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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quality vs. Quantity

 
Have you heard about Pour Your Heart Out?
No? Go here.


I have the blogger blues. I'm in between the feeling of being proud of a good post and being really bummed I have nothing profound to say. Almost depressed. Is this normal behavior? LOL

I posted something last week that was from the heart, and you were all very supportive, and I thank you so much!

But now what do I do? I am in a blog funk(or maybe it's PMS?).

I've been thinking this past week. Why the pressure to post something amazing everyday? Is every post going to grab the attention of new followers, and spark something in a current follower?

Probably not. But, it would be cool if it did.

I've only been blogging for a few months , but I've learned one thing. It's quality not quantity. I've seen a lot of blog hops, follow backs, and other techniques to gain followers, and I've participated in some of them. But what I've learned really gains a new follower is a post from the heart.

When I step out on a limb and put something out there that makes me a little nervous to share, or is truly a peek at my feelings or life I not only feel good when I hit "publish post', but something happens. In me.

See I know it's a good post before you comment. When I publish it I have a smile on my face. My heart feels warm, and I'm sort of proud. It made me feel good to have said it. The fact that others might like it will be a huge bonus. One I hope to receive, but I feel good about this post before I even hear from you.

Now comes the bonus, you like it too! I gain a follower. Not just any follower, but a follower who didn't just stop by, but a person who actually read my post, and relates to it in some way, and hopefully wants to read more. Someone who follows me for me.

I have truly enjoyed meeting all of you, and have really appreciated your support. I try to visit or comment back on every comment. I'm not perfect, but I've been trying.

Side note:
I finally figured out how important setting your account to receive emails is. If you are "no-reply" you should change that, because being able to reply to your readers in an email opens up a whole new world of connecting with your followers. I really do like to reply to your comments(in fact I think I may have even gone overboard on some of my replies-sorry if that was you), but sometimes I can't because of the whole "no-reply" thing, so fix that.

But, it means a lot to me that I have been able to connect with all of you. Some of you actually like my posts. Your comments have meant a lot to me, and have encouraged me to share more of myself with you.

I really can't stand it when someone comments to a post, but doesn't mention it's content. Not because I think my posts are worthy of hundreds of comments, but because I'm usually nervous about what you'll think of them. When I hear crickets, I get all nervous. Worse, when I read a comment that has nothing to do with my post I think, "man, they must have thought I was crazy". Weird, I know. Some of you know I have struggled with co-dependency.

The no content comment is something like "just stopped by, and come to my blog at blah, blah, blah.com". Don't get me wrong, like I've said, I have participated in some of these hops myself, and still will from time to time. But I read the posts! More importantly, I won't follow the blogger if I'm not interested. Imagine that.

I want to be able to connect with others, and actually read their posts and vice versa. Is that asking a lot? Are my blogosphere expectations too high?

I have been feeling pressured to get the numbers up. Write a ton of posts and find a bunch of followers.

But today not so much. I do hope to gain more followers, because I love you, and I love hearing from you!

But, I hope to gain real followers. People that will visit me again because they actually want to "read" me again.

It isn't all about the number of followers you have. It's about finding your voice on here, and sharing it. Sharing it in the hopes of encouraging others, getting something off your chest, or for whatever reason, really sharing a piece of yourself.

For me it's been amazing finding my blog voice, and I really can't wait to see what else she has to say. I'm sort of getting to know her myself.

I also don't feel the pressure to post everyday anymore. If I feel like I have to post everyday, then some of my posts are going to be fluff instead of me. I don't want to do that. I'd rather leave a good post up for a few days rather than have 7 lousy posts. So like I said, I've learned it's not all about the quantity. It's quality.

Quality posts. Quality followers.

And so far, I've been blessed with all of you!

Thanks for following!

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28 Comments:

At July 14, 2010 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I ♥ your posts. You do a great job of expressing yourself. It is tough finding the balance between posting every thing we think about and having quality "reader friendly" posts. I want to write things that will help me remember stuff too if I look back in a few months or years even. It's also a challenge to be totally honest with oneself.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Life Without Pink said...

I struggle at times and I 100% agree with you that its quality vs quantity. I use to do the follow me follow you type thing but then I realized that those people never come back. I love seeing the same ladies stop by and give me a nice sweet comment. That means more to me than anything.

If you feel stuck my best advice is take a step back for a bit. Its refreshing.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Oh, I want to cheer b/c I so agree with you! Those comments that are just about that person's own blog and nothing about what I wrote- I think hmmm, why are you even here if you didn't read what I wrote? And why would I want to go over to your blog and read when you didn't read?

I only follow if I find someething worth following- not just to follow and get someone to follow me back.

Excellent post! Thanks for linking up!

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Amber Page Writes said...

