One of the many things I thought about over the weekend, while relaxing by the pool, petting dogs, and enjoying the Southern California sunshine, I knew what I needed to do.
I’ve said this many times over the course of this blog and on 5 a day with Jay. Yes, I know I’m becoming a broken record, but it needs to be said over and over.
I’m rebuilding the relationship with my fans.
Back when I was podcasting, I had an audience of around 200. That doesn’t sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but when I look my number now, I’m lacking. I’ve had to think why am I lacking and what can I do to fix that.
One word I’ve used over and over has been consistency. Doing this blog every day. Posting 5 a day with Jay on week days. I need to get doing my newsletter to my email group monthly. I need to get my books and short stories scheduled so they’ll drop on time without fail.
Why? Why do I need to be consistent? What is it about doing this regularly that I’m hoping to achieve? What does this do with the relationship between the reader and me?
It rebuilds the trust.
When I disappeared, several times over the past decade, I proved to readers I wasn’t to be trusted. Sure, I put out a good story, but I didn’t put them out in a timely manner. I didn’t keep the content flowing. Why keep following someone who isn’t going to keep their head in the game?
When talking with Tim Niederriter this evening for his podcast, that’s the one thing we kept coming back to. Consistency is key, but it helps build trust with readers.
That’s what I’m working toward. Rebuilding the trust I once had with readers.
I’m off to go make some magic happen
Until Next Time!