commenter. And when that doesn’t happen, it stings.
But here’s the thing, a sparse comments section doesn’t necessarily mean that your content isn’t interesting, helpful, funny, or… whatever it is you want your blog to be. It just means you’re not doing a great job encouraging those readers to actually leave comments.
How to get your readers to leave more comments on your blog
1. Ask a question - Many readers may get to the end of your blog post and think “good article” — and that’s the end of it. If you don’t prompt them to interact with what they’ve just read, Continue Reading . . .
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Jessica Hopper is a writer for The Village Voice who pens a weekly column called “Ask Fan Landers,” where she offers tips to struggling indie musicians. She gives great advice without pulling any punches, and it makes for a brutally honest, genuinely helpful series that every DIY artist should check out.
In November of 2013 she fielded a question from the singer of a young New York band who had been “tirelessly emailing blogs” and had “received little to no response even from blogs that likely don’t have a large following.” The singer wanted to know if she and her band should keep at it, or if she should focus her energy elsewhere.
Hopper had some great advice for the band on some of their noticeable shortcomings, and when it came to their website, she gave it to them straight: Continue Reading . . .
The Lazer and the Beams website is a sight to behold. Flashing gifs, text marquees that scroll across the screen, head-bobbing cats, mixed fonts, tiled photos–it’s mesmerizingly bad. Luckily, they built a new website with HostBaby that looks totally awesome, but they’ve left the old site up so people can still gawk at — and learn from — the site that was dubbed the “worst band website in the world.”
The Lazer and the Beams website was a digital mess of scrolling text, clashing colors, animated gifs, mismatched fonts, and tiled photos. It’s even been referred to as the Worst Band Website in the World by a local Seattle news source.
“They’re not kidding either. It’s really bad,” admitted Lazer (AKA Sally Turner of Lazer and the Beams). Continue Reading . . .
Blogging, hands down, is one of the best ways to build an online audience. Sadly, many artists avoid it because, well . . . writing is hard and it takes time. As artists, we don’t always have a ton of free time to compose verbose blog posts about philosophy and art. Usually we we just have about ten minutes between “that one thing” and “that other thing” and writing a lengthy blog post is out of the question. And that’s perfectly fine.
You don’t have to write a novel to publish a blog post. In fact, you don’t even need to write a whole paragraph.
Here are 10 ways to post engaging blog posts that won’t give you writer’s cramp.
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