A while back, I experienced something in the blog world that just rubbed me the wrong way, and I'd like to see what you all think of it.
I'd been following a blog for not very long when the author wrote a really personal post. She seemed to open up to her readers, and that's something I admire in the blogging world.
I commented on the post, thanking her for her openness and honesty. A little bit later, she emailed me back, saying thanks for the comment. Nbd, lots of bloggers do that.
But a second after the first comment-reply, I got another. "P.S. Would love to have you become a follower!!! I love new friends!"
And I stopped following her blog.
Here were my reasons:
1. I was already following her blog, which she didn't even bother to check before asking me to follow her.
2. I felt like her request took away all the sincerity I'd seen in her post. It suddenly seemed like all she cared about was gaining followers. If that wasn't her end goal, she could easily have started a friendship with my by visiting my blog or starting a conversation based on my original comment. (Yes, we all pay attention to how many we have, and it's exciting to have readers. But it isn't the only reason we blog, is it?)
What do you guys think? Have any of you ever asked someone to become a follower? Maybe it's just because I'm still fairly new at this whole blogging game, but it really rubbed me the wrong way.
To end this post on a positive note...
I'd like to highlight some of the bloggers that write about real things, not just the glamorous (although I'm sure they all are very fancy!); whose posts I enjoy, and who seem to be open, honest, and genuine! (If any of you don't want to be featured, please let me know!)
Leslie from Life in its Ordinary form
Tamara from Lehmann Laughter
Sar from [life of love]
Amy from Taking Steps Home
Stop by and show these wonderful ladies some love! And also, let me know -- Was I being too sensitive? Is asking for followers a normal thing in the blogging community? I'd love to hear your opinions and experiences!