I want to thank PoojaG of LifesFineWhine for this great tip because without it, I may never have seen the problem!
Quite recently, I’ve been all too aware of how often I post, of how many followers I have and how low the engagement is on our blog. What gives, and why do we have (did we have!) 336 followers, but very little engagement at all? I was confused, why was this happening to us?
In her recent post, Pooja mentions a number of ideas to boost your engagement rates, many of which I had already been implementing to be honest, with not too much success. I hold my hands up here and say that my record for engaging with other blogs is absolutely abysmal, but we’ll get onto that in just a moment. One of Pooja’s most extreme ideas was to delete some of your followers. I know! But hear me out.
We’re not talking about just any randomly picked (and unfairly subjected) followers here,Twisties, we’re talking about spam accounts.
We’re talking about names that you thought were real bloggers, but wait, what’s this? They’re not real at all! They’re selling sketchy programmes with almost no other content on their site at all. How did that happen?!
I know, I got caught out, too. In a big way.
In fact, having scoured through my followers this evening, I came to discover that nearly half of my readership weren’t real people at all!
But what’s more, as I scoured through, I came to discover other blogs that I hadn’t been visiting, and maybe should have been visiting. I came to discover other bloggers that made me chuckle or smile. I found other bloggers that deserved my time and my engagement as much as they had given me theirs, other bloggers that I had shamefully overlooked.
So to them, I say thankyou. Thankyou for sticking by me and my failures as a blogger. Thankyou also to The Wheelchair Teen, who reminded me again earlier on the importance of engaging with other bloggers.
Going through your followers may seem harsh and seeing how many followers you really have can even feel quite daunting, but trust me, it’ll be worth it. In the long run, it’ll be far better to connect with people who really read and enjoy your content instead of trying (and failing) to reach out to someone who didn’t actually exist at all.
Stay safe & have fun,
Helen & Matt xx