Getting to know you better

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One of the real joys of blogging has been connecting with people who I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to do so.

Since I started this blog I have had many comment and email conversations with marketing and public relations people throughout the world. I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting some of them in real life.

However what do I know about you – the people that read my blog? Less than I’d like really.

It’s immensely gratifying that between 80 and 90 people choose to download my RSS feed each day, and a similar number of visitors arrive at my website.

I never forget that each one of these people has actively chosen to receive my content – and they must all have had their own reasons for doing this.

While I know who some of these people are, and I know a bit about them personally and professionally, I don’t have a faintest idea who most of my audience are.

I can see some basic information through my server logs and MyBlogLog, but what I’d really love is to know who is reading this and a bit about them.

I’m always keen to know why people read the blog so I can make sure I stay on-topic and cover stuff that’s relevant to the majority.

So it’s a big ask from me this Monday morning: if you’re reading this on my website or in my RSS feed please do leave me a comment to this post – whether you’re a seasoned commenter or you’ve never commented on a blog before.

I’d love to know:

  • Who you are
  • What you like about my blog
  • What I can improve about my blog
  • More about you – for example do you have a blog or website? (and make sure you add the link so I can pay you a return visit)

This is a bit of a stab in the dark, as I’ve never pimped for comments before on the blog, but I figure if you don’t ask then you’ll never know.

9 Comments on “Getting to know you better”

  1. Chris Marritt

    Hi Simon,
    As you say, it’s always difficult to know who is reading above and beyond those you are aware of.
    Hopefully, I fall into the latter category.
    In terms of what I like and what you could do better: it’s all about the content for me.
    I am interested in almost all of what you write about, while a few of your posts have become absolutely essential reading – and have therefore been re-read several times.
    In terms of what you could do better? Pass. I’m still a novice myself, so can’t offer advice. I will be checking back here to see what others recommend (if anything).
    Speak to you soon,
    Chris

  2. Simon Leyland

    Hi Simon

    I’m website designer that works only in the ‘new’ media market. I use Google Reader and RSS really tends to anonymize content.

    I receive on average 73 feeds a day and the ones that really get my attention generally have three things.

    1 – any longer than 300 words and the feed begins to lose me.
    2 – I look for original thought/opinion
    3 – and a real bonus (but not essential) includes reference material such as the stuff you put in your Euroblog07 post.

    I try and follow these rules on my own blogs:
    http://politics2.wordpress.com/
    http://rosler28.wordpress.com/

    By the way do you work with Noel Hatch? Due to developing http://www.haltonone.co.uk/ I take an interest in local communities using web2.0 and Noel seems to be a great advocate of using techology in local government.

  3. simon

    Chris – thanks for commenting, and yes you’re in the latter category!

    Simon – thanks to you for your comment too. It’s nice to hear from a new commenter. Your thoughts are very interesting and helpful.

    I don’t know Noel Hatch, but the Haltonone website looks really interesting – I’ll be having a more detailed look around over the next few days.

  4. Stuart

    Hi Simon

    My name is Stuart. I am a final year student, currently studying public relations at Bournemouth University. I am a regular reader of your blog as you frequently comment on new developments in social media. This really interests me and is helpful as I am studying an online module as part of my degree. I do have a blog: http://stuwragg.blogspot.com/index.html but I rarely post as keeping on top of assignments is keeping me more than busy! I do, however, regularly read a number of blogs, including yours, on a daily basis and have found that they are a great way of keeping in touch with developments in industry.

  5. simon

    Hi Stuart – thanks for taking the time to comment.

    It’s interesting to hear that blogs like mine are useful for your studies. I know that there are several students who read this blog – there’s definitely an discrete audience there that I should try to cater for.

    Good luck with the rest of your course and getting a foothold in the PR business

  6. Heather Yaxley

    Even when you ask nicely, they still lurk in the background. For me, I like the content and your views on different posts. I think your posts are frequent enough and not too long or short. Links are always useful which you provide and I also like being directed to sources that I haven’t seen before. I also enjoy reading about your live projects at work. So no major improvements from me, I’m afraid.

  7. simon

    Thanks for that Heather – I appreciate your thoughts.

    I wasn’t sure how many responses I’d get by directly asking for feedback, but if you don’t try you’ll never know!

  8. Vicky

    Hello Simon,
    This is the first time I’ve read your blog, and I’ve enjoyed it – so thank you. I’m a comms officer for an NHS mental health trust. When I’m reading blogs I’m looking to stay in touch with what is happening in PR outside what I see day to day. It’s an incentive to keep thinking rather than just doing. A form of self-development and a reality check for progressing my career. And I like reading well written articles.

  9. simon

    Hi Vicky – thanks for the comment and welcome to the site.

    My “day job” is heading up marketing and PR at a unitary local authority – broadening my horizons and exposure was one reason I started blogging in the first place, so I understand your motivations for reading the blog.

    Hopefully you’ll read the blog regularly and I can help you achieve your aims with my posts.

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