Your Blog As A Community

I currently live in a very small town of about 3,500 but grew up in a town of about 100,000.  While going through the things I disliked about small town living the other day some interesting thoughts came into my mind.

The town 3,500 population town is very closely knit.  It seems that almost everyone is into the games and activities of the town.  The 100,000 town that I grew up in there were different things going on all the time, therefore you could always find someone, or something different to do.

It occurred to me that this is much like a blog.  Your blog should be a small knit community all sharing the same goals and ideas.  Those who comment on your blog you should try to get to know.  You can do this by commenting back, visiting their site, and commenting on their site.

The larger town is the blogosphere, where you have an infinite number of choices of blogs you can read.  It can be looked at as the larger town of 100,000 or more than likely greater.

Just like any small town, people have a tendency to know one another and therefore things can spread easily.  The same can be said for your blog.  If you have a group of positive readers that are learning from you then you will more then likely have good news spreading about you.  If you are constantly trying to promote something and never trying to help anyone with the knowledge you gain, you may become the outcast.

It is important to remember that your blog no matter what the topic is there for your readers as well as yourself.  You want to make friends and have good news spread about you, just as you would in any small town.  As for the larger town, the blogosphere, your job is to make an impact on it, put yourself on the map as one of the activities that someone should attend.

Negative Comments Can Help Your Business

One of the major issues that arise in an internet marketer, blogger, etc. ventures is the aspect of fear.  Fear of what people may think, fear of failure, whatever it may be it can freeze you in your tracks.  What I would like to point out in this post is the element of negative comments on your site or blog.

People by nature do not like to be attacked or to be shown that they may be wrong.  By leaving your blog open for comments you invite those negative comments.  You can choose to let these comments deter you from future blog posts or putting yourself out there more or you can choose to see how they benefit you.

The reality is those negative comments can lead to a debate on your blog.  This debate can lead to numerous comments and site visits which the search engines love.  You can keep this debate going if you choose by spreading it through social networks and asking others opinions.

When a negative comment arises make a rebuttal and see where it leads.  Your rebuttal should be positive and polite in nature.  Remember this is your blog and one of the best ways to loose readers is to be negative.

Post the comment, issue, or rebuttal to Twitter, Facebook or any other social network and ask your contacts their opinions.  By doing this people will respond and the best way to get comments on your site on an issue is oddly enough to ask them to post it there.

That negative comment that could have caused you internal damage could be one of the best things that could happen to your site.  It can cause a domino effect which leads to comment after comment.