Really interested in a discussion on legitimately growing your readership. A lot of this follow-follow back game is strictly about increasing numbers. Unfortunately, a lot of the bloggers who engage in these reciprocating programs don't actually keep up with your blog posts or engage with you on social media. So many bloggers are very interested in what you can do for them rather than how we can share resources.
My question is, what do you do to legitimately grow your readership with sustainable followers?
I need to know this too. I am in the very early stages and I am doing the follow / follow back thing for credibility to outside readers I guess, but it is very slow moving
Agreed, the follow you/follow me is only about increasing your numbers, not based on actual subscribers who actually read your content. I guess this is fine if numbers are your only concern. I started my blog to influence those like me, I want actual readers, a community. I engage with those who write and post content that is inspiring and helpful. I comment on blogs, making sure that I read their blog posts and make an honest comment. If I enjoy what I am reading, I tell them why. Substance. When I get comments on my blog, I respond. I retweet others posts, on Fridays, I dedicate my posts to others, celebrating them. I hope this pays off!