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The Simple Reason Why Your Readers Don’t Support You (And What To Do About It)

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This simple trick can make a difference.

When I shared Surf’s Up! Support Your Favourite Writer This Summer a few days ago, I got this public comment from a fellow writer:

Guess I’m not good enough as a writer to merit a coffee. I’m no one’s favourite writer (…) I regret opening my own ko-fi account.

Apparently, the Medium Gods heard us and send me a story by Kristi Keller in my feed: Don’t Be Surprised When People Aren’t Supporting You.

I couldn’t agree more with Kristi.

According to Kristi, when it comes to getting supported by your audience, you have to keep in mind:

  • people don’t actually know what you do, what you offer, or what you want from them.
  • we can’t assume anyone knows anything about what we do unless we’re bold enough to point it out and go for the ask.

Here are Kristi’s tips to get supported by your readers:

If you want people to know what you offer, make it obvious.

If you want them to buy something from you, ask for it.

If you want them to read something you’ve written because it may be helpful, ask them to.

Don’t assume that what you want should be obvious to everyone. We’re all wrapped up in the spin cycle, we have no idea what’s going on outside our own machine.

The worst that can happen is they ignore your ask, and that’s fine. They were ignoring you anyway!

By asking her audience to buy her a coffee, Kristi already gained 15 supporters on Buy Me A Coffee:

Kristi Keller’s Buy me a coffee account
Kristi Keller’s Buy me a coffee account

While I was reading these great tips by Kristi, the writer replied one more time and stated:

But my profile been up for a while, I’ve blogged some posts and nothing. (…) I’m never going to be an official top writer, earn more than $20/month or have anyone buy me a coffee.

My friends and family don’t really support my writing; why would complete strangers?

Based on Kristi’s recommendation I checked the writer’s profile.

I scanned her latest articles about the supernatural, mass shootings, scandals, happiness, and winning the lottery but couldn’t find a link to her Ko-Fi profile OR any other Call-to-action (CTA) such as…

  • ✅Follow me on Medium!
  • ✅Buy me a Ko-Fi!
  • ✅Join my Medium newsletter!
  • ✅Become a referred member!
  • ✅Let’s connect on Twitter!

So, I ask you, dear reader, when reading one of this writer’s stories, would you know what to do NEXT?

❌No, you wouldn’t!

I think it comes down to the question:

What’s the worst that could happen f you actually ASK for something?

Answer: Someone ignores you or says no.

But you’d never know unless you asked! People don’t always know what you want.

They are too preoccupied with their own lives and easily distracted by other interesting stories and writers.

Introduce yourself to the community of strangers

✅What I love is that the writer introduced herself to the Medium community (of strangers) a few weeks ago in June 2022.

In this way, strangers can recognize commonalities, be inspired by others, become friends and follow each other.

About Me Stories is the perfect publication.

According to owner Quy Ma these types of stories tend to become the most-read stories in your content library.

Pin your About Me at the top of your profile.

Hint: My friend and student Dawn Smiles started the ABC’s of me challenge. Come join the fun!

Final Takeaways

Be direct. Use a Call-to-action (CTA) at the bottom of your stories, in your About or bio.

It never hurts to ask if it’s within reason.

As long as we allow the other person to say, “no”.

This way you can become someone’s favorite writer and get supported.

Do you feel supported by your readers and do you ask them for something?

© Kristina God


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