Quality Vs Quantity

I am talking followers here, do the numbers really matter? I keep seeing posts on how to improve your blog and how to get more followers and it has me thinking about mine.

When I started blogging it as for a number of reasons, obviously as I was working on Queen of Ages (still heard nothing back from Legend) it was to get my name out there as had been suggested to me by a few people.  It was also a way to practise my writing skills and try new things.

I hoped rather than expected that a few people would read and was amazed by the fact that people decided to keep coming back.  For a while I like so many new bloggers became obsessed with checking my stats thinking that the number of followers I had or hits on my pages was what I needed to validate my writing.  However somewhere along the line that all changed.

I realised that it was not the numbers that mattered but the quality of the followers you accumulate.  I have been lucky enough to gather wonderful people here at my blog (if you are reading this it obviously means you!!!!)  I follow blogs where there are thousands of followers yet if I read a post a week late there are no likes or comments.  I know lately I have been lax with my own commenting and reading yet I nearly always hit like just to let you know I stopped by (usually something I cannot hit like on means you have had bad news and I will comment instead).

Blogging like so much else in life seems to be an example of you get back what you put in, I try to make my posts interesting and let you know what I enjoy on yours and for me that works.  Would I want a thousand people to hit follow and never return…no!

I wonder occasionally about the motives of some bloggers, some of you have books to sell and we get that and might even want to buy them but as a reader I want to know about you aswell, twitter is the worst for people who follow so you follow back only to receive message after message asking you to buy  their book.  If I win the lottery great I can buy them all but most of us have limited budgets bring your book to our attention by all means but don’t follow only for the hard sell.  Sorry for the twitter rant, there back to blogging..

We all have had fair weather followers on our blogs those who come and follow without ever reading a post to lure us over to theirs, some are worth the trip but many treat their own followers the same way never replying to comments or acknowledging they exist.

Overall I think the answer is if you aren’t happy with your own blog then change it, but if you are stick with it don’t worry about the masses who have yet to find you be thankful for the great followers you have who visit like and care enough to leave a few lines, and if more find their way to you great.  Just remember quality followers will always be better than numbers on a page.

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53 comments on “Quality Vs Quantity

  1. I rarely check my stats, and I have over 200 followers but only 30 or so like and 20 or so comment. I’m not here for stats, I’m here because of boredom.

    Laugh, cry, live, love, befriend, hate, argue, debate, banter… I follow around the same amount of people who follow me. Actually I follow nearly everyone that follows me. I know my blog isn’t the usual criteria for some, but they comment when the post suits their genre…

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  2. All very true Paula 🙂

    I’d much rather have a few followers who I actually engage with on a regular basis 🙂

    What really annoys me is people who never reply to their comments on their blog. I follow a few bloggers who don’t follow me back and they never even bother to reply to my comments on their blog. I think I may have to do some de-following soon 😦

    As regard Twitter…..ARGH! I don’t auto follow, but I do follow a few indie authors who I don’t know. What really gets up my nose is their constant RT’s advertising their friends books! I may have to do some de-following on their too lol 😉

    I think I’m in a crabby mood this morning lol

    Xx

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  3. I’m totally with you Paula, quality over quantity. It is a strange community, this blog thing, with many different motivations and goals that people put forth. I think the stat collectors are short-sighted, as in some cases it’s an empty sort of victory, likely short-lived. Your rant is awful polite actually – but well taken.

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  4. You have got some very interesting point here to make, Paula. Well done! And in particular, I totally agree with your point on Twitter. Totally. 🙂

    I initially was humbled and super-excited when some ‘superinspirational gurus’ came up and followed my Twitter. I was enthralled! And I thought, how on earth my Tweets are good enough for them to follow me? And when they Retweeted my Tweets, stuff like, “Nothing is more imprudent than giving up our passion in the hope of a better life.”, something short that I don’t normally share in WordPress, I was happy and humbly thanking every one of them, saying, “Thank you very much for retweeting. You are one generous soul, many blessings and much love to you, 🙂 Namaste, Subhan Zein.”

    Some replied, some didn’t. And then a couple of days later, when they found out that I had been adamant not follow them, then surprise surprise! I found them not following me anymore, and then I realized: aha! 😉

    No drama, and no offense is taken. It’s just another lesson of life and for that I learn something.

    Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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    • I no longer follow all blogs or tweet followers mainly because my inbox would be even more overfollowing but I always try to at least visit and check out their page or account and if I really like them I follow some i bookmark to go back to at a later date. It seems like so many people are looking for short cuts to building an audience without building a relationship with them and it is sad because they miss out on the best part of blogging which is the awesome people you get to meet.

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      • Thank you, Paula. You’re totally right. It’s the relationship that counts more than the audience-building.

        Blessings to you,

        Subhan Zein
        #PS: Sorry if I haven’t been a really devoted follower of yours. My thesis is due soon, been really busy, and I’ve been camping here in campus, LOL, just to get it done. But am trying my best to read yours. 🙂

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      • I have over 2000 posts waiting to be read so I am guilty on that count but like you I visit as many as I can and at least hit like to let you know I called by. I would say good luck with your thesis but I am sure you don’t need it just remember to take breaks to eat and relax so you dont burn out 😀

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      • I am burning out, actually. Now I am procrastinating by reading blogs, hahaha. Thank you for your kind wishes, yes, I do need luck. Anyway, take care and many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

        Subhan Zein

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  5. So true, I became a bit obsessed with stats and actually, it mainly made me miserable. I mainly blog because I really enjoy it and I would much prefer the interaction with a smaller group of like-minded people than a long list of voiceless ‘followers’ 🙂

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  6. I don’t look at stats anymore really..I agree, that is something I did at the beginning of my blogging days. You are a terrific writer Paula and long may you blog!

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  7. I was thinking the same as you when I read your title: the number of followers feels great, but it really comes down to a core group of readers that read regularly.
    I try to keep up with everyone I follow, so as time goes on, I tend to click Follow less often, since I would just get bogged down with new posts. Thus, I feel very honored when someone with a lot of followers of their own decides to follow my blog.

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  8. So true. I have met some really wonderful people through my blog. It is fun to interact and help one another. Sometimes by an encouraging word or just simply a smile. I always try to reply when someone comments on my blog. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated.
    As for Twitter, well, I do put my books on there, but I intermingle my posts with bits of poetry, quotes and thoughts of the day. I don’t want people to think, oh here she comes again with advertisement.
    Thanks for the post. It was very thought provoking…

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    • am glad you enjoyed it, I don’t mind people plugging their books I even retweet when i see friends post theirs but the ones that really annoy me are the ones that send you a direct message over and over again about it

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      • Amen. The only way I direct message my book is when I am asked. I get so many annoying direct messages. Have fun blogging is my motto. Some of my most viewed blogs have been just random musings. Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Sound advice Paula and on the nail! If I stopped blogging tomorrow the thing I would miss the most is the banter! I love the interaction far more than any stat and some of the comments have me crying with laughter (yours included).

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  10. Hi Paula…
    1. You have a great looking blog
    2. You’re spot on about twitter. Some folks on there are great, but if you just talk with them over twitter, it’s all about everyone wanting the same thing. You buy my book?
    3. You’re also right about comments. I have about 1,500 followers to date, and don’t have all that many comments, really. Likes, yes, comments, no. Folks just dont have the time, I guess, if they’re skimming all the sites they want to in the time they have.
    4. Just keep putting out good contact, stay active, get on some sites like facebook and goodreads, and plow the road. The numbers will come.
    5. Oh…and say hi to your newest follower 🙂

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  11. I really really like this. It’s so true. I’m guilty of this very thing. It’s one of the reasons why I contemplated on deleting my online account where I posted my fictional stories. But this had made me realize that I am very lucky and grateful to have the followers/readers that like my stuff. This was very inspirational, Paula! 🙂

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  12. stats smatz…i never look. don’t care about them. i didn’t start blogging to see if i could build a stat library. i’ve built a friend library instead and i love love love the comment threads more and more. they bring the posts home! how’s the queen feeling btw? better? holding the head up easier now w/o the mane? loving it? you should be, you rock it!

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  13. I love your outlook – I’d rather have a handful of people to converse with on whatever topic I’ve posted about than a million followers who never bother to read what I’ve written.

