Obviously I am referring to WordPress followers (not stalkers) and basing this post on my personal blogging experience. Anyhow, some of this will probably be applicable to other social media sites that involve followers or following others.
If someone follows you on WordPress (as well as other sites like Twitter or Tumblr), you can assume it is because of one, a combination, or all of the following:
- They like you.
- They like your voice.
- They like what you have to say.
- They like how you say what you say.
- They hope you will follow them back.
Let’s break it down, shall we? Actually I will break it down while you nod your head in agreement and read the rest.
They like you.
An extremely common reason why someone would follow you. In fact, some of your followers might be people you know. Maybe even people you know well. Most likely if they follow you, they like you. As a person. As a friend. As a guy or gal who sometimes says interesting, funny things.
They like your voice.
This one is more applicable if you have a blog. Your voice matters. There is something special and unique about it. And people want to read or hear more. What’s more, the more you use your own voice (not a fake intimidation of a random dude), the better. So keep blogging, keep writing, keep sharing. There’s no harm to it.
They like what you have to say.
Even if they don’t like what you say, they respect or appreciate what you say. End of story.
They like how you say what you say.
This matters. How you say what you say has a huge impact on whether a person clicks the follow button or moves on to someone else. Say what you like, but your tone and attitude is more important than your actual content.
They hope you will follow them back.
In some cases, this is the worst reason to follow someone. However, I can’t tell you how to live your life. And I certainly can’t tell you how to live your virtual life.
We have reached the end. All I ask when you follow someone is you at least think about the reason why you’re clicking the button. Or even why others follow you. If you think about it hard enough, you’ll begin to realize why you don’t follow every blog in the world and why some bloggers don’t follow you back. Profound stuff, huh?