#Sunday Blog Share: Do I really want more followers?


I’m asking myself a question today and sharing it on the #Sundayblogshare

Do I really want more followers for my blog?

Photo credit: gcpsdesire2learn.com
Photo credit: gcpsdesire2learn.com

As bloggers we’re encouraged to increase our follower numbers, aren’t we? If we don’t have followers we’re a failure. Well yes; there’d be just you prattling on to and with yourself. But, do we all want a massive blog with traffic in the unbelievable numbers? I wouldn’t be able to sleep!

No, some of us are happy to plod on with our little blogs and loyal followers. So, why do I take part in such events as the Sunday Blog Share party, as kindly and brilliantly organised by Suzie?

Because, part of blogging is about being sociable.

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Yes, it’s about writing what you want to write about, when you want to write it and on your own terms. If folk don’t like what you write, then they don’t visit you , or they quickly unfollow you.

But, there’s plenty of people out there who do visit you and come back for more and it’s for those people that your blog then takes on a different persona. You owe these people something. They regularly return and like your posts and leave comments. What can you give them in return?

The powers that be insist that it is essential that you must give your readers great content. But, what if your idea of content isn’t that great? Why do they come back for more of your inferior brand of content? Could it be that your blog is actually okay? It could be improved on, but you’re getting there and bloggers are only too ready to get behind their fellow bloggers.

We are all learning in the blogosphere?. Some of us take a little longer and plod along. Others take to it a bit quicker and race ahead.

It’s easy to get bogged down and confused by this strange, but addictive thing called blogging, isn’t it? I know many of us have had blogging crises, just of lately. It gets you like that sometimes. It is after all, a form of writing and since when was writing ever straight forward and easy?

So, do I want more followers for my blog? Yes, I do. But, I want to grow my blog in a gentle and calm manner. Let it evolve over time. As with us all, I will do some things right and will totally screw up on others.

There will be times when I blog like crazy and others when I seem to have fallen off the face of the Earth.

But, I will always try to engage with my fellow bloggers, Twitter  and Facebook friends. Even when time is short and life gets in the way. Because, in today’s society, social media is king. It’s the equivalent of this:

Photo credit: dougsmock.com
Photo credit: dougsmock.com

Only , you can do it in your jim jams, with your hair looking like a bird’s nest. But do it you will. It’s a part of us.

I thought I was past my party days, but it would appear not. And so I find myself on here again today. Taking part in this Blog Share.

Incidentally, you can also follow Suzie at #Suzie81speaks on Twitter. This is one lady who writes some brilliant posts and knows how to give her readers a lot of great content.

I have much to learn!

How about you?

  • Do you want more traffic for your blog? Be honest.
  • Are you a tortoise, or a hare?
  • Do you also find that the blogging block sometimes hits you hard?
  • What do you do to blast away your insecurities, about your blog?

That’s me done for now.

Thanks for dropping by here and have a great Sunday.

Until the next time.

17 comments

  1. I don’t know any blogger who would say they did not want more traffic to their blog. It’s something every blogger dreams about, and providing that blogger acknowledges comments left on posts and visits and becomes part of other bloggers’ communities, then I think it will work for them and an increase in traffic will follow.

    What I don’t understand are those bloggers who follow a blog, never to go back and visit again. I mean what is that all about? My guess is they are trophy hunting and all they want is to build their follower numbers without giving anything back. I’ve come across quite a few on here over the time I have been blogging, and the simple answer is to press the unfollow button when it does happen.

    Great questions, Dorne, and I could go on, but I don’t want to take over this post.

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  2. Very true Hugh. But, it’s also about enjoying the process of blogging and reading other blogs. I have followed bloggers who don’t follow me back. I enjoy their blogs.
    And I will have to raise my hand to not being the fastest to respond to comments on my blog and others… oops! It’s because I get myself in a tizzy with what I call my blog admin. LOL! Sometimes I don’t know whether I’m coming or going on here.
    I going to have to get myself a system… can you buy them? LOL.
    Watch this space for the appearance of an amazing system! 🙂

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  3. I was getting more at the bloggers who follow you (hoping you will follow back) and then never coming back to visit your blog (even though you may have followed them back and left likes, comments, and shared their posts). I to follow quite a few bloggers that do not (and never have done) followed my blog. I follow them because I like their writing, photography, work, or all of it. 🙂 I think it is so important to build a blogging community and to become part of a blogger’s blogging community by commenting, liking and sharing their posts.

    And yes, it all has to be fun. What would be the point of letting it turn you or it into a monster and causing nothing but stress? Providing it is good fun and we continue to enjoy being a blogger, then I think it should be something we do when ever that passion for blogging comes.

    It should not matter when we reply to comments. It should matter that we do reply to them (or give them a like when we have nothing to say back).

    I’m coming off my soap box now 🙂

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  4. That’s okay Hugh… you feel passionately about it and I agree. I can’t see the point in following for the sake of gaining followers. Twitter is the same and some folk actually pay for more twitter followers… why? I like to do things on my own merit.
    And I feel better now about my rather late commenting, liking and reading. I get there eventually.
    What I don’t get is that when I post, invariably my follower number immediately drops. When I don’t post, it slowly rises. Is someone trying to tell me something? LOL!

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    • I really would not worry about the stats thing. Too many of us usually do, and numbers end up becoming more important that writing.

      I get bombarded all the time on Twitter (and Facebook) with requests that I pay to get more followers. I’m pleased to say I would never pay for such services, but it is interesting to follow somebody back on Twitter for them to then unfollow you. Why? Why, do that when the ‘unfollow’ button is still on the page I see? I don’t think these trophy collectors will never learn.

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  5. I agree with Hugh, I follow people I enjoy as well as people who follow me and comment, and I really love it when those twain meet!

    I also love blogging in my “jim jams, with [my] hair looking like a bird’s nest” – which works for reading and commenting, too. 😉

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    • That’s the great thing about blogging, isn’t it? We can go from bed to blog and just get on with it.
      It’s great when people you admire and relate to follow you back on any social media, really. But, with blogging it makes the effort that bit more worthwhile.
      Good to meet you and I’ll be having a peek at your blog too. 🙂

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  6. A great post with excellent points. When I started my blog over 3 years ago (egads!), it was a niche blog with which I got bored quickly. When I started it back up in Sept 2014, and went through the blogging events (blog 101, photo 101, etc) I changed my blog name, expanded my focus and started becoming more passionate. I have over 400 followers now and I follow over 400 (yikes), but it really is all about engagement. I always appreciate @Hugh’sViewsandNews comments and RTs, as well as other bloggers whom I consider loyal (and I’m loyal to them). Do I want 50,000 followers like OM? Nope! But bloggers do need to follow and get followed by new blogs every day to stay interesting (for want of another word) and motivated. Thanks again for posting this; I’m enjoying your blog!

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    • Thanks for taking the time to comment… it’s much appreciated.
      I agree, we do need to increase our traffic to grow our blogs. I confess sometimes I’m guilty of obsessing about the stats a bit too much. It’s getting the balance right, isn’t it? Which is true of most things in life.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying your blog and I will check on you, as well. 🙂

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