I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about this blog and how best to connect to the people who are kind enough to stop by and read it. And I've been looking at other blogs as well. Turns out there are a lot of ways to connect with blog readers.
~ Some people try to respond to every comment, either on the comment thread or via email.
~ Some make a point of commenting on the blogs of people who leave them a comment; one comment from you = one comment from me, etc.
~ Some people use newsletters to keep people informed.
~ Some people auto-follow, following the blog of every person who follows them.
And so on.
I know a lot of people who do a mix of those things. And some people do none of them, but by creating opportunities for conversations on the blog, they still make readers feel connected.
Every community is different.
So now I'm asking you, regulars, visitors and lurkers alike. What makes you feel most connected to a blog/blogger? What brings you back? What makes you comment? And in your opinion, what is the best way for ME to make you feel welcomed and valued?