Last night I watched a webinar that I signed up for, on the subject of building an email list of fans, and to learn how to build a bigger following on Facebook. Now, I'm not going to talk about the webinar, it would bore you, but a thought came to me while watching it--am I just a business? Is this only about sales for my novels?
True, that is important, sales I mean, but I also value the relationships I have built and new friends that I have met along this journey. Not just the relationships I have personally, but my newest cyber-friends. There has been several people who have become extremely supportive that I've never met, except on Facebook or LinkedIn. I value their insight and their suggestions. Because I am open to what they have to say, it's helped me to become better at opening up to people.
Now, I know I am not the social magnet queen, but my goal is to never make people feel as though their support is not appreciated. Believe me, it is absolutely everything to me.
I have friends that love to leave comments, and some that do every once in a while. I have friends that never leave comments, but have told me they read my blogs and enjoy them. Yes, there are shy people, and there are those who simply go for it, and aren't worried what other's think. I'm sure there are people that aren't 'into' my blog, but are supportive nevertheless.
My newest venture, the fanpage, has now become a new challenge for me. Trying to come up with clever ideas to post is not one of my strong suits, but at least I am trying. Actually the fanpage is easier, you only have to post short sentences, or interviews and articles that pertain to the subject, reading or writing.
But, I would also like to make it fun. I have quite a few 'Famous', or they like to think of themselves as such, friends on Facebook. Some interact with their followers, some think themselves 'too big' to do so, but either way they get comments all the time. People so badly want to get noticed by whom they are following. I've never understood that, maybe someday one of you could explain that to me. Just to clarify what I mean by that, I am talking about successful people who are on FB or other social media sites, and post something that they get dozens of comments and never acknowledge the people back. You know, the ones who are too big for their britches, as my father used to say. Okay, one of them does every once in a while, but most of the time they simply post and watch the comments gather.
I have vowed to always appreciate my followers or fans. True, some 'famous' people could never answer them all, but why post on Facebook if you're that 'big'?
Anyway, if you have any ideas or suggestions for me about posts you would like to see, or subjects that you would like to read about, I would love to hear them. I do want to make it fun, and for my followers or fans to keep coming back to my blog and fanpage. Maybe look at this as a survey, what do you like to read about on blogs? What brings you back to certain ones?
I can't wait to see your answers, I will be waiting patently. Until Monday, have a great weekend everyone. And don't forget to drop me a line and let me know your thoughts on this subject.