Another WW swap item today! I'm wearing Alyssa's shirt, which is pretty much the cutest shirt of all. It has a peter pan collar and puffed sleeves. Oh my heart. And yes, I am wearing this skirt and this sweater again. I wear them a lot. The skirt goes with so many things, and is just so comfy! So judge not! For you would do the same. He who throws the first stone... or whatever. You know you wear the same things over and over too, don't lie. Everyone does.
Except for bloggers who don't. And then when they do wear the same thing more than once it becomes a cutesy "remix" as though you can't just say you're wearing the same article of clothing again in a different outfit. No, it must be a ~remix~ with a ~pop of color~! Don't eeeven get me started. Oh wait, too late. I've started a rant.
I'm wearing: Aly's shirt, H&M skirt, UO cardi, earrings from Rose, necklace from Mom.
So Heather and I were talking (not to implicate Heather; all of these thoughts are my own and if I come across as a prick, please know that she is innocent), and we started discussing other blogs and how many followers they had. Bitterness ensued, at least on my part. I realized how much stock a lot of bloggers, myself included, put into how many followers they have and how many comments they receive, etc. But then I started looking at some of the blogs with a ton of followers, blogs that had mediocre content (at best) and yet still managed to generate what seemed like a lot of traffic. What's the deal with that? How are these blogs with crappily edited photos and tedious blather getting so many follows and comments? I can only deduce that the previously mentioned comment whores are behind it. Presumably their only means of obtaining comments is by guilt-tripping their fellow bloggers into following back, and leaving comments regularly. I can't begin to fathom how many hours these people spend at their computers, leaving brief yet demanding comments, expecting the same in return.
So, considering all of that, what exactly does a certain number of followers mean, then? That you're really good at making people feel obligated to follow you? Not always. Well, maybe, for some blogs. But for other blogs it means people generally enjoy the content, they want to read what you have to say or see what pretty pictures you share, and that's that. So why, then, do we put so much meaning in the number? There are blogs I can hardly stand to look at for the two seconds it takes for me to close the tab, and yet they have more followers than some of my favorite blogs. So clearly, a number doesn't mean everything. In fact, I'd venture to claim that it means absolutely nothing. Some of my favorite blogs, run and written by some of the most interesting and genuine people I've met in the blogosphere, have very few followers compared to the "popular" style blogs. But I'd much rather read those lesser-known blogs than most of the ones with 10k followers and a billion comments.
Really, I guess, what I'm trying to say (and convince myself in so saying), is that the number of followers on your blog is a giant pile of warm poo. It means nothing! Show me your thousand followers and I'll show you 268 (as of writing this post), and a badass blog besides. Who wins? WHO KNOWS. It is up to the reader. We like what we like. Not everybody can be a Harry Potter or a Twilight. And who said those were the greatest works of prose, anyway?