Wednesday, April 27, 2011

discouraged

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so. at the risk of sounding like i’m fishing for compliments, i have to ask.



dOEs tHiS BloG sTiNK?


i guess i don’t understand this whole blog community thing? i love and know most of my followers.

i wish you could've heard me giggle the other day when i hit 10!


but i have to ask….


HoW dO bLOggErs geT hUnDReDs oF foLLoWErs??

what are the tricks and tips?
what is it about the blog that draws people in?
or is it the blogger themselves?


not sure how many people will read this.


i’ve also been posting on quite a few LiNk pARtiEs, commenting on other’s link,
but haven’t gotten too many comments that way.


so any heLP, aDvICe, ConSTruCtIVe cRiTicISm is appreciated.
                       (as long as it’s not a “you suck. get off the computer” type thing)

iF yOu aRE onE Of mY FollOWerS, i appreciate you being in my top 10
i’m following you all back.


if YoU’rE noT oNe Of My fOLLowERs, give me a trial run. follow me and if nothing appeals to you, throw me back into the bloggy ocean.


**sigh** i guess where I’m going with all this is it’s discouraging for me to put what i think are good posts out there that few people are ever likely to see. **sigh again**


sorry for the pity party. i'm not always like this. check any other post and you'll see that
i'm usually a sUNshINe giRL

so let me ask you this.... 
when you read this, please drop me a comment to make my day!   
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14 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm already a follower. Honestly, I have missed your blog for the past few weeks, even though it is in my list on my blog. I don't know why, but I have been slacking in the commenting and reading others' category, so it could just be that.

To answer some of your questions I need to ask some questions. Do you really want a lot of followers just for the sake of having followers? Do you want people to follow you because they want to or because you are giving something away? And what is the main purpose of your blog? Do you do it just to blog about your day, for yourself, or are you hoping to be a money-making Mommy blogger?

I do not have hundreds of followers. I have 50. For me it is just fine for now. Eventually, when my kids are older, I might want to do more with it, but for now it suits me.

When my comments start to slow down it is because I am not commenting enough on other peoples blogs. I find that if I take the time to comment I get responses. I think with every 10 I comment on, I might receive one or two. So if you WANT 20 comments on each post you would need to comment on 200 other blogs.

You are right, there are some blogs that receive hundreds of comments and have thousands of followers, but they got there over time. They also have picked a main subject that people are very interested in and keep their blog fresh and entertaining almost every day. I do not have the time to do that now, but maybe someday I will.

I would say the first thing you need to do is figure out what you want out of this blog. If it is followers then you probably need to host your own giveaway. People can only enter if they follow you. That will get you followers, but the trick is keeping them.

The other thing you can do is find one of the popular Mommy blogs and post a comment there telling people to come visit your blog. I have never done this, but I know people who have.

I have come across some blogs that are a mimic of some of the most popular blogs out there. They seem to have a lot of followers, and commenters (at first) but once people catch on that they are not being real, they lose interest.

I like your blog. I feel like you are posting about your life and not trying to be someone else. For this reason I will make it a point to check your blog every day!

Best of luck to you wherever you decide you want this blog adventure to go! Most important, have fun and don't stress :)

((((hugs))))

sarajo said...

It just takes time. It really does. I've been blogging for 4 years, and am now just up to 50 followers. I don't know how people get the hundreds in a few months. I don't. I think your blog is awesome and just keep going at it! You'll get a bigger following soon!!

Misty ~ Not an Empty Room ~ said...

Interesting question...I have no idea how they get so many....I think it has a lot to do with being featured on a larger blog? I agree with amanda though, is that what you really want? maybe we should all do a "why are we blogging post"?

For me, I blog because it's fun (and frustrating at the same time). My family loves it and I enjoy the creative outlet. I must admit I do check my stats, etc. But honestly, I'm not sure why we care so much...

I "follow" people more on facebook than in google reader. I love when a blog has a facebook button and it shows up in my feed.

I have found that when I spend time commenting and linking, I get alot of traffic, but not all that many comments.

More to the point of answering some of your questions...for me what draws me in to a blog is a personal touch and wonderful, large pictures and an easy to read website design.

For constructive criticisms sake...here are a few things I learned from taking Decor8's Blogging Your Way e-course. I highly reccommend it. (Not that I've got it all figured out yet)

~ try posting larger pictures (don't be afraid of the big picture! lol)

~you want a website layout that is easy on the eyes and draws you in. Personally i love color, but your colorful background is a bit distracting. Maybe something a little less bold? or, just dont have it behind your sidebar so that is easier to read.

~highlight your best work in your sidebar with buttons, pictures and links.

~an about me page with more information and your email address. Make your blog feel like you invited someone over for tea.

I have also found that featuring others gets some good feedback too. If nothing else that person usually follows you back.

All of this stuff can be very time consuming. Currently I've got a bit of free time so I can do all this, but I don't know how I'm gonna keep it up once I have my baby. Kudos to you for doing this and homeschooling 2 kids!

