Hello💕! Welcome or welcome back to my blog. (Aka your happy place😆)
I have a different kind of post for today – I’ll be writing about the reality of blogging, and what it’s like behind the screen.💻
I have seen a couple of posts like this on different blogs, and I wanted to share my take on it!
I hope you’ll find this post relatable in some way😉
Increase In followers does not increase your traffic
I honestly thought that an increase in followers, even just 10 could blow up your blog. well the reality was disappointing.
I was scrolling through my posts feed, and I noticed that my older posts from 2-3 months ago sparked more interest than my posts now, it had way more comments than what I get now. I felt like I had many people who actually took time to read my blog, and to actually care then. 🙃
I realized that I had more READERS, and not followers. Now, don’t get me wrong – I still appreciate every single comment or follow I get. Having 1000 followers doesn’t mean all of them read your blog or support you. 😪
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Likes don’t really matter
This is because most people who like your post do it just for the sake of it, just to seem “nice”. The thing that actually matter is a COMMENT. Most of the times, bloggers only leave a like because they skim read– but also keep in mind that some people can be shy to comment, or just don’t know what to say.🙊
There’s been times where I’ve really enjoyed blog posts, and I really wanted to comment something – but at that moment, I just didn’t know what to say. If I said “Great post!” they would think I didn’t actually read their post, and it isn’t genuine. 🤦🏻♀️
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What you read isn’t always the complete truth
I can’t stress this enough, this is all around the blogosphere. Let’s say you’ve read a product review or a sponsored post. The blogger might lie that they love the product just for the sponsorship or… 🤷🏻♀️
And that’s just one example. Let’s say you’re reading a daily routine post on a Lifestyle blog. what you’re reading is just a fraction of their day. they make it seem like it’s a perfect, aesthetic lifestyle – but do they provide every. single. detail of their day? No. They don’t write about their mental breakdowns, or their fights with their siblings. Etc.
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Readers > Followers
Thank you, Maggie for helping me with this segment!💛
This is something that I took a while to get + I wish I’d known this when I started blogging. When I first launched my blog, I would go on different account and follow myself..😬
It was until I learnt that readers are the ones that are important to build a community and make your blogging journey more fun!💕.
Quoting Maggie, “followers are an important part of growing your blog when it comes to monetization, but readers are of greater importance when building a community on your blog”
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Stats can be disappointing
Blogging isn’t easy – creating content regularly, proofreading, monetising your site, socialising in the community, being consistent..etc. Getting views or traffic constantly isn’t something that happens overnight ~
So yes, stats can be very disappointing at times, like when your readers don’t find your blog that interesting anymore..
But remember that you shouldn’t focus too much on stats, if a post you wrote got a lot of traffic, it doesn’t mean you have to create content similar to just that post – write what YOU want to, and not for likes or views.💖
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Thank you so much for reading!🦋
Have a great day and I’ll see you later!