The first thing by which a website or a blog is judged is the number of followers or people who’ve signed up for updates.
It is an indicator of it’s online popularity.
But, does it have any qualitative implications? Or, are these just numbers?
There are a lot of tips doing the rounds that are supposed to increase the number of your followers.
One common wisdom is to follow as many people as you can and hope that they follow back. If you follow a 100 people, you can atleast hope for 50 follow backs.
Another piece of advice is to like posts on incredibly popular blogs. It is like putting your poster up in a very big party. You hope that someone clicks on your gravatar – reaches your profile on gravatar.com, where you’ve provided the link to your blog – and then finally reaches your blog – reads – follows.
Today, I’m here to challenge that conventional wisdom. Say, you follow a hundred sites. When are you going to find the time to engage with them, read their work and build relations?
So , all you’ll get is a follow and probably, never hear back from the person. What good is that? Where is the quality in that?
One of the few things a blog should look to develop is meaningful dialogue. That happens when you have a close knit community that reads, critique’s your work and stays.
One of the few difficulties I faced with the numbers going on my blog was replying to comments. Taste of a little popularity!
To be honest, my blog has only developed in the last two months.
I was a relatively obscure blogger before that. But, everything’s changed in the last two months. I’m very satisfied with what I have now.
I’d like to believe that I’ve a close knit solid group of bloggers who read and critique my work. I don’t follow a lot of blogs, say about 35 sites. So it is not hard work to read their work.
This is much better than insanely large number of followers and following them too, but not getting the time to read their work.
However having said that, I know that as the articles grow and the writing gets better, the number of followers will, too. I’m committed to ensure that I read those people’s work who I follow.
Just as I like writing blogs, I also enjoy reading blogs – a wide variety of genres. I’ll continue to do so.
So, all I’m saying is that having a large number of followers is okay, but one must also try to build qualitative following. One must build communities.
So, what makes me write about this today? Well, the number of people who follow my blog has reached 100, two days back.
I’m not hugely excited.
Out of these 100 there are a maximum of 15 who are close knit and read my work regularly.
See what I meant about qualitative following?