Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beauty Bloggers Debate~does the amount of followers make you feel differently?

Posted by Kristen Williford at 7:13 PM


It is time for another Beauty Bloggers Debate post.  It is a fun and unique take on a blog hop where bloggers can express their opinions of various topics.  If you are interested in joining and linking up, check out Wonderland Beauty, which has become one of my favorite blogs.

This weeks topic is about the number of followers a blog has and how that makes you feel.  And I have a feeling there are some people that are going to hate my response, but I really do not care since this my honest opinion and it is my blog.  What can I say, I am a rebel of sorts.  I actually enjoy reading blogs that have fewer followers, and by that I mean anywhere from 0-500 (and that is just an approximation).  In my year of blog reading, they actually have better content and content I care more about.  Their blogs seem much more honest and personal to me.  On the other hand, bloggers that have tons of followers come across as the exact opposite.  They seem to post a lot less and do not put in as much effort in what they do post. And don't use being busy as an excuse. I took 16 credit hours, am active in two organizations, have a job as a writer and take care of my family. I still find time to post nearly every day because my blog is like my baby and I am a proud of it.  It is an extension of myself.  They seem to care more about gaining even more followers and fame rather than care for the actual love of blogging.  It is much more of a popularity contest than anything else.  But I suppose that is the case with almost anything.  I do not want to sound hypocritical because my number of followers has grown a fair amount in the last week do to participation in blog hops, but that is not all I post.  I still do product reviews and other kinds of posts.  I do want to gain more followers and become more well known, but that is not why I started blogging.  My blog is my passion and creative outlet for both my love of the beauty world and for writing.  I would do it if I had a million followers or 0 followers.  It seems to me that a lot of blogs with a ton of followers have are just out for the popularity.  And bloggers with fewer followers seem to put more effort into their content.  Another thing I have noticed is that bloggers with more followers have far more knowledge with constructing a website, etc.  While this is a great skill, it should not be an important factor in whether a blog is successful or not. And it does not grab my attention.  Guess I am a content person.  Now, I am in no way saying this is true for all blogs with a ton of followers, or blogs with minimal followers.  I am simply stating what I have observed in most cases.  If you seem to love blogging and post often, I will follow you and enjoy reading your posts.  Ultimately, the number of followers will have no influence of me, but I do tend to be wary of blogs with 1000 or more followers.  Another huge thing that influences me is grammar.  If a blogger cannot form a sentence or spell, I will not give their blog a second thought.  I don't care if they are the most popular blog on the planet.  God, I hope not. If the world comes to that, I will go insane.

Sorry if I got a little winded, lol.  Once I get on a roll, there can be no stopping me.


Shalini Srivastava on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM said...

I agree with every word you said here ... but to an extent number of followers or growing number of followers make me feel responsible towards the content I post, reviews i do as that will positively or negatively affect them. Also Blogs with huge number of followers sometime or other become over-dependent on sponsored products and thus end up writing 5star reviews about them.

Mish on May 17, 2012 at 3:24 AM said...

It is pretty true and pretty annoying. I do believe bloggers with a smaller amount of followers post more because they're trying to promote their own blog and enforce more traffic whereas bloggers with around 1000 followers post less because they already have their followers so they feel secure with posting less. Just a theory. xP

Rebecca♥ on May 17, 2012 at 4:13 AM said...

Great response, I seem to take note (subconsciously) of how many followers people have, but I haven't really thought about whether it affects how I think about their blog. Anyway, great response - really enjoyed reading it:) xxxx

Kristen Williford on May 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM said...

You bring up two good points. I do get a little nervous about a review I post will impact followers, especially as a I gain more. And the last point you bring up is excellent. I have noticed that a lot, too. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your opinion.

Kristen Williford on May 17, 2012 at 6:35 AM said...

This is true, too. I hope I never get like that because that would be a sign that I no longer love doing this.

Kristen Williford on May 17, 2012 at 6:36 AM said...

I never really thought it about either until I saw this post. Apparently I had more of an opinion than I realized, lol. But I am happy you enjoyed reading it =)

aly7 on May 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM said...

Thanks for participating!

I agree that it is all about content & spelling for me, and I don't care how many followers someone has. I still follow blogs with 1000+ followers, but not alot and they have to REALLY be something special.

Thanks for saying that My blog is a favorite of yours, that means so much to me! I put a lot of work into my blog, and I thank you SO MUCH for noticing it!


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