In the blog world we have people falling in these categories: Bloggers,Followers,Blog thieves & Lurkers,right ? There is one more category called Readers. Now why readers has to be a separate category and these people can’t be included in the ‘Followers’ category ? Good Question here ! I’m trying to answer this ahead…
Off late I have come across many fellow bloggers whining about people who just visit the blog and go away without leaving a mark. Since there are tools and widgets available this can be found out that who visited the blog. And obviously who did not comment. Comments are really appreciated and are looked forward to once the post is published. These people are infamously called as LURKERS.These people want to remain around the blog secretly ! Read about them at Swaram’s blog and Nancy’s blog. These blogger’s have expressed the agony and voiced for the rest of the blogger’s as well.
Thieves exist in this world and everywhere. So how would our blog world remain behind,right ? Yes, we have blog thieves as well. I can’t imagine how one feels when one’s content is stolen…I don’t know since it has not happened with me as of yet [or at least I’m unaware] but I have read people getting angry about it and it’s so natural. You producing something out of your creative stable and someone simply copying it and publishing it under his / her name ! Shame ! Awful ! Read what IHM has to say about this category here. So, these are BLOG THIEVES.
The third category is of Followers. What do they really do? What’s their role in your blog ? When someone follows the blog that means that s/he likes your blog and is interested in reading the stuff you publish. May be s/he shares your kind of thinking or s/he thinks that your thinking gives them a way to perceive the world in different manner or s/he simply likes you ! Either of these and more reason behind a person following your blog ! Check this image which I recently came across on resist.in through FB.
There are blogs who have 1000+ followers but the question is, do these followers really read the posts ? Do they really come to the blog daily and check what’s new up there ? Do they really care to comment every time there is a post for them ? So this is the category of FOLLOWERS who join your blog and increase the number of followers, which we really like, but finally very few turn up to the blog regularly !
So the whole point is no matter how many followers you have,the readership is what matters. I might have 37 followers of my blog, but I know exactly who all come to my blog regularly,pause,read and comment and that too honestly ! That is why I think there is a separate category of people in this blog world called READERS. These people might not follow your blog officially but they make sure,if they like your writing, they will be regular at your blog and read and comment. And comment not for the sake of commenting…but adding their own views to the topic which adds value to the writing of a blogger.
I recently came across a post on fellow blogger’s blog which is,not really,but some what on the lines of followers Vs. readers. And the commentators also wrote well on the topic. And they think like me.. ‘Number of followers does not determine the writing skills. The readers who like reading your blog will read it anyway even if they haven’t clicked that ‘follow’ button !’
Blogging is for your own sake. For your own good and by your own choice. It works like a stress buster / serves the writing habit / to escape the loneliness / to take it out somewhere / ranting space / for sharing your views / etc. etc.
Blog,Read and Follow-what you want to, when you want to and till you want to. But you SHOULD NOT be a sneak thief or a secret spectator !! That’s the mantra !!
Enjoy Blogging !
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