I have a confession. One that might not make me look very good. But I am always honest here so, here we go. I was kind of obsessed with the number of followers I have. About the time I hit 500 followers I knew this blog was changing from a hobby into a business/hobby. I checked my stats and my Google Friend Connect followers multiple times a day. I would get upset every time I lost a follower. Really upset. For a long stretch of time my bloggy self worth hinged on how many followers I had.
It is easy to get caught up in it. Companies always want to know about your numbers. Advertisers want to know too. And that was really the only way for me to measure how I was doing.
I have learned a powerful lesson in the last 6 months. I realized it doesn’t matter. Really. In fact, at this point I am kind of scared to grow bigger. For the same reason I don’t want a bigger house. I am afraid if I get a bigger house, the FEELING in my home will change. My home is small but is very cozy and I feel close to my children. There is a lot of togetherness in our home. I don’t want anything to change that. I realize that is a silly and probably unrealistic fear, but I think it. My blog is the same. I feel good when I am here. I feel good when I read your emails and comments. And I worry the bigger this blog gets that I will lose the relationships I have formed with so many of you. Some of you don’t even know that I recognize you. “Oh, hon! _______ just commented again. Her comments are always so kind.” OR “So-and-so linked up another great project, come see!” Yeah, my husband knows some of you too :)
I have learned that the connection you have with the followers you DO have, is what matters. Not the amount of followers. And I mean that 100%. I also believe I have the best, most dedicated followers in all of blogland. You support in good times and in bad. You make me laugh. You share you talents here each week and amaze me with your skills. And I am constantly telling my husband that I wish I could do more for you. I love giveaways, but there is only one winner. I wish I could do something for all of you.
All this being said, I had another follower freak out recently. While I am scared for my blog to get bigger, I don’t want to get smaller either. I found out that as of March 1st the Google Friend Connect gadget will no longer work on WordPress Blogs like mine. The thought of losing followers had me in a state of panic. I know a good chunk of you follow me that way and I would feel like I was losing friends. I have heard 2 different things about it. 1. I won’t lose the GFC followers but the gadget won’t work anymore so I won’t be able to get new followers that way. 2. I will lose the Google friend connect followers
I am going to tell you what I am going to do because the way I read/follow blogs is through GFC. I am going through all my favorite blogs and making sure I follow them through twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and RSS feed. I am also going to try and add a blog roll to my sidebar so that it shows their most recent post (I still need to figure it out with WP)It may be a little over kill, but that is how I am choosing to handle it. I am NOT going to stop following them through GFC because I am hoping that scenario #1 is true and that I can still follow that way. But just in case I will have my bases covered :)
I hope that if you are on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or if you follow blogs through RSS feed, that you will follow my blog there as well. I hope this will be a smooth transition and that I don’t lose any of you. AND if any of you have any thoughts, info, or suggestions I would love to hear. This will affect so many of us. I hope that we ALL have an easy time with it.
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I would love feedback on this. Also, what are your thoughts on Google+ ??? I have a page but honestly I don’t know how to work it. I kind of dragging my feet because I don’t need ONE MORE thing, you know? But I keep hearing how important it is. Hmmmm…….
Thanks for everything you guys!!!