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??