Friday, June 18, 2010

Follower free



Wow okay here goes...deep breath in and out:)  I'm doing something crazy and to be honest a little scary. When I first started this blog I didn't have big lofty blogging dreams. I was just putting it out there, and hopefully someday someone would find my blog and it would get read. I blog for me.  Well it's grown, and I've been so thankful for that. I  love getting comments from people and getting new followers. But I've noticed that sometimes my moods can directly be tied to whether I get a new follower or lose one etc... I'm competitive by nature, not really with other people (unless you count boardgames...then watch out) but with myself.
 

I know it's silly, but if you blog you probably get it. It's really easy to get caught up in the numbers (even when you have big numbers), and to be honest I'm tired of it. I equate it with standing on a scale.  If I'm up a pound I feel deflated, if I maintain or lose some whoopee.  But this isn't my weight...it's my life.  Who wants an approval rating on that??  So with nearly 1,000 followers I've decided to take the follower box gadget OFF!  It's scary only because followers in blog world seem to equal credibility and after blogging for a year and a half my question is...will it change things?  Will people still follow along without that little box??





Don't know, but whew I feel free already:) I've had several discussions with my fellow blogging sisters (one is Miss Lemonade Makin' Mama) and it seems to be a common thread of frustration. So with that said, I don't need to know if you follow me. It doesn't really matter. I know there are several of you out there that faithfully read along and that blesses my heart tremendously. That's all I really need to know.






Have a blessed day.



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107 comments:

  1. Of course we still follow along with you, box or no! Last I checked, brothers and sisters in Christ didn't need a box checking yes or no, either. ;) Kind of a convicting parallel, though. Hm. :) We love you, Becky!

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  2. I know exactly how you feel! You don't need to hear it but, you and Lemonade Makin Mama are my favorite blogs to read. Happy follower liberation day! We're not going anywhere whether you know it or not. :)

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  3. LOL! Youre right!! You should put that pic "follower free" on the side. I used to get caught up in it. Then I though "Eh, its just for me." LOL. My public journal for everyone to read. I havent reached 1000 readers (I'm on a single digit.lol.), but I used to go on and check obsessively to see if someone had added. Not anymore.I do get excited! LOL. But, not obsessive.

    PS. Youre a great blogger!

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  4. That's funny! Even though I'm so new at this and have less than 20, I've actually wondered if it really mattered? Was I still writing for me or for the followers? It does help me to work harder, better....it's a challenge for me to write so that my followers have something interesting, funny, provocative...but like you, the comments left behind show me whether or not this is happening, not the box. I might follow suit very soon...hope you have a great Friday!

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  5. I've had SO MANY of the same thoughts...I've thought often about removing the gadget from my sidebar.

    Seriously, what in the world does it matter?

    You're kind of one step ahead of me in most things. :) You challenge me...and I love it.

    I'll be back....for sure!

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  6. Wow! Becky this is really commendable of you...

    I'll admit, there have been times I've like "holy cow" - she's got how many? followers and I only have (?). I think we started our bloggs around the same time, not sure. But it seemed like you were turning into a blog-sensation. Which obviously means you have a way about you - that really affects people.

    You're right. Numbers!! I struggled to be okay with that sometimes. They have a way of "defining" you whether you want them to or not. You and I have talked about followers before, too. And I struggle with who it is that I let show up that their following.

    I still want to follow your blog (if that's okay?) because you are so inspirational...and SO real. I don't know if I've ever met anyone else who wears their heart on their sleeve like you, Becky. This is what I/we love about you. Thank you for (once again) BE-ing YOU!!!

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  7. I have ONE follower!! LOL!!! And I am ok with that....I just keep blogging because I am doing it for me & maybe for someone who needs to read my stuff....I will still be here <3

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  8. Good Morning Pretty Girl...

    I will definitely still read all your new posts and look at all your pretty pictures!!!

    I agree with you. That little following gadget can be very nerve racking. I look at mine every time I am online. I only have one handful of followers, but that is ok. I am writing and posting photos really for me and my family...

