Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I've Learned Wednesday - "Big" Bloggers

So let me just say that you guys are awesome.  Not just regular awesome, but 'rock-my-socks' awesome... I was feeling overwhelmed last week and you guys sent some really encouraging words.  If we ever find ourselves in the same county as one another (and I'm hoping we do), we're having lunch. For reals.

So, I had an email from a reader that forced me to stop and question something. She and I had been communicating about a blog that she's contemplating starting and wanted to know if I had any advice for her.  Aside from telling her that if she's looking for my advice, she's already in big trouble, I gave her some tips that I've learned along the way and what I would/would not do differently.  She thanked me and told me that she was flattered that a 'big' blogger would respond to a new blogger.  I fell off my chair.  What makes someone a 'big' blogger?

I'm not a big blogger, I don't think.  My pageviews are pretty good, at least I think so... but I think there are bigger criteria than just pageviews to determine the size of your blog.  Is it number of followers? Facebook subscribers? Number of posts? Number of regular comments?  I mean, what makes a blog or a blogger 'big'?

More importantly, do we really want to be 'big'?  I think that when your blog becomes big, you lose personal contact with your readers.  There are days when I can't respond to every email or comment I get and it is hard to stomach some days... I love all of you and want you all to know that I love each and every word you send me.  If my blog got big, I might not even be able to read all my comments, let alone respond to them.  And my little heart would break.

I think I'm a small-medium blogger... small because I'm still pretty new, medium because I refuse to believe that I'm small potatoes.  Small-medium sounds pretty good for right now. :)

I want to know: what makes a blog/blogger "big"?
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5 comments:

  1. I always determine it by followers, and how often I see a blog posted around others blogs. I like your description of yourself. Creating new labels is fun.

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  2. I think of you as a big blogger with a big heart. You never take yourself or your blog too seriously and you are a very accessible blogger...which is good, because we are in the same country...the same state to be exact and if did become a big blogger that were no longer accessible, I would come and find you :)

    AND, I don't necessarily consider # of followers a great indicator of being a big blogger or not, especially since some bloggers have bigger numbers due to hosting link parties and giveaways. I'd say, big bloggers have loyal followers and lots of comments...so if the shoe fits, you my dear are a big blogger.

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  3. I don't know if you are a big or small blogger I just know I really enjoy your blog and hope you continue for a long time!

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  4. I consider you a "big" blogger...but in a good way. For me, it's about the number of followers and I think for everyone, it's the number of followers compared to your own. If you compared, I have under 40 and you have over 500. So that's big to me! But you might think you're small if you see blogs that have thousands of followers (which is ridiculous and must be so hard to keep up with). You're the perfect size and you still keep it personable which is what's really important - you do a great job! :)

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  5. We are def bloggy sisters! I only read this post after popping over because you commented on my post begging for comments. It was very comforting to know I am not alone in my thoughts about blogging for pleasure. Keep inspiring, keep commenting and stay small-medium if it makes you happy, sister!

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I love all the comments I get from you! Because of an insane amount of spam, I had to turn off anonymous commenting but I'd love it if you'd comment anyway!

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