Have you noticed that in the world of blogging there is a huge emphasis put on "followers"?
'Ooh, look how many followers she has!'
For some reason success or failure, happiness or discouragement, 'life or death' seems contingent on how many followers a blog has.
There are countless pleas out there on blog discussion groups: "If you will follow me then I will follow you". In other words, the numbers are stacked frequently by collusion and not necesssarily by sincere expression of approval or interest. Mining for followers seems to be as much apart of blogging as actually coming up with ideas to write about.
I, myself, have stooped to the gathering process. I have sent out invitations to unsuspecting friends, hoping that they will care enough to "follow" me. I hope they realize that by following me, they are under absolutely no obligation to even check in on Ardith's Quest (though of course I hope they will).
So why do bloggers even care about their numbers? Well, of course we all respond to curiosity and to persuasion.
'Wow, this must be a good blog! Look how many followers it has'
or 'I sure want to be in the popular crowd; it seems to be congregating here!'
Certainly if any money is to be made in the blogging world, the number of followers begins to hold more importance. Large numbers naturally translate into clout, and clout leads to opportunity and reputability.
So every blogger must eventually ask themself: Am I going to live or die by my numbers?
My answer (after much thought)? No. I am so flattered when someone shows a vote of support for me. I love the validation I feel. I recognize most of my followers probably felt backed into a corner to become my follower. I'm sorry about that. I hope they will continue to be interested.
So if my humble numbers continue to climb a little? Awesome! Especially if they are harvested from genuine admirers; those are the best!