    Have a Great Day!!!
    Katie
    xoxo

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  9. Whatever makes you feel happy...thats what it's all about I think. It's your blog..your little home. I don't care one way or the other about how many followers I have, to me, it's just a way of meeting new, wonderful people and I have loved that! There have been 3 I didn't want following me, so I deleted them...it's my place...Come say hi :D

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  10. Becky,

    I love the title of your blog, don't remember how I found you. But I still read every day or so. You have a great sense of humor, too!
    I loved the bit about beach hair and now I cannot find it, can you post it again, if possible? I live near the beach in Florida and I think I need to have my naturally curly hair look like beach hair all summer!
    Thank you!

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  11. I love this post. I try not to get caught up in the numbers. I don't even know how many followers I have...it doesn't make it fun for me then.

    I want people to read because they want to and enjoy my blog.

    Love your blog and your shop! I am still with ya girl!

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  12. I'm proud of you! I understand where you are coming from. As a new person to the blogging world I was taking it rather personally that I had so few followers. But then I realized, that I know people read my blog without actually being an official follower. Plus, I'm not writing it necessarily to gain more followers. It is about more than that. I'm glad you have liberated yourself. Congrats! *hugs*

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  13. I know how you feel!!!! Even though I don't have a lot of followers, it still is a source of personal competiveness. Sorry I haven't dropped in more often recently! Just a ton going on (like a Grandma who has stage 4 lung cancer...) in my little corner of the world. But I adore your blog and it will continue to remain on my blogroll!

    Many blessings to you! And I may just follow your lead and take the follower button off too!

    ~Chandra

    PS~ LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look!!!!!

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  14. I totally understand! Me and my 17 little pictures almost don't seem worth the space, cause I blog for me too. I want my baby to have a record of all the silly baby things that he is doing. And I love your new header! It looks so sweet next to the plaid of your background. Love it!

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  15. I know you will be so glad you did this! When I first started typepad didn't have a counter...and I have been able to add one now and I never have because I hear how crazy people can get about their followers. I can see how many come to my site a day, that is fun but I only check that a few times a month. Now you can get back to it being truly about sharing your heart. Love you!!!

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  16. I so know how you feel I think I might do the same thing....I am to worried about the numbers and if I lose a follower I think maybe I said something wrong!

    Good for you...now to see if I can do it too!

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  17. Good for you! I actually just found you yesterday and I love your blog and I love your honesty.

    I just started a blog a couple weeks ago and I love doing it for me, but like you said you start to get a little competitive and obsessed with the little pictures on the side of your page. How many people are following and looking at my site, it kind of starts to take over your life. Do it for you and as long as you enjoy it, others will too!

    Look forward to more of your posts! Have a great day!

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  18. Aww shucks, it's okay! :) We still love you and will be here reading every.single.post. :) XOXO

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  19. Sometimes I get caught up in the follower thing, but then I realize my blog is my scrapbook. MY family that isn't near would be so sad without their lifeline.

    You go girl and LMM too!

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  20. Becky...you are my hero! I have contemplated taking my followers off of my blog soooo many times! I have experienced some of the same things you talked about feeling excited if I get a new one or upset if I lose one....WHY??? Why do I subject myself to that? It shouldn't matter if we have 1 or 1000 or even none! I feel so much pressure sometimes to come up with something great or all my followers will leave...it's not a good feeling. You have inspired me and I hope I can be as brave as you and to stand out and say I am follower free too!

    xoxo,
    Adrienne

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  21. I know whatcha' mean, and of course I'll still be following silently - even though you can't see me :)

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  22. You go, girl. ;) Of course we'll still read! I know exactly what you are talking about. I've been hovering at or around the same # for a week or two, and every time the number drops one I feel awful, like "why don't they like me?" and when it goes up, I'm happy. :s

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  23. Becky...I am a "follower" of yours, and a "slacker" commenter :), but I check in everytime you write a new post...love your blog. You inspired me today to take the "follower" box off my blog too...I have gotten "hung up" on the number too, and I dont want that. It is my family scrapbook and I blog for my children and anyone else who wants to know what our family is up too, that might be 2 people or 66 :)...thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. I will still be around, I love your honesty!

