Saturday, November 6, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Sorry for posting this so late, but I wasn't sure I was going to have time to post this week.  Work has been CRAZY and I haven't been able to even get to my blog this week, let alone post, let alone get a chance to even read and comment on other people's blogs. 

This weekly hop is hosted by Jennifer @ Crazy For Books and is a fantastic way to hook up with other bloggers who have a fascination, and dare I say it, an addiction to books.  It's a great way to socially connect with others, share opinions, thoughts, and ideas, and find out a whole lot about the book publishing world.  And there are so many amazing things happening out there, so come check it out!!!!

The big question this week is what intrigued me: 

What are your feelings on losing followers?  Have you ever stopped following a blog?

When I first started blogging, I remember being so thrilled at receiving followers I couldn't help but keep looking at that little number all of the time.  J Kaye was my first follower and that amazed me as her blog was the first one I discovered on the Internet and I couldn't help but feel that was an auspicious beginning.  When I first lost some followers, I remember feeling upset and thinking, "Was it something I wrote?  Did I offend someone by what I wrote in my review?"  I tend to be pretty blunt, but I work hard to temper that in my blog as I don't want it to be the place where I vent everything as it could quickly turn into a negative blog and I really want it to be more positive.  Then I thought, maybe I need to change my content so I can keep my followers and not lose them.  And that's when I changed tunes rights away!!!   I reminded myself why I have a blog, who I really write for, and does it really matter.   I appreciate every one of my followers, and am overwhelmed and awed by what has happened, but in the long run, I am a writer and I love to read and write.  It's why I do it in the first place.  I don't ever want the loss of a follower to diminish my love of reading and writing, and if I think too hard about it, that's exactly what could happen.  And I don't want the loss of a follower to dictate what books I read and review on my blog.   It's too important to me for that.

Have I ever stopped following a blog?  Yes, I have.  One of the main reasons is because the owner of the blog changed and I didn't find the new owner's content to match my own interests anymore.  Others I stopped following because they stopped posting (a couple I didn't see a new post for several months so I stopped visiting their blogs).  I try to make a concerted effort to visit many of the blogs I follow, but my time is so limited that it is difficult to make a lot of comments.  I wish I could as it looks like I never visit which is not the case.  I don't usually stop following blogs because of genres as anyone following my blog knows I am a very eclectic reader, but the content itself, or the writing style, could turn me off.  I stopped following a couple of blogs because the colours on their site were so bright that I couldn't even read them, which had nothing whatsoever to do with their content.   If I can't read the material, there is no use following.  Other than that, I am pretty easy going.

Have a wonderfully fantastic weekend everyone!  I am going to bed and sleeping for about 12 long beautiful hours!!!!!!!!!  Hopefully the kiddies won't wake me up!


  1. Hi, Stephanie! Just dropping by from the hop. Have a nice weekend and enjoy your 12-hour sleep!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  2. Hoppping on by- hope you had a great sleep, that's one of the best things on the weekends (apart from the hop of course)!

  3. Just hopping on by, already a follower.

    enjoy ur weekend!


  4. I like your answers. It is comments that I like so I want followers who actually want to read my blog and make comments. Doing things like this Blogger Hop seems to add to the Follower column but doesn't always make me feel like I have loyal followers, if you know what I mean. If you take a look at my blog you'll find my answer underneath the mountain pictures.

  5. Hello,
    I'm making my rounds on the Blog Hop and Follow Friday too say hello and share the love. I really try to be a faithful follower that visits often but I don't always have the time to comment like I should. I hope you have a spectacular weekend and Happy Reading.

    I'm a old follower.
    Romance Book Junkies

  6. Hopping by to say hello. Love your fall background!

  7. Thanks for stopping by at my blog! You have a really nice one here! I really love the design!!! Definitely coming back again! :-)
    Have a great start into the new week!

  8. Great, and honest, response to the Hop question!