Lets have a chat about followers. Please don't ANYONE think this is a personal attack, it really isn't and I am genuinely interested in people's opinion on this.
Blogging for followers versus blogging for yourself. This seems to be a bit of a hot topic at the moment. I've seen a fair bit of twittering about it and a few blog posts and I really can't remember who said what, it's irrelevant anyway!
Now then, the gist of it seems to be that there are those who think followers and quantities of followers are important and those who think that getting followers in unimportant and that blogging should be about writing for yourself and that follower numbers are irrelevant. Which camp do you fall into?
I'll tell you which camp I fall into. I started writing my blog for myself. I started writing about a topic I love solely for myself BUT, I enjoy writing and I want people to enjoy my blog posts, and I get a little thrill each time my numbers swell a little. I write my reviews on products solely to give my opinion to people, not a great big void of nothingness on the Internet. I don't strive to have thousands of followers, or to be the biggest or the best but I do like to know, like any writer I suspect, that what I'm writing is being read, and especially that perhaps it's helped someone in some way. Perhaps to choose a product, or to not choose a product. I don't understand the backlash towards anyone who is actively wanting more followers, I don't see why this is a problem? Journalists and authors don't have backlash for publishing and hoping people will read?
Then there is the thorny issue of having giveaways to attract readers which, if I am reading the situation correctly is the crux of the matter. Again, I still don't get it? What's the problem? I understand it attracts a load of losers only along with the hope of winning your prize, but they drop away as soon as they haven't won, and with any luck you're left with new followers who enjoy reading your blog, who might not otherwise have found you, and indeed it works the other way too. I had one giveaway at 50 followers, I found some fab blogs as a result of checking out all the entrants (although I found the whole thing so stressful I can't see me having another any time soon...). It's just advertising isn't it?
So what say you? All opinions welcome and respected although I may not agree!
Lets have a heated debate!