One grey day, there was a knock on my door. I wasn’t expecting anyone. When I opened the door, there stood my website guru, Eric, the man who helps me keep on the cyber space straight and narrow!
“ Come in, Eric, you’re just the man I need to see right now. You must be psychic, dropping by when I need you.”
“Well Dave, I did feel some vibrations in the air. But to tell you the truth, I just felt like sampling some of your wine. What’s the problem?”
“I’m a frustrated blogger. I have a thousand hits on my writer’s blog, where I feature my short stories. But, I only have 300 comments and some of those are mine!”
“So, you’re frustrated because people don’t comment!”
I poured Eric and myself a large glass of red wine each and continued:
“Yes, but not only that, when I tell people about my blog, they say, they don’t have time to read it!”
“Well, people do need time to absorb and process a piece of writing so they know what to comment.”
“But Eric, I tell people my stories are only 400 to 500 words in length. It only takes a few minutes to read and comment on a story.”
“More wine, please,” said Eric, pointing to his empty glass.
Upon getting his glass refilled, he continued:
“Well, lets see if you’re doing things right. Do you close your stories with a question?”
“Probably not as much as I should.”
“Do you work hard enough at blogging?”
“I most certainly do. I put a lot of sweat, stress and energy into my writer’s blog.”
“Do you reply to your comments to keep the conversation going?”
“I do reply sometimes, but I will do it more often now.”
“Is it easy to comment on your blog?”
“Oh yes, only name and email are required and the email address is not published.”
“Well, it seems you’re doing everything right. The only thing I would say is that a lot of people don’t want to open themselves up online, they’re scared. People are insecure and don’t comment for fear of humiliation. Also, we live in an environment of bystanders, watchers. There are commenters and viewers. By the way, do you need comments for affirmation?”
“No, not really, but a comment shows that the reader cared enough to let you know the blog was read.”
“Do you enjoy blogging?”
“Oh yes, I enjoy writing the blog, it’s a way of getting my stories out to the public.”
“Well Dave, I’ll leave you now with this gem: work hard on your writing, the secrets of success won’t work unless you do. And always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them!”
With that, I was left alone to wash up the wine glasses!
Well readers, I have 80 stories on this blog. Will you take time to read and comment? I will appreciate it.