Blogging is All About People2 min read

Imagine meeting your favorite actor. Someone you admire; you’d very much like to take advantage of this opportunity and tell them how much you appreciate their work. You’d also want an autograph or maybe take a photo with them.

Instead of obliging, they start lecturing you on how stupid it all is. How stupid you are for asking for an autograph. They want to be free of this kind of stress in their free time. They do not want to be bothered by crazy fans.

How would that make you feel?

Now, let’s take a look at your blog.

How many followers do you have? Check your stats, then come back to read this post. Well… how often do you stop and think about the fact that, regardless of the number, those are actual people?

People who take a bit of their time each time you post something and they read, some of them even take the time to comment on your content?

If you fail to recognize the human element of blogging, the fact that you are doing something for other people, trying to get them involved, to influence them, to inspire them, then you are just like the actor who refuses to sign an autograph for a fan.

Lose focus of that, and your content will have to suffer.

After all, why do anything if not for the impact? For the way you’ll make others feel? For solving other people’s problems?

This is why blogging is so difficult. To become popular you have to always remind yourself of the people who are behind the numbers. It’s not just stats, it’s real people with real lives who choose to offer you a bit of their time, a bit of their limited attention.

If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

30 thoughts on “Blogging is All About People2 min read

  1. Great post. I agree with you that it’s important to remember that our readers are real people, and not simply stats. As with social media, it can be too easy to become obsessed with numbers. I personally deeply value my readers, and especially the regulars, who have a special place in my heart. 💖

  2. Why do people sign up to follow a blog and then never check back? I know that no one consistently likes every posting on every blog, but some people never seem to even see if there is something there they might like.

  3. I wish that WordPress didn’t have the LIKE feature on a preview post in the reader feed. It just tells me that people may not be actually reading the posts and hitting the like to earn more followers. I only like what I read and really like, follow those who have valuable stories that I would read and collaborate with.

  4. Couldn’t agree more Cristian. Every time we’re writing a post we should always remember that we’re addressing real people-that have feelings and different opinion.

  5. It is actually the subscribers that kept me writing. I almost gave up. I’m an old fashioned writer (pen-and-paper). Never want anyone to read what I wrote.
    But when I write the most truthful, honest post, I get the most views and most comments. I thought no one listens. There really are people out there 🙂

  6. This article is so true and beautifully written. Stats are not just about numbers and are about real people from real life. Being bloggers, one should respect the time and attention of the people visiting the page and appreciating the content written.

  7. I think it’s the feedback that makes blogging such a human connection.
    When you are writing for a newspaper or magazine, hundreds of people may read your work but you may never know how it affected them.

  8. I agree 100%. Blogging is a little like talking to the guy or gal at work. You don’t engage, they won’t talk to you. You treat them badly, they definitely won’t talk to you. Part of the problem with the Internet is we get to hide behind a safety glass so to speak with the curtains drawn. Most of the folks who follow you or check out your blog, you may never meet in person. That said, that’s still no excuse not to treat someone with respect and cheer. I may disagree with someone, but I’m never going to call them down. If I expect my opinion, or my life to be respected, I have to be willing to do the same for others.

  9. This is really insightful. I guess, at one point or another, all of us lose ground of the reality that these people are beyond stats because they ARE actual living, breathing, feeling humans. This is indeed a great reminder.

  10. This was a really neat blog post here and you really do make a good point in it too, a lot of us don’t realize and tend to forget that whatever we do, where there is a following involved be it blogging, if you’re a Youtuber or if you’re doing anything that has to do with interacting with people, we have to keep in mind that it’s not just for ourselves and that there are actual people who take interest in our blogs or our content because they either relate or they just really like our stuff. We shouldn’t take those who support us for granted because whether we see it like it or not, we are pretty much creating or writing for people and those who take the time to read our blogs, watch our videos, see us create, we need to really acknowledge how much all that means to us knowing they come back when they don’t have to.

  11. I agree completely. I think sometimes when we write we tend to forget about the people reading the words on our posts and focus too much on the amount of people that are following us instead of the people who consistently comment on our posts. I don’t know if its because human beings as a collective whole just want to be acknowledged by as many people as they can or because we as bloggers forget that behind the follow button is a person with their own thoughts and feelings. Either way, we all definitely need from time to time to acknowledge those who follow our posts so they know we appreciate them and will want to continue reading what we write.

  12. Loved this. The humanistic element behind the stats really hit me. I truly am appreciative of everyone who takes their time to read my blog posts; it truly is a priviledge to know that my typed up words are being read by someone somewhere in the world. (Particularly when your posts are very long). I love the blogging community and how supportive everyone is of one another. Keep up the good word, this resonated soundly!

  13. So true, Cristian! Blogging is like talking to people. Some people write for themselves but there is always someone out there that you are writing for.

  14. I’m sure we all appreciate how difficult it is to find sufficient time to read all the blogs we follow, so surely we need to appreciate those that read our own writing. Thanks Cristian for this excellent post x

  15. Very true. Great reminder. It’s not just number, they are real people, who are willing to spend their time reading what you have to write.

      1. I learned a long time ago as a teacher that test scores can be manipulated to mask the truth about student classroom performance if needed. Therefore, I similarly seek satisfaction for my blog efforts in other ways than Word Press statistical profiles.

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