Reader Appreciation Day

I was reading an online article recently about Social Media and how so many brands just don’t get it. They all want us to ‘Like’ them on Facebook (or other sites) so that they can tell us how awesome they are. So far, few of them provide much value back, so we are in essence a free advertising channel for them. Not being a fan of commercialism, I’m surprised at how easily I let myself get sucked into this, using my own reputation and mind-space as a platform for the products and ideas of others.

That got me thinking. This blog now has something like 185 followers and that doesn’t count the people (mostly friends and family) that read it based on the links I post on my Facebook page. Given that it was all started on something of a whim, an experiment to see if I had anything interesting to say, that’s a pretty large audience.

It got me wondering what makes a blog meaningful to people, at least meaningful enough for me to borrow those few minutes a day that you spend reading what I have to say, or looking at my photographs, or wondering what in the heck I am smoking. (Yes, I’ll admit that there are probably a few days like that now and then…despite my best efforts).

I’d love to hear from those of you that are reading about why you read, what you enjoy, how I could brighten your day or give you a little more value back for those stolen moments.

And in the meantime, thank you for reading. Seriously, I mean it. Without readers, this blog would just be a voice in the digital wilderness and while it would still accomplish its original purpose (to give voice to the writer inside of me), it would be a whole lot less fun.

Comments, please. And have a fabulous week. I seriously love you all.

Mardee

Yes, there is a Nirvanah: it is in leading your sheep to a green pasture,  and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. ~ Kahlil Gibran

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8 thoughts on “Reader Appreciation Day

  1. caityrosey says:

    They say that a good use of social media (for business purposes) involves only 10% promoting yourself and 90% promoting other people, curating content, and providing value to your readers. This can apply to us knitting bloggers, even if we’re not into it for commercial gain.

    I love reading about other people’s knitting challenges and what they learned from them. I love reading a well-told story.

  2. I only recently started following your blog, but some of the big draws for me are the variety of content you share, while maintaining your voice. I enjoy the fact that you share insight but also engage us as readers in your discussions. (The knitting pictures never hurt either.) I think you brought up a great point today, all too often I find myself clicking the like button on something and then a few weeks later (after getting fed up with the constant advertisements) I go back and “unlike” them. You are right when you say that it seems like the companies aren’t too sure how to handle the new social mediums. Definitely plan on being more conscious about what I am clicking. Thanks!

    • mardeeknits says:

      Thanks so much for the insights – it’s interesting to hear how I sound to others – as I’m sure you know, finding your voice is one of the hardest parts of this. I’m glad to know I’m succeeding!

  3. Concetta says:

    Don’t you love Marketoonist? I heard him speak at a seminar and have followed him every since. His cartoons are one of the only business blog entries I save every day.

    Mardee, you know we follow you to keep up with your adventures far from Illinois. But I have to admit, part of subscribing to your blog is because I’ve enjoyed your POV (in person and blog speaking) and it brings a little sunshine to my day. Even when you’re talking about something that’s horrific, you manage to see the good in people.

    Keep up the great work! You’re inspiring me to try and keep updating my blog on a regular basis.

    • mardeeknits says:

      Oh, Concetta! I don’t know what to say other than thanks! You’ve really touched me with your comments.

      And yes, I had not seen Marketoonist before but I really like him.

  4. Mom says:

    Hey kid! I haven’t been on the net for a while so I didn’t start reading your blog until yesterday (bad mom, bad mom). But I love it. Your knitters group reminds me of pioneer women who banded together to do handcrafts and supported each other through hard times. Glad to know the spirit still exists in women today. I liked your comments today especially the quote from Gibran – as you know his poetry is the inspiration and philosophy that has guided most of my life.

    Your writing is inspirational, humorous and unique – I’m proud of you and I know your grandmother would love everything you write. You are following in the family tradition of over one hundred years of women in our family who have written their thoughts and views, told the stories truly and were dedicated to honesty and truth. Carry on!

    • mardeeknits says:

      Wow, Mom. All I can say is thanks. I’m so pleased that you think Grandma would be proud. She certainly did set a good example for all of us. I was thinking of you when I picked that quote from Kahlil Gibran, I remember you reading him all the time when we were kids. Love you!

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