Excellent tips at Chrys' site! And thank you that you think the IWSG is a great community.I did a post a few years ago titled You Can't Get to a Thousand Followers by Being a Jerk - it featured a couple of my blogging buddies who'd just crossed that point. And look, you're proof, as you are about to go over a thousand!
On MySpace, the more of a jerk you were, the more people read your blog. People flocked to you. I never fell into that--I just wanted to write. I think for some people over there, a blog was the literary equivalent of a reality show--it gave them a platform to show off. Now they have social media for that. They can do the same thing in 140 characters or less!
For some reason, guestblogging never brought me much new followers or comments, because people usually don't like to click on linkydinkies.... I get most readers from celebrity retweets, from Google search, Twitter and sometimes Facebook (would be more if Facebook wouldn't blackmail us to pay money in order for the posts to reach all our followers)
Yeah, you'll see in the A to Z challenge if you participate that most people don't go through and read the other blogs participating. I always make a point to read as many as I can (with hundreds of people participating, we'll never get around to everyone, though!). Doing that last April is how I boosted my blog readers by about 200 percent. If you participate in a guest blog or blog hop and you don't do that, you're probably wasting your time...except for the fun you have participating. It also gets you higher in Google results, for what that's worth.
Enjoyed your interview over at Chrys' place. :)
Thank you, Julie!
I agree with you about Word Press and Blogger; I like the format on Blogger better than Word Press and once you sign up at Word Press, you can't remember your email address from it (I've tried, LOL) so when I try to comment on Word Press blogs, they want me to sign in through Word Press where I don't have a blog, so it gets frustrating at times dealing with it. You gave great advice on building up blog readership. betty
I have a list of passwords--it's ridiculous. I find I have to consult it every time I'm asked to login to comment on a WP blog. I did set up my old WP with a link to my new blog for the few WP blogs I read that require it.
Will sure hop on over and check it out indeed at my feed
love Chrys' blog, will check it out now! :)
Thanks, Beth Ellyn!
I seem to have the unfortunate luck of rarely getting a visit back when I comment somewhere new.Stephanie, I am always impressed by how many followers you have and the fact that you always comment on our blogs! I will admit that when I visit a new blog and see a ton of comments, I usually just skip it, thinking that blogger has so many followers, he/she doesn't need new followers and probably won't visit my blog either!
Bijoux--I have to say that in a case where I'm visiting new blogs (such as through the IWSG sign-up list), most of them never return the favor. Some of them just may not be interested in getting new readers, I don't know. But if visiting ten blogs gets just one or two long-time readers, it's worth it. I usually only comment on blogs I find interesting. If it's someone who posts poetry or long rambling diatribes about political issues, I'm not going to comment because it's just not what I'm interested in reading on a daily basis.
I'm not a writer and I don't have a lot of follower by your standard but It's pretty well as much as I can comfortably handle at the moment. Visiting all my followers' posts is time consuming. I deactivated my Facebook account and now have fewer media to follow. Hugs,JB
Ugh Facebook. It gets to me sometimes. Mostly the people who feel the need to post every single second of their day, including pictures of infected toenails and such. Live your life, people!!! Don't spend it sharing everything with people who just think you're nuts. And there's a woman on my feed who apparently is having marital troubles. She feels the need to post every detail, despite people telling her she needs to work out her troubles online rather than sharing them with the world. I need to unfollow but I'm oddly intrigued as to why someone would do that. People fascinate me--especially nutty ones!
Heading over now! Who doesn't want more readers? :)
It does take work, unfortunately. It would be easier if people would just comment on our blogs because they enjoy reading it!
I read your post on Chrys' blog just now and you gave some great advice, Stephanie! It's no wonder why you have so many followers=)
I'm getting close to 1,000. Probably half of them no longer read, though. I tried using my blog feed, but there are a few people on there who have no way to unfollow them but blog twice a day. If you comment, they don't comment back...so I decided to just drop the blog feed. If I could figure out how to keep them from showing up every time they post a new blog, I'd probably use that to read blogs rather than relying on comments.
Heading over to check it out!
Great post. Lots of great ideas for new bloggers.Have a terrific day. ☺
Excellent interview! Why do people not want to comment? I think that's as much fun as writing a post.
I don't know...they don't get the value of that kind of interaction, I guess. Yet they'll line up to comment on someone's Facebook post about what they had for dinner.
Loved your interview. The warmth and the wonder of the blogosphere enriches my world. An introduction into so many lives I would never have come across.
