Sunday, 29 April 2012
On followers.. and other things
Yesterday morning I opened my eyes and looked across at the clock on the dressing table. What I saw didn't make sense. Given that I didn't have my glasses on, I tried swapping the short hand with the long hand. What I saw made even less sense....! I rolled over to Mark's side of the bed and checked the alarm clock. It confirmed the situation.... I had gone to bed at 10.15 on Friday evening and woke up at 10.30 on Saturday morning! It has to be said that I feel immensely better for sleeping the clock round.
Yesterday we made the most of the fact that it wasn't raining to squeeze in some walking. All up, we probably walked about six miles - all on tarmac round the lanes. Today it's so dreadful I'm not even considering a short walk. We'd just get completely drenched. It's a nice chance to catch back on some blogging and reading everyone's recent posts.
Yesterday I read Mrs Thrify's post at New Beginnings about followers and the comments that people sometimes leave on other people's blogs. Her post has clearly struck a chord with many bloggers and there a several extensive comments on her post that make interesting reading. It certainly made me reflect a little on how I feel about following and being a follower.
You see it's important to me that I do my best to be a good follower. I want to read people's posts, remember the context that they are written in and be able to write something that shows I can remember all of this when I comment. That takes time. I love the fact that there are 39 of you out there who take the time to read my waffles... but I worry that I will struggle to keep track of you all if the number grows. I used to love having penpals when I was at school. I see blogging as a sort of 21st Century version of all those letters I wrote as a teenager!
At the same time it seems to me that some people judge the success of a blog by the number of people who are following it. It's easy to get dragged into a kind of 'play-ground' psychology on the internet.... "Why has she got more friends than me?" "What is she doing that I'm not?" etc... On top of all of this I'm worrying that I'm going to cause offence. On a couple of occasions people have found me and left really nice comments. When I've tried to find their blogs to respond I can't find any link. Some time later I've found their blogs and responded - but by this time they think that I'm unfriendly and unresponsive. This upsets me.
The bottom line is that I love reading all your blogs. I feel honoured to be given an insight into so many people's lives and I love the connectivity of the blogging world. Nevertheless, I am also in awe of the well-established blogs with a huge number of followers. I don't know how you manage the situation so well.
As for 'Stand and Stare'..I'm hoping that this blog will gently potter away in the quieter lanes of 'blog-land'.
I sincerely hope that this post hasn't caused any offence.