I've got a page on my blog with lots of links to helpful blog design sites and tips on blogging. Maybe that will help you?

http://notanemptyroom.blogspot.com/p/learning-to-blog.html

and now that i win the award for longest comment ever, i will stop rambling. Keep up the good work and thanks for a thoughtful and heartfelt post!

love,
your newest follower,
misty
(can I be in the top 11?)

http://notanemptyroom.blogspot.com/

Misty ~ Not an Empty Room ~ said...

oh, and thank you for following me!
maybe it would help if you blogged about or wrote down what makes you follow other blogs?

seriously, commenting on your post today was really enlightening for me!

Bergs said...

I love this post! I think the same thing all the time. Thanks so much for coming by my blog and for the lovely compliments on the headboard! I hope you'll come by again!

http://gardenberger.blogspot.com

Art For Little Hands said...

to answer your question: No this blog doesn't stink. In fact I just looked through a lot of your posts and really liked what I saw so I am now following you and have you on my blog list in my blog.

I am very new to blogging. Only a month or so. I have been looking at a ton of blogs. I find the ones that look very neat and tidy draw me in. For some constructive critisism, I found that your blog at first didn't draw me in because of your background. I would change that up. This post actually made me want to read more so that I could see what your content was and if that was the problem, but I can honestly say you content is fabulous and your writing nice. I hope you start getting more followers. I am new so I don't have the formula. I am struggling for readers and comments as well. Keep doing what you are doing and I am sure it will come.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Hi there! I enjoy your blog too! To get followers: Keep making comments and suggest them to take a look at your latest post! The more you comment the more you will become more searchable. You cannot just write a blog and expect followers---it is hard work! You have to SELL your blog to others! You need to tell them to take a look! I always look at the blogs of the people who comment on my blog!

Also link up to as many linky parties as you have time too (I've noticed you have done so far and seem to have a linky party now!) Make sure you are linking up to parties in which the audience supports you too! I've linked up to some parties and have never gotten a hit from certain linky parties!

You need to have your blog linked to a fb fan page too! I have more followers on fb than Google! Also , the more you promote others posts the more you will attract more followers too! FB promotes your blog!

Hope this helps!

MamaBug said...

hi...came by from "Fingerprints on the fridge"
I've noticed that lately when I link up to a party, not too many people comment, like they used to. I used to want the really high numbers, too. But now I'm happy if I get comments from the followers I do have.
Thanks for the post - I'm a new follower.
:)

Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

HI Andie!
I'm stopping over from tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com and have been checking things out. I have to say you have a wonderful bloggie thing going on here! Your humorous, insightful, and such a crafty lady!

I've only been blogging (steady) for a little over a month myself and also fretted over the # thing! The way I look at it is, we all want to be like, accepted, loved...etc, so the # thing is just a tangible thing, Wow! I have a new follower...somebody's appreciating it! At fist -nothing, now I have a good bit. But like the others said, it' really nice to have those few who you build a bloggie relationship with thru comments and email. I've stopped obsessing over he # and just learned to live in the joy when I see a new comment!

Your blog is wonderful!
Kim

ritajoy said...

Hello, new blog friend! I just loved reading this post, as you've verbalized something I've been pondering for a long time...How DO people get 5,789 followers??? I appreciate your honesty, and the answers that others have given you have helped me as well. THANK YOU for commenting on my blog today. Someone once wrote to me that comments to bloggers are "gifts"...and you gave me one today! And now, I'm hoppin' on up to be your newest follower! www.harbourbreeze.blogspot.com

rebekah said...

Haha! No your blog doesn't stink! We all start out with under ten followers! I think I was my own first follower! I enjoy reading what other Stay at Home Mum's have to say and what they're doing with their kids.
Come by justfordaisy and have a look around.... I'm following you now! Come follow me too!
I found you via Paint on the Ceiling! :)
God Bless

Sommer said...

This is great you ask this right now because Tammy at Type is doing a series called "Before the Paprazzi" and some of the more experienced blogger (including myself) are doing Q&A's on beginner blogging. One of the Q's is how to attract followers. Go check it out! It runs from yesterday each thursday for 6 weeks.
I will say one thing that I didn't post in my contribution, running a blog with hundreds of followers becomes more than blogging. It becomes a business. You have take the time, market yourself, research and work it. I still love blogging but I do fell now that I am held to a standard for the sake of my readers. It's no longer just my blog, it's theirs too.

Wendy said...

I needed to read this post today! I feel the same way. It's weird to say I want more followers (kind of makes me feel like I am leading a cult!). But, it also doesn't seem worth it to me to spend so much time trying to come up with decorating or craft projects for only 4 people to look at & not even comment on!
Good luck with your blogging! I think your blog looks neat & can't wait to follow & see your great ideas!

Kirsty Whitehouse said...

Just wanted to say that I'm a new follower here. I have been blogging for 7 years now, since my son was conceived in 2004, and I still think my blog stinks!

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