    P.S. I love love love your new header :)

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  25. Okay I want that follower free picture on my sidebar too if you put it on yours- it could be the start of something big!!! I'm just saying. It's WAY cute!!! :)

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  26. I totally understand... I lost a follower today and I kind of wanted to know who it was, until I realized how silly it was! I've actually considered taking comments off of my blog because I notice that I pay way to much attention to how many I get with each post! I will still follow, I love reading your blog!

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  27. When you acquire a new friend, do you make her check a box that says yes or no, or make her wear a badge that says, I am so and so freinds, nope, you just love each other because you do! And I know your friends will keep reading and loving you for you! I am proud of you for doing this, taking this step...I have never had one of those buttons it would be too hard for me, and I don't even look at how many subscribers I have etc...I just can't have that stress, blogging is meant to be fun, and sure people will not like you, but that is ok too! happy weekend darling! xo

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  28. Oh my goodness Becky...did you take a peek into my mind & heart? Because I know just what you mean and I do the same thing to myself! For the longest time, I didn't use a follower button because I only had a few and it seemed like everyone else had hundreds. Thank you for reminding me why I blog...for me...and for the connections I make with sweet, smart ladies such as yourself!! And not for the numbers.

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  29. Good for you... I started blogging late last year and like you, I wanted followers. Maybe for a chance to meet a new friend.... but when no followers came, I got discouraged. Why, what am I doing wrong, does know one relate. Heck, it hurt but now I just blog when I feel like it and just enjoy getting to know the fellow bloggers I read...

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  30. Hi Becky!
    Im still with you, sweet friend..
    Love and appreciate your honesty..its refreshing like a summer breeze, and a cold glass of limeade!

    In His love & friendship,
    Deborah :)

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  31. When I find a moment, I am emailing you on this very topic. And I am so astounded by your candor and willingness to let this go. I think all of us who blog GET IT but it takes someone who understands what to value, why we do things, that God's pleasure in us is all that really matters...Becky...I could go on. But I will ALWAYS follow you (even though you said you don't need to know)and w/o sounding condescending, I am proud of you. And you encourage me so much, I don't have words to tell you.

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  32. You're making me think.
    And I like when people do that. :)
    hugs!
    I'm still following you, box or no box!
    Ha, I've been thinking how funky it is that my mood goes up or down, or I just plain old WONDER who and why is fluctuating when I bounce down 1 or 2, then pop back up a couple... but it doesn't matter:)

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  33. Hi Becky,
    I agree with you and all the other girls here. However I do like to follow you in your dailylife and doings, so please know that I will still keep reading your blog and I love your paintings!
    Kind rgds Merete

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  34. The blogs I read are based on the quality of the blogger as opposed to how many followers they have. Some have 2, some have 4000. I don't even remember if I "followed" you or not. I quit "following" people after awhile, because I didn't want to attach myself to someone that maybe, after reading for awhile and then drifting away, feel obligated or something. There are blogs I read regularly, and others that I check in now and again and I don't always comments, but the ones who I feel have something beautiful and worthwhile to contribute to the world are the ones that keep pulling me back, and yours is one of them.

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  35. And my grammar is atrocious today! Sorry!

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  36. I totally relate and once again- thanks for being so real. I knew you were struggling with it when you moved the box to the bottom (something I keep thinking about). I might just not be far behind you. Thanks for the truth.

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  37. What a great way to gain the proper perspective! Good for you!

    By the way, I love, love LOVE that you are using your artwork as your header!!

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  38. It is easy to get caught up in followers and comments -- I know that! I enjoy your posts and will be following along!

    Janet

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  39. Just to let you know....I read your blog every day and I am not sighned up as a "follower" I guess you would call me a "lurker" I read about a dozen or so regularly, sometimes I comment, sometimes I don't. Maybe someday when I have more time....I will try blogging about my life. I have 4 girls and a new puppy so life is busy and I need to be more organized to fit in blogging. Again, love to read yours....very uplifting and real....Michelle from Canada

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  40. I read your blog all the time, i just have it saved as a Favorite on my internet and read it when ever i have time, i love your work and i love your blog!
    -Tamara

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  41. Oh love you girly! You touch lives way beyond 1,000!
    To jump in faith to let go of something I struggle with too.
    That is security in a heart speaking and I love that.

