I dropped my coffee, scalded the cat, and ruined a perfectly lovely pair of pants.
I distinctly remember when I begged a few friends to "Friend" me on Blogger so I wouldn't feel like an idiot with only my picture waving at me every time I wrote a post. I started blogging in 2005, but it wasn't until the end of 2008 when I began to get comments.
With the massive (210 jewelry designers!) Bead Soup Blog Party hop coming THIS SATURDAY, and all those new blogs to look at, visit, and discover, I thought I'd ask:
What makes you follow a blog????
I honestly think this is important to ask, because traditionally in blog hops, people go crazy and "Friend" everything in sight with no regard as to why.
So why do we do it?
:: Is it to gain followers to our own blogs?
Often, blog hoppers follow every single blog they run across in hopes they'll get a reciprocal follow back. And while this may happen, keep your eyes open -- does that person EVER come back? When you comment on THEIR blog, do they ever acknowledge it?
I used to be of this thought process until I realized I would rather have followers who WANTED to be here. I live to interact with my blog followers. Yes, 95% of them are silent. They come out of the woodwork, though, when I've hit a low point in my life. I can check my stats (a feature on Blogger dashboard -- I apologize, I don't know how it works on other platforms), and I can see how many hits per week my blog actually gets.
|(NOT MY OWN STAT PAGE)|
THOSE are the numbers I care about. Meat on the bone. Not fluffy wool on the sheep.
My two cents when considering following a blog:
:: Look through not just the initial post, but through several posts. That helps you see more of who the person really is.
:: Why does the blog capture you? Its photographic beauty? Its creative posts? Its family feel? Its shared ethics? Its hilarity? The fact that it makes you think? That it gives you design ideas? (Watch it on that last one -- some designers really don't like being imitated.)
|Picture by Brandi Hussey of Brandi Girl, one of my favorite blogs.|
:: Do NOT pay any attention at all to how many followers a blog has. Some of my favorite blogs have less than 30 followers.
:: How to get more followers? For me, it was by reading and making genuine comments on blogs that touched me. You'll find that some won't give you the time of day, and after a while, only a few of those will remain on my blog follow list. Respond to those who do respond to you, be it by their email (their post should have an email, but some will say "no-reply" because they haven't added email to their blog) and some will just be that mysterious person who comments and has neither blog nor way to get in touch. I call this response to them, by email or posting on their blog, courtesy. You'd be surprised how amazingly it works.
These are all, of course, my own opinions. Pick this, toss that. I just wish I'd known what I was doing for the first three years! Eventually, I'll write tips and tricks on blog writing from my perspective, but for now, I leave you with excitement and anticipation for this week's blog party!
Tomorrow I'll post a list of the party-goers, as well as YOUR chance to win a bottle of bead soup! Perfect, since my husband just told me we may get snow tomorrow.
And little sneak peek of my piece -- a hint? NONE of these came from my partner, Susie Hibdon, but for the past six years I've hoarded these long enough.
Yep. There's about five pounds of mostly mother of pearl buttons in there. And after I used what I needed and went to put them to away and tripped over afore-mentioned scalded cat? There's about two pounds of buttons in places I'd have to be a contortionist to get to.
(( hangs head in shame))
So my question to you -- what makes YOU follow a blog?