3 Reasons You Should Not Immediately Want Blog Followers

By: | September 22, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | 58 comments

3 Ways Bloggers Can Patiently Wait for New Blog FollowersHow many blog followers do you want?

Do you have a goal? A number in mind?

A reader recently wrote, “I would love more blog followers.”

This sentiment is echoed so often that I have written many posts about how to get more blog followers.

Bloggers have expressed concern, disappointment, frustration, even threats to abandon their blogs.

Did it ever occur to you that getting blog followers as soon as you want them may not necessarily be a good thing?

According to Ronovan Writes,

We don’t get the views each day, the follows, the likes. We begin to think no one likes us. We visit blogs and we think how much better our posts are than those. We wonder why no one likes us.

Ronovan’s advice is valuable. “You’re new. Be patient.

Unfortunately, although valuable, patience when it comes to growing your blog can be difficult to achieve.

For this reason, I invited my friend Hilda Solares to write an article explaining how to achieve that elusive but important quality successful bloggers need, patience.

Why Being Patient When Growing Your Blog Is A Must

Ever heard the saying, “Don’t pray for patience or God will send you a test to help you gain some”? Well, when it comes to growing your blog you can’t ask for growth without expecting some growing pains.

This means it will take time for your blog readership to increase. Most likely it will take longer than you anticipated. However, don’t rush the process.

[bctt tweet=”It’s actually a good thing your blog is not blowing up with followers by week two.”]

We live in a world where our culture is accustomed to getting everything fast. We get all our messages, pictures, notifications instantly. We drive-up to a window and get our food in minutes, and God forbid it takes longer than that, because we can also lose our tempers quickly.

Why Having Instant Followers is Not Desirable

  • When blogging for the first time we can easily lose our perspective and think that instant growth is a sign we are on the right track. The truth is that it would do your blog more harm than good if it grew before it was ready to be seen by many readers.

I still cringe at some of my first posts and wonder how I even managed to get any followers. Today, I am grateful it was only a handful who read them at the time.

I know we have all heard it over and over, but it is true your writing only gets better as you purpose yourself to write often.

Let me be clear. I have only been blogging for a little over a year. Although I have seen some level of success, I am a just an itty, bitty fish in a huge ocean of blogs. I still have so much to learn and I know that it will take some time and real patience to see sustainable growth.

  • There are a lot of technical aspects to blogging that can get to be overwhelming, if you don’t take the time to learn them ahead of time. Writing a good post is only one aspect. You need to learn how to showcase it properly and then how to share it to as many media channels as possible and consistently.

I must admit that much of what I have learned has been through trial and error. I also follow and read many blogs gleaning what I can from them. I quickly learn what I don’t want, and then I try to figure out how to imitate what I like. Reading articles on blogging has to become almost a past-time.

  • Did I mention that you must be willing to invest many hours if you want to blog successfully? It can be tedious work. However, if you are committed to the process it will be also be very rewarding.

One of the biggest lessons learned was that blogging was just not about putting your content out. A large part of blogging is developing relationships with other bloggers, this means reading and commenting on their blogs.

If you want people to follow your blog, you must be willing to follow others too. I am not suggesting you follow just anyone, but I do believe they should not all be part of your niche. When you are willing to engage with those that might not share the same interests, it will expand your thinking. This helps in stretching the way you see things, and this will enhance your writing.

I have to admit that it took me by surprise that genuine friendships can be developed among the blogging community. Today it is this community and their encouragement that keeps me in the game when stressors come.

Conclusion

The biggest advice I can give you is to be patient and make learning a way of life. I make an effort to learn something new about the blogging world at least once a week and then try to implement it in some way.

Be willing to fail. Don’t expect instant success. I have had a few articles go viral and that’s fun, but I am grateful that they did not go so viral that it shut down my blog. Frankly, I am not ready for that type of growth yet.

In the meantime I keep moving forward and wait patiently as I stay the course and keep learning.

If you are trying to grow your blog readership be encouraged. If you continue to write and are consistent, eventually your blog will gain the readership you desire. Patience

truly is a virtue, especially when it comes to blogging.

Displaying new profile pic.jpgHilda Solares is the founder and owner of Fittoservegroup, a community that encourages people to be whole in spirit, mind and body. From debilitating diseases to health and wellness.

Her journey has impacted many to take a closer look at their diet and take control of their health.  Interviewed at 90.9 Life FM and featured at The River Cities Gazette.  Find her blogging at www.fittoservegroup.com or volunteering at her church Word of Faith Global with her husband Randy.

Me again: It is human nature to want more than we have.  However, when it comes to having blog followers, more is not always desirable.  Hopefully, with Hilda’s advice, we can achieve  what is desirable, patience.

Readers, please share Hilda’s guest post.  Perhaps if they could read her article, it would give bloggers a different mindset when it comes to having followers too soon and enable them to be patient.

If you would like to guest post for Mostly Blogging, click here for the instructions for submission.

Do you have any questions for Hilda?  Any comments about her article?  Do you think patience is elusive, or do you think it can be achieved?  Do you think it is possible to change the perspective of new bloggers in order for them to hone their craft before trying to rapidly grow their following? I look forward to your views.

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  1. Juana G at 3:57 am

    Excellent post, and so true! I have been blogging for nearly a year, and I also cringe when I see some of my earlier content. It takes effort and practice to craft a clear, concise, and relevant post. Blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s about web design, marketing, networking, and photography, even. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s fun to create in this way.

    Thanks to Hilda!

