2/21/2012

{mullings & musings} google friend connect

I've been thinking about writing this post forever.
This is a life and style blog so that means flowery words and pretty pictures, design tips and styling advice.
And I love that stuff. All of it.
Additionally the blogging world offers so much more...a community. A wonderfully supportive community.
There are certain aspects that I'm a little uncertain about though, so I wanted to open it up to you all.

One of the biggest things I've been mulling over is Google Friend Connect.

What's up with this competition about the number of followers a blog has?!
Does anyone actually care? Is it indicative of how creative an individual is? Or is it just a popularity contest? Does it 
affect advertising and sponsorship opportunities?  Isn't it kind of like cheating to just go around following other random blogs 
in Poland or Italy so they'll then come follow you?
Honestly, I join every single blog that has that GFC widget, whether they have 7 followers or 700. 
{Mostly because I've been there before. Well, never at 700, but certainly at 7}
I want to support those ladies, and I don't want anyone to have hurt feelings because they only have 50 followers. 
But I have to wonder, do they have hurt feelings? Maybe it doesn't matter to them? Are there actual benefits to joining a blog 
both for the reader and the blogger? I'm just confused about the point of this whole thing.

So tell me, what's the deal with GFC followers? Is it a marker of success? 
Does the number make you want to read a blog any more or less? 
Does it affect the way you view the blog? 
And more importantly, the blogger herself?


And now I leave you with some gorgeous Spring outfit inspiration. This is a style blog after all. ;)

enjoy your day loves,
xx


{ps}:
I acknowledge this was a totally, totally random rambling. I apologize if it was offensive to anyone in any way, that's not my intention.  I think it's important to open a dialogue because if there's one thing I know it's that bloggers are incredibly talented, intelligent and creative women. It's our responsibility to examine what's happening around us and strive to make it better, in all aspects of the world and our lives.  Ok, don't worry...back to our regular routine tomorrow! :)


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28 comments:

Michelle P said...

I'm like you. And I join pretty much everyblog that has GFC. I think I have like 1300 blogs in my reader!

Nat said...

I think this is a great post! I've been blogging on and off for 3yrs now and the # of followers someone has doesn't affect the way I view their blog at all. I will say the "blog world" has changed a lot over the past few yrs and I do think there are ppl who won't read a blog unless it's "cool" and has a lot of followers. I'm also surprised at the number of ppl who comment on my blog regularly but don't follow it. Ok I'll stop now- just had to share my opinion!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

When I started blogging I had no idea that when you followed a blog on GFC the blog would show up on your reader, and because I loved discovering google reader I started to add every single blog to it. But then, when I finally understood I started to do the GFC instead, I mean, it really doesn't make a difference to me, but if it means to someone then I really don't have to keep it a secret. So whenever I see GFC I click there, and when there is none to be seen I add the blog to my reader ;)

Rocker Chic said...

I don't agree with following people just to get followers. I have seen bloggers with 300 plus followers with only 5 comments so the numbers in followers really don't matter to me just my opinion.

As far as sponsoring goes it really depends on the sponsor and what your blog represents and how that product relates to your audience.

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

I think this is a really important thing to issue. Unfortunately, I think a *some* people are less likely to read a blog if they see that it doesn't have a TON of followers, so that's why when I was still on blogger platform, I chose to hide the # of followers. I know that might seem stupid, but I didn't want someone to judge because I only had 150 followers... I wanted them to really focus on my content and choose to add me to a reader if they liked me, not follow because 12,000 others did. OK now I am rambling, but bottom line, as long as you're loving what you write and it makes you happy, who cares how many followers you have in GFC?

TheTinyHeart said...

Whether or not I follow a blog mainly depends on the content. If it's something I'm going to enjoy reading, then I'll absolutely follow it! And the same goes for my blog...I'd much rather have someone follow because they like what I have to say rather than because they want their own numbers to go up. :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Becca | Lowlife Couture said...

Great post! I actually recently took it off my blog. you can still follow, but there is no widget displayed on the side bar. It was distracting and becoming the reason for posts etc. which is not why I started blogging!

ashley nicole catherine said...

this is a great topic and i've thought about this a lot. personally, i don't think it means much. i've seen plenty of fabulous blogs that have very few followers. but that being said, i have had more sponsorship and giveaway opportunities now that i have a decent amount of followers. i think what really counts though, is the community you create. if people are commenting and tweeting, that's more important to me than 10,000 followers. xo

Sheri Ann {Sprinkles and Style} said...

