Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How To: Be a Better Blogger [Gaining Followers]

Now if you're a serious blogger, you've probably asked yourself, "How can I be a better blogger?" about a million times.  I love blogging and I treat it as a job (sure I come in late and call in sick sometimes, but you know what I mean) so I ask myself this question at least once a day.  It is a question that even the best of bloggers ask themselves often, which is no wonder why they're the best.

In order to become a better blogger you need to figure out what being a "better blogger" means to you.  To start off you can ask yourself, "Who are my blogging idols?"  We all have different favorites and that's okay.  There is no real right or wrong answer to that question, it just depends on what your idea of a good blogger is.

Now that you've got your idol(s) in mind, the next question you need to ask yourself is, "What makes them a better blogger?"  Do they have lots of followers?  Are they making a living by blogging?  Do they post stunning, Pinterest-worthy outfit photos of themselves?  How you gauge their greatness affects your blog strategy.

**This started off as just one post but it's a bit lengthy so I'm breaking it up into several different posts in order to cover more mini-topics.**

So lets say that your goal is to have lots of followers.  We all want that, right?  But, having lots of followers doesn't exactly mean having a lot of FOLLOWERS.  You get what I'm saying?  No?  Okay.  I've seen many, MANY comments from bloggers who write "Nice post!  Would you like to follow each other?" and then they go on to list their blog and say how they'll follow you back.  And of course you click on their blog and see that they have thousands of followers and start wondering how they got so many followers - until you read comments from other bloggers saying "Thanks for commenting, I'm following you now so don't forget to follow me back!"  Or something along those lines.

That, my friends, is called the cut & paste follower.  A blogger who uses the same comment for every blog they visit just to gain more followers.  Now, you can do that if you want, but I personally don't take those blogs seriously because they're usually just trying to make up in followers what they lack in content.

If you're really serious about becoming a better blogger, you have to put in the work.  No pain, no gain, right?  As a blogger, I love reading thoughtful, encouraging comments from my readers because it allows me to connect with them and vice versa.  Leaving a comment that says "Nice post!" tells me that they probably didn't really read the post or if they did read it and didn't have anything else to say, they're probably not being genuine.  I'd rather read a comment that says "I'm really not feeling this post, try writing about a different topic next time." instead of just "Nice post!"


In order to gain real-deal, genuine, and loyal followers, you have to be one yourself.  Explore other blogs and help other bloggers out.  Leave genuine comments and get a discussion going.  And when people comment on your blog, connect with them and support them on their blogging journey as well.  The more supportive you are, the more support you'll receive.

A good blogger has a lot of followers, a better blogger has a lot of friends.

♥ Duckie.

25 comments:

  1. I used to do Follow for Follows when I was starting out. But at some point i came to this realization that it was really pointless and it just annoyed other bloggers. and it IS annoying to get comments that just say FOLLOW ME FOLLOW ME FOLLOW ME. I'd prefer to read and reply to comments that actually have some substance or show that the person really read what I wrote and enjoyed it! Great post, i totally agree with you!

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    1. I totally agree. now i just follow who follows me. Quality vs Quantity. I totally agree that I rather have friends than followers. It makes my blogging experience so much less stressful. haha. but those who follow you loves you so I know you doing what works for you:).

      xx,
      klee

      kisskissbyklee.blogspot.com

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  2. I agree. I've seen a lot of the same comments over and over again, on similar blogs, where people write the same thing. I always try to point out one particular thing in the post that makes it stand out to me.

    xx Denysia Yu
    http://thatlaitgirl.com

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  3. NICE POST! Would you like to follow each other?? JUST KIDDING!!!! Ha ha!! Seriously, this is very well said. I truly treasure blogs/bloggers that appreciate each other. HONESTLY. Yep...those cut and paste bloggers are out there- can't avoid em.
    xoxo!

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  4. Woo! I agree! I just got this. I am not sure that these followers are real followers. They came , ask , give you a follows and leave , bye bye. No more communication. Even some comes again to ask for a follow for follow. They visit 100s of blogs everyday so they forget that which blog they already follow. Ugh!

