I need some street cred.

This is my second awesome year of blogging (yawn, sorry), and I have realized this:
Followers are a blogger’s street cred.
I was following a lot of blogs. A lot. And they didn’t follow me back. This hurt me. So I clicked “unfollow”. It's like they didn't even want me to succeed.

I need you to follow me. Because I really need more followers. See over there, where the little heads are? That number is too low. I am embarrassed. I need you to click on Follow This Blog. That number needs to be much higher.

For (ahem) my book deal.

Follow me, and I’ll follow you. It’s a win-win, even if you don't have a blog.

Edited to add: Do I need to bribe you with some junk from my house? Just say the word.

Edited again to add: I still subscribe to hundreds of blogs in my reader. And I'm thankful for all the little heads who are following me. Are you sure you don't want some junk from my house?

Edited again to add: If you want, you can follow me anonymously. I won't even know it's you.

Edited again to add: Just follow me, dammit.


Caffeinated Weka said...

A number of people (myself included) prefer to subscribe to a blog via a RSS feed reader. I personally find the Blogger RSS clunky and would rather read full posts in one place as they are posted. I rarely visit someone's actual page unless I am leaving a comment. So don't feel disheartened or lonely - there are many people reading what you write, even though it might not show up publicly.

Suzy said...

To respond to Cafe Chick, I think Juli just wants you to put your face in the followers group because IT HELPS HER!!

By clicking on Follow it will lead you to a reader, maybe the one you're already using. Google? Yahoo? Clicking on a RSS feed saves you from manually entering feeds into a reader.

Suzy said...

I just went to Cafe Chicks blog and she has a follower's widget herself!! A lot of bloggers don't know how important the followers widget is in the blogosphere re Alexa, Technorati etc. JOIN!

betty-NZ said...

That's an interesting take on followers. I would like more followers, too, but personally think that 'profile views' are the thing to measure. Others find comments the thing that spurs them on.

If it makes you feel any better, my feedjit says that lots of folks leave my blog to check yours out!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I already follow you. I'm so glad to find your blog recently. You rock. The followers will come.

Unknown said...

I need salt and pepper shakers :)

followthatdog said...

I just followed you, but not because this post asked me to, but because I thought I already was! Oops. Sorry about that.

Ann Imig said...

Proud to display my noggin.

And I like that you are clearly stating your intention to the universe.


jason sidwell said...

i had no idea publicly disclosing my delight in your blog could be beneficial to you. done.

IT IS ALLY said...

I find this post really odd.

Kind of like saying, "I really like listening to this rock band. But then I made a classical CD and they didn't want to listen to it. So now I'm not going to listen to THEM any more, either."

Also, I hate to be the one that breaks this to you, but number of blog followers - unless they're well into the thousands - have got absolutely nothing to do with a book deal, unless we are living in some kind of crazy magic land, in which case I am ready for my unicorn.

Jacqui said...

For those who don't know, Google Reader shows both the blogs you subscribe to and the ones you 'follow'. I'm trying to switch over the subscriptions to following because it's a bit friendlier, but you can easily see how many subscriptions a blog has by clicking on the 'show detail' button in Reader. Not that I ever do that, no siree.

Allie said...

A little bit of tongue-in-cheek self-promotion is totally okay :) That's definitely the way to do it.

Thanks for commenting unconditionally.

P.S. Have you tried submitting to blog directories and blog carnivals? That's a great way to get followers in a sort of "passive" way.

Avalon said...

{Blush} I wondered why you werent on my blog feed - its cos I didnt notice yoru feed icon. Was following you on twitter anyway, but I usually come over here from the link om my page anyway.

Now ive (hopefully) added to you to my reader.

And good on ya!

Casey Freeland said...

If you are following me and I don't have a blog, should I call someone? Glad to be here. Thanks for the invite.

Anonymous said...

I am following in a reader. I hate it when I follow blogs and they don't even give me a chance. I feel ya