Friday, November 5, 2010

It's Friday... Let's Blog Hop

Book Blogger Hop

I decided to change this week's post up due to the question posed by Crazy-For-Books!  This weeks questions is "What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"



I am going to answer this questions honestly and directly.  Hopefully it will all come out right... I currently have a big headache!   I hate losing followers.  It is not that it hurts my feelings or anything, it is that I generally appreciate each and every follower I have.  Everytime I log into my blog and find I have a new follower I smile and get so excited!  I feel that by having a new follower, I hopefully made someones day, gave them a slice of enjoyment, a good reading suggestion, or maybe they just enjoyed the look of my blog.  Regardless I love my followers!  I love the comments even more!  I understand time restraints so I am not under any illusions that someone will have time to read my blog everyday.  I certainly do not have that kind of time to give to others, so I don't expect it in return.  I do however go through my dashboard with the handy updates of postings and click on the post that interest me.  Again, not all of my followers will be interested in all my post.  My blog is very versatile and mixed.  I try to make sure and include something for everyone. In short, I think about my followers when accepting review material.  If I am unable to review a book for any reason I attempt to get a guest reviewer, interview the author, offer a giveaway or any other post that will enhance my blog for my followers and also help the author promote his or her book.  I am who I am.  Just as in life, you will like me or you won't.  Its fine.  Not all personalities or writings styles mesh.  They weren't meant too!  I hope you follow my blog or any blog because something about it sparked your interest.  I welcome any visits even if you can't visit every day or even every week.  Generally I just appreciate my followers and the time they can give my blog.

I do feel that there are also issues with publishers- not all, but some who are only interested in blogs that have high followings before allowing you to review their book.  It has nothing to do with your reviews or how many people actually take your review advice, its just a number because they feel more people will see it.  I don't feel that is necessarily true.  Chances are if you have a HIGH number of followers you have either 1) major giveaways and rare content or 2) Been blogging for awhile and gaining each follower one at a time with lots of hours and hard work.  I rarely see anything in the middle.  This makes avid readers and reviewers want a higher following so that they can review books they LOVE.  Do I want a ton of followers just for these books? No.  I don't feel that would serve my purpose, but I sure wish they wouldn't look at a statistic I cant' do anything about....

In short.  I have loved and lost.  I try not to leave others but if there is no content, just ads or stuff that doesn't pertain to  me, then sometimes I have to cut the cord.  In general I only follow if I intend to keep following!

 Thanks for Hoppin!


8 comments:

  1. Hi and happy hopping day!
    I just found your blog through Parajunkee´s FF and now I´m following you! :)
    I also love my followers and I´m always grateful and excited about comments, but I also know that not everyone can stop by everyday! I also have other obligations except blogging, so I don´t manage to stop by all the blogs I want every day, even though I would really love to!
    Anyhoo, have a great weekend!

    Christine
    @ Reading on the Dark Side

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  2. I'm always a little bummed when I lose followers but make every effort to
    turn every lost follower into a learning experience so I can improve my
    performance.

    On the flip side, I only stop following people when they give me a reason to
    such as being totally off message or being too controversial in an negative,
    over-the-top way.

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  3. Who are your favorite authors??

    My favorite authors are:
    Maeve Binchy
    J.K. Rowling
    Stephenie Meyer
    Charlaine Harris

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed reading your reviews and am following you (and on twitter --@amillssews)

    Annette@The More You Read ...

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  5. Hey! Thanks for stopping by on the hop! I'm your newest follower. Have a great weekend!

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  6. thanks so much for the comment i am enjoying blogging ALOT thanks again XD

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  7. I thought what you said about publishers passing up blogs with fewer followers to be interesting -- sometimes, I wonder about that, myself.

    Happy Hopping!

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  8. Hello,
    I'm making my rounds on the Blog Hop and Follow Friday too say hello and share the love. I really try to be a faithful follower that visits often but I don't always have the time to comment like I should. I hope you have a spectacular weekend and Happy Reading.

    I'm a old follower.
    Romance Book Junkies

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