Friday, February 26, 2010

The Followers Dilemma

First off let me open this post by saying Hello, and a big huge welcome to my new followers. I don't know how it works for ya'll but I seem to get new followers in waves, and the past few weeks have brought several new followers my way!

By the way, how cute is this door mat by spoil your pets?

I'm always more than a little surprised that people want to read my random dribble. But I am so thankful that you do, because I have made so many wonderful blog-land friends! :)

So here's my dilemma, when I encounter a new blog one of the things that immediately puts me off is if they have a huge number of commenters or followers. I mean it seems like I encounter blogs with 100's of followers several times a week. 

And if I see that 39 people have already commented on a post, I'm less likely to do so, because I doubt that my comment will be read. I mean I know I wouldn't have time to sift through and reply to 39 comments on each of my posts. 

When I hosted my first giveaway last spring I fell into that blog popularity trap known as the "become a follower for an entry" clause. At first this seemed like a great way to generate new followers, but what I quickly realized was that I wasn't generating active followers I was generating people who wanted free stuff and might never, ever read or comment on another post. In subsequent giveaways I have left that clause out, and I won't start following someone's blog just for a giveaway. If I follow you, it's because I want to read what you have to say.... Anyway, I know that several of these blogs with zillions of followers have so many followers due to all their giveaways. All that to say that I really do believe you follow me, because you are interested in my dribble - although heaven only knows why :)

But what I'm wondering, is do other people feel the same? As the number of my followers grows are there people who feel disassociated with this little blog, because it's not as little as it used to be? This blog is almost a year and a half old... are there those of you who were here at the beginning who feel like you've been lost or forgotten, or that this little old blog has become something unrecognizable? Or am I the only quirky one who thinks about the ratio of followers and commenters to interaction? 


Scientific Housewife said...

I put a follow me clause in my giveaways simply because I want people to at least stop by and see if they like what I have to say. If they don't, they are more than welcome to leave with no hard feelings :)

Keri said...

I agree with you on this one too (shocker!)I do follow a couple of blogs with large readerships because their content is really that good, but like you said, I rarely comment because they already have 100 other comments.

Pilates studios can be pretty expensive, especially when you already pay lifetime's membership fees. My mom and I are taking the reformer classes right at lifetime. I think they are $25 per class, but I definitely would not be able to take them if my Mom wasn't paying.

mrs.mfc said...

Hmmmm.. I had never thought of it that way. I comment on quite a few blogs that have a huge number of comments. However, there are a few REALLY popular blogs that I don't comment on becuase they have hundreds of comments.

Shirley said...

I tend to follow only those blogs I'm interested in because I like their content. I will follow a blog because of a giveaway only if it's one that has content I'm interested in. Like Keri, I usually won't comment if there are already dozens before me.

Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

I never thought of it that way either. I kind of like giveaways because even though I've never won, it has helped me find some great blogs!

AEOT said...

I am definitely with you. If someone has over 40 comments, even if I have something fun to say, I never do. I just don't think they'll care after the 35th or so. I end up reading a LOT of blogs that I never comment on (and will never become blogger friends with) b/c they're huge blogs and while I like them, they have enough going on. I try my hardest to comment on the people who consistently comment back and who I have established some sort of raport with and will then occasionally comment on my millions of others that are in my reader if something realllllllly strikes me. I'd love to have 500 followers, but really, would half of them become internet friends? Probably not. So I enjoy those that I enjoy, comment on the posts that mean something to me, and my life is just as fulfilled :)

I do wonder how some bloggers even have time to establish friendships with others. I can barely keep my head above water with my real life friends, work, life, etc, let alone responding to 100 or so comments a day!!! Perhaps 8 hours of sleep at night is too much????

Practically Perfect... said...

You're definitely not the only one! That's why I love the subscribe feature on my blog - no followers listed! I also tend not to leave a comment on a post with tons of other comments on it, unless I can really relate to something that was said. Not because I don't think they'll read it, but because I'm lazy :-)
And I know what you mean about giveaways. It seems like a way to "buy" followers, which is why I've never had a giveaway that required being a follower to enter (although people can get extra entries if they are followers). I don't think that there's anything wrong with having that clause, but it's not for me.

Kate said...

Awhile ago I tried to get rid of the followers thing but I got a couple of emails/comments saying it was difficult to keep up with my blog (I guess they didn't know about google reader or blog lines). Anyway I try not to fall into the whole "you have to follow to enter" but I sometimes do make it a requirement. This is mostly so I can seem just how many people are actually reading!