I think that everybody just wants to be heard.....also it is nice to know that after hours of typing that someone is listening. no worries your not alone. ;)
I agree! Same thing happened to me too.
Having less quality subscribers who visit your blog regularly IS better than having tons of people who "follow": your blog but don't ever visit. However some companies look for blog followers when considering who to give review products too and I've been turned down based on my follower numbers before.
At first, I did not need followers and I did not care much, I just loved what I was doing but lately (Just started in January), I got some sponsors and I honestly want to compensate what they paid me for so I needed more readers/followers. I think sponsors also look at the number of followers. I tried to comment more on blogs. Although I try not to pressure myself too.
If you are just blogging as a hobby, no need to pressure, just enjoy.
That's exactly why I don't blog hop or participate in them. I don't want people to visit, leave some fake comment when you know they didn't read any of your posts so you can follow them. I see newbies do this ALL THE TIME and if it works for some great, but at the end of the day: how many of them are actually reading your blog?
The list can go on and on...don't stress about followers, if your blog looks good and your content is compelling enough, you will have followers in no time.
I agree with this. For me, I don't want followers that aren't going to literally do so... it's a waste of time for me, them and anyone else. I want someone who will come read my blog when I post and give some kind of feedback if they want.
People that just hit follow and that's it just take up space and should be deleted.
Maranda Carvell said:
I think a lot of people confuse having an audience with having lots of subscribers. It's better to have fewer quality subscribers than just a bunch of people following you so that you'll follow them back.
I enjoy these networks and linkies as a way to find new blogs that interest me, but not just to rack up lots of meaningless subscribers. I won't follow a blog i don't connect with, and I hope my followers have the same principle.
"A lot of blogs though NEED "followers" if they have giveaways. I just made a giveaway blog (seperate from my personal) and know that the more followers you have and the more traffic you get, the more products you get to give away! So Im sure thats why a lot of bloggers are so concerned!"
This is why! The more followers you have, the more companies there are that will allow Reviews and Giveaways on your blog *and the better the prizes are*. If you only have 10 followers no company is going to send you their product for free, pay for shipping and send another product for free to the winner and pay for that shipping too, Just so 10 people can hear about their company/products.
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