I'm Bloglovin' you, dear Cherdo!In my experience it is fairly easy to attract new followers. You can simply "plant your flag on" (subscribe to) dozens or hundreds of blogs. A certain percentage of those bloggers will automatically reciprocate and follow your blog. However, it takes much more time and effort to attract "qualified" followers, the kind that take a genuine interest in you, regularly visit your blog and leave intelligent comments on your posts. To attract that type of follower you need to have the time and the willingness to read more blogs and leave regular comments on posts. The blog hops in which you are participating also help generate new followers. Having accounts on Facebook and other social media and publicizing and linking to your blog from those sites can also help boost membership. Be careful what you wish for, dear friend. It's easy to bite off more than you can chew. You can quickly become overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the extra reading and commenting and find that you don't have enough time to devote to preparing your own posts or even having much of a life outside of blogging. I have taken my own cautionary advice. I think you are the last new blog friend I actively recruited because I'm nearing the saturation point now. Does any of that rambling help you at all?
Great advice and I always appreciate your input. Originally, this was a question asked of me - and I am really unsuited to answer, so I thought I'd throw it out there. The Flipside is my third blog (I deleted The K-Village Idiot and Simply Joys last Fall; I love a clean slate.). In spite of that, I don't really feel like I am very experienced to answer because many bloggers are looking for very specific audiences or to drive a certain type of content (usually with a financial component). I've never made a living or a profit from a blog. I added AdSense to see what it would do, not because I thought my superior (loud cough) content had $$ value written all over it.So, basically, I embrace the "over 50," on the flipside, do-what-ever-I-want-to-do blog style. I'm exactly the wrong person to ask for input, ha ha. Ranting, laughing, observing the world wide craziness and drawing juvenile-looking cartoons...totally my shtick. Occasionally, I'll look at numbers and go, "Wow...that post got three times the views...weird."The blog hops, connections - heck, even Blogging for Books - are all things I do because I love doing it. I don't read anyone's blog or book for any reason short of enjoyment. I genuinely like these folks and I'm not one to just pat someone on the back for no reason. Thank the Lord, there's plenty of reasons. :-)But, dang! Now that I realize I just got in by the skin of my teeth on the Shady Blog Recruitment is going to give me nightmares. What would blogging be without Shady...and Janie..and Stephanie...and Squid...and Medeia...Suze...Linda... I'm going to stop, because I'll forget someone. Thank you, my bestest blog buddy! Have a great weekend.
You're very sweet, Cheryl. I'm thankful that I found you and your blog before calling off my search.
Move around the blogs and meet people. You stopped by mine and I finally got a chance to come by and say hi, nice to meet you! best way to meet people fast- join the Insecure Writers Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month. It's an online support group for writers! Here's a link, though you can easily google it and find it. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
Thanks, E,S,! I have more than enough insecurity to get me in the door. Score!
I stalk people and follow them till they follow me. I could stalk people more often than I do, but I don't want to follow anyone and everyone and lose my personal connection with my followers. The one thing that made my blog grow early on when I didn't have many followers was that a popular blogger let me write a guest post for her blog. Quite a few of her followers started following me. It was so nice of her to help me out.Love,Janie
Good info, Janie! I enjiy stalking,...er...following your posts! Not too much of a chore to do!
It took me a long time to find my niche, even with the help of bloghops and so forth. Keep writing, Cherdo. Your posts are hilarious. As people find you, they'll have loads of fun going back through your work. And they will find you.
Thanks, Squid! You're the sweetest tenacled blogger I know.
Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,Love, Cherdo