I’m telling you now: it’s probably not going to happen.
As I write this, I am following 771 blogs. Some of those blogs post more than once a day. Many of those blogs have also been inactive lately. But I still follow well over 700 blogs.
I like learning things, so I follow a wide variety of blogs. Many of them I have found on my own, but many found me first and followed. So I looked at their blogs, likely found something interesting, so followed back.
But my Reader is overflowing. Many days I just skip over more posts than I care to count because I don’t have time (I have 2 toddlers who laugh when I say “naptime” and my older one sometimes runs when I say “bedtime”).
I’d like to say this post is about how I’m busy, so I won’t be reading as much or following as many blogs.
But it isn’t.
And maybe I’ll sound disgruntled.
But I’m not.
Many bloggers follow me and never seem to return (you know the feeling. It probably happens all the time to you, too). Sometimes it’s because they stop blogging. Many times I get the feeling they’re a large blog just trying to grow their following, in which case I only follow if genuinely interested.
But sometimes it just feels like someone trying to simply build their following. Which I get. But, please, if you expect me to read and follow, then for goodness sakes do the same! (Though if you follow by email and only read me in your email, I’d love to know as I doubt those reads are counted as a view, so my stats would not be accurate, but are all I have to see how many people read my blog.)
I will continue to follow blogs I am genuinely interested in. But I will not follow blogs who follow me and then never seem to read me again. Unless I find it interesting. I simply won’t follow just because you follow me.
Fair warning: if you follow me in the hopes I will follow back, odds are good I won’t. I enjoy engagement. I enjoy knowing people respond to what I write. I am going to be more selective about who I follow because I genuinely want to engage with them and if I get the feeling you’re going to follow and then vanish, I’m not going to follow back unless I truly love your content. I really don’t want more than 700 blogs filling my Reader and email any time soon.
I’d rather have 10 faithful followers with whom I can engage than 1000 followers who barely give my posts a passing notice.