Now some advice to new bloggers who want to be followed:
1. I know the feeling. Some of you I would like to follow. Here are some tips: 1. Read some of my posts to see if we really do have common interests. 2. Leave some likes or comments. I follow those to your blog, generally not your “follow” notice or your profile/gravatar. 3. First thing I check is your “about.” 4. Then I read a blog or two. 5. It is important to have something an “about,” a home, and a blog post before inviting someone to follow. Then I decide whether to follow. This might sound harsh, but I don’t mean it to be; I mean it to be helpful. I was lucky to hop into blogging when they offered “Blogging University.” Made lots of friends there.
2. Since WP doesn’t do that now, I suggest getting into somebody’s challenge. That will “put a face on” bloggers interests. Visit the blogs that have challenges. I highly recommend Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers, Becky, Cee’s Flower of the Day, Linda’s Hill’s, mindlovesmisery. That’s a start. Much success to you. Hope you will love blogging. And I hope the person who sent me a follow today which led only to a gravatar and sign-up will add a website on the gravatar, do her “about,” and leave me a like on something. I will probably find a wonderful new blogging friend.
3. If you should happen to just need a large following for the sake of sales or influence, leave me a like and a comment which asks me to follow to help you out. I will check your blog. If I think it is worthy of support, I would be glad to follow just to raise your numbers, but I am really not interested in just raising my numbers. I am happy to just add a friend, or two, or three :>) per week. At that “my cup runneth over.”
Current blogging friends: A special message to you. You are so special to me.
4. I have a question. Do you sometimes get a series of “likes” on eight to ten (or more) of your posts and they all come in in a row that covers one or two minutes? Do you have an explanation for that? I don’t know whether the “reader” really reads and likes and WP is responsible for them all coming in together like that or if someone knows how to “play the game” in such a way as to make me think they are reading me. Short as most of my posts are, I still know they can’t be read that fast. I’m a dummy? 😀
5. Now to the bloggers who read me but never make it known. I just have to “weed out” some of the blogs I have been trying to keep up with. Excellent blogs that I enjoy but “this granny is getting slower and slower” and I cannot keep reading blogs whose writers do not care. Please leave me a like or a comment if you are there.
6. Hey, Hey! Don’t you dare leave me! Some of you are so dear to me. Please don’t leave me. I count on you every day to encourage and motivate me, laugh at and humor me, inspire and teach me, empathize and pray with me, entertain and challenge me! You make this decade of my life more enjoyable than I could ever have imagined.
7. If my blogging friends have other tips for new bloggers, put them in the comments. Might help some folks out. Good deed for the day. 😀