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 :)