Blogging 101: Follower Trading

I had sincere intentions of posting this on August 24th, my 6 month blogging anniversary, but things got in the way. To be specific, other things that I wanted to blog about got in the way.  So now that I've kept you waiting for nearly a month, I won't make you wait any longer...

I am by no means a blogging expert, and I know I have a lot to learn. You probably already knew this if you've hung around here very long, though. That being said, I have learned A LOT since my first day of blogging back in Februray.  There are certain things that I wish someone would've told me much earlier, but hey, you blog, you learn. So in an attempt to save some of you from making the same mistakes that I made, I wanted to give you a few blogging tips. I intended for this to be one post with a number of tips, but after writing just one tip, I've realized that this needs to be a series. So friends, I introduce you to tip numero uno of the Blogging 101 series.
 
Follower Trading is NOT Cool.
 
There are few things (blogging-wise) that drive me more crazy than comments such as "Want to follow each other?!" Or "I hope you'll follow me back!" or ANYTHING like this. Did I make this realization right off the bat, though? No. I didn't. And I fell into this trap a couple of times. And then one day it hit me. I don't want people to follow me just so they can gain a follower. I want people to follow me because they enjoy reading my blog. Isn't that why we blog? Because we have something to share and because we want people to read and see what we're putting out there?  Most of us don't start blogging so that the number under our "Followers" widget can increase. 

I will say, though, that it does thrill me to gain a new follower. The larger your following, the more validated you feel. I get that. Just be sure that you're gaining followers for the right reasons and not because you're trading followerships to gain them. I would personally rather have 50 followers who read and enjoy what I write instead of 1,000 followers who scroll over me in their Blogger dashboard.

The bottom line is this: Stay true to yourself and remember why you started blogging in the first place. This alone should keep you out of the follower trading trap :)

 

31 comments:

Andrea C said...

Great post! As you know I'm a freshy to the blogging scene, any and all tips are SO helpful, keep 'em coming! :)

xoxo andrea
www.yesterdaystomorrowblog.com

Courtney said...

I love your honesty Morgan. I've been conflicted about this little situation because it inevitably pops up and you just can't follow everyone! Yet, of course it feels good when you gain a follower. Long story short, I love your take on this:)

Alissa Kelly said...

I totally agree!! I have conversations all the time with fellow bloggers about how annoying it is when we get messages/comments saying 'follow me, I'll follow you' or anything like that. It's SO frustrating to me!! You are totally right - I may not have many followers, but I want my followers to want to read my blog. And I celebrate each follower!

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

Kasey said...

such a great post :) I truly enjoy reading your blog posts and am always excited when I see you have a new one :D

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Completely agree!! It feels so good to see that more people want to follow what we write and share but the little statement at the end about "following eachother" or "follow me back" always kills it for me! Thanks for sharing!

Head to Toe Chic said...

You are right on with this one!!! I hate it when people ask 'want to follow each other?' so annoying. Can't wait to see the rest of the series :)

Xo,
Angela

smk053078 said...

Preach it sister! I always ignore these comments and don't even go and look at their blog. Looking forward to more tips!! There is so much to learn in this crazy blogging world! And you are doing a phenomenal with yours!!! You know I stop by every day!! xoxoxo

Sami said...

This is such a great idea! I vote the next topics should be word verification and no-reply-comment emails haha! Those two drive me just as crazy as this one does :)

Whitney @ I Wore Yoga Pants said...

PREACH girlfriend. Love this and love that we both got a little preachy today. ;)

Always Maylee said...

Oh I LOVE that you're doing a series on this! And I totally agree with your first tip. The worst is when they just copy and paste the same comment, "you look great, want to follow each other", haha. Can't wait to read more Morgan! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Anna said...

True that & thanks for the boldness in calling it like it is! Excited for more bits of insight from this series!!!

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

Couldn't agree more... this is such a big pet peeve of mine! Drives me off the WALL! xoxo

Sarah Johns said...

COMPLETELY agree! I'm fresh to the blogging scene and I've noticed this trap and it's super annoying. I'm with you, I'd rather people read what I write and enjoy it than pass over it!

Thanks for such an honest post!

Sarah J.

Megan Wait said...

I agree with you one hundred percent, there is nothing that can depress me more than someone posting a comment like that. I actually want to cry when that happens. And then I feel guilty and click through to the commenter, and it's usually the most awful blog, with those link up type posts all over.

Alexa said...

Ugh I hate that too. One of my biggest pet peeves!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Blogging is not about one's follower count, it's about blog hits/stats. That's what advertisers look for. I don't do the follower exchange thing either. bleh.

Stesha said...

i love this! yes my biggest pet peeve, follow me if you want too, not cuz you want a follower. I follow you because I love your blog and your photography!!

xx

Alissa said...

I haven't fallen for it yet but when I got my first comment on my blog it was something similar and I wasn't about to go down that road. I would rather have 2 people read and genuinely care and like me than 19,000 people who say "NICE SHIRT!" or something like that.

Laura said...

Stopping over from Whitney's (I Wore Yoga Pants to Work) blog. Love your blog...and this post? I'm right there with you. I love when people break out and say hi, or tell me they're new to my blog, but the whole, "Follow me back!" thing is a little cray cray. Usually makes me NOT want to, if anything. But...ah well. :)

soanthro.com said...

Ugh so well said-- comments like that are beyond irritating! I totally agree that I would rather have less followers in numbers more more people who genuinely take the time to read my posts. Thanks for sharing this!!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Very good post! I totally agree. I only follow people that I am genuinely interested in, and you are one of them! I think this is going to be a great series of tips :-)

Treasure Tromp said...

completely agree. great post, girl!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love when people say "I Followed you! Follow me?" and they really didn't even follow haha.

Amanda Raborn said...

My favorite tip of all! Can't wait to keep reading! :)

Amanda
It's an Easy Life

Carolyn said...

This is a tip you don't hear about every day - but it's so true! Back when I first started, I got a few comments like that and just clicking through to one of their blogs, my computer actually got a virus! Not only is it not giving you followers for the right reason, but it cant actually be detrimental to your laptop (a prized blogger possession)...

Jodi said...

I totally agree! But in saying that I can't believe how many followers you have in just 6 months!!

Lily Marek said...

100% agree. I've only been blogging a few months, and the follower trading requests have quickly become my biggest annoyance. I think you nailed it - we all want more followers, but for the right reasons. Great post!

Taylor Green said...

Thank you soooo much for this post!!!! I have wholeheartedly agreed with this concept for a while, and I feel like more people need to embrace it. I LOVE what you said abt how you'd rather have 50 dedicated followers...that's such a great perspective! I couldn't have said it better :)
xoxo

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Ahhh! I get SO annoyed when people do that! I never look at their blog when they leave a comment like that. Waste of my time. I know a lot of people do that and they get a bunch of followers that way but I would rather have someone follow me because they like my blog. Great post.

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

Janna Renee said...

I am RIGHT there with ya girl! This is one of my biggest pet peeves. We all appreciate the followers, but I'd rather have less followers than all puff followers!

Meg {henninglove} said...

you will be doing a word verification DONT post are you? i am about to boycott all blogs that have this up because it takes too much darn time and is so frustrating to deal with when all i want to do is leave a simple comment

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