Engaging with your followers
hey! i’ve gotten several questions of late regarding how to get your followers to interact with you, how to get anons, how to connect with people on here, etc.
(for my tips on how to gain followers, go here. it’s linked through another blog because i accidentally deleted the source post lmao)
anyway, the gist of it is that it’s just a numbers game. the more followers you have, the better the odds that someone will see it and like/reblog/comment. and it’s really all up to the followers, anyways. there’s no magic formula, but there are some things you can do that will help!
-reblog multiple times. the more people see your stuff, the more chance they’ll interact with it.
-engage with the community. leave comments, leave asks, open a discussion. don’t be afraid to start a conversation! we’re all just people, even the bigger blogs, and (positive) attention is rad no matter who it’s coming from or directed to.
-be direct. ask your followers! say, “anyone else want to weigh in?” or “what do you guys think i should do?”. i think one thing that stops people from commenting is that they’re afraid of jumping in with unasked for/unwanted opinions. let people know it’s okay to respond to your posts.
-change up your post times. maybe you’re posting to a time when tumblr’s dead, and nobody sees your posts. the queue feature is very helpful for this sort of thing.
-enable anon asks. obviously if you’re getting hate then keep it off, but anonymous asks are a great tool for shyer followers.
-be approachable. sometimes it’s hard to see how you come off, and you might accidentally be scaring people away. don’t! be! afraid! to use! exclamation marks!!! (seriously, though. irl i’m a sarcastic asshole, because that’s just what i default to. i like ke to think i’m more friendly on here, just because i have time to think about how my words might be viewed and don’t have to react right away.)
-quality over quantity. a few close friends are worth more than a hundred followers (although it’s nice to have both). find a subcommunity if you can.
-be patient. social interaction is difficult, no matter which end you’re on. people care about what you post. (why else would they be following you?) it might just take time to get them to show it.
and for people who want to interact more: i know i’ve said this before, but we’re all desperate for attention here. i promise you, you’re not being annoying. and if you are, nobody is going to be rude enough to say it. seriously, don’t hesitate to talk to me or anyone else. (because people apparently think im intimidating??)
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