Reader engagement vs stats

I’ll be the first to say that when I see a surprisingly high number of likes; I get happy. The same stands true if I hit an unusually low number; er…less happy.

But then there’s the reader who comments; enough to leave behind their own thoughts, took the time to share just what kind of thoughts I managed to trigger in a complete stranger by words that I put together. Suddenly, I couldn’t give two shits about the stats.

We write to trigger something. Often that’s simply an encouragement to consider an argument. Sometimes it’s to distract. Or maybe it’s to get you to laugh. When it hits the mark with even a single person, there’s nothing quite comparable, certainly, doesn’t even graze something far less relevant as general stats. Quite genuinely, I don’t write for numbers, they are what I consider an add-on. I’m the more qualitative kind, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Shoutout to all my regular readers; I appreciate you. You always give me the time of day and ironically I’m not too sure how I can relay just how much your continuous engagement means to me. Thank you.

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  1. Well said. I’ve been thinking about this recently, as one day I had more likes on a post than I did views, and it really just kind of spoiled it to think that someone just looked at the picture on the Reader, pressed liked, and just moved one without actually reading it. However, I won’t say I’m not happy that I received the likes, but I’d certainly prefer engaged viewers over a side-glance. Thanks for your consistency!

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  2. Of course! A comment is more personal. It’s an explicit declaration of that “something” you are referring to. 🙂
    Your posts are an absolute joy to read and I look forward to them. So thank you for posting and keep going, Maddie!

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  3. Hiya Maddie, Although I agree with having engangment with your audience vs a like, I think the focus should be on “Why exactly are you writing”?”. If ya can take the question and answer it with honesty, maybe you’ll find that stats are meaningless 😉

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  4. I agree with all of you that comments are what I love most. Sometimes I write for me, but sometimes I spend a lot of time writing something I hope people will respond to, and they don’t.

    It is easy to get down at those times but that is when I go to other people’s blogs and comment because I am often even more touched by what other people write than comments on my own stuff.

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    1. I do agree that writing ought to be for yourself, but it adds a connection if someone new finds something within your text which resonated with them too. At least know that when people DO comment, it’ll be because it truly struck a chord whereas a friend you know personally would compliment your work because they like you, not necessarily your writing.

      Just keep doing you man, you’ll get people reaching out soon enough!

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