So, most of you here, reading this are also bloggers here on WordPress, or at least you are linked to WordPress. You also are highly likely to have explored blogging and decided to start a blog either here or you have migrated here from some other platform, and Kudos to WordPress for developing a user-friendly platform for bloggers to get started on! After two years of writing here, some things have become apparent about the styles and whims of many bloggers, however one thing I have noticed with this blog is that the reasons people follow are as varied as the individual.
This is, in no way an expert opinion, (after all it is only an opinion), nor is this a comprehensive list. So here are what I see as the top 10 reasons people follow a blog… or at least this blog… I think, in order from least likely to most likely.
10) While performing an internet search for an unrelated item the search engine inadvertently links to my/your blog. This alone is not enough, then they click the link and are so enraptured with your writing they can’t help returning again and again, until they finally realize they can check the little box and follow you and be notified whenever you post something new.
9) While scrolling through the tags list you sneezed and the convulsive reaction caused you to click and suddenly you are on someone’s blog with no intention of being there whatsoever. Unbeknownst to you this blogger is also a pseudo digital genius/hacker who has set it up that if you click on his blog it automatically sets you up as a follower and no matter what you do you are not able to un-follow his blog. Eventually you move to another country and change your name in an attempt to get away, but find that the only sure way to escape is to stay off the internet forever. Later you find that a stranger has moved in next door and has a disturbing compulsion with binoculars, (more on this later…maybe).
OK, this one may have to be shifted to number ten now that I think about it.
8) You are looking for feed back or information on a particular topic and search it through WordPress’ search engine. You find 387,000 posts on your topic and begin to read them all. After about 100 of the posts you forget why you were researching the topic to begin with, but you found a few friends and a great deal on some new binoculars.
7) You find out your in-laws started a blog and you lurk there to find out what they really think about the “no account” that just married their son/daughter. Depending on what they post you set up a pseudonym account and post antagonistic debates about everything they try to say.
6) You find out your son or daughter have started a blog and lurk there to find out what they are saying about their “rents”. Again, depending upon their post topics follow steps above.
5) Leave random comments at the end of their post describing in grammatically incorrect detail how awesome your blog is, in hopes they will come read yours just so you will stop coming to theirs.
4) When the blogger you follow becomes rich and famous you can tell others “I knew them when…” and perhaps even bribe them into giving an in-kind payment to you.
3) You decide you genuinely like their writing and topics and want to hear when they post something new.
2) By giving positive feedback you can make new friends with similar interests.
1) This is the best way to build a network of people who have similar interests or give/get genuine feedback about their/your writing. Giving each other encouragement in this “dog eat dog” world of blogging is a value beyond the effort given and who knows how many other benefits that come along with simply caring about others.