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  5. i agree! it's like they never even read your post; just submit that generic comment and move on. no thanks; i want to *connect* with the blogosphere! also, i find that those bloggers don't care to engage you nor do they even respond to your comments/questions/visit your blog etc because it's all a numbers game to them.

    now, that said, follow me and i'll follow back. haha just kidding!

    the one thing that irks me the most about blogging are authors who don't even respond AT ALL to your comments or questions or anything. like they don't eve care. i give new blogs i subscribe to 3 attempts at the most to respond to me before i unsubscribe.

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    1. Kathy-

      I hate that too. Bloggers who have thousands of followers and receive hundreds of comments and they promise they "read each and every one" but then they never reply to anyone- those bloggers annoy me... yet I still visit and support them, ughhh, whhhhyy?? Lol. It's also frustrating when bloggers who are newer with a smaller (but substantial following, maybe 200-300 followers) simply rake in readers but never pay attention to other new bloggers or respond to comments. That too is an annoyance!

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      Amber
      classyeverafter.com

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  6. yay love this! there does seem to be this big focus on numbers, but you're right that having a lot of followers doesn't mean much. especially if none of those followers are reading your posts or leaving thoughtful comments. excited to see what you write about next. i need to take time to focus on how i want to be a better blogger too.
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  7. Wow! I never thought people would do things like that. Really the only thing they're worried about are the numbers? I love genuine bloggers, the ones who answer comments, write about interesting stuff and work hard on every post.

    I discovered your blog today and this is the first post I read, but believe me, I'm staying for a while!
    I'm pleased to meet you! ^_^

    xoxo

    Deborah

    http://borondyspurpleplanet.blogspot.com.es

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  8. Hey Lady,

    I love this post!! You know me a tad by now, and know that I'm newer to blogging, so everything you mentioned, I am taking in and considering. As someone who has been blogging for about 4-5 months, but does not have the biggest support, it's definitely nice to think about the fact that many bloggers have followers, but quality isn't necessarily over prevalent. I've seen lots of comments like, "I love those shoes!" or "Nice top!" and then those one-liners are the only thing bloggers say... and thinking about it, it's nicer to receive a meatier comment then a quickie with little interest.

    That being said, I try to always give meaningful comments, and it is such a downer when those thoughts go unrecognized. I'm glad you wrote this post, hoping others see it and do some thinking!

    Thanks for supporting me!

    xo,
    Amber
    classyeverafter.com

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  9. Well very said, I agree with you to a certain extent :)
    However I do both follow for follow and I keep up with people who are interested in me. The reason I do follow for follow is so I can work with boutiques and stores that offer free items from their collections in exchange for getting a word out about them and they require me to have a big followers number. So, why not?
    I would love to keep up with all people who I follow, besides the fact that there is not enough time to go through them all, I used to actually reach out and comment to as many people as I can but a lot of them don't care to come back and try to have a conversation with me. And that's okay.
    So now when someone comments, whether they follow me or not, I go to their page and comment back. And if they feel a connection with me- they follow and I follow them back. So, I guess it all depends on how you look at this situation, there's two sides to every story :D

    Btw, I love your free and fun spirit on your pictures and they way you express yourself. You are fierce girl, keep it up! :)

    XOXO
    YuliConversationS.blogspot.com

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  10. Seriously though, as cliche as it sounds, Quality over Quantity. I've been blogging for almost 10 years (Oh, Livejournal days) and through those years I have met thee most genuine individuals, most who are my closest/best friends now, and a lot that I still keep in touch with very often. Some people treat these blogs as a competition and a way for popularity...I feel like these blogs are and should be meant for truly connecting with people throughout the world, gaining lasting friendships, etc. Truthfully, all my friends that I've met through the internet are much more REAL than the ones I've met through high school. That's just me, though.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Jessica! :) Totally made my day.

    <3, Char

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  11. Great post girl! It's true, you have to put in what you want to get out of it... much like most things in life. I love the people who leave genuine comments on my blog and it makes me want to form a connection with them, which I've done. I've made some really great friends through blogging and really, that's the best part! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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