I've been blogging for almost a month, and during that time I have done quite a bit of research on the components of a successful blog. Along the way I stubled across a new trend that's swept the blogosphere - "Follow me and I'll follow you."
Now in the interest of building a successful blog I'ms ure it would be much easier to just jump on the bandwagon and follow a million other bloggers and their less than average quality blogs, but that doens't sit well with me. If soemone does follow my blog i want ti to be because they truly enjoy my content. And how would I know if I'm actually doing a good job if people were only following me because I followed them??
Needless to say I refuse to follow someone's blog, or subscribe to their blog just so they will return the favor. Nor do I like to follow blogs built on a foundation of give-aways. I follow/subcribe to 5 blogs. That's it. Every day I read a few, leave comments and when asked I giev my honest advice. And I'm sure I've read close to a hundsred by now if not more. But only 5 have struck my fancy so much so that I just couldn't bare the idea of missing a post, and so I subscribed.
I don't know if this is a good strategy for me in the long run. I'm not sure if even my blog can stand that kind of scrutiny. But I refuse to fill up my google homepage with a whole bunch of blogs that I won't read.
I don't even follow people on Twitter "just because". I'm not trying to start some sort of revolution here. Just wondering if anyone else has rejected the concept of "follow for follow"? Or else what would motivate us to continure cranking out quality material, right??

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Comment by Melyssa on September 16, 2009 at 10:58am
Dominique, I couldn't agree more. I put so much effort into each post that I really want people to follow because they enjoy reading what I wrote. Therein lies the true blogging satisfaction for me. Each blog and post is certainly not for everybody but the beauty is in discovering the ones that are for you. I believe in keeping a pure twitter follow that grows as I discover more awesome friends and blogs. Yeah, I would love to see a zillion followers on my site... but you know what? I would love a zillion readers more!
Comment by Erica on September 16, 2009 at 10:46am
Well, there are pros and cons to the follow me and I'll follow you mentality. You've shared one of the cons. You may have less than good followers and you may follow less than good sites. If you want to maintain a quality network where you only follow a small percentage of blogs and a small percentage follow you, that's fine. If you want to build a site to get a lot of followers because you want to use it for a means of advertising or making money... then, more is better. You are more attractive to advertisers, etc.

I don't mind google following fellow bloggers because I don't actually see any of their blog posts. I'm not inundated with feeds or emails, etc. No harm, no foul... and I like clicking on that little follow button. I only create links or buttons on my site to those sites that I actually enjoy and visit on a regular basis.

Social networking and social marketing has a large facet of just getting seen and heard by the masses. It's really about what your goal is, I think. Thought provoking post though. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Justbeingamum on September 16, 2009 at 7:28am
I totally agree with you Dominique. I feel the same way about wanting someone to follow and read my blog because they really want to, not because I have asked them to. I have 3 that I follow/subscribe to so far, which I enjoy. I don't really have time to read 100's of other blogs, plus you might get the followers but only 3 or so people read it, what is the point in that.

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