This post isn't about quilting or craftiness and doesn't contain beautiful photos - there's a possibility what I'm about to write will have some of my 'followers' heading for their 'unfollow' button but that's fine by me.
I like to think I manage my blog with integrity. I watch other blogs grow based on asking for follows in return for giveaway and linky party entries and other similar methods - I'm not saying they're wrong (so please don't come after me with knives!) but it's just not for me, that's the choice I've made. I have only held two giveaways on my blog in over two years and there has been no such condition of entry for either. Interestingly, although I had plenty entries, there was no increase in followers evident from either giveaway.
Yep, it's disappointing to discover when people have the option to follow or not to follow on a giveaway they choose not to but I prefer to think each and every one of my followers follows for no other reason than because they want to and they like what I write.
Another strange phenomenon takes place each and every Wednesday on my blog. My weekly post 'Previously On ... ' is a great way to revisit old posts; what a shame to put all that work and effort into a blog post for it to gather dust in the back of the archives and, as my blog continues to grow, it's a smashing way to introduce new readers to great projects they've missed. This policy of revisiting old posts is also considered part of good blogging practice - that is, it seems, in all blogging interest areas other than quilting!
Now this may just be a coincidence but for over a year now every Wednesday, after the 'Previously On ... ' post goes out I lose followers. Maybe these followers find another way to follow? - I don't think so! The conclusion I draw from this is maybe some people don't appreciate this post, are sick of seeing my old work or don't feel I've anything new or of value to offer to them the reader, so they hit 'unfollow'. This isn't some strange imagining on my part, the fact is I rarely lose followers on any other day of the week and as I post at least twice a week how come this doesn't happen when I post new projects?
Today the 'Previously On ...' post went out, then I lost 3 Bloglovin' followers within minutes of each other. I found myself actually considering ending this post series but I've decided to continue. I believe I'm holding on to my integrity, I make whatever I want, however I want, with whatever I want - I share my work and write posts the way I want to.
If you choose to read what I write then I thank you, in a blogland of many quilting blogs I truly appreciate you being here. If you choose to follow then that's the most positive reinforcement I can receive, for that I doubly thank you, and if you choose to hit the 'unfollow' button, sorry to see you go, but that's okay too and thank you for helping keep my blog true :D