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mamanotes
05-08-2009, 10:36 PM
I'm curious to see what you all think about having "followers" on your blog.

I think there are advantages and disadvantages both ways- if someone is a follower of your blog, they will most likely, only visit unless they see that you have updated. However, if someone loves your blog and they don't follow you, they might check multiple times a day to see if you updated.

I also wonder if people who follow don't subscribe, and I think subscribe numbers mean more, at least to potential sponsors.

thoughts on this?

melaniehoo
05-08-2009, 10:37 PM
I follow people's blogs but rarely check my google reader or blogger thingy. So I'm the best of both worlds -- I give people hits and I follow them, lol.

That said, I have follower-envy of my friends. :D

Lyra Jean
05-08-2009, 10:59 PM
If I decide to follow someone I usually have a link on my blog to their blog. Then I don't really check to see if they updated I just go down my list of links and look at them all. Right now I only have like five blogs listed so this strategy might change.

melaniehoo
05-08-2009, 11:04 PM
If I decide to follow someone I usually have a link on my blog to their blog. Then I don't really check to see if they updated I just go down my list of links and look at them all. Right now I only have like five blogs listed so this strategy might change.

I also have the blogs I follow listed on my blog, but I just have the title so I can't check that way. I haven't counted, but I think I have 20-30 listed.

Polenth
05-09-2009, 03:31 AM
I use Blogger's followers feature to watch blogs. I don't bother with RSS subscriptions. So if you try and make it hard for me to follow your blog, you're reducing the chances that I'll revisit.

I think it's wise to give your readers as many options as possible for keeping up with your blog. Anything that brings people back is a good thing.

veinglory
05-09-2009, 03:38 AM
I agree, it is up to the reader how they use blogs and cutting off options is unlikely to be a good strategy.

JamieMT
05-09-2009, 04:57 AM
I use the follower feature like most use RSS feeds - I follow so that I can see when updates are made. Makes it easier to keep up with all the blogs I like to read without having to check each one every day (I don't have time for that!).

I get a little bogged down though when anyone posts more than once per day. When I see multiple posts in my google reader from one blog, I'm much less inclined to read all the posts. It's just too much for me to keep up with.

I don't subscribe to feeds...I read at work quite a lot (sssshhh!), and don't want feeds on my browser, just in case. That's why I prefer to "follow" - it's all kept online.

As for my own readers - as long as they're reading, I'm good. :-)

mamanotes
05-09-2009, 10:48 AM
Those are good points. I'll leave it up for sure!

truelyana
05-09-2009, 04:22 PM
If I decide to follow someone I usually have a link on my blog to their blog. Then I don't really check to see if they updated I just go down my list of links and look at them all.

I am the same. :)

Fokker Aeroplanbau
05-11-2009, 08:52 AM
Followers, for sure, are better but maybe that's because I don't have enough of them. :P

bsolah
05-11-2009, 09:04 AM
I follow people via Google Reader, and add them to my blogroll too.

Having some subscribe to you either through an RSS reader, email or that 'follow' feature on Blogger is very very valuable. These people are much more loyal readers.

truelyana
05-12-2009, 03:39 AM
It would be interesting to know who follows, aside from the RSS reader, now come to think of it. I wonder, does Wordpress have a 'follow me' plugin?

TabithaTodd
05-12-2009, 03:49 AM
It would be interesting to know who follows, aside from the RSS reader, now come to think of it. I wonder, does Wordpress have a 'follow me' plugin?


I believe it does, if not feedburner has the options and you can add it into your wordpress under the "general text" box with HTML.

flashgordon
05-15-2009, 03:23 AM
I also think it depends on your niche. For one of my sites, I have over 600 subscribers, most of whom subscribe through RSS or get emailed directly when a new post goes up. These are mostly academics, government types, etc. and they don't seem to be big on the Google follower thing. Sames goes for my other sites: they seem to have lots of RSS subscribers (some of which are robots) and email readers, but not a lot of Google followers.

