I Comment Therefore I Am is a feature I do from time to time when I want to share either comments I’ve left on other blogs or comments that have been left on this blog. The comment I’m about to share was left by me on a post called Lucky Streak at Thrift Shop Commando. In it the author wondered if she had lost followers because she had posted something offensive. My response…
Now let me share my “followers” story with you. When I started blogging I was on Blogger and I had the GFC widget up. Every time I’d get a new follower, my heart would feel joy and every time I lost followers, I’d wonder what I had done. Sometimes people leave because they are following too many, sometimes they stop blogging and delete their accounts, sometimes Google messes up and deletes people, and sometimes people just realize that you are not their cup of tea. Anyway, I ended up switching to WordPress and I brought my GFC gadget with me. At a certain point, Google decided that they would no longer support GFC on non-Blogger blogs. My heart dropped, would I loose my tens of hundreds of followers (I had over a thousand at the time)? I fought it, and wrote to Google (no response)and the day came when the widget no longer worked on my WP blog. And you know what happened? Nothing. It actually ended up being great for me because the #’s were no longer in my face all the time. Now I have no idea how many people are “following” me on a general basis or more importantly (for my ego) how many people are leaving me. The truth is that even with GFC, you don’t know how many people are following you because some people will follow you via their readers, etc.
The point of my long-winded story is, don’t sweat it. People leave and more people will ALWAYS come. You keep writing honestly about what interests you and don’t second-guess yourself or your writing. This is your space and we just get to share it with you because you let us.
There are things you should do for yourself and writing is one of them. Sure, your writing may resonate with others, but it is more important that it resonate with you.