In case you’re wondering why it’s been a little quiet around here the past few days, don’t worry WassupBlog is alive and well, it’s just that I decided to have a little break from blogging while I took Anna, my wife, to the States for our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent the first five days in Hollywood staying in the Renaissance Hotel which was simply superb. While in Hollywood we did a lot of the touristy things which has brought us into contact with a lot of sales people and those in the hospitality industry. For the most part I can safely say that these guys really know how to deal with the public, those very people who are necessary to their livelihood, especially as those working in the hospitality industry depend on getting tips and the size of those tips is usually related to the quality of the service they provide.
I truly believe their efforts to please the paying customer helped to make our stay in the States a pleasurable one. I also believe that, tips aside, a lot of it had to do with the on the job training these people received. It got me to wondering about how we can utilise good service when it comes to our blogs. Naturally it all has to do with the way we interact with our readers and the obvious way we do that is through our comments.
It’s a damn shame that all those A List bloggers feel that it’s not necessary to provide the interaction as they feel their time is best spent elsewhere such as finding ways to increase their revenue. The problem being that all those newbie bloggers seeing their lack of interaction may get the impression that the interaction isn’t really necessary. So they go off and write some great posts and getting a couple of comments think they’re heading in the right direction only to find them dry up not realising that it’s all because they haven’t taken the time to interact with their commentators.
What we need to remember is those guys have already established themselves and the only reason they’re getting all those comments is because most of the commentators want to get noticed, perhaps hoping it may lead to the A Lister visiting their blog or some other miraculous event. What we need to know is we’re not those guys and we have to work smarter and that means replying to as many comments as we can and maybe even going the extra mile by visiting their blog and leaving a quality comment in return.
Something else that I’ve learned while being away is that failing to post regularly leads to a direct drop in traffic and I reckon I don’t have to tell you the last thing any blogger wants is a drop in traffic. As to my time in the States, well I reckon I’ll leave that for future posts. For now you will have to make do with these few photos.
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