While I haven’t been that active in visiting other blogs and commenting on various posts and reviews in recent months, I have noticed certain trends that have me rolling my eyes, raising my eyebrows and in general wondering about the state of book blogging. I want to take some time to address each one and hopefully start a discussion about them. As I have a lot to say, this is going to be spread out over several weeks. Think of it as a modern-day expose on the world of book blogging. I’ve discussed readathons, giveaways, blog hops, rules and reasons to start blogging. This week I tackle the idea of followers.
Followers. Every blogger wants them. To say otherwise would be a lie. Followers are what validate our writings, provide feedback and much-needed support. A well-timed comment can make a bad day a great one. However, followers do not make a great blog. One can have hundreds, if not thousands, of followers and still struggle with making connections with the publishing industry. It really is about content at the end of the day.
I must confess how dismayed I am at the recent trend of doing anything and everything to get followers. In my recent discussions of blog hops and giveaways, it was brought up over and over again by commentators that they felt these events were done with the sole purpose of creating a large number of followers for participating blogs. Maybe I missed something, but when did blogging become about the number of people who supposedly follow your blog and not about the content? Since when does all but begging for followers mean you are successful? As with everything else I’ve discussed, I don’t get it.
Call me naive but I really would rather have ten good followers, ones who stop by all the time to comment and with whom I have developed a great rapport than have 100 followers who sign up just because they hope to get something from me. Am I old-fashioned in this thinking? If not, why are SO many new bloggers so obsessed with followers? What am I missing?