What I Do When I Read a Good Blog Post

I get excited when I read a good blog post. And I react, which is exactly what you want me to do if you’re the writer. That’s the point, in fact. Get me to react, respond, interact, promote… you want me to act. So you’ve endeavored to make your post actionable for that very reason.

I thought it would be helpful to you if you knew what I (a user/reader/fan) do when I read your great stuff. That way, you can do even more of what you do to make great blog posts, but even more, you can make it as easy as possible for me to do what I do when I react to your great post.

WHEN I READ YOUR AWESOME POST…

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  1. I tweet it. I use my Friendfeed bookmarklet, which creates a ff.im short url and grabs the title, or anything I’ve highlighted with my cursor, and sends it to Twitter. But if you’ve got a Retweet button? Even better – I’ll click it instead.
  2. I comment. For the record, I comment far more frequently on blogs that don’t use third-party comment apps – but that’s just me. And I luv to comment on blogs using CommentLuv (which you can’t do if you’re using a third-party comment app).
  3. I bookmark it. Personally, I love delicious for bookmarking, and as of this writing, have almost 4,000 links cataloged away, which brings me to my fourth point…
  4. I might write about it. I may at least mention it in a post of my own as I try to point my readers toward other good resources.
  5. I click stuff… especially shiny stuff. In other words, I like attractive links. The words “click here” are NEVER shiny, by the way.
  6. I click buttons. Other people do this too. We’re compelled, so you should probably have some nice buttons around to get us to do whatever it is you want us to do to take action.
  7. If there is a popup, I leave. Period. I will never sign up for any newsletter via a popup. Others will, perhaps, because they like to click shiny stuff, but not me. I’m gone, even if your post is awesome.
  8. I subscribe to stuff when I’m not being asked to do so via a popup. Especially newsletters that are filled with resources.
  9. I follow you on Twitter, and any other networks for which you have shiny buttons that represent my favorite networks. You see, it’s awkward befriending someone you don’t know, unless they ask you to do so – then it’s easy.
  10. I look around your place, but only when I feel at home and I feel invited to explore. I really like “related posts,” “favorite” or “popular” posts, and “about me” pages.

Remember, this is important stuff. I’m helping you to know what works with me and other readers. Now, I’d love it if you’d help me in the same way. Perhaps through the comment form below you might quickly tell me what you love to do when you read a good blog post…

About Kiesha Easley

This is my blog - where I love to encourage bloggers. My hope is that you'll leave this blog with more than you came with; you'll learn something new or will at least be engaged and entertained.
In addition to teaching others how to blog, I'm also a college instructor who teaches students how to write for mass media.
I've guest posted on Problogger, DIYThemes and many others. I'm also the author of Highly Favored, a blog devoted to Christian inspiration & encouragement. Please follow me on twitter @weblogbetter or on Facebook.

Comments

  1. InternetHow Blog says:

    I think very cool tips. It provide valuable information how to present your blog to visitors, and what would they expect from you, so they woul bother to retweet or bookmark it.
    .-= InternetHow Blog´s last blog ..The Massive Impact of tiny, little, small goals =-.

  2. Nice post! Totally agree about popups, that’s the kind of thing that makes me leave a blog quickly.
    .-= Jean-Baptiste Jung´s last blog ..How to write a great blog post title =-.

  3. Totally agree with you. I follow almost all things that you do. I also like the shiny stuff, you provide your readers with various options to social bookmark one’s post.
    .-= Nehh´s last blog ..Lindsay Lohan: My dad’s such a loser” =-.

  4. Great post!

    I try to do these things as well.

    I definitely need to start using delicious. My bookmarks list is sooo long! :)

  5. Now only if the rest of the world would be like you and me! But regular readers, especially the ones not having blogs themselves are unbelievably lazy when it comes to doing something. There is even this tl;dr syndrome hitting more and more people, which affects not even the promoting of a good post but its very reading. (tl;dr = “too long, didn’t read” — I don’t know if this troll term is widely known).

    Now, what you said about pop-ups is so true. I too shut down such blogs immediately.

    And I think I should use my bookmarking sites more, it’s funny: I have an account on almost every social network, but I use them incredibly rare! It becomes too difficult to keep up with many at once I guess.

    Anyway, good post. Retweeted^^

    • I have accounts all over the place, but have found it best to focus on one or two for each purpose – delicious for bookmarks, Facebook for friendships, Twitter for discussions and links, etc.

  6. Brandon,

    Love it! This is almost like a wish list for bloggers.

    You are a man of your word too, because you have done all this with my blog despite it having DISQUS as its comment system.

    I really appreciate your efforts.

    Brad
    .-= Brad Harmon´s last blog ..What the Christian Entrepreneur Owes the Poor =-.

    • Haha, yes, you have an excellent blog that certainly fits my description of a “good” one. And I can tolerate disqus when I’m allowed to comment as a guest and move on – just don’t like signing in and having my name link to a disqus profile instead of the site of my choosing. Keep up the great writing, Brad!

  7. I do a few of those: I tweet it, I stumble it (like I did for this one), I comment, and I subscribe if I haven’t already.

    I too, hate popups, music, someone popping out and talking to me, and most of all 50million ads.
    .-= Keith @ Superior Fence Products´s last blog ..Vinyl Privacy Fence Products =-.

  8. if i enjoy any post, i put comments and share with friends
    .-= alamin´s last blog ..How to use custom domain in blogger blog? =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi Alamin!
      That’s why social media is so awesome – it gives you an opportunity to network and share information.

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