That perfectly summed up how I feel. I feel pressured sometimes too, but it's always when I forget about all that and write for "me" that I make real connections with people.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

New to your blog! I can totally relate to what you're saying here. It's easy for me too to feel the pressure to blog about something very profound, or entertaining instead of just blogging for me! And I want to get more satisfaction from writing than from the number of followers or comments I have. It makes me feel shallow that I still care about comments and followers, lol!

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Evonne said...

I'm stopping over from Shell's page and I'm s glad I did. I struggle with the numbers game all the time. I try to remind myself that I would rather have 5 followers who I know read than 300 who rarely stop in.

And when no one comments, I think the same as you.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM , Blogger The Professional Family Manager said...

I agree. According to the "numbers" my blog is a failure. I don't get many comments at all...sometimes I may get fifteen, and it's a real surprise. I don't run many contests, I don't participate in memes, and I only write what I want when I want to...and people rarely come by.

But the people who do...those are the ones who leave the great comments, with whom I have the best discussions, who give me support and encouragement and who give me inspiration. And I wouldn't trade that for a thousand followers or fifty comments a day or blog popularity or anything.

I do participate in some blog hops, the ones where you are not required to follow everyone but everyone can just pick who they'd like to follow. For one thing, I've found some great blogs to read this way. For another, if no one knows you're out there, no one will find you. I never want someone to follow me just because of some blog hop...I really want someone to follow me because they want to.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 9:58 AM , Blogger MommaKiss said...

I 100% agree that it's not about the numbers. I've been seeing a lot about that lately and it's just so true. And when you say "I know it's a good post before you comment" - spot on.

Not to mention that e-mail thing. JEEZ people, fix it already! :p

 
At July 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Hutch said...

First time visiting and I couldn't agree more! The pressure to have more followers was something I felt a couple months ago, but just let it go and instead focused on writing and connecting more with other bloggers.

And I wish no-reply wasn't an option. I love the great comments and want to respond, but usually by the time I can respond on my blog itself it will make no sense whatsoever :)

 
At July 14, 2010 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Sara said...

I loved this... and I feel the same way. At first I was really focused on my numbers, but I don't want to feel like I have to follow someone, and I don't want a follower that isn't going to actually read what I'm writing.

And I totally get the whole pride thing when you KNOW you have written a good post. Sometimes I visit my own blog during the day, just to see it all finalized and pretty! I might struggle with vanity though, lol.

"Quality posts. Quality followers." <----- LOVE IT

 
At July 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

You're not the only one Sara!

 
At July 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM , Blogger purseblogger said...

You said it perfectly! I so agree with you. I participate in a blog hop here and there but I only follow if I feel a connection and I hope that is how people look at me too. :)

 
At July 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Diane said...

Wow! I agree with every.single.word you just said! Really. I love what blogging is doing for me. I'm learning things about myself that I didn't even know through this whole process. Connecting with others has been a great big bonus that I never anticipated. Awesome. :)

 
At July 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM , Anonymous R.M.Gilbert said...

Adrienne, first off, I agree quality, not quantity is important. When I joined Lady Bloggers Society, I decided I wouldn't jump around to 300 blogs, I'd friend a handful of women, whose blogs I connected with. And would want to visit again. Not because we share everything in common, but because it's interesting to connect with people from different walks of life.

I write a 'writers' blog, if you want to cal it that. But I don't want to spend all my time visiting just writers. lol.

Your posts are wonderful. And so you know I read them start to finish, every time I come in.

Btw, I like that we're both on goodreads. I keep pretty hush-hush over there. :) So it's nice to have a friend.

Are you reading anything now? I'm reading a book called: City of Bones By: Cassandra Clare.

See you again soon. Hope the 'blog blues pass'.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Tylaine said...

I kinda have the blog blues right now too. (well maybe it's just the blues in general...lol) Seriously though I totally understand where you're comin' from. A blog is our own and it's the best when it comes from the heart. Their's a lot of memes out there that are fun and everything but really just kinda fluff. Now not that fluff is bad but I'd much rather read a post from the heart that shows who that blogger is. Shell wrote an awesome PYHO (as always) on how bloggers are real people. I want to get to know people on a deeper level you know not just on a superficial bloggy type thing. Ok, I'm rambling too but I just want you to know I "get" what your saying. :)

 
At July 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Di said...

I wouldn't stress about the no comment posts. Sometimes even the most popular bloggers have those and it doesn't mean no one enjoyed it - just that they didn't have anything intelligent to add to it. I really enjoyed your post though!

 
At July 14, 2010 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Hi! I love your blog!!! So here's my love/hate relationship with blogging. I used to live to write for other's. I've since learned that the majority of my posts will probably not even have a single comment on them, and that's okay with me. I know that I'm documenting things I want to write about, and things I want to remember. I wish I had more readers, more commenters, but in the end... I'm blogging for me.

So, you can count me in as a new follower!!!

