The Importance of Readers

This is a guest post by James of The Infopreneur, and I’d be very surprised if you haven’t come across him yet. Although he is relatively new to blogging he’s hit the blogosphere with both feet running and barely a stumble. If you haven’t been over to his blog yet, perhaps it’s time you did.

In this guest post James discusses something that I have always held dear to my blogging heart, those people who take the time to read my blog and especially those who go above and beyond by sharing their thoughts and feelings by leaving a comment.

But enough about me. You’re here to read what James has to say.

  • The Importance of Readers

The readers or customers of a website are it’s blood, the life of a site. You are the heart and soul, but without your readers you are nothing. You don’t have to sacrifice success in order to keep your visitors happy, you can do both IF you know exactly what to give them.

  • Want

Every business has to go about it’s day, but is every business or website listening to it’s readers? By asking the very people who put you where you are, exactly what you want you are going to stand out in an over crowded market place. Everyone wants something these days, even if it’s a simple as wanting to read great content, everybody wants something, so why not ask your visitors exactly what they want.

  • Value

But why ask what people want from you if you are already making money? A couple of reasons, firstly by knowing exactly what someone expects when they come to you, you can cater for it, provide it and give them maximum value for their time and money. Secondly and most importantly, by getting into their heads you can actually create a unique and profitable brand.

This isn’t about screwing your visitors for every last cent, it’s about providing real value to the very people you have to keep happy. I recently wrote a post asking the readers of my site what they wanted, it got a great response and now the site is better for it, because now the readers are getting exactly what they want when they visit.

  • Loyalty

A loyal customer is something you can’t buy, you can’t buy word of mouth. The very best way of your product or website becoming the next big thing is to have your readers or customers sell it for you, but you will only ever achieve this by knowing exactly what they want. Loyalty is a two way street though, you have to show you are loyal to them before they will even entertain being loyal to you.

  • Peace

We all know about the different scams out there and it seems you can’t visit 5 websites without getting hit with the same old sales page which is trying to force a sale which you know deep down isn’t worth the ‘discounted’ $97 they are trying to pull out of your pocket.

Ultimately would you rather make $10 profit sneakily or $7, honestly knowing that you are giving your readers exactly what you want?

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The Best Way To Do Weekly Roundup Posts

I’ve noticed lately that quite a few people have been doing weekly updates of what they’ve found interesting while surfing the net. Someone who is quite proficient at this is Kristi of Kikolani with her weekly Fetching Friday posts. She calls it her resources mashup and features the best articles that she’s stumbled throughout the week. Kristi will normally break them up into categories and each link is the title of the post.

Then there is Ditesco’s Weekly Echo, where he also does a weekly round up of blog posts that he’s found to be interesting, fun or informative. I feel that the reasons for doing these weekly posts goes beyond the valuable link luv that the bloggers have extended to those whose posts they’ve enjoyed so much. It’s also a great way to share those same articles with their readers, articles that they feel the readers may well miss out on were it not for their weekly posts. These posts take a lot of commitment and dedication because, if done properly, they would take quite a bit of time to put together.

If I was going to tackle something of this nature I would want to do it in such a way that it minimizes the time and workload needed to write a post that is full of good articles and not just a pile of crappy links. If it was all too hard I would probably get sick of the whole process within a couple of weeks.  I would also want my posts to stand out from all the other weekly compilations.

So the question I asked myself is what is the most efficient way to put one of these posts together? What I plan to do from now on is to have WordPress open as I go around blog hopping. Every time I come across a unique post that I think my readers will appreciate I will make an entry giving a link and a short description of the post. Naturally you will save the post as a draft ready for the following day.

By the end of the week the post is almost complete and all that is required would be putting the links into categories if so desired, and short introduction and conclusion. I reckon this is a whole lot better than waiting to the end of the week to write it, where you spend most of your time scratching your head as to what posts you liked and where the hell to find them again.

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Dragons Creatures Of Mystery

I don’t know why but I love dragons and I have done so for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite books include dragons. These include Anne McCafferrey’s Dragon series right up to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance which stars the magical Saphira and her Dragon Rider Eragon. So far I’ve read Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and I am patiently waiting for the next book to come out.

I also collect dragon figurines. This is one of the first one I bought, and I’m not a fanatic so I don’t have all that many. It’s made of pewter and I photoshopped it a little so it looks like it’s flying over my neighborhood.

Mythical Dragon

Here’s a little poem about dragons and dragon riders that I put together .

Dragons, a creature of mystery
Of legends but not of history
Many stories have been told
In books & dark nights they unfold

Majestic, mighty and terrible too
Their mighty roar and flames ensue
Respect and fear they do command
It’s strength no warrior can withstand

Of Dragon Riders I have heard
Mighty legends passed on by word
A bond between Rider and Dragon has begun
No longer two, they have become one.

Thoughts and feelings they now combine
Together forever their lives entwined
Feats of valour of the pair are told
Yet not today will this story unfold.

One of my favorite dragons would have to be this Swarovski Crystal. I fell in love with Swarovski! after seeing the Crystal Dragon. It was part of the ‘Fabulous Creatures’ collection and as only SCS members were allowed to purchase these pieces I quickly joined. This is the first crystal piece I ever bought. In following years I also bought Pegasus and the Unicorn with many pieces in between.


Trey of Swollen Thumb Entertainment has even written a instrumental piece called Beware Of The Dragon. I think when Trey wrote this the dragon he had in mind is the sort that would swoop down on you breathing fire and brimstone and perhaps picking up a stray man or woman as a tasty morsel. I much prefer those dragons who have befriended humans but are not against eating those lowlifes who would spam blogs or scrape them for their content.
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