More Personal, More Private

The best experiences I’ve had online come from content I’ve shared on my blog and the conversations it generated. I’m not just talking about public interactions – those certainly offer great value – but, especially about private ones.

You know what the funny thing is? The more personal, intimate or “delicate” a post is, the more the relationship with the reader tends to become private. I have published posts that only received a few tweets, no public comments, but several private comments via email.

Offering a way for my audience to connect with me privately has been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done as a blogger.

At the bottom of each blog post you’ll notice a short note that says, “Do you want to send me a private comment about this post via email? No problem, you just need to click here >>“

Where’s the value?
In private email comments people don’t just simply open up more on a personal level, they also feel less afraid of being judged by others for their thoughts, point of view or language skills – English is not everybody’s mother tongue, if you know what I mean.

Do you find more, less or a different value in private conversations?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, via quick “comment-ready-tweet” @vascellari – or indeed, in a private comment.

Andrea

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