At this point, the majority of the visitors this blog gets are friends and family. I KNOW most of you. So, I know you’d all like to help, you probably just didn’t know I NEEDED help, or that you COULD help. But yes, I need your help. I need help to grow and build this site into a better place for all of us. Polls are better when there’s lots of votes. Posts are better when there’s lots of comments. I want to hear counterpoints. I’d like my jokes to lead to other jokes. I need to get feedback on my reviews. You have to trust me when I say that a larger community swinging through here will help this place become more enjoyable for everyone.
But I can’t do it alone. Trust me when I tell you that every single thing I can be doing, I’m doing. If I see something somewhere to the effect of “How to grow your blog” or “How to increase traffic”, believe me, I’m trying it.
So here’s how you can help me in my efforts.
IF YOU LIKE A POST, SHARE IT ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
Essentially, this is the modern version of a friend telling a friend. Don’t worry about “spamming” anyone – I mean, god, people post all kinds of crap on their Facebook pages. And personally? I love it. I love seeing the random flotsam of my newsfeed. This person wants to save shelter animals, this one likes old heavy metal videos, here’s a pic of someone fixing up a car. There’s no sanctity to it. All you’re saying is, “hey, I’m enjoying this… maybe you would too”.
When you post to your Facebook pages, you’re helping me to get the site in front of people I would otherwise never be able to tell about it. Listen, no matter how tight we are, our friends list is NOT identical. So who knows? Maybe you’d be the one to bring in a valuable contributor to our community! Or at the least, you’d have another friend you knew who was visiting the blog.
You’ll find the Facebook symbol at the bottom of any full post (not the front page excerpts). Click it and you’ll be guided through the rest of the way.
RETWEET MY POST SHORT URL TWEETS
Whenever I make a new post, my blog automatically sends out a Tweet with a shortened link back to the article. A retweet is a couple of clicks away, and an easy way to share the link to the post with your friends and followers!
If you like visiting here, they probably will too! So help give them that opportunity by sharing!!
SHARE MY POST ON STUMBLE UPON
The StumbleUpon symbol is located right near the Facebook symbol at the bottom of every full post. The first time you use it, you’ll have to “sign up” by creating a username and password and giving an email address. I think, though that this is a process that every internet user is familiar with by now. Once you do that the first time, it’s super easy to hit the stumble button and toss my page into the pool of randomness for new visitors to “Stumble Upon”.
SHARE MY POSTS TO REDDIT
The Reddit symbol is also located at the end of every post. It’s also a site that requires a registration.
But the Reddit community is not random… by posting a link there, you’re putting a post out in front of movie lovers who are actively looking for good write ups to read. The people who come through are interested and motivated…helping me spread the word on Reddit is a great way to help grow our community!
I’ve spoken to a lot of you personally about this, and I’ve heard what you’re saying. You don’t feel you have anything to add. You don’t really have anything to say. You came to read, not write. But I’ll tell you this. No matter what you write. No matter how inconsequential it is, whether it’s “Thanks” or, “Heh, funny” or “What are you an asshole?” No matter what it is you leave for a comment, you’re adding a +1 to the little comment counter by the top of every post “headline”.
FMR has a healthy, active, commenting community now thanks to all the people who are willing to share their opinions. But if all of them were just reading… this would be a really dull place! I encourage you to join in the discussion. Everyone here loves movies, why dont you let us hear what you have to say!
After all of that…. The best person you can bring to the site is “future you”. My goal is to update the site with at least one entry everyday. So if a person were to make the blog a normal part of their surfing routine, and checked back in at the same time every day, there would always be at least one post there they hadn’t read yet. Now. Will I accomplish that? Probably not, but I’m gonna try like hell. And I certainly can’t guarantee that all days’ content will be created equal. But I will be posting frequently, so stop back on a regular basis.
By using the “Sign Me Up” button on the right hand side of the front page, you can get email alerts whenever I post a new entry to the site.
If you’ve made it this far into this post, I want to thank you. It’s not easy listening to a man beg. Believe me, begging’s no fun either. But I believe in what I’m doing here. I have confidence in myself as a writer, and so many people are reaffirming that for me. I’ve seen so many successful blogs out there that I totally know that it’s a possibility for this one.
I’m just going to need a little help.
THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS BLOG SO MUCH FUN FOR ME!!!