- We write because we want people to read it. Otherwise we would write in a private journal that no one would ever read.
- We like to talk about blogging
- We love gifs.
This post was absolutely 100% inspired by Ashten's post yesterday.
Go read it now.
............Okay, so I'm assuming you've now read it and you're all caught up. While she made several (and i do truly mean that. several!!) good points and gave some seriously great and honest advice (seriously, this is not me blowing smoke up her ass) the thing that really made me think some big thoughts was in her first tip. She said -
Anyone can be a “follower” but it takes good, consistent content that creates READERS. Personally: I’d rather have readers over followers.
I read that and I almost shouted YES at the top of my lungs.
There IS a difference between a follower and a reader.
I'm guilty of it too! I follow several blogs on GFC or BlogLovin that I only read once or twice a month (or uh... never). I also follow some blogs that I read every single time they post and I comment frequently. AND THEN sometimes I still read their post every single day and I don't always comment. It happens.
Here's what I know. Let me spit some facts at you..
I have some readers who comment consistently on my blog posts. I recognize these people. I notice these people. I've formed relationships with these people. They are some of my readers.
I like those people. For me, that's what this blogging thing is about.
I see things like Steph and Katie (update: speaking of this bloggy friendship, check out katie's post today), Whitney and Erin, Allie and Brin, etc, etc.. And I mean how could you NOT want that? These people who met through blogging and found their best friends. It's fun to read about it and they all started by being each other's readers.
It's easy to get caught up in the number game.
Number of GFC followers.
Number of BlogLovin followers.
Number of Twitter followers.
Number of Instagram followers.
I get it.
I'm not saying it's all bad. Lots of good comes from some of those numbers for a lot of people. I'm also not saying that wanting to grow those numbers is a bad thing. Heck, I wouldn't mind having a few more hundred followers. I am saying that it's easy to get caught up in those numbers.
Wednesday Conversation Starters
- Where do you stand on the follower vs. reader discussion?
- Do you always comment after you've read a post?
- Are you following me on BlogLovin, Twitter, and Instagram? HAHAH
- Is the 2nd "L" in BlogLovin supposed to be capitalized.... Or nah?