“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” - Edwin Elliot
Apart from a lot of online counseling emails, I also recieve a lot of questions from readers about the fine art of blogging. So this is the first article of the New Heart Centered Blogging column! Yay a 2012 first :)
Readers Question: I see a lot of interaction in the comments section of your blog. What makes people come to your blog again and again?
My answer: Up until I actually started this blog(in 2009), I had no idea on earth what a blog was. really really! I remember when I visited a blog for the first time, I thought ‘oh my God, I love the author of this article. She is so thoughtful to respond to all the readers.’ Its only after I poked around that site, did I realize that there was a new article every few days, from the same blog owner/blog author….I thought to myself(still as a first time reader) ‘woohoo….more awesome writing from this lovely author. I want more.’ So I looked around and subscribed. Yes, my very first visit to a blog, and I made my way to subscribe…and yes I also left my very first comment there. From then on ofcourse I developed an amazing connection with this blogger.
So whats the point of my above rant?? To answer the reader’s question about what makes people come back again and again to the blog…
In the above experience of being a first time visitor to a blog, I didn’t fall in love with the site, or the design, or even the actual topic of the blog….I fell in love with the writer/blogger. And thats what I incorporated in Positive Provocations, when I began blogging.
There is nothing narcissistic about being authentically YOU. Infact I applaud people who stay true to themselves online and offline. There is a certain humility that comes through when you can respond to every interaction on your blog. I am just exactly the same in person as I am online.
A few ways I sprinkle a bit of personal touch to this blog:
- I read and respond to every comment, even if it takes me a little while to get to it.
- I think of each person who comes to my blog as a beautiful soul.
- I end every article with Love and Gratitude to the reader.
- I create a lot of Free Ebooks, Handbooks etc for the readers.
- I keep myself open to and love connecting with each reader on facebook, twitter, google+ and email.
- Every week I write a small thank you note to a few readers, thanking them for being part of the Positive Provocations community.
- When I am on the blog reading the comments and responding, nothing else matters. I am completely there heart and soul in the conversation.
- I share stuff about my life, without inhibitions but with some amount of filtration. I know my personal stories and experiences help many face their challenges everyday. One reader emailed me right after receiving one of my newsletters and said, “I cant tell you how much I needed to read your soothing words. Your emails make my day and recharge me to be better even when I am having a very bad day. Thank you for all you do.”
- I am polite and react to every comment with love and respect for the commenter/reader.
- Most of all, I am Me only me.
What are your thoughts on this topic? As a blogger with heart, how do you add YOU to your blog? Do you have any tips to share? And dont you think adding these tips to our offline lives can help us live more heart-centered lives too? Do share your thoughts, questions and comments in the comments section below.
What is Heart Centered Blogging?
Heart Centered Blogging is now a weekly column on Positive Provocations.
Heart Centered Blogging simply means to blog with Love, completely. In this column I’ll share my personal experiences and give you first hand info on how you too can become a Heart Centered Blogger.
I’m opening myself up more to answer any questions you may like me to address about Heart Centered Blogging. Lets put the LOVE back in blogging! I know there is a lot of technical stuff that goes into making a blog, but here in this column I’ll share what I feel works to touch a readers heart and soul, not just tickles their fancy.
Please Note: This Sunday I will be talking about how you can free yourself from the ‘being judgmental’ bug!
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
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