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Monday, 12 July 2010

Food For Thought....

Hi all.

I haven't done a chitchat post in a while but this topic has been plaguing me for a while now so I thought I may as well share it with the rest of you. I really want to know what you all think about it so leave a comment at the end of the post and let me know if you agree, disagree or just couldn't care less.

Does anybody else feel that blogging is becoming more of a numbers game than anything else?

Over the last few weeks, I haven't blogged as much as I have done in the past and I haven't really been keeping up with some of my favourite blogs. This is mainly due to the fact that by the time I get home from work and do what I need to do around the house, it's bed time. Sad as it may seem but it's the truth. However, when I do get a chance to catch up with old favourites and newbie blogs, I feel like it's slowly becoming a popularity contest for numbers.

Don't get me wrong, I love it when I get a new follower or 2. I'd be lying if I said that I couldn't care less. However, I love it purely because it means that someone somewhere has come across my space and seen what they liked so they've decided to follow it through the google reader thingy. Yet, there are some blogs that I come across that are purely after the numbers.

I'm sure we've all been there... We feel like we put this effort into our blogs and would like to know that it's gaining more traffic because people are linking back to it and so forth. However, when I read posts/tweets about how 'so and so' has X amount of followers and nonsense like that, it makes me wonder... Why so bitter?

There was a time when blogging used to be a fun way to share interests and introduce others to things you like and things you don't like. I mean, wasn't that why we all decided to start blogging in the first place? I know it was definitely one of the reasons I did.

What happened to that place? The place where it didn't matter if you had 10 followers or 100 followers so long as you knew people were enjoying what you wrote and could relate to it?
I miss that place!

It seems like the blogging world has become the high school canteen where the big boys play together and the new kids swim around trying to find their footing. Something just doesn't feel right. It seems that instead of working together, everyone's trying to out-do the next person. Whether it be getting a product for reviewing before everyone else or getting invited to an event before the next person, there's always that extra little bitterness to have that one extra follower.

Am I wrong?

Tell me what you think. Agree? Disagree? Not bothered?

I'm not saying that any of this would effect the quality or quantity of someones blog posts but does it make you think twice?

That's enough randomness from my head for one night. It's bed time!

Goodnight my loves and remember to

Walk tall with a swivel in your hips whenever you're wearing your

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14 stiletto lovers had something to say::

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  2. Hi there Amrita! I actually love your blog :)

    Very interesting post... I'm same as you. I'd prefer people to blog about things (okay, beauty for example) for the pure fact that you love beauty, not because it should be a competition!

    When it comes from the love of something I suppose the quality of the posts are of a different standard to those that aren't :) But anyhow! Your blog is FAB :) Keep up the great work doll!

    - Kaushal

  3. Sorry, hit post too soon!

    You're not wrong, lovely. There's a lot of bitterness and envy around, which is a real shame. I got called some horrible names recently, but you know what, it doesn't matter!

    I love blogging, I love beauty products, so a few jealous people aren't going to stop me doing it. I write for a variety of reasons - none of which will matter and/or make sense to anyone else - and when it stops being fun, I'll stop. That's all that should matter to anyone, really. If you like blogging, blog. If you don't, don't. Getting upset and irritated about what's happening on other people's blogs is just using up energy people could be using to work on their own!

  4. I think because I'm still very new to this I don't really know what you mean, purely because this is the only way I've ever seen it.

    But I have found fellow bloggers so so so welcoming to me and trying to help me.

    I hadn't considered that it's all about the numbers. I write because I love to and would write the same even if I had only 3 followers. (all lies, follow me biatches) ;)


    Great post, really enjoyed Reading it x x x

  5. I completely see where you are coming from - a lot of bloggers now just constantly update on how many followers they have etc and holding contests. I completely understand that bloggers want to thank their followers by giving them things but sometimes I feel like they only do it to gain new followers in a short space of time. Especially when they ask people to re-blog about it.
    I'd rather know that people choose to follow me because of what I say, not what I'm giving away :)

  6. I just wanted to say I love your blog. I can see where you're coming from though. I have only just started my blog and I have found it a wee bit intimidating to begin with. I have wanted to do mine for so long and just wanted to have fun. If people like it thats super, if they dont, well so be it. I'm happy and thats fine.

    Keep up your fabulous work chickee...x

  7. Interesting post. I get what you mean. I'm a new blogger and i doesn't bother me that I only have 9 followers. Blog is a like a diary to me. I blog for the very reason that I love what I'm doing, and to have followers is a bonus.

    Keep on blogging! you have many loyal followers! :)


  8. Totally agree with you on this one.

  9. "There was a time when blogging used to be a fun way to share interests and introduce others to things you like and things you don't like. I mean, wasn't that why we all decided to start blogging in the first place? I know it was definitely one of the reasons I did.

    What happened to that place? The place where it didn't matter if you had 10 followers or 100 followers so long as you knew people were enjoying what you wrote and could relate to it?
    I miss that place!"

    I'm still in that place! I just shut out anything I don't like, easy peasy! xxx

  10. I do care about my numbers and not ashamed to say so. This is not only fun for me but a job as well. If you get more followers it means more traffic more clicks etc which means money.

    No one cares that cup of jo with her 10000 + followers holds contests or advertises on her blog whats different with us?

    I have been blogging for much longer than most people (5 years) and some people get my amount of followers in a few months but you know what who cares. I am only intrested in my own goodies...

    I do however like and appreciate my followers. I follow back comment etc. :)
    Now lets all forget about everything and just be happy! lol

  11. My blog is for me, and for my career. I look at it that way - I don't mind if I get followers or loose them. Although I DO think that some blogs only care about the numbers and some don't reply back to comments etc so it all becomes a bit one sided.

    Thing is if I did a giveaway and someone won who hadn't really been following the blog then I'd feel disappointed (especially as 9 times out of 10 they'll then leave!)

    I love blogging and looking at other blogs and think it's a great little community.

    x x

  12. Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting more followers... if you have something to say wouldn't you want lots of people to hear about it??

    Of course being competitive and bitchy because someone has more followers then you is not okay... but i'm yet to see that in blogworld!

    & as for those who say they don't care how many followers they have... i don't believe you!!

    Sami xx

  13. Thanks for commenting!

    Looks like we've got mixed views on this which is perfectly fine. At the end of the day, we're all different and have different opinions on the topic in question.
    I said it in my post too but we've all gotten excited about picking up new followers but it's when people take it to another level and only focus on how many followers that they have or don't have is where the trouble brews.

    I've used my blog as a platform for my career in PR so I completely understand that side of it. It helps because an employer can see your writing style and learn more about you that way.

    It's just going to be one of those things where it'll probably carry on the way it is until someone takes it one step too far and makes a blogger stop doing what they love.

    To that person, I say "screw you"! Lol.


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