The Automatic Follow Back: I’ve come across this concept the last few days in my exploration of blogs, and I guess it’s just confused me a little bit.
I was reading a blog over the weekend, I forget which one exactly (I try to catch a few new ones every few days just to see what’s out there), and it was posting tips on how to increase your readership. Now I know that for some people, their blog is their way of life. Sometimes their source of income as well, so readership is very important. One of the tips that this person was blogging about was the an automatic follow back.
For someone who blogs for the pure joy of it, and for the therapeutic release I get from focusing my thoughts and ideas, I find this a little bit strange. I love to blog and over the last few months it has given me clarity and peace of mind. When I find a blog that I enjoy reading, and that the author has hooked me in with their words, I will most definitely follow them.
In pushing that button in the corner of the page, in no way am I expecting a follow back. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those who follow my blog. It’s more successful with 54 followers than I ever expected it to me! 1 follower was a shock and with each additional follower, my shock has yet to decrease. I am so humbled that people enjoy reading my words as much as I enjoy writing them. I think of the blogs that I follow and how much I look forward to seeing new posts from them and only hope that someone out there has the same feeling about my posts. And from those who have stuck around, I like to think that the feeling is there! 🙂
But this concept of an automatic follow back is a bit bizarre. Just because I like what you are writing about does not mean that you will like what I am writing about, and vice versa. Not only that, what about time? I like to spend my mornings checking my blog, reading the posts in my reader, and writing my own post. Sometimes I find it a little overwhelming just with the people I already follow. I can’t imagine for those people who follow like 100 different blogs! Who has the time?! I’d have to stay in all day, every day just to keep up. And then I’d feel like I’m doing you a disservice since I would probably be rushing through your post just to move onto the next one.
I don’t know – maybe I’m being a little silly here. How about you? What do you think about the concept of an “automatic follow back”?