Not caring about stats doesn't mean not caring about followers - DISCUSSION -
March 9, 2016
I've never been one to be afraid to speak my mind. In the blogosphere though, I felt like I had to hold back a little because I didn't want to offend anyone. Then I reminded myself of why I started my blog: to have a little corner of the Internet that was mine and mine only, where I could share my thoughts on books and everything bookish.
So with that in mind, I finally shared a discussion post that I had been thinking about for a while talking about why I hate the "US only" label. A lot people commented and I'm glad because I realized that some of my frustrstrion was about stuff that no one could control. Now, I know that topics like that are effy in the blogosphere, but I don't really care. I don't mean to offend anyone but if nobody talks about it, how can we try to solve any problems that might exist?
With all of this said, I am back today with another discussion post: Not caring about stats doesn't mean not caring about followers.
I'm writing this following something another blogger mentioned. I don't remember who it was or where I saw it, but I want to make it clear that I am not attacking anyone, simply explaining myself since I'm one of those "I don't care about stats" people. And yes, I still do care about my followers.
You see, when I started my blog back in July 2015, I knew I wouldn't have a lot followers at first, but I was still constantly checking my stats to see how many page views I had, or if anyone had posted a comment. I liked knowing where my blog was at. But after a couple of months, I still had close to zero comments and followers.
That's when I stopped caring.
Call me selfish if that's what you think of me, but I started this blog for me. I repeat it: for me. Of course I also wanted to meet people, but the original idea behind it was to find a new hobby and to share MY thoughts on everything and anything bookish. Yeah, it was a bummer to see that I had almost no followers. That my post didn't get comments. But I realized that it wasn't important. What was important was that I kept on doing what made ME happy, which was writing post, reading, and talking to the few good friends I had met online.
Now, the fact that I rarely look at my stats anymore does not in any way mean that I don't care about the people who follow my blog! While I might not care about the amountof people who follow me, I DO care about each and every single one of you who read my blog. The three person that read it at the beginning, the people who take the time to comment... I appreciate you so much! Hearing that people enjoyed what I write, or even that they disagreed with me like my last discussion post makes me so happy! It lets me know that I was the source of a reaction, of a train of thought that got someone really thinking! And I love knowing that!
I try to take the time to reply to every comment I get, to comment back on everyone's blog too, because I want to show my appreciation. I want to engage with people, which is the point of commenting, right? What I am trying to say here is that while I blog for me first and while I don't give a shit about the numbers, I care a hell of a lot about the people. Knowing that something that makes me happy can make someone else feel something, it's the best thing in the world!
I hope no one takes this as an offense as hurting people is never my intention with any of my post.
I'm the eighteen years old Canadian book blogger behind this little blog. I write honest reviews about YA books and your occasional adult fiction, and I like to share my love of reading through discussion posts and more!
Have a lovely day! -Sophie