I have a pet peeve when it comes to new blog followers. Now, if you do this, don’t worry. I’m not mad or trying to point fingers. This is something that I myself did as a blog hop newbie! But now that I’ve been blogging a while, it really bugs me.
It irks me when someone follows and all they say is “I’m following you, come follow me.”
On blog hop posts, I know there is no real post content to read or comment on.
But on regular posts? It would be nice to hear something about what I’ve written, even if you don’t agree with it, then to have it sound like my words were ignored; that I’m just a potential number on the new follower’s GFC. Please, say something about the post. Even if you just skimmed it!
Or, just leave it as “I’m a new follower!” and leave your link without the “please come follow me too” at the end.
After all, another piece of blogging etiquette (at least, I think so) is that if you have a new follower, to go check out their site as well. If I am interested in what I see, I will follow on my own accord!
Same goes with on Facebook; it seems like it’s almost always “I’m following you, now come follow me.” Many times if you don’t follow back, they unfollow you. I don’t want to be a number. I want to be part of your community! And I’d like for you to be a part of my community as well.
It goes to show how much of a “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” world. And that’s not a good thing. Definitely not something I want to teach my kids to be a part of! I want them to learn to serve first, and even if it isn’t reciprocated, to be content in knowing they blessed someone else. After all, Jesus told us:
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
-Matthew 25:40, NKJV
If we are showing love to others, we are showing love to Christ as well.
I find myself getting caught up in the number’s game sometimes. But I need to remember that I’m not doing this for money (though a few extra dollars a month would be nice, if it happens!) and I’m not in it for the popularity. I started this blog as a way to meet new people, to (hopefully) bless others, and to gain the insight and wisdom of those who have traveled this road ahead of me.
Do you have a blogging pet peeve, or piece of blogging etiquette you want to share?