LIKES AND FOLLOWERS – How much do they matter?

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The answer depends on the purpose of your blog. People blog for many reasons.  I at least see three categories of bloggers on a broad basis. First is the business community of bloggers who want business from their blogs. For the business bloggers, number of likes and followers is a very important matter. Business always measures its success in numbers  and so they have well tested tricks and technics to bring in the necessary traffic to their blog pages. It’s purely technical for them. The second category is of those people who come here for fun and time pass. I assume that they really don’t  bother much about the number of likes and followers their blogs can fetch. And finally, the third category is of people who blog for the love of language and sharing. I include myself in this category. It is this section of the blogging community that gets very sensitive and vulnerable to this number game. We come here for some quality time and interaction, but eventually are lured by the glittering numbers of likes and follows, get addicted to it, and when the numbers dip, we begin to question our own ability to write.  I understand that this addiction is stronger than the addiction for getting likes on our facebook profile photos, because here the like and follow is for our head and heart,  something much more dear and precious than our appearance. If you belong to this sub community of bloggers who are suffering from the number problem, you need to seriously consider this question – How  much does all these likes and follows really matter ? Of course , it is nice to have a big number of likes and followers, but should this be the measuring scale of your blogging talent ?

This category of bloggers seek meaningful interaction. Meaningful interaction is a thing of quality. If you try to measure quality with a set of quantitative tools like the Stats page provided by WordPress , then you will be grossly misled. It really amuses me when someone follows my blog, but does not  ‘like’ the particular post which made him/her to press the follow button, and then never ever show up again, similar to those who send friend requests in facebook and then never interact once their request is accepted. I can even understand those who just ‘like’ someone’s post and move on, but what about those who follow you and then vanish into silence? If you notice, majority of such people will be having huge following and their aim is just to get your attention hoping you would reciprocate their ‘following’ by following them in return. These are business people doing their business, that is all. Such ‘followers’ will not add any value to your blogging experience. Those who want quality interaction should ‘count’ only on those people who comment on your posts, who share, appreciate or constructively criticize the ideas of your posts. That is your true community. What matters to quality seeking bloggers are interaction and the depth of interaction.  And remember, more the quality, less will they be in number. That is the law of nature. It will take time to meet like minded people who are willing to communicate.  So, for now, even if you have just one follower who regularly interacts with you on your blog’s subject matter, be thankful!

Don’t bother about the STAT page. Sometimes the page gives you a trophy, be glad to achieve it, but don’t get carried away. Keep calm and blog on !

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17 thoughts on “LIKES AND FOLLOWERS – How much do they matter?

  1. Wonderful piece and so true, I believe. I hadn’t really thought much about it. Har har, I know where the addiction lies for me- in commenting! I love to comment. I write much more in comments than I ever do in my own blog. A wee bit disconcerting, that fact, but that is where the inspiration comes from. I read a fabulous post, get all excited, and find meself typing vigorously away in a little comment rectangle like this one here 😉

    I definitely agree that it is a lot about the interaction for me. I love to read what people are thinking and to interact with them. I do this in the blog-world and everywhere else.

    Fabulous entry, indeed. So much to draw from it. I love your last line especially, “keep calm and blog on” 😉 Nice to meet you and happy to have found your blog. Best wishes,

    Autumn Jade

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    • Thank you too, very much, for such encouraging words. It’s nice to get appreciations from people we know, but getting it from strangers is a truly beautiful thing. Yes, as you said, interaction should be the real spirit of blogging. That is the purpose of social media – to interact. In fact, the source of few of my blogs here is from the comments section of other bloggers. Facilitating people to know each other across borders and cultures is the human side of technology, and being writers and artists, we should not be missing this point in our quest
      to showcase our talents, which is not wrong of course, if done with the right intensity. In between, I visited your blog… Simply superb! The photographs and the matching quotes speak a lot about you. Thank you once again! Keep smiling 🙂

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      • Aye, the human side of technology, that is what it is; and I think, it is the best side of it. Bringing people together in a positive way, all around the world. I love it.

        Haha, thank you, I am glad you liked your visit to my salty blog. I plan on putting up some original writing, soon. At least, that is my HOPE 😉 I love to read, and I come across so many quotes!

        Cheers,

        Autumn Jade

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      • Salty blog! Reading through your blog gives the experience of walking through meadow in drizzle. I see a great nature lover 🙂 your comments are no less than a full fledged essay. Thank you for inspiring us. Good day and happy weekend 🙂

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      • Har har you are TOO kind. I thank you 😀 I like the idea of a drizzly meadow. Thank you very much.

        Have a dashing and splendid good day, dear friend. Looking forward to reading many more posts of the future, here. Happy weekend,

        Autumn Jade

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      • Am never kind, never harsh. Am just myself, speaking what I feel is truth 🙂 your writing reflect your deep love for nature. Sure, I will keep writing… We will All write… Co passengers on the ship to poetry land 🙂 very glad to befriend you Jade. Take care.

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  2. Love that image – it is so cool on so many levels! Oh right, off topic! I’m a member of an art web site and when there was about to be a competition, I would get this huge influx of friend requests. No problem – except they then requested that I vote for their art work – er, no, sorry, unless I thought the work was worth a vote. Now no one wants to be my friends anymore – ha ha haaa haaaa.

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    • Lol…. I understand well. I too have been through such experiences. 80% of the crowd is doing hard core business here. Thank God there is a small group that does not bother about joining the rate race. Yes, that’s a wonderful shot…. The boys don’t know that they are being photographed and that gives real authenticity of feelings shared between them. The photographer is Kendisan Seruyan. One of my friends in Facebook helped me to find the photographer’s name. Otherwise the photographer’s information is not available in the image search.

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    • Lol…. I understand well. I too have been through such experiences. 80% of the crowd is doing hard core business here. Thank God there is a small group that does not bother about joining the rate race. Yes, that’s a wonderful shot…. The boys don’t know that they are being photographed and that gives real authenticity of feelings shared between them. The photographer is Kendisan Seruyan. One of my friends in Facebook helped me to find the photographer’s name. Otherwise the photographer’s
      information is not available in the image search.

      Like

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