A relationship between our readers and us is a critical one. Many times, however, we get it all wrong. There is always another, different perception when we are readers, than when we are writers.
Some items in this list might seem obvious, while others cynical, but they’re not. The truth is, if you knew these 50 things about your readers and used them to create magnetic content, then you’d gain their loyalty and earn their trust. The better you understand your readers, their thoughts, their worries, their wins, their challenges, the better you are at serving them.
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Here are 50 Things Your Readers Wish You Knew: About themselves, their dreams, their pains and their anticipations. Some of them actually do shed some light on what you need to know about yourself that can help you create better content for your audience.
- I don’t care if you’re writing about Rocket Science or Artificial Intelligence, just make me feel something.
- I am not always busy; so ensure that your writings are more interesting than the Cartoon program I was just watching, less I’ll never forgive you.
- Your introduction is what gets me to the next paragraph or out of the site.
- The sexiest appeal to your writings is you voice. I don’t like when you become generic, or sound like someone else I might know.
- I’d rather you use the same word over and over than substituting the right word for a simile that is way off. No, seriously.
- I don’t need you to be perfect; I need you to be honest.
- I am currently struggling with something under your niche; if you can wave a magic wand I’ll be forever indebted to you.
- Sometimes I decide whether to stay on your blog or not, based on how you respond to the other readers’ comments.
- Word lengths are abysmal to me, I’ve read 10,000 words long blog posts, and I’ve scanned through 500 words long posts. If you are enchanting and magnetic enough, I’ll read you to the very word.
- I am getting smarter every day; you need to up your game.
- I’ve been scammed before; can you get me to trust you?
- I hate cluttered houses, I’ll visit but I would be gone before you know it.
- I would stay a little bit longer if you would lead me to another magnetic read at the end of the post.
- I don’t like it when you guarantee something I know it’s universally impossible. Even if it worked for you, just allow me to anticipate the possibility that it might not, for me.
- Too many options and I would opt for the X-Button.
- You’ll never understand what I am going through, but at least act like you do.
- It’s a love affair babe; always do what you say you would.
- I struggle with consistency, I like it when you don’t
- Whenever I click on an Ad, I never come back. Only send me away when it’s really worth it.
- Give me a reason to mention your blog when am with my friends talking about sports, and not earn hot slaps in the process.
- Write as if you writing it only to me, it makes me feel special. For a moment I’ll forget that probably two million other readers are reading the same thing.
- I believe I deserve more than I am receiving, even when am not paying a damn dime for it.
- I admire your language mastery and prowess, seriously, but can we make it more a conversation than a show off?
- I understand when you don’t have anything to say, find a way to give me a pat on the shoulder even when am two worlds away.
- If it’s important to me, then pretend that it’s important to you as well.
- Some of the things that turn me on are shocking statistics, a great analogy well told and small instances of honesty and vulnerability.
- If you exaggerate your income reports, can you also present them as true financial reports for your tax obligations?
- It’s not just business; it’s love, it’s trust, it’s results.
- I do have a past that kinda relates with yours. By sharing your story, you make me feel connected.
- I don’t mind sponsored posts, but can you at least let me know that it is?
- I do let you get away with lies occasionally, but don’t you ever think I am stupid.
- Sometimes you just need to ask
- Your writings sometimes make me feel I am being taken for granted. It’s the worst feeling in the world.
- I like bettering myself, I thus feel indebted whenever your new post proves better than the previous.
- You don’t have all the answers; can you let me know that from the word go?
- You sound much better when you immediately eliminate very trash adjectives from your copy and I ‘quickly’ fall in love with your writings
- Be direct and avoid flowery language, because trust me, dear reader, I believe from the bottom-most part of my heart, that I wouldn’t be troubling you if I ask you with total humility to stick with the obvious simple and off course clear language to just get to the damn point!
- I get bored by passive sentences. This is already boring. Stick with the active voice whenever you can, because passive voice bore people, and that was not quite boring!
- I don’t like plain rice. Add some artistry to your writings to make them relatable.
- You lose me when you start rambling; I mean why mention Middle East as a problem when talking about Blogging Challenges?
- You sometimes send me to the dictionary, and I don’t like it, unless the post is on “100 New Words You Should Know.”
- I don’t know what school taught you, I’m just looking for a solution that’s well presented.
- Common knowledge is common, I already know that, so don’t include the obvious to your lists, unless you can’t help it.
- I just read another post similar to yours before I came here. What’s in for me here, that wasn’t in for me there?
- I am really desperate for a solution more than am willing to admit.
- Long blocks of texts are like lullabies to me. I am a visual human babe, always remember that.
- I like scanning through, make it easier for me to do so.
- First work towards earning my loyalty, and I will willingly buy your premium products
- I am thankful more than am willing to admit, simply write on.
- I know it’s crazy, but I sometimes feel all these things at once.
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Victor is a content strategist and specializes in SEO, Email marketing, long form and data-driven contents. He loves seeing people win and helps small online businesses to create contents that convert. He is the founder and content strategist here at The Penny Matters.