    Happy Beautiful Weekend to you.
    And soooo want to tell you that I went to my mailbox yesterday,
    went and sat on my front porch stairs to read my mail.
    In that stack of bills was a hug from heaven from you that made
    me all too teary. I am so blessed by you and wished you lived next door. I pray to bless you back so very much. Thank you for you!
    I will begin

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  42. Good for you! If it feels right, then it is right!

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  43. First - love your new header! perfect!

    Second - I didn't know you could take the follower box off! Great idea. And thank you for sharing. :)

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  44. I totally get that. If it makes blogging more fun and less stressful for you, then go for it.

    I don't have that follower box on my blog, but I do have followers on my blog's Facebook page. I swear every time I mention something about my kids or my personal life, I lose a couple of people. It's making me a little paranoid. Am I so boring that people would flee when I talk about myself? It does make me wonder! Ha.

    P.S. Your blog looks beautiful. I just LOVE that header. :)

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  45. Love the new look and you are far braver then me, I'm addicted to my follower box.

    I'm still hoping you will give tutorials one day on how to make some of your crafts..

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  46. Yep you gotta do what works for you and blogging... I never pay attention to the followers unless I need to "bookmark" one i come across and if they don't have the follower thingy i save it in favorites.
    xo,
    LuLu

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  47. I'll still be here, box or no box. :) Tally ho!

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  48. oops, i forgot to comment but you know I love ya! guess what? It's sunny and I'm heading to the festival without a sweatshirt. Miracles happen! :) You know i will follow you to the moon and back.

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  49. I really think that counting your followers is something that we all can get caught up in. I admit that I was tickled pink when I hit 100. I applaud what you have done and I will continue to follow you with or without a button ~ why ~ because I love your posts! You were one of the first ones to support me when I first started out and I am thankful for my bloggy sisters everyday. Have a wonderful week-end Becky. xo

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  50. Your little follow button won't make a difference to me. I'm a follower already, but I know if I weren't, I would be finding a way to follow you anyway because I like your blog and I like Becky!!!!

    Just continue to BE Becky and as the old movie saying goes, "They will come!"

    Hugs my friend,
    Lee Ann

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  51. It's your party ~ you can do what you want to! :-) I think you're a brave soul. Love to read what you share so the box doesn't matter does it?

    Have a blessed weekend ~
    Pat

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  52. Hey there sweet one ~ I want to say that I love your new header pic !!! I have been meaning to tell you.

    I was so happy to hear that so many readers really do blog for themselves and not for others. As you know I haven't posted in quite a while, because it has not been at the top of my list. I have always blogged for me, mostly to post my photos - because I love them.

    I have a small handful of favorite bloggers that I check almost daily, YOU being at the top of the list- and I have other fave's that I check often that are on my side bar. Why I like the follower boxes is so that I can check in with bloggers periodically that I am not familiar with, but who are familiar with me ~ plus I feel people who visit me may find a cute face they may want to check out!

    I have to admit, though, that I had noticed your followers and thought "WOW" you are really touching a lot of lives!!!

    If the followers boxes have caused you any concern, then you did the right thing girl and it seems that you have touched people again - with your honesty and wearing your heart on your sleeve. Becky, you are a rare gem!!!! All of us feel blessed to have had you come into our lives. xoxo

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  53. Becky, I love your new banner it is beautiful. Did you also paint the photo of the follower free? I *love* it! As a blogger I do know what you mean. I felt that if only a hand full of people left me a comment on my blog then surely no one liked my blog. Now and for quite some time, I am cool with it. I blog for me and if someone else likes what I post that's great if they don't that is okay too. Good for you for going follower free. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Mary

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  54. I have you on my sidebar..so you are stuck with me!!! I know what you mean, I lost a follower today and I feel a bit miffed.....

