Promoting blogging to non-blogging friends

This is a post inspired by one of Rarasaur’s.  I left a lengthy comment:

Most of the people I know are non-bloggers and non-blog-readers.  It’s partly a generational thing, although many of my online friends are about my age.  I’m afraid I bore people to death telling them about my blog.  The kind and interested ones have a look once or twice and perhaps give me some feedback.  I really value my email subscribers who are people I know. I have been in social situations twice this week and managed not to mention blogging – although I would have done if one friend had not been in a hurry to leave!  And in British culture we do not promote ourselves, so this is counter-cultural for me.  Sue

rarasaur replied:

Same! Though my generation should be in the blog-world, they aren’t. I’m pretty sure I bore people about my blog, too.  Out of the 5 or so real life people who know I have a blog, I don’t think any read.  Except the hubby, except.

American culture accepts a little more self-promotion than most cultures, I’ve discovered, but because of that acceptance, people “hear” a little less well.  There’s lots of nodding and “good for you”, but no real action.

I’m still trying to find the magic sentence that makes someone say, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.” and mean it. :)

I have been thinking a bit more about the whole topic of promoting one’s blogs.  Another blogger I follow has posted an amusing take on blogging as a response to a recent daily prompt.

So here goes.

I told an older, very well-educated friend that I had a blog.  She seemed to have no idea what I was talking about.  Apparently blog sounds a lot like block!  Her husband (on a different occasion) told me he prefers to live life, as opposed to spending time reading other people’s blogs.  I had just told him about a travel blog I was following written by a friend of my daughter.  He knows (or at least knows the family of) the writer.  His response could have been interpreted as criticism of my priorities.  I prefer to think that we simply enjoy different lifestyles.

Another friend had a look at my blog early on, came back with suggestions and also referred me to someone else for an interesting background story to a well-known saying.  He obliged, read the resulting post and made a favourable comment (in a private e-mail).

I am still in contact with two of my school-friends.  They both know about my blog.  I wrote a poem about the school we all attended (and were forced to leave by educational reformers) and one of them looked at my blog.  It was the first blog she had ever read.  She found it so interesting that I had my record number (so far) of visits that day!  She has also shown the poem to another of our contemporaries.

The people who follow my first blog by email are either writers or people with an interest in the English language.  I see two of them round and about, but try not to mention my blog unless they ask.  The third is a real friend and encourager.  We meet for lunch from time to time.

My daughter (who has a blog with a purpose) has told me that she hopes I don’t expect her to read everything I write.  Years ago at  work the typing pool supervisor said the same thing about what I was writing only the verb was type rather than read!  I’m not sure whether my son has ever looked at my blogs, but he doesn’t seem to have a spare minute.  My husband encourages me, but does not have my blogs on his “favourites”.  I occasionally invite him to look at a new post on my laptop and once sent him a link by email!   When he told someone about my new hobby he had no idea how to direct him to my blogs!

Many of the people I know use email, but do not use any form of social networking.They “do not do blogs or twitter or facebook or youtube”.  I think they could click an email link once in a while without being sucked into or contaminated by social networking even though it can be addictive.

I was drawn in by my grown-up children.  I don’t watch much on youtube, but I did need it for a knitting demonstration recently!  The advertised pattern inside the ball-band was in three languages, so the print was tiny.  I had to watch twice after I had already had an attempt from the printed instructions.  I don’t think I’d find twitter useful.  I have very few friends on facebook so I asked my daughter to mention to her facebook friends that I was blogging.  I don’t think they were very interested.  Why should they be?

There are a number of people whose opinion I really value.  Some have looked and been entertained, but have busy lives and I can’t expect them to spend more time reading my stuff.  One of them, who as far as I know hasn’t looked at it, visibly switches off if I mention my blog!  Perhaps this is because it’s his specialist subject – reading it might be a busman’s holiday for him.  (Now there’s a saying I need for my other blog!)

I am writing to inform and encourage others, to develop my writing skills and to have fun.  I am reading out of interest and being inspired by other people’s stories and insights.  I am learning as I go, both new information to include and how to improve my blogs’ layouts and content.  I am borrowing time in order to blog from craft activities and reading books, although I have not given these up completely.  And (this will probably surprise you) we do not watch television.

One writer set out his reasons for writing in the opening words of his first book.
  Luke 1:1-4

St Luke was the author of the eponymous gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, an action-packed account.  His second book begins with a summary of what he has already written about and includes a short recapitulation of the final event he had described.
Acts 1:1-11

8 thoughts on “Promoting blogging to non-blogging friends

  1. I really enjoyed this post; I find most people I know are less interested in my blog than strangers are! However, for my daughter, she gets plenty of views from other kids at her school and in the community because people that age want to see what each other is doing. I tweet and find it stunningly labour-intensive for the minimal benefits so far. However, I do notice that my daughter gets a lot of views from posting her new blog links on Facebook–again at her age the culture is to “creep” each other’s lives online, so it makes sense. Still, the friends do not follow her unless they are already blogging; they just look and then wait ’till the next post.


  2. Walk into a bar…ha ha! That was funny! When I tell people I blog I get the look like they probably would give Sheldon (Big Bang Theory). Except my writing group. They’re all impressed. I’m surprised some of the people don’t blog, since they have so much to say about themsleves…yet I digress. I like to blog to entertain, inform, write, and learn. Thanks for the post and the links to the other posts. I’m a new convert to your Trifles.


      • Hi Sue,
        I am so very sorry for my very late response to your mention of my post a while back. I got pretty sick last week and have spent the weekend and this week recovering (how very annoying that is!). I had seen the comment and smiled when you honoured me with the mention, so please accept my apologies for my heartfelt (albeit late) thank you.



      • Hi Sue.. thank you so much. It is not a big deal, I just got sick from a compromised immune system and kidney infections from too many stones (I like to tell my kids that I rock!).
        That was so kind of you – thank you so much.


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