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  14. Blogging is about social interactions. I’ve been blogging longer than I’ve been seriously writing, and maintaining a healthy relationship with those who read me (and that I read). I enjoy the simple interactions more than getting people to read my stuff. But it is nice to know that people like reading what you wrote.

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  15. Hi Paula
    Thanks for bringing up a subject that’s been much in my mind but I haven’t quite been brave enough to face head on.
    I started a blog because someone said if you want to be a professional writer it is an essential way of getting your name known.
    Well it hasn’t shown any success on that score so I think motives must changed along the way or I wouldn’t still be here. Maybe the motive to continue is different from the motive to start?
    It has become much more a matter of friends and fun.
    The downside of this is I no longer feel justified in treating it as part of my working day!
    I certainly aim to acknowledge any comments anyone is kind enough to leave me but it is likely to only happen on Fridays likewise I’ve set email notifications of blogs I follow to be received on Fridays. I know where to find those of you who post several times a week if I find a few spare minutes at other times.
    A flooded inbox was a terrible distraction and I probably missed stuff I really needed to see amongst stuff that could quite well wait for another time.
    Never done facebook or twitter despite a marketing friend telling me last year that’s what I needed to get my book ‘out there’. From what you all say I think I’m glad I didn’t. As it is I have a boxful sitting under the study table and I indulge in little fantasies of dropping them through random people’s letter boxes.
    If I could transport all the stuff I’ve learned from fellow blogger the last few months back a couple of years or so then I’d probably have done a lot of tings very differently. But hey, I actually believe there is a reason why we take the path through life that we do – it just might be a long time before we discover what it is – if we ever do.
    Someone once told me that the slightest little thing in our life that we barely register might be a huge turning point or milepost for someone else.A throw away comment can really set someone thinking and hugely impact their life decisions.
    I think that is probably why I keep going. Mostly anything any of us write will be quickly forgotten but something might be meaningful or helpful to someone, somewhere one day. We live in hope.

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    • I think fb and twitter are great if people are thoughtful when using it and I know that as self published authors need to push their books it is natural they should use them that way but it is constant and in many cases has the oppposite effect to the one they intend. I think the proffessional writer thing is something that will change the way you blog once it happens after all a successful book will bring more followers but I am enjoying my blog for what it is right now not worrying about what it should or coulld be as for your box of books have you considered donating a few to your local library or college library or even local reading groups or book clubs word of mouth is just as important as tweeting or posting 😀

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  16. The thing is I lost confidence and stopped any attempts at promotion when i discovered an embarrassing typo.And have spent months more or less trying to forget the whole incident.
    It’s just the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking well, I know the editing left a lot to be desired (long story – won’t go there) but it still contains thoughts I want to share.

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  17. You are dead on in much of what you say. I think we all start for different reasons. The followers issue is strange, I rarely check my stats I don’t think I really care. I care more that people read and engage. I don’t worry about what others say my blog should be, it is what works for me meaning it goes the direction I go on the day I write. I might make it prettier soon, but that is just to make it easier to read.

    As for the follow vs. followers, I read who I enjoy reading and don’t worry about whether they follow or read me. This is one of the rants I have read more than once recently.

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  18. As you know, I have posted about this very issue on my blog. I still get people ‘liking’ my posts but never commenting. They’ll like half a dozen, one right after the other–and you just know they’re not reading them because my email notifications show the time my posts were liked, lol. But I have made my peace with them all, and I don’t bother even looking at their sites to see what they’re all about. I simply would rather spend that time and energy on real bloggers who give a damn.

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    • I am guilty of not always commenting but I do only hit like if I have read the whole post, I have had people hit like before it even shows as finishing posting my end lol which is quite spooky

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  19. i’m finding your post to be very true. I would rather have my regular followers like and comment on my work than new ones. Especially the ones that have been with me since the beginning. They are the ones who’s likes and comments I most treasure. 🙂

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  20. Morgen Bailey tells me that you liked my story ‘Doubt’ on her Flash Fiction Friday blog; thanks. I’ve enjoyed this post of yours on blogging; am looking into reviving my own; haven’t touched it for ages, but am now inclined to get it going again. Thanks for taking the trouble to read my story. I’ve had six published this year, having discovered that there are outlets for the kind of thing I write.

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