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  55. I don't know if I'm a follower of your blog or not, but I do check every day and it's one of my faves. So keep blogging! :)

    Denise

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  56. Becky ~ it is the heart that counts ~ not the numbers~ =) I started this journey in January not quite sure what to expect ~ and God quickly showed me it was about the journey HE wanted me to take ~ not the one I was introduced to =) a few weeks in I knew Blogging for Bliss was the path I would take ~ So many of you are blessings in my life ~ and I hope to bless others as much as I am blessed by y'all! =)

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  57. So now that you don't know I'm following I feel a little like a voyeur.

    Take care of yourself girl and just do what feels right.

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  58. This was the perfect post I needed to read! I have been thinking for a very long time that I wanted to take the follower box off my blog. When I started blogging I did it for myself and wanted to show my creativity for my Etsy. Then something incredible happened...people were starting to show up on my follower box and wanting to read what I was writing. I was happy, but then started to dwell on how many were following or why I might have lost a follower...it really does affect your mood. I just recently redid the look on my blog and decided...if people want to read and comment...I am grateful. I also decided, I blog when I can and don't want the stress of keeping a follower count. I want to blog still for me and to share...I will be changing something very soon on my blog as well. Thanks for giving me the jump start I needed. I love visiting your blog and have your url in my blog list.

    Have a great weekend!!

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  59. Good for you, Becky! : ) Have a beautiful weekend!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  60. Way to go Becky- what a great example to set and you expressed your feelings perfectly. I have felt the very same way. I love visiting your sweet blog- it is a delight to come here.

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  61. PS. did you create the beautiful followers free art? It is beautiful.

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  62. i got rid of mine months ago...
    no one should have it.

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  63. I will always follow you sweetie! Actually, I do not know how the follower thingy got on my blog, I really know nothing about it! Enjoy your new found freedom! Love your new look!

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  64. WOW you mean it doesn't feel good to have a lot of followers? i only have 45. I like looking at other peoples comments and that is how I hop to other new blogs. but I don't look at followers list much except to wonder why mine doesn't grow***pout***but that is exactly what you are talking about.

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  65. i really admire your decision. i am obsessed with followers and comments -- it's incredibly unhealthy for my mind and spirit! I gave up commenting, following and numbers tracking for Lent and it was such a more peaceful existence. I may have to consider it myself.

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  66. love this. I "follow" your blog, box or no box. And, honestly, I had never noticed it before...or maybe I did at one point and then forgot...? Was I ever a follower? Hm.
    At any rate, I read and you inspire me.
    And that first comment about the parallels between bloggie followers and Christ followers struck a chord with me. She's right-- We don't need boxes for legitimacy!

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  67. I love your blog! I've read several of your posts. I'm a new b sort of and wonder at times "does anyone even read my blog" I would like to think someone liked mine- lol.
    But really when it all comes down to it - I blog for me... It feels good to just type some things out.
    And ps. I hate scales - hop'n on one can make my day turn sour real fast but every now & then it'll make my day fab.!

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  68. Love the new look here! And I will still be stopping in no matter what!
    Londen

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  69. I do... I totally relate. Have a wonderful day and rock on!

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  70. I will happily start following... I only just found you today! My favorite blogs are ones that don't track followers, don't have sponsors and don't have weekly giveaways... as a lady from another blog I read so eloquently put it, "a blog should feel like a chat over coffee with a really good friend." I think yours does that very well. Thank you.

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  71. Becky, you know that I will follow and that I absolutely GET what you are saying. I enjoy coming to your blog because I don't feel bombarded by a zillion messages......just thoughts coming from a beautiful heart. Thank you for that. xx Suzanne

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  72. I have a follower thing on my side bar, but it's just there. I rarely look at it, but I do know if I get a new follower, and it makes me happy to know someone else is reading my blog.

    That said, I rarely 'follow' blogs myself! I don't like the mess on my dashboard! (Oh, that's creepy to say out loud!) But all the blogs I like to read and keep up with on a regular basis, I put in a blog roll in the sidebar and have it set so I can see when it was last updated. It's so much easier than doing the following thing.