I don't use the Google follower thing, but I do use Google Reader to subscribe to RSS feeds. However, I still prefer email over anything.

spamwarrior
05-19-2009, 09:22 PM
It would be interesting to know who follows, aside from the RSS reader, now come to think of it. I wonder, does Wordpress have a 'follow me' plugin?

Wordpress DOES have some sort of following option. You go to "blog surfer" and where it asks you to enter the blog link, you enter the URL of the wordpress blog that you'd like to follow/subscribe to. After that, you can read the blogs you've subscribed to in the "readomattic" on the dashboard. I've found it quite useful for following blogs on wordpress. And I respond to every post on my favorite blogs...

mamanotes
05-20-2009, 12:52 AM
I almost have exactly the same number of RSS subscribers as I do google followers.... it's a weird coincidence

Old Hack
05-20-2009, 01:44 AM
Since Google changed how their following system worked I've found it much harder to visit the blogs of the people who follow mine. I preferred the older system.

And this week I've been obsessing about my followers. They went, quite suddenly, from 241 to 239 and now are back up to 240 again. I don't know why; and I wonder why two people decided to leave my happy little family of followers. It is very strange.

Shadow_Ferret
05-20-2009, 02:00 AM
What's a follower? Isn't that a twitter thing?

mamanotes
05-20-2009, 02:25 AM
What's a follower? Isn't that a twitter thing?

No, it's just a thing that you can put on blogger blog's where people can follow you and anytime you write a new post it will show up in your blogger dashboard.

spamwarrior
05-20-2009, 08:06 AM
What's a follower? Isn't that a twitter thing?

I think it's a way to subscribe to someone's blog.

Chumplet
05-20-2009, 08:58 AM
I follow Janet Reid's blog, but it doesn't tell me when she updates. Maybe it's just a vanity thing. I have 24 followers on my blog but I don't know if they get a message when I've updated.

Mostly I use the links on my sidebar.

Polenth
05-20-2009, 10:06 AM
I follow Janet Reid's blog, but it doesn't tell me when she updates. Maybe it's just a vanity thing. I have 24 followers on my blog but I don't know if they get a message when I've updated.

It shows a list of all the recent updates on my Blogger dashboard. It means I only have to check one page, rather than each of the blog pages.

ad_lucem
05-20-2009, 10:36 AM
I'm curious to see what you all think about having "followers" on your blog.

I think there are advantages and disadvantages both ways- if someone is a follower of your blog, they will most likely, only visit unless they see that you have updated. However, if someone loves your blog and they don't follow you, they might check multiple times a day to see if you updated.

I also wonder if people who follow don't subscribe, and I think subscribe numbers mean more, at least to potential sponsors.

thoughts on this?

Followers *blink* there are people with followers??? I suppose next you're going to tell me you have commenters, too.

These things exist????

......

Actually, when I follow I use follow almost like a bookmark. If I'm ever going to come back to a blog (shitty memory) I follow it.

Lyra Jean
05-20-2009, 10:44 AM
I have a subscribe to posts and comments button but how does RSS Feed work?

spamwarrior
05-20-2009, 07:44 PM
I have a subscribe to posts and comments button but how does RSS Feed work?

I've been trying to find out for some time. I think it sends an email to you if you subscribe to an RSS feed... but I'm not sure.

mamanotes
05-21-2009, 10:43 AM
Okay... you can subscribe by RSS Feed which shows up as a "reader" if you have a google account.. I don't know how it works with Yahoo or other's.

You can also subscribe to receive updates by email. This is totally different than the RSS feed but still run by feedburner.

Pro Blogger does a nice job of explaining what RSS is. http://www.mamanotes.com/search/label/Blog%20tips%2Finformation

BSU_Tammy
11-20-2010, 04:37 AM
If they are a follower of your blog then they are most likely going to read what your latest post since they will most likely be notified. If you are just going by how many people view your page, you might have someone looking multiple times at your blog, but why are they looking multiple times?