Who is (are) the most interesting (person) people you have met this year? That would easily have to be my 850 or so followers on this blog.
Followers, for the most part, are the unseen cheerleaders of the blog. I know that at some point, they liked what they saw enough to push the follow button. I know from my own experience as a follower that they probably tuned in one or more times after that. Beyond that situation, there are a lot of possibilities.
I’m not crazy enough to think that there are 850 people anxiously awaiting my next exciting post. Some of these bloggers have probably fallen off the wagon or don’t blog anymore. But that still leaves quite a few unaccounted for.
I visit and read a LOT of blogs. I mean a LOT. I think I love reading blogs just about as much as I like writing one. There is just so much out there. Where do I find my blogs to read? All over: my Blogging U classes, Community Pool, bloggers doing Prompt of the Day, people in my Reader, and blogs listed in blog party lists.
Where did all these followers come from and who are they? I only have some idea. I’ve divided them up into a few categories:
1)The Unknowns: these are people I have never seen before anywhere or on Word Press. They just suddenly appear on my followers list. They never leave a comment and I’ve never left a comment on their blog to my knowledge. I have no clue how they found me or heard of me (the Reader?). I have no idea if they are looking for a mental health blog or what. I have no clue why they hit the follow button.
2)The Return Commenters: These are people basically unknown to me where I have left a comment on their post, and they come right back over and follow me. They don’t “like” my comment necessarily. They don’t say anything to me or comment on my blog. They just swing right back over and hit the follow button. I hope they follow because they read something on my blog they liked, but who knows? This is common with people I meet in classes, especially if they are not in the mental health arena.
3) Mental Health Bloggers: Okay, I know why they are here. I assume they find me on the Reader or on other mental health bloggers. They hit the “like” button all the time. I wish this group would comment a bit more. I know this is a substantial group as I read their blogs frequently and know what topics they are covering. I try to comment a lot here and give them some support as I think blogging on mental health is tough.
4) The Socializers: These are bloggers who like to chat and share ideas. I love them! I may leave a comment on their blog and then they reply back and I answer back. It’s a great way to get to know all sorts of bloggers and what they have to say. I’ve gotten great tips and ideas and support this way. If you’ve never tried to get a dialogue going with someone through comments you are missing out. These people often go from follower to “friend”.
5) The Chatters: The backbone of the blog. They will say something about everything. They are not afraid to hit “comment”. They’re the reason you blog. They let you know when you are doing it right. They are of the opinion like I am, that if you give a comment on someone else’s blog, it’s nice to get one back.
6) Friends: The fairly small group I can ask anything of. The group who knows when I feel like crap and is always there to cheer me up with their comments. They have good souls and give really good advice. If I’m having tech troubles with the blog I ask them. When I am desperate for a guest blog, they are there. Now, you might think these are all mental health bloggers but they are not. One is a foodie, one fixes motorcycles, and one is a homemade beauty blog. There’s everything in there.
So there you have it. My most interesting people of the past year. Where do I fit on your blog?