Visiting a blog or author’s site is like visiting someone’s home.

Some may wonder how was this accomplished when all sources were combined a few weeks ago:

The UnHoly Pursuit Saga has reached over 4.5 Million Views for the Year.

It was nothing magical.

Nothing high tech or having to do with algorithms and such. If so, I am not aware which words were used.

It’s all about making people feel welcome. Each person who visit my blog or if I know they ‘liked’ an Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else my work is listed I do my best to thank them. Thanks them and they will tell their friends you thanked them and so on. That’s how your name travels.

But if you hide under the blanket like the lady in the picture no one will know about your books. Yes, it can be intimidating at first for you never know what response you may get but with practice, it gets easier.

No, you can’t reach every single person with a “thank you” note. But you can collectively tell your audience ‘thank you.’ You can reciprocate a retweet if a fan retweet your book.

These things goes a lot further than any marketing money can buy (unless you are able to sink thousands into marketing)  and can take you a lot further being a relatively unknown author because they show your character. Anyone can randomly click on a link and buy your book and disappear, but readers like to feel they know something about you. That you want to get to know them as person not merely someone to buy your books.

For example: If you visited someone’s home and they left you sitting in their living room while the entire family attended another function as if you were not there would you go back? Of course not. The same applies to online courtesy.

Maybe bloggers, and whatnots who aren’t writing for a living; to sell their books can afford to take the hide- under-the-blanket stance but those write to sell their books can not.

Sure, it’s going to take time to build up your brand. Very few people’ first book makes them a household name even with a traditional publisher. This is how you build up your name and brand by showing courtesy to subjects that are completely different than your own interests. You just might learn something you didn’t know. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. All you have to do is listen.

If you ignore your visitors eventually they will start ignoring you.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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12 Responses to Visiting a blog or author’s site is like visiting someone’s home.

  1. Xena says:

    What you say is very true, and it applies to bloggers that don’t write and/or sell books as well. I refer to them as lone rangers. They publish blog posts but seldom ever respond to comments left on their blog. They don’t visit other blogs to say hello by clicking “like” and neither do they ever leave a comment. I do realize that there are bloggers who work and have families and priorities, but to never thank others, much less pay it forward by visiting their blogs, is like you say — you don’t want to come back to that house.

    Keep up the great work! (((((Hugs)))))

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    • Thank you, I don’t know what you call them. I think those sort of blogs are purely a diary. But I was taught that kind of behavior was a sign of ill-manners. I have visited many blogs where the owners didn’t acknowledge my visit in as so much to say thank you or even hello and haven’t returned after a second or third attempt to communicate with them because it realized it wasn’t that they were so busy, it was obviously they did not want me visiting their blog. I understand that many people works and have family obligations. So do I and so does many of the people who takes the time out to read your blog. I viewed it as their way of saying: “My time is so much important yours.” A clear display of the lord and peasant mentality.

      When I wrote all these books I was working and doing a zillion other things and still do, but I still found the time to show courtesy to my visitors and readers.

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  2. I once knew a couple if anyone visited them they only talked to each other. Don’t ask me why? I have no idea. Soon after moving into the neighborhood others stopped visiting them or inviting them over, so he became ill and needed hospice care no one knew about it until one day everyone saw the ambulance taking him away. Privacy is great. We all needs it but when it become unto the point of rudeness then it’s no longer privacy you seek. That’s merely a cloak to cover up how rude you actually are.


  3. Alisha says:

    Alma in the early days of blogging and Indie authorships things weren’t like they are today.

    Authors, writers, and bloggers supported each other. Unlike today where is in their own little cocoon hiding from something and it’s difficult to get anyone to forward a Tweet without paying someone.

    One thing that exist today that did not exist years ago is that the EMo mentality has taken over the internet. It’s a lifestyle characterized by overly expression of anger, sadness and depression. That’s the only way one can be an Emo, is you have to be depressed.

    There wasn’t a bombard of talk about certain things 18-12 years ago. The only thing everyone wants to talk about now is depression and how depressed they are and how something made them depressed. It’s simply depressing to be online nowadays is why I rarely sign on anymore.

    That’s why you came back to a different internet than the one you left years ago.

    Another thing…people are portraying a lot more racist attitudes online than they did years ago. People used to not care about that kind of things like what color a person’s skin is whom they are talking or buying from or reading their book but now it is a high critique in every decision made online. I could know because I used to belong to several groups and people actually laughed, talked and kidded each other without considering all the messed up things roaming in people’s heads now..

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  4. Brendan says:

    This is why I don’t go back to many blogs. They give a chilly reception to visitors. If you comment they restrict it no matter what you say.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Brendan says:

    I agree with Xena.

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