Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'm being followed.

A couple of weeks before Christmas I had a comment on my blog from a complete stranger which said "I like this blog, it's summat different". So - as you do - I clicked through to see who this person was. It turned out to be Steve. He had found me completely at random by clicking on "United Kingdom" on his profile page. For some reason, out of the 480,000 blogs that this action threw out, he chose mine and is one of my regular followers and commenters and I am one of his.. But why? Why would a 25 year old, single guy, who likes to go out and get ratted and have a fight, who plays the field with the ladies and works for a radio station decide he wants to follow the blog of a 40 year old, married woman with 1 dog, who is tee-total, works (very) part-time for her husband and is obsessed with knitting and The Mighty Boosh?

I then joined Twitter last week and have gained another completely random follower in Barry Newsdesk, a redundant media salesman with ambitions to be a journalist, and a big gripe against Sky installers.

So my question to you today is, what is it that attracts you to a completely random person's blog? I don't mean ones where you have a common interest or hobby, but those where you have nothing in common at all.


Auntie Noo said...

That's funny cos I was just wondering that myself. Got about 5 followers on Twitter who I have never heard of, and I have to ask WHY????? I'm SO not that interesting!

steve said...

Rather accurate description... though I'm not a fan of fights... they scare me!

But yeah fair point. The internet as a whole is rather boring, not much changes. So it's nice to have a few totally random blogs to read who regually update. good to see how the rest of the world lives.

Barry Newsdesk said...

Apologies for not responding sooner Donnac1968.

As you will have seen from my blog, I am attempting to build a career out of Citizen Journalism.

I'm trying to build a readership, I have tried various social media tools to do this. The best way of getting an instant if short-lived hit on the blog is by following people on Twitter, they follow you back, and a good portion come to the blog.

If you want to maintain an avid readership, you need to keep updating people on your life. Hopefully, you'll strike a chord with some and they'll become your blogspot followers.

Of course, it's only fair that you follow people back in blogger land - I've realised that I need to be more proactive in making comments on my followers blogs.