There are a ton of talented people on WordPress. I cannot possibly follow all of them. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my Reader feed as it is! I have my favorite bloggers that I actively seek out and then I try to get to as many of the others as I can.
Then there are those awesome people that come along, commenting on my posts and maybe following me. I try to visit as many of these people’s blogs as I can.
I always feel just a little twinge of guilt if I don’t follow someone back that was kind enough to follow me. That’s just the way I’m made.
Following someone will depend on several things.
One is Content of course. If your blog is about the internal workings of car engines or square dancing evolvement in the 20th century, I probably won’t follow you. Sorry, just not my cup of tea. Also if your blog is too overly political for my tastes (there is enough of that in the real world!), I probably won’t follow you.
Another factor for following someone is the Quality of their blog. We writers and readers are kind of Word Snobs, if you will. If I’m looking at someone’s blog and there are a lot of misspelled words or grammatical errors, I have the same reaction I would if reading a book with that kind of content. To a Wordsmith, this kind of thing drives us batty. I will put the book down in disgust. While reading all I can concentrate on are the errors, not the story. So if your blog has a lot of errors on it, I probably won’t follow it.
Now this might sound silly, but sometimes the Appearance of a blog can make or break it. I’ve come across some people’s blogs that about make me dizzy with the look of them! There is either too much clutter on the page or too much happening for me to get to what the person’s blog is even about! I get away from it as soon as I can because the appearance is so objectionable.
Begging. You know what I’m talking about. You get that comment out of nowhere that says they like this or that and “please check out my page and give me a follow at: my blogsucks.wordpress.com” I HATE these! The majority of the time, they are not even real. They never really looked at your content or followed you. They are just trying to get as many followers as they can.
I’ve talked about the reasons I Won’t follow someone. Now let me tell you some reasons why I Will follow someone.
Quirky– If you have quirky content or an offbeat sense of humor, I’m hooked. I’m a sucker for the unconventional. (You know who you are!)
Beautiful-If your blog is filled with beauty, I’m sold. This can be anything from heartfelt stories, to poetry, to photos.
Heart-There are blogs that I follow that do not follow a “theme” at all. I don’t. But these blogs have heart. These are people that put their heart and soul into every post. You can see it and feel it when you see them.
Connection-There are bloggers here that I’ve followed from day one. Some people have come and gone. But I have a connection to these people in one way or another. This is harder to define. These bloggers found a way into my heart from the first post.
There you have it. To follow or not to follow. That IS the question.
Do you have specific reasons to follow someone’s blog?
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