Yes. Semi-humble. I’m assuming this is your favorite blog. We are the best, after all.
Ahem. Anyway, here’s the deal. We all support the things we like, right? We generally buy music and go to concerts for the artists we love, see movies with our favorite actors, buy comics we enjoy, etc., etc. I know, there are plenty of ways out there to find everything for free, but we all tend to offer our support at least to our favorites. It’s what you do, it’s how you show your appreciation. And we do the same thing with our favorite sites, right? We bookmark them, visit them, share links, follow them on social media, all that fun stuff.
So why not do that with blogs? And I don’t mean just the big, popular ones with sponsorship deals and that kind of stuff, but also the small ones that aren’t very well known but still provide quality content. I have blogs I follow on WordPress, and I have sites I follow on Facebook, and I have sites that are bookmarked and frequently visited. Whatever I can do, you know? I want to see the content, and there are so many ways to make that easier these days, why not use them?
You all know what I’m leading up to, of course. I’m pretty predictable here. I end every post with the same thing. “‘Like’ our page!” I say. “Here’s a link!”
But of the twenty-four people who like our page, there is exactly one person who none of us know. At least one of us knows everyone else.
And given that we’ve had this page for something like three years now? That’s kind of sad.
I know there are readers out there. I look at the numbers every day. I keep obsessive logs of statistics, and I could potentially go further with them if I really wanted to (I don’t, I have everything I care about tabulated already, anything else would be excessive). We have subscribers on WordPress. We get “likes” on posts — as of this writing there were nine on Anushka’s Harry Potter post alone. But you know what we don’t get much of? We don’t get much interaction. People aren’t commenting. People aren’t coming to Facebook — where, might I remind you, you can comment, message, and get exclusive content all at once. People aren’t sharing things, which is important for getting seen. People just aren’t engaging.
And that’s what we’re about. We set up this blog to get our thoughts out into the world, to write things we wanted to write but didn’t have an outlet for. But we want to go bigger. We want to build a community, a fanbase, a place for discussion and interaction. We don’t need to be some huge thing. We’re not trying to become famous or anything like that. But we’ve been here almost six years now. It’s time we grew beyond a little outlet blog and started becoming something bigger, something better, something exciting.
Well, more exciting, we’re already pretty great.
So here’s the deal. I know the vast majority of you out there are on Facebook — pretty much everyone is these days, right? So even if you already subscribe on WordPress, I’m asking you to go a step beyond. Visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button. You don’t have to comment, you don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to, but please “like” us at the very least. If you want to do more, you can comment, you can share posts — that’s a very important one, we do want to be seen by more people than just our immediate friends, after all — you can share the page itself, if you want. You can go tell all of your friends about us and pester them to like the page, if you’re feeling really generous. But please do at least “like” us. It takes almost no effort on your part, and won’t affect you very much at all — you might see a couple of posts from us here and there, but let’s be real, you’ve all got a ton of stuff filling your newsfeed already. We’re probably not going to intrude.
Your support, your likes, your comments, your shares, these are all things that help us grow and get our voices out to the world. We want to be heard, we want to share our thoughts, our recommendations, our anecdotes, our reflections. We have things to say, and just maybe those things can benefit other people. But none of that can happen without your support.
So please. Here’s the link, right in that text there. All you have to do is click it, then click the “like” button, and then that’s it. Nothing more, unless you really want to. And I do hope you want to.
Oh and here’s the full version of that cover shot, if you’re interested, taken somewhere around 50th Street, at the Hudson River: