Google Friends Connect - Do I need you? Are you a 'newbies' friend or foe?
As a 'newbie' I find it interesting to read other blogs, as I am sure you all do too. They give me ideas, they direct me and my blog along the right path, they give me inspiration. I have found that every blog is different, personal stories, creativity that I can only dream of, and photography as a new way of thinking and sharing ideas.
I love finding other 'newbie' bloggers, comparing, but I also gain a lot from reading the 'pro's' blogs.
There is one in particular that I have looked out on numerous occasions, that offers advice, tips and support, and that also questions the 'norm'. It was on this blog that I read an article that made me as a 'newbie' think.
The Real Supermum wrote about whether we really need the GFC widget. A widget that allows friends to follow you. Do I really need this taking up space on my blog? (though admittedly it doesn't take up a great deal of space on mine personally!)
As a 'newbie' you write but you have no idea of how well you are doing as a blogger. You think you are doing well, but....no-one is following you. Or are they?
Yor stats say otherwise, people are obviously visiting and reading what you write, some people even come back again and again, but no-one seems to click the 'follow' on GFC. Your pageviews, day by day, show consistency, people visit, so why don't they click follow?
Maybe my blog is just pants.... and no-one wants to follow it, but people comment, so what is it all about. Is it, as The Real Supermum says, just a popularity contest. So I am a 'newbie' and I am just not up there with them yet. (Will I ever be?)
That's when it starts, what I am calling the "Blogging Blues". Days when I feel what's the point if no-one is following. Days when I fell like I can't be asked, should I continue? But I love writing, I am loving blogging...Dilemma!
And then I think - it's just a widget, does it really mean anything? I look at my twitter followers, so why are they following me, it must mean something. I blog and tweet anonymously, so my tweets are only really blog related or personal thoughts as a blogger, people are not following the real me. Okay so my twitter followers aren't huge, but they are growing daily, my GFC's are pretty much non existent. So what do I do?
I will leave the GFC widget on my blog for another month, that will be three months of blogging, and then if there is no improvement I will remove it for self confidence sake. We will see.
To my three followers on GFC- I thank you, to everyone else, please don't click out of sympathy, but if you do pop by, please leave a comment. Any feedback is always appreciated.
P.S. I have also finally set up a Facebook page, so check it out too- (and like!!!)