This is a great post! It's unfortunate to hear that the number of GFC followers someone potentially impacts whether or not people read their blog though I've definitely had the thought myself. I don't think that the number should be indicative of whether or not the blogger has interesting or great content. Sometimes people just aren't sure how to get their blog out to an audience! And it's always interesting to compare the number of followers to the number of comments. It makes me wonder if followers of a blog are actually reading or just following in hopes that the person will reciprocate. As a blogger, I think it's more important to enjoy writing the content and to enjoy reading other blogger's content than it is to focus on how many followers or how popular their blog may be.

Susan said...

My blog is pretty small, numbers wise as far as GFC is concerned, but the number of people who actually read it seem to be so much greater than that. I have friends who don't have blogs or google who read it and then there's the wonderful ladies who faithfully write to me that read. To me, those are who count. Though numbers seem to be important for sponsorship purposes, this blog is for me and it's my opportunity to speak as I want and share my thoughts on things. I'm just blessed that people want to read it in the first place!

Viviana said...

Ah! I always follow blogs via GFC just because I do feel like bloggers care how many followers they have on that thing. I do think the number of followers matter to some extent, but blogging is not about that either. I think the relationships you build and the friends you make and connect with are the important thing and GFC certainly doesn't measure that ;)

bits of moxy said...

Personally, if i like a blog, I could care less if i was the only one reading it or 500 people reading it. I discovered this blog through a comment you had left on Beauty & the beard - been visiting everyday since. Now I feel compelled to follow, so good post!

Heather said...

Google Connect def. helps if you want to market your blog some places you need a certain amount a followers. It also looks good for markets to see that you got a lot of people following your blog. I personally don't mark it as a success but think of it as how many people I reached and how many people actually liked my blog to click the little button. I like that I have a number of people that take a interest in what I post. I'm not the type of person to leave comments saying follow me bc i personally can not stand that. I think ppl should want to follow you if they are genuinely interested in the blog. I only follow blogs that I want to keep an eye on and return to. Same with comments. I love getting comments that are meaningful. The amount doesn't matter it's all amount the content.

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LR {SIX TWELVE PLACE} said...

Not offensive at all. I think this is a great topic. For me, personally, because I'm not trying to make a career out of blogging the number doesn't matter. I think the only reason it really matters is for sponsorships, etc... because it is probably somewhat indicative of your traffic. That is really the only reason I would like for it to grow so I can have more giveaways for my readers but other than that, I don't care. I just like having a place to share and more importantly the friends and connections I've made through it.

Amanne | UrbanBedouGirl.com said...

I think it depends on what your purpose of blogging is. I'm not blogging to make money or do this professionally. I have a full-time career that I love, I blog as a creative outlet. I'm in PR so blogging for me started as a way of understanding the blog world - now I do it because it's fun.

If you're blogging to make money and free stuff than your GFC can matter to some brands. I follow a ton of blogs on GFC but those are also all blogs that I enjoy reading. I know some people who don't follow my blog on GFC or FB and they simply type in my URL to check out my blog when they want. GFC is only one way of measuring a blog's popularity.

Neda said...

This is a great topic, Mae. I don't have more than a handful of months of experience...but as a relative newcomer, I also found the GFC to be distracting and kind of like having tons and tons of "Friends" on Facebook. With that said though, I understand it may be helpful for those who'd like to make money off their blogs.

Laura [Beauty & the Beard] said...

Oh Mae, how great you are- I think this post was just great- and I loved reading everyone's comments back as well. I've gone back and forth between having GFC on and off my blog- because at first I felt silly having so few official followers-but after realizing that GFC didn't correlate to page views, I figured I didn't care if others saw how few followers I had there!! I mean, sure it's nice to see another person started following- but comments are what really show people are paying attention to the content of my posts. I think it's great that you brought it up. If people choose not to follow me because I have so few GFC followers- that's quite alright-i figure if they are more caught up in a GFC popularity contest than my content, then they aren't the kind of followers I want anyway:)

xo
laura

Michelle said...

My take on it is reader interaction whether that be on the blog or on Twitter etc. is a better marker of success. But, to me, it doesn't matter... I blog because I like doing it not because I want to have people follow me on GFC...

And on the topic... I am not following you. Because I like your blog....and I want it to show up in my reader :)

Alexa said...

I love so many blogs and no it definitely doesn't matter how many followers they have. I think it can be fun watching a blog grow in that way...but certainly on the whole it is not a marker of anything really. What matters is the creativity and the content of the blog itself! :)

Lisa @ Elembee, Etc said...