 
At July 15, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Hey Adrienne, this is a great post! It is written from the heart and you are right, it is quality not quantity. I have written things about my yearning for another child and the miscarriages I have gone through and have had comments like, great pictures! I love all of my followers who have become such amazing blog friends! You write such heartfelt posts and it always pulls in the reader. I look forward to visiting. That is what is important and you are doing it! So perhaps you don't have a post waiting to be written at times, but when you do publish, it is always a quality read! have a great night!

Mama Hen

 
At July 17, 2010 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Mommycrat said...

What I wonderful post. I agree wholeheartedly.

I'm stopping by from the Lady Bloggers Society Tea - first time I'm trying this.

I'm a very new blogger (still under two months old) - so I can certainly relate with the struggles to decide how to proceed (ie: should I try to post every day? What if I don't have anything to say that day? Should I try to get more followers, or focus more on readers/a few good blog connections etc...)

It sounds like you have the right approach here.

 
At July 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

Well this is a great quality post and this is my first time here. Yes, I'm visiting from the LB Tea party but I did read your post :) I hope more people read it b/c I really agree with you esp about only posting when you feel you have a quality post. I've only been in the blogosphere a couple short months myself but only post 2 times per week, just for this reason. Also, I hope more readers would turn on their email response too! I really like your blog, and I'm not just saying that:)

 
At July 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

I really enjoyed this post. I feel the exact same way when I write mine and if I have nothing of value to say, so I do a post anyway?
I admit I do a few fluff posts, and well here is a amazing thing to me, I get followers and comments from those on occasion, where sometimes the ones from the heart get nothing,so I have stopped trying to figure it out and just do it for me and well if I get a comment or a new follower I do the happy dance! That way the pressure is gone for me.

Anyway, just dropping in as part of the Lady Bloggers tea party...glad to have discovered your blog :o)

 
At July 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

I'm stopping by from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party!

I have the same concerns about quality vs. quantity. I try to get in 2-3 posts a week and I work really hard to think about what I want to say, then edit and revise it before actually posting. Some days I just don't have the energy for that, or I haven't finished a "good" post & I'll end up throwing up a meme or a picture instead just for the sake of posting something. I get comments on those, but I rarely get followers from those posts. I guess it's something we both need to work on!

 
At July 17, 2010 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Hi there! I'm stopping by from Lady Blogger's Tea Party. I completely understand how you feel in regards to quality over quantity. I originally wrote a blog and was churning out a blog a day whether or not I was truly proud of it. Now, I have started something new and I know that I am writing for myself- and by doing that others will enjoy it more. Best of luck to you with your writing... and I will certainly be back!

 
At July 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Aimee said...

this is the fist time i've been to your blog. Ur thoughts on following people because you really want to read their blogs are so right on! I am going to follow you because I would like to read more about what you have to say. If you would like to read it I have a blog aimeevslife.blogspot.com feel free to check it out if you want or not it's totally up to you. I also wanted to let you know I found you at theladybloggers.com tea party.

 
At July 18, 2010 at 6:18 PM , Blogger Steph said...

Hi! I'm here from the Lady Blogger's Society Tea Party, and I can totally relate to this post 100%! I haven't been blogging long either, and well, I don't really have to say anymore, because you totally covered it in this post! I am definitely going to continue reading now, and you made me feel a little better about my own blogging slump most recently. If people really like a blog, they'll wait for the next post, and enjoy that one as much as the rest - and new followers should come from reading more than just your most recent post! It shows they read more in depth, and truly do like what they see overall. Keep it up! :)

 
At July 19, 2010 at 8:06 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

Oh my gosh I could have written this myself :). So it's good you're pouring your heart out because you say things that many people (or bloggers) might be thinking... Like the no-inspiration-funk. The pressure to be always interesting. Can drive you crazy! But I try to remind myself this is MY blog, and it should feel real to ME. It should feel right. But I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes through these crisis! :)

 
At July 23, 2010 at 2:08 AM , Blogger Holly said...

Hi stopping by. Come visit me..he, he, he...I would add come follow me if you didn't already...that's my favorite- ignore my post and ask for a follow!

I struggled when I first began and I still struggle now with content, commenting, followers, etc. I have had to chill out recently and it shows - I get unfollowed like 10 times a day...yes I notice, but I don't care as much as I once did.

Blog from your heart, blog about what you love and it will seem effortless and remain fun.

 
At July 23, 2010 at 2:09 AM , Blogger Holly said...

Hi stopping by. Come visit me..he, he, he...I would add come follow me if you didn't already...that's my favorite- ignore my post and ask for a follow!

I struggled when I first began and I still struggle now with content, commenting, followers, etc. I have had to chill out recently and it shows - I get unfollowed like 10 times a day...yes I notice, but I don't care as much as I once did.

Blog from your heart, blog about what you love and it will seem effortless and remain fun.

 

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