Friday's Book Blog Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books. Hop over to participate.
This week's question:
"What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"
This question - the question of what it means to follow a blog in general- is one I have thought about and talked with other bloggers about several times.
I have lost a follower or two at different times. Whenever I see that my number of followers has decreased, of course I always wonder if it was something I wrote/something I said. I don't try to write things that are controversial, but I also try to be honest about my reviews. Lately I have noticed that I have hardly had any comments on my posts, and my stats that show how many visits I have had to my blog are lower than they were a month ago. I'm not sure why, and I am trying to believe that my comments will eventually pick back up, as will the number of visits I get.
I haven't ever stopped following a blog yet, even though there are some blogs that haven't had a post for almost a year now. Eventually I think I should clean things up and get rid of the ones that are no longer active. And yet, part of me thinks that if these people ever return to blogging, I would still enjoy reading what they have to say, even if they have been absent from the blogging world.
I agree with Jen, who raises the question of what actually constitutes being a follower. For me, adding a blog to my blog roll is the easiest way for me to keep track of blogs I continally read. It also gives other people who read my blog a list of other places to visit. The number of blogs I follow - and really read- continues to grow, but there are some that I truly just glance at. And, overall, I am lucky to make a few comments a day.
I would like my number of followers to grow, but at the same time, recognize that blogging is a hobby for me. I have a job, three young children, and many things to keep me busy. Blogging takes a lot of time, and while it is something I enjoy very much, there are other obligations that need to come before this pleasure.
Lately I have become more selective, and as Jen suggests, I will continue to Hop around to other blogs, but look for some that I genuinely want to follow. I am hoping that some other bloggers will see my blog, like what I write, how it is set up, and genuinely want to come back and read my reviews and future blog posts, too.