In March I was mentioned in an article in The Hindu along with a couple other bloggers, my photo appeared and this blog and my book were mentioned by name. And the needle on my book sales and blog views moved not one millimeter. The largest newspaper in India, and it has no ability to gain me a single reader.
Meanwhile, Meenakshy posted a mention of this blog in a reply to a Bhardwaj Rangan tweet, and I gained ten new followers in a DAY. Not visitors, but followers, people who came over and liked what they saw and signed up to get notifications every time there is a new post.
So when I say to you that the only way this blog gets new visitors is through a link you post in the comments of another site, or in another forum, I’m not kidding! You, the readers, are far more powerful than any newspaper, any website, even than me! I’ve posted my own links in the past, and discovered that no one clicks through to links posted by the writer themselves. I’ve even had approved guest posts on other websites, and got no referrals from them. It’s only comment links that work.
So, here’s your monthly request to please help by posting links to my related content on other sites. Quote me, or say the article reminded you of me, and put up a link to the original post. And that will gain me more readers and keep me writing and the wheels of the blog keep turning.
Oh, and also, COMMENT!!!! I also ran the numbers on that. Every comment gets me 20 views. People who may have already seen the post clicking through to it, others who wouldn’t have read it otherwise clicking through to read the comments. It doesn’t have to be a brilliant comment, just say “I love this film! —— was so good in their role!”, that’s enough. Or, if you want to be really easy, just answer the questions at the end of the TGIF or FanFic posts.
Keep in mind that commenting is also the best way to keep me writing posts you enjoy. I took a 3 month hiatus from the DDLJ posts, because the views were so low because no one commented. I don’t skip even a week of the Malayalam posts because I always get comments, and the comments drive the views which drives more comments. If I can spend 3 hours writing something that will be read by 300 people, I’m gonna do that instead of spending the same time writing something that will be read by 30 people.
So, two things. Real simple. And that have an enormous effect in keeping this site alive.