It has been one year and two months since I became a featured contributor.
I started blogging six years ago. My first ever blog post The writer in me just woke up! was re-published as my first article on this platform. It always reminds me of how my blogging journey has begun, first on WordPress and then on the beBee blogging platform. The feelings I felt before clicking the Publish button for the first time are still as fresh as if they happened yesterday. I was full of anticipation and excitement.
That button was a turning point, which finally led me here – to my new community of amazing people and writers.
Since then, I have written thirteen articles on this publishing platform - almost an article per month. Not much compared to the other writers, but I write when I am inspired to do so.
In ten years, BIZCATALYST 360° has published over 26,000 articles. Many articles are published daily. To be found in that multitude would be very difficult without the help of Dennis and his team. They share, promote, and do everything to boost the visibility of our stories.
Our articles are shared across LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and beyond. My articles receive dozens of comments on LinkedIn but not much on the site. I appreciate comments on other social media, but receiving feedback on BIZCATALYST 360° is of lasting value. I consider comment sections an integral part of the publishing platform. An empty comment box makes me feel something important is missing. I believe every writer thinks the same.
Let’s see my stats here on BIZCATALYST 360°.
- 13 articles
- 86 comments in total
- almost 7 comments per article on average
- 15 – the highest number of comments
- 2 – the lowest number of comments
- 0 – the number of articles without comments
Out of 86 comments, half is mine. I always try to respond to comments. Commenting should be a two-way conversation.
I don’t know if my stats are good or bad compared to other authors here, but I am happy that readers engage with my articles. Finding an audience that is willing to read and comment (after reading) became very hard.
Unfortunately, so many writers don’t comment on the works of others, and some don’t even respond to the comments on their own posts. I am not perfect either with commenting on the articles of others. Saying something meaningful and related to the topic requires time, and I am not a “great post” type of commenter. I am not perfect either with promoting articles of others. We all rely on Dennis and the BIZCATALYST 360° magical “encore” technology that shares our stories across social media networks.
Should we all do more? Definitely!
The number of commenters compared to the total number of contributors on this platform is very small. Out of more than 860 columnists, featured contributors, and guest contributors, only a small group of people are doing all the commenting work. People just don’t take time to engage. Other social media and publishing platforms also struggle with low comment rates.
If no one comments on your article, it is not because the content isn’t good or no one read it, but because people simply don’t take time to comment.
I accepted that. I will continue to write regardless my writing may not encourage readers to comment.
The audience does matter. Comments from readers do matter. It is important to me that my writing resonates with readers. More importantly, that my words reflect who I am. I write about what’s in my mind and heart and find great joy in it.
Even though the reciprocity rule doesn’t always work, I will continue to comment on other writers’ articles because thoughtful comments benefit everyone: the writer, other readers, and me.
In the past year, I have met many fascinating people here. Some didn’t agree with my always-question-everything approach, but they engaged with my articles, which I appreciate very much. Friendly and civil disagreement is always welcome. Although I have not changed my original position about certain subjects, I learned a lot from conversations with good people who disagree with me.
I look forward to the future and feel grateful for the past year.
I feel I belong here. Thank you, Dennis!