That is true. I find myself repeating things I read in blogs to people. I'll even say, "Someone said...," as if someone actually told me! The hazards of working from home. I guess that makes you guys my co-workers.
What a wonderful interview! I had no idea how big MySpace really was even though it happened in my twenties ;) So cool you beat Matthew McConaughey!!
I consistently beat Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Matthew McConaughey, as did a few other of the "top bloggers." However--it's important to note that those three would post "I ate a sandwich" and get almost as many views as I did with a carefully-written post! Most of the celebrities who blogged on there didn't really blog as much as post a blog to advertise something they were doing...the only fans who clicked were ones who just wanted to comment, "I LOVE YOU, MATTHEW!" in the hopes he'd see it. (Not realizing his publicist handled his account!)
The idea of followers intrigues me! I started my blog for my daughter to read someday, but once I started getting readers and comments, it became addicting! I obsessed about page views and audience. For awhile I lost track of why I was even writing, and that bugged me. Now, if people comment, they comment. If it only gets 19 views on any given day, that's okay too! (And just so you know, I read your blog because you write about interesting, relevant stuff. Your comments on Pemberley's blog are always appreciated!) xo
Thank you, Jessica! I love that you're creating a diary for your daughter. How cool would it be for us to have something like that from when we were babies (and BEFORE!)?
Lovely post. At the moment I just manage with the 20+ who leave comments regularly so I don't know how I would fare with 900 plus. You're a busy bee, aren't you? :-) Thanks for the tips.Greetings from London.
Oh--very few of the 900 comment every day. I think we all gather followers as we go and some just never drop away. Many of them stopped blogging long ago and don't even know they're following me!
i use to have tons of followers, or daily commentors but it was when i had more time to spend on commenting on their blogs too. now that i don't have as much time i see even less at my blog. it is a struggle. because i love visiting but i have other stuff to do in my life. a constant thorn in my side. i feel pulled in many directions. but then you go to others blogs who never visit and the comment but never a get a response ... i wonder?? blogging and all of it is very confusing. i have tried to get the mindset ...that i do it when i like to ... when i start to hate it will walk away. but i enjoy sharing my travels and thoughts. so??! ( :
I did watch my readership dwindle to nothing during a period when I stopped blogging. It was sad to see it go. Basically when I came back I had to start from scratch because there's a lot of blogger turnover out here. People just disappear from one year to the next as life gets in the way.
Good Post over at Chrys! I could spend hours hopping around, and try to reach as many blogs as possible. Sometimes I feel guilty when I don't get enough time to scan the blogsphere.
Loved the interview, Stephanie. I commented. I did not know you're a former MySpacer. :-)
I am off to check out your post! Sounds interesting. :) ~Jess
It seems people have slowed down in the blogging world - perhaps I have too but I love to post about things that happen in my life, it's my way of journaling so I try to keep it up regardless of my busy schedule. I'll book my blog once a year so I have a hard copy. I really do enjoy reading and commenting on blogs and I do agree its a give and take. If you want readers, then showing an interest in what they have to say is important as well.
Great tips you gave especially for people who do not know what to really do
Happy almost Valentine's. Off to check out the other post :D
I really think you hit all the great points in your post. Getting more readers by visiting and commenting on other blogs is a big way to do that.
I will be hopping over, I just wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog... I totally believe in forgiveness... I have done that many times over the years, you are so right, forgiving someone is more ourselves than it is for them. I forgave him a long time ago... I realized I was still angry with him and when I acknowledged that I knew I had to let it go and move on... I know he doesn't care, it will just make me feel better :)
That was an awesome post. Have a great week.
On my way to check it out! :)
Yes I wonder about how to get more followers all the time!!
Hi Stephanie,I enjoyed your interview with Chrys Fey - very insightful. I practice many of your suggestions. I've been on and off with my posting as life ebbs and flows but I always try to stay in touch with my core group.I'm looking forward to your A to Z post this year.Cheers, Jenny2015 A to Z Challenge AmbassadorTwitter @PearsonReportBlog PearsonReport
I loved and couldn't agree more with some of those tips! I liked learning how you switched to blogger and why you did. You must comment an awful lot if you are going to have all these commenters as well! I especially appreciate readers who comment back, which makes me always happy to stop by your blog. As well as that, I do think it is important to try new blogs every day as well.The community is what I love most about blogging too - I have met some wonderful people in my time here. And blogging consistently is very helpful when it comes to building your own follow list as well. Everyone needs it.
Congratulations to the winners!
Ooh, this sounds intriguing! I'll head right over to Chrys's blog.