But, now that we're here, it's time to HOP!!! The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books, and every week, we all get to see who's hopping, and visit blogs -- every week, I discover a new blog to enjoy, which is cool. Every week, there's also a question --- this week's comes from Vicki over at The Wolf's Den:
"What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"
Great question! And actually, before I even thought about my own answer, I read what Jennifer had to say -- which was a great, by the way. And this made me think a little about how I was going to answer this question. When I first started my blog, I was happy that I had any followers at all, and I actually still feel that way. I'm not someone who has 500 followers (heck - I don't even have 200 followers!), so I'm just happy that there's anyone out there who reads what I'm posting. However, I admit that when I notice the number goes down, I do feel a bit of a pang --- it's a little hard not to take it personally. However, I understand that maybe somebody out there just isn't liking what I'm posting anymore (or maybe they don't have time, or maybe it's something else entirely). I'm not going to track the list every hour and track down someone who stops following me, and badger them into explaining themselves. On the other hand, I am happy when I see that I have gained more followers (of course -- don't we all?). What I would love to see are more comments --- it's nice to know that someone is reading what I've posted (and I don't need much -- maybe just a few words).
As for the second part of the question --- yes, I have stopped following a blog here and there. Let me explain: When I first find a blog that I think it reallt cool, I add their feed to my Google Reader. That way, I can get a good feel for their blog. If I find I'm reading every post, and commenting, then I follow them. I try not to automatically follow -- I guess I'd rather be a devoted reader & commenter as a follower, than just add myself to their list and not really be that into their blog. I usually stop following a blog because a) the person hasn't posted in a month and seems to have stopped blogging, b) the tone/content of the blog has changed, and I find I'm not reading/commenting as much.
I think that Vicki put out what seems like a simple question for us all this week, but one that I think touches all of us personally. It's definitely exciting to have followers (and believe me, I am grateful for each and every one of mine). I'm interested in seeing what other bloggers have to say in response to the question --- should make for some good reading these next few days!
Happy Friday, everyone!!! And if you're a follower --- thank you!!!!!!!