Personally, as a blogger who's not on the Blogger platform (I use WordPress), I'm frustrated by GFC and how seriously so many bloggers seem to take it. I can't tell you how many giveaways I have not been able to enter because I'm already following via RSS and see no reason to follow via GFC, and so many bloggers set that as a requirement for entering. It's sad, because I am just as regular a reader as those who are following via GFC.

And just an FYI for everyone — Google is discontinuing GFC service for all non-Blogger blogs beginning March 1 in an effort to get them to move to Google+ pages. So don't be surprised if they eventually discontinue the service altogether.

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

I guess it depends on your motivation for blogging. I blog for fun and I don't want to get caught up in all the "hype" that goes along with trying to get followers, etc. For that reason, I intentionally don't have it on my page. As in "real life" authenticity will eventually shine thru and it's a lot more satisfying to stay true to yourself in what you post and what you choose to read.

Taylor said...

great post mae! One of my favorite blogs has only 40 followers right now, some of the others have thousands.... goes to show it isn't the number that matters I guess?! And I posted that same pic in my post today as well- it is the best eye candy I've seen in weeks!!! Perfection.

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so anthro said...

Interesting! I follow some blogs via GFC just to put them in my Google Reader, but I also add many more's feeds manually. As a Wordpress user, I don't have a GFC visible on my blog, so I can't even tell how many "followers" I have. I feel better anyway when I see people commenting, actually responding to things I write and photograph. I don't think I'd ever be able to tell if my follower number was actually legitimate even if I did have a GFC! Great post, quite a topic.

L.A. in the bay said...

This has been on my mind lately. I used to always always care about # of followers, and to make it big in blogging is to have over 1000 followers. That was my dream. But now, it seems like the # of followers is not mattering anymore. I have noticed a lot of people have removed it, and a lot of really great bloggers don't have "that much" followers. But I don't know. Advertisers are really only concerned with # of page views and unique visitors. But to me, I do look at people's # of followers. I notice when people get more. And I am like you too, I tend to follow people when they have a lower number, to help them out :)

Lili said...

Good post! It is relieving to hear someone speak like it's from one's own heart... I resolve to not care about my follower numbers that much, but secretly do anyway. I'm happy about every new follower. I always think with so-and-so many followers, bloggers usually won't notice if I add myself to their list, but I myself have noticed and checked out every one of them. If they have GFC, I join too, to support them. I do think it can be counted as a measure of popularity. If that is the same thing as success is debatable. If success is counted in page views and ad income, than probably yes. I don't actually read every blog I'm following though. GFC is like my backup blog list I'll look into when I've got the time, while all the blogs I read daily are in bloglovin'. I would never ever be able to master my reading list any other way, with three jobs, so something has got to give. About the other questions, if I see a blog I love that had a few followers, I'll follow anyway. Just recently I found such a gem again. If it's a blog that I feel is mediocre and has many followers, I wonder why and try to find out its secret. If there is no secret and I just plain don't like it, I don't follow. I also don't follow randomly just because someone asks me to. If someone does, I'll check out their blog and follow *only* if I actually like it. So I guess I personally see the follower numbers in combination with the blog and can't see one on its own to judge. I can't help but also judge my own blog by its numbers most of the time, although I wish I wouldn't (notice how I consciously avoided to say "judge ME be MY numbers ^^. Baby steps.).

Lynsey Michelle said...

I'm glad you brought this up, if only just to raise the issue and hear all the different viewpoints. With the prevalent theme of "follow me, I'll follow you" taking over the blogosphere, GFC has lost some importance for me. For the longest time I didn't have the widget on the blog at all, so people didn't use it. It's not an active part of my focus because I want to be engaged with readers and have a readership that is actually interested in content rather than just trying to get followers themselves. That's not to say I don't follow blogs. And its not to say i dont believe in the importance of the GFC feed. I do. But I follow those I'm engaged in and I hope those that are following me feel the same.

{The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller said...

I don't even know what the hell GCF meant!!!!!!!

Mallory Nickels said...

Wow! I'm impressed with the number of ladies who don't care about the number of followers they have. I honestly wish I could say the same, but haven't been able to get past the low number on my gfc. On one hand, keeping up with a blog for as long as I have is an accomplishment, but on the other, I feel like that teeny number glaring at me is evidence of failure. Eek! Didn't mean to go all negative on you! I'm glad you brought this up though, because it's obviously been something weighing on my mind!