    Besides, I was a follower for years, and now I like to think I'm a leader and can make my own path. It's cool to know I've come so far in my life.

    Blessings, Becky

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  73. I so know what you mean about comments and not feeling like you are blogging to the air! My family faithfully follows, but they do NOT comment!!! Comments are FUN!!! I love your blog...love it! I'm still following you!!!

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  74. I love this post! Perfect! I have felt the same! Thinking of doing that too. Thank you for the inspiration! ~lulu

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  75. I decided this was an appropriate post to finally comment on. I have been following for a few months now and just want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog. I feel like following without commenting is on the verge of stalking so I decided to finally make myself known. So, all the way from Lewiston Idaho, I'm Ashli and I am one of your followers. :)

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  76. You are so very precious and refreshing! I will continue to follow you without the gadget! :-)

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  77. I've been following along here for some time in Calgary, Canada without commenting. Enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  78. I'm new to your blog and I already like you. Thanks for being brave and for sharing your heart. Hope you're enjoying a follower-free weekend!

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  79. I soooo understand! Thank you for saying it! I'm a new blogger and have been feeling the same way lately. Blogging should never feel like a popularity contest.

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  80. I think as summer hits, we haven't the time to keep following. So some delete about this time of year. I did, in May. A bunch of blogs that meant nothing, or that didn't fit in with my thoughts or beliefs...I don't know about others...but your dedication to your family, and love of God...those two things keep me coming back!

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  81. I know exactly what you mean :)

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  82. Freedom is freeing. You're inspiring. Thank you for being a bright light in my day today.

    God bless you and yours!

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  83. I had planned on following you today, but then read this. To be honest, I prefer when someone has a follow button so they appear in my reader and I know when they update. *making a sad face here*.

    Di

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  84. I always feel great after reading your Blog! To be honest, I agree that it makes me happy to see when someone has found my Blog interesting and begins to follow....but numbers don't bother me....I just keep "keepin' on".....at my tender age of 67,,,,one foot in front of the other is my motto. :)

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  85. Found it! Your comment section that is. I'm new to the blogging community and I only have two followers, one of them being my fiance! I love it! To be honest, I was upset at first when I couldn't find the "follow" button! I thought that meant I couldn't have your blogs post to my dashboard and a link for an easy find! No worries though, I added you! Very excited! I love working on my little apt, re-doing furniture and moving/fixing/making beautiful. It's less than 1000 square feet, probably a lot less, but it's mine and come November I will have to share it with my best friend and husband. All this to say, I love your blog. Just found it today from Shabbyblogs.com. Keep it up! PS I think I may chalkboard paint my fridge tonight! Love, Heather

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  86. friend, thank you so much for stopping by my place as now i've found yours... and i LOVE this idea of follower-free, and i love your place here, with its peace and its holy-focus... and i'm wondering, can i use this button too? i've found myself struggling with the follower thing lately... let me know. i'm so glad to have 'met' you... i will be visiting often. peace, e.

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  87. ps. i also love your painting style... mine, too, is very simple... it's www.canvaschild.com. i hope you'll join me for imperfect prose on thursdays, where we share art and words in broken worship...

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  88. this is my first visit here. i've seen your name, heard reference to you... don't know why i haven't stopped by sooner. your blog is beautiful {so is your family!} {and i love that view below!} i don't do the follower thing {don't 'follow', though i do follow a few closely!, and i don't have a follower gadget, either}. but i so understand the number thing, {with comments for me}... what IS that? :)

    found my way here by canvasgirl... miss emily, whose comment is just above! :)

    can't seem to leave my main blog addy: www.findingserendipity.com

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  89. I am a fellow blogger. SO I guess I'll just have to add you to my blogroll because I want to keep up with you!Happy Mothering!
    http://motherhoodthetruth.blogspot.com/

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  90. I thought about taking the Google Follow box off for the very same reasons, but then changed my mind for the convenience of my readers. I'm sure the box will go at some point in time.

    Everything aside, I AM A FOLLOWER! Regardless of you having a Follower's box or not! (Goes to show that having that box or not does not matter in your case!)

