Lately I’ve been writing a lot of posts that in one way or the other is centered around stats and numbers.
Just look at this:
- March in a Post – Life & Blog Report
- How I gained 90 new followers on Bloglovin’ in a week
- Blogging Goals 2016 pt 2
- Improve your blog + Free Blogging Stats Printable
What’s going on? Do I really blog to be popular?
It seems to be a common opinion in the blogging world that if you blog to be popular, you’re in it for the wrong reason!
But I’ll be honest with you: I do not not blog to be popular. I like that people are reading my blog. And I like to think that I help at least some of those people, when I write a useful post. Or just by making them smile – that would be pretty great!
What I don’t want is to sacrifice my integrity or be dishonest with you to become popular. The main reason why I blog is that I genuinely like to – and I will never give that up just to reach a bigger audience.
My priorities are, and always will be, in this order
- My blog is my safe space – I can talk openly about mental health and whatever else I want to
- I blog because I enjoy it
- I want to use my little space of the internet to spread positivity
- I want to try hard to provide value with my posts – either by offering advice or just slightly brightening someone’s day
- To build/be part of a positive community of inspiring people with an interest for fitness and health (Which is essentially almost the same as ‘be popular’ but this seems to have less of a negative connotation)
- I want to share cute dog videos although it’s completely off topic for my blog 😉
So when people say it’s wrong to blog to be popular, I don’t think they mean it’s wrong to want people to see your work. It’s if popularity is the only goal. If you’re okay with being a bad person, screwing people over just to get to the top, and don’t care about anyone, including your readers.
Nobody* ever goes
“This is just AWFUL, I got yet another follower on Instagram! 😭”
*Except that one time I checked out a new follower, and it was somebody who posted a pic every time they had gone to the toilet… Just so you can imagine how disgusting this was, the caption on the latest photo was ‘had corn lol’. Excuse me while I go throw up again. I’m so sorry I told you that, it’s not even necessary to prove my point.
Back on track: That person is definitely not in it to be popular (I hope).
Still, I kinda am – and I think most bloggers are too, they just don’t like to use that word.
I look at numbers a lot – but they’re not all that matters. I care more about making this something I’m proud of. I care about connecting with people, and the friendships I’ve build through of blogging. I’m not doing everything I possibly can to grow my blog – because I don’t enjoy that. But when the things I enjoy doing overlap with growing my blog, of course I’m going to do them!
I don’t see the harm in that. Considering the popularity of the posts I mentioned in the intro, I’m not the only one!
What do you think? Is it wrong to blog to be popular? Let me know in the comments!