  2. Leisel at 4:10 am

    I would have to agree with this. While I’ll be happy to eventually have scores of followers I’d rather hit personal milestones first. Right now I’m hovering at ~600 total followers. I can manage this; I can handle the traffic. My next goal is to reach 500 followers on FB alone, then 1,000 total followers. Then… we’ll see. I don’t have a timeline for when I plan to achieve these milestones, but if I can hit the FB follower mark by the end of this year that would be amazing.
    I am not a social person and I have to do this gradually or I’ll be more likely to make a life-sized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fondant shell to hide in. (Yes, I’m mostly kidding.)
    Leisel recently posted…Poké Ball Candy PiñatasMy Profile

    • Hilda Solares at 3:56 pm

      Hi Skipah, I can so relate with you. Funny how at the time I though my posts were pretty good. One year later and I can’t take them off site any faster. Thank God that our writing does get better the more we commit to it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  3. My Memoir Entries at 8:03 am

    Thank you for this 🙂 My website is not even a month old and like you said, i’m actually enjoying the process of writing content ^^ more for myself than anybody else although viewership is very encouraging 🙂

  4. Jeanette at 10:00 am

    Patience is a virtue that I am seriously lacking! Constantly feel like I am watching paint dry for the entertainment of it.

    Just out of curiosity, have you ever been in charge of watching paint dry? You have to make sure no innocent animals track through it. Convincing a bull now is not the time to use the fence for a scratching post, can be a trying battle of wills!

  5. Heaven at 10:18 am

    This is such great advice. As much as I want skads of followers and readers, I know right now I need to clean up old posts and redo a lot of photography and social media stuff. It’s hard, but I know it will be worth it in a few years when I’ll have the time to seriously devote to a lot of writing. Right now I’m just trying to lay a good foundation.
    Heaven recently posted…4 Star Seasoned CasseroleMy Profile

  6. Debby Gies at 2:00 pm

    Good caution here. I’m sure we’ve all felt the same in the beginning of our blog lives. It’s not about just growing it, it’s maintaining it. If we don’t communicate and respond to comments, readers may feel they’re wasting their time following us. All of our time is valuable. The more followers, the more comments to keep up with. I’ve seen quite a few blogs where owners don’t respond to comments. That puts me off wasting my valuable time spending time as a commenter. Granted not every comment warrants a response, but a simple ‘like’ beside the comment at least shows it’s been acknowledged. 🙂

  7. Melinda at 7:51 pm

    Hmm, I agree patience is a virtue! But, I want followers now! waaaaaaa
    Ok, tantrum over. 😉
    Great points, about blogging being more than great posts.
    I’ve made so many friends here in the blogosphere!
    Melinda recently posted…All AglowMy Profile

  8. Bun Karyudo at 4:06 am

    This was an interesting take on the issue of followers. I strongly agree with the idea of developing relationships with bloggers outside our own niche. It may help inform our writing and it also, to my mind at least, simply makes blogging much more interesting.
    Bun Karyudo recently posted…Nothing to SeeMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 9:44 pm

      Hi Bun Karyudo and Hilda,
      Perhaps one day when I retire from teaching and paper grading I will have time to read more blogs like those outside of my niche. For now, as busy as my personal life, my work life, and my blogging life keep me, it’s more of a pipe dream and the exception to the rule. I agree it would make me more well-rounded, but sadly, there are just so many hours in the day.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…3 Reasons You Should Not Immediately Want Blog FollowersMy Profile

      • Hilda Solares at 11:00 am

        Hi Janice, I truly understand the need for hours in the day. I can’t say I read all their posts but I do try to check in and at least read a few. It helps to schedule a time to do so and keep it as any appointment. Here is to retiring sooner! 😉

  9. Elle Knowles at 5:10 am

    Steady and strong is what it takes I learned early on. Usually if you have a quick stream of followers, they also drop off rapidly from reading and staying in touch. Great post Janice! ~Elle

  10. Joanne Corey at 4:37 pm

    I spent the first few months with my blog just posting and getting used to blogging before I set out to grow my followers. I am still taking it very slowly. I follow and read a lot of blogs and comment on them, as well as visiting blogs that comment on mine. I recently made it to 500 followers and am continuing to add more at a slow pace. I am very patient! 😉 I never expected my blog to be big, so I’m not disappointed that it is small.
    Joanne Corey recently posted…Francis at Ground ZeroMy Profile

    • Hilda Solares at 11:05 am

      Hi Joanne, Happy to hear you understand the need to be patient when growing your blog. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hilda

  11. SB at 3:10 am

    I’d love to give your post a gold star for the insights. I had a scary conversation with someone the other night. He didn’t want me commenting on his blog because I didn’t follow him. He hasn’t been to my blog to support it since I did, and I knew why he wouldn’t. He envisioned himself a king of blogging with a bunch of unoriginal ideas generated by other bloggers. So far, what has worked for me is to be original, trust my readers’ intelligence, respect their time and attention and pour my soul into my work. I hope many more people will find and read your article. It is a treasure.

    • Janice Wald at 3:16 am

      Hi Sabiscuit!
      Thanks for coming over.
      First of all, that was a scary conversation, I agree. I am always grateful for comments despite who follows who (whom?) While I do collate from other people’s articles, I always cite my sources the resulting article becomes my own.
      Thanks again for the kind words and visiting me.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Be Memorable in a Sea of BloggersMy Profile

    • Hilda Solares at 11:10 am

      Hi SB,

      Wow a gold star! I am treasuring it, thanks for your kind and encouraging words. I don’t understand how someone thinks that a form of bullying will get more followers? I agree originality is key and understanding that you need to be true to yourself. Thanks for my gold star I am going to remember this for those days my stats are not too impressive. Hilda

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