The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
I was really not sure if I wanted to do a topic on followers because it’s such a touchy issue. I decided I’m going to do it anyway and see what kind of a reaction I’ll get! Watch me being brave! Lol!
There’s a weird kind of oxymoron with followers on a blog, twitter account, facebook page, youtube channel, pretty much every social media on the internet. Everyone hates people who only care about followers, but everyone (I assume) is happy to get more followers. It’s pretty obvious that people are keeping track of how many followers they have, because there are constantly celebrations of “follower milestones”, like 100 followers or 1K followers, you know what I mean… So if most people are keeping track of how many followers they have it is proof (at least to me) that they care about the number of followers they have and they want to have more!
So why hide that fact? Why pretend that you don’t care about it? I’ve heard many (and I do mean MANY) people saying that they don’t even care how many followers they have, they only write their blog because they want to share their love for books, they would continue doing it even if they only had 10 followers… Ugh! Give me a break! If you want my opinion that’s just a whole lot of BS!
Just a disclaimer here! I am not saying that the love for books isn’t a reason why someone would start a book blog. It’s probably the top reason, actually. But this is mostly in the beginning. And there are more reasons along the way. And I think one of them is getting more followers and everything that comes along with them.
So, back to the point.
Do we just have to hide the fact that we want to have followers? And why? I don’t understand why it’s considered a bad thing to just say that you’re happy about the followers you have and you would really like to have some more! I’m not saying you have to shout it! Or leave “please follow me” comments everywhere… That’s just plain annoying! But why do people say that they don’t even care about followers? Is that really the truth? Cause I’m having a hard time believing it.
So, to put myself out there a little bit, I would like to admit that I do care about having followers. There have been times when I was very obsessed with it (counting them every day and checking if anyone has followed or unfollowed!). This phase is gone now (Thank God!), but I still pretty much know how many followers I have at all times. Give or take a few! I know that this obsession fades with time (as has happened with me and my youtube channel), but I doubt it’ll ever completely go away!
Followers are a huge motivation to keep writing this blog! If no one ever read what I wrote I don’t think I’d bother writing anything. It would feel completely pointless! And I won’t pretend that I haven’t dreamed about having thousands of followers and writing one of the biggest book blogs and making this a full time job! That would just be awesome!