    Love your site, keep up the great work! xo

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  91. love this post {Followed a link from Lucky Girl to find it.} And I have a feeling I will love the rest of your blog too. And your view down there at the bottom? love.Love.LOVE it. I miss the midwest.

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  92. What a wonderful day to come across your blog. I couldn't agree more and have been wondering if I should do the same thing. I spent a few months obsessing over getting more followers, it has been slow and steady, but now I don't really care. I want people to read, because they enjoy it, not so I can get sponsors or "BE KNOWN." God know my heart and He knows who needs to read what I write. I struggle to act on that knowledge every day, but I am working on it.

    Thanks for this encouraging post!!!

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  93. I am just discovering this myself. Thanks for bucking the system. I may join you on this one soon.

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  94. You posted this in June. That was my first month of blogging. I thought that it was pretty cool just because you were bucking the system. Here I am almost 6 months later and I understand in a way that I can barely express. I am seeing some people who probably have glassy stares as they contemplate the next way to have followers. I don't want everything I do on my blog to be for numbers.

    Please- PLEASE write a follow up on this post and let us know how this change has been for you. Obviously you can still see how you are being read by some of the analytics and stats. I would bet you are more satisfied. Your blog still looks wonderful.

    Thanks,
    Patrice
    www.everydayrualty.com
    patrice@everydayruralty.com

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  95. Love You! I am so behind my reading and just seeing this! Sorry I have been a poor blog reader! You are still one of my rock stars! Love seeing you on FB at least, so when I get behind that helps me keep in touch!

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  96. i did the same thing (even though mine is not "out there in the blog world", i just hated feeling that my identity was even based ON the blog.
    I felt freer too.
    way to go.
    p.s. i love your painting. LOVE it.

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  97. i just found you today through carissa graham (lowercase letters) and i love her. funny, i was scrolling down your page because i wanted to google friend connect and follow you but didn't see it but saw this link instead. i totally get it! i hope to be able to do the same. anyhoo, now that i found you i can't wait to read more especially the link to your camera tips. your pictures are amazing and you're so creatively gifted!

    ok so you may not have a follow button but i am definitely going to put you in my favorites folder! happy to meet you and i'll be coming back for more. hope you come and visit me when you get a chance.

    xo & blessings,
    alely

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  98. I thought you made a share button. I don't know who to delete it without losing my addresses. It would be a relief for me since mine doesn't grow anymore. BUT I do it for the fellowship and it doesn't matter!!!

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  99. I love this post. I love why you did it. I totally 100% agree.

    When I first started blogging I didn't expect anyone to read it, even my family, and for over two years I had only 7 followers. And I was perfectly content with that number because I was writing for me. Then the number started to grow, and strangers started commenting on my blog, and even though my number is still less than 100 I look at it far too often. It DOES determine my mood.

    I also heard a sermon in church a few weeks back that sort of punched my gut. He said that the word disciple actually means "to follow" Does that mean I'm being discipled by all the gazillion blogs I read, and heaven forbid, am I discipling someone else???? It just put a new spin on that word "follower" that I hadn't considered before.

    Thanks for being brave. I really like this.

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  100. I love this post! Do you still have the html button for your your follower free? I would love to add it to my site, you explain it better than I ever could.

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  101. So...what are your thoughts today on this topic??? Still the same? Different? I'm writing a post on 'my superficial ways' & I'm curious? Don't worry I won't post your answer. Unless of course you want me to! ;)

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  102. Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog because another blogger had your Follower Free button...so, I ended up here looking for it! Do you offer it to anyone and how could I get the button? Would love to follow your lead!

    Blessings!

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  103. Ha! I can't help but laugh when I read your post. I swore to myself that I wouldn't put up a "followers" link. I looked for widgets that would allow people to follow without me knowing how many there were because I know I hate it when I want to keep up with someones blog and can't because they don't have a "followers" link. Then I got a follower...I had to put up the widget then and have been debatin everyday since then to take it down. You're right - it does affect your mood and writing. So, maybe I'll take mine down soon enough. It's a new blog, only a few followers. I can do it, right??

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