For the next tip, I will be about quality over quantity.
1. The Burnout is Real
2. Death of the Author
3. A Personal Rating Scale
4. The Influence of the Director
5. Say thanks to your lurkers
Before I start, I’d like to report that this blog has 1,700 followers. It’s a big number, and it actually grew in my absence. I think it was playing around the 1200 mark the last time I came here. I somehow got five hundred followers in my hiatus, and I am truly grateful.
I’ve been playing this follower game for a long time now. Here in wordpress, bloggers will follow only if you follow back. They’ll comment if you comment back. You can grow your follower count if you just spam follows to other bloggers. I know some people do this, but I frankly got tired doing it. In my absence though, my follower count grew. Do you know why?
Because of my reviews.
Done and done. I wrote a good review and they decided to follow. Now the next tip is for all the aspiring reviewers and bloggers out there. Don’t worry about the comments. Don’t worry about the follower count. Don’t worry about your blog’s popularity. If you truly have something worth following, then the readers will come.
Most people don’t realize this, but its better to improve your blog than to worry about the follower count. Most people also don’t realize that there are always people reading your posts and taking a look at your blog. Someone out there is interested, but they just don’t follow or comment.
Blogging has its opening high, a wonderful peak and a depressing slope down. At the start, you’d be enthusiastic about everything and you’d eventually reach its highest peak where people are actively visiting and commenting. Afterwards though, the people will stop coming. It’s inevitable. They will stop reading and commenting. You’d soon lose interest, and you’d just feel awful why your new posts aren’t getting any decent views.
I’m here to tell you that someone did read your latest post. Someone is interested in what you have to write. Someone does care. They just don’t comment as much. They just lurk, and these lurkers are the best thing you’d want.
They are the ones that share your posts without any pressure of you sharing anything back. They are the ones that you influence to start their own blog and have them write something about you offhandedly. They are the ones that will occasionally visit, check your old posts, and even get others interested in your posts. The 500 new followers I got all came from Facebook. One really young kid followed my page, then more came until the follower count grew. It grew without my involvement.
I already did my part. I wrote the review, and the lurkers helped me spread the word.
So here’s the fifth tip. Get yourself a lurker. Get one supportive and loyal reader, and you’re set for life.
This post is for you Vixey.
I don’t know why you’re still following me in this journey. If I finish it or not, I just want to say thank you. In fact, I’d like to make a promise. For my 999th review, I’d love the anime to be your favorite one.
Awwww gosh!! I just love all your reviews they’re my favorite to read and I love your style~ reviews broken down in sections, peppered with visuals, anecdotes, and I learn something new about anime and you along the way!
I love when I finish a series on my watchlist and think “I wonder what Pantless thought of this one” and go look up your review to read. Sometimes it’s a review I read beforehand – your reviews can get me interested to watch a show and you’re always careful not to spoil too much. By the time I get around to watching something myself I’ve mostly forgotten anyway so I love to come back and read your review after when I have the extra understanding of having watched it too. And then there is the third thing which is watching something and when I check your blog I find you haven’t reviewed it, I think “oh boy I can’t wait to suggest this to Pantless!”
Anyway you’ve hooked me and now you’re stuck with me!
“The 500 new followers I got all came from Facebook.”
Curious how you know that for certain…
Fb notifies me. I have an FB page. there’s also stats there. my comfy 120ish follower ballooned to 600 plus.
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