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.