Writes Darren, who has built up several blogs with thousands of readers:
What I found is that when you do it (email a new reader) the chances of the readers that you email coming back to your blog again increases significantly. Get them to come back to your blog once and you increase the chances of them coming back again… and again….
This one makes total sense to me. I know that when I visit someone's blog and take the time to comment, it means more to me to have them email me back, than to have them reply to me via comments. That's why I do try to email new commenters to my blog when I get them, although I know that a few times I've fallen down on the job.
Anyway--right now I don't have any new commenters waiting in the wings, so I'm going to ask for your help to do this assignment:
- If you're a new reader who's never written or commented before, then come out of lurk mode and write a comment or drop me a line. I PROMISE I'll email back.
- Even if you're not a new reader, I'd like to hear from you on this topic. How do you feel when you receive an email when you comment on someone's blog? Does it make you more likely to keep reading? Or does it not make a difference to you?