Sunday, September 13, 2015 19:29

Fairytale News | Popularity.


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

Sometimes I see people talking about the ‘big bloggers’ or ‘that popular blog’ and it always makes me curious; what makes you a big/popular blogger? Is it the amount of followers, the statistics, the comments you get or is it the value you add to the blogosphere? Is it the amount of ARC’s, the connections with publishers/authors or how many blogging friends you have?

I do understand the distinction some people make between a big/small blog. If you've been around for three years you are clearly 'bigger' than someone who just started. BUT, both are equally important to me. We are all valuable and we all add something special. To me, it’s about being part of this community, whether you have tons of followers or none. Therefore I don't think there is such a thing as ‘big’ or ‘popular.'

Blogging is also not a competition. We are all in this, because of our mutual love for books. I’m not busy comparing myself to other blogs and I don’t think it’s important to be obsessed with numbers. Numbers say nothing to me. It’s about the passion I feel for blogging and how much I enjoy talking about books. I'm not going to lie and say I don't care about the amount of followers or how many comments I get. It's always a good feeling to see more friends added you to their circle and it's even better if people show that they've read your post. But in the end, those two things will not keep you around if you don't enjoy your own content. 

It's the same with ARC's. People sometimes seem to believe that you have more influence if you review more early copies. I say we need to let go of the special value we have given to ARC's. They can be a fun perk of being a blogger, but they are not necessarily in order to maintain a blog.

So what do you think. Is there such a thing as a big/popular blogger to you?
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

29 comments:

  1. I don't follow a lot of big blogs, and by my definition that's a blog where the bloggers never responds to comments because they get too many. Now, there's popular bloggers that do respond, and then I follow. I like the interaction of blogging, so I look for that in the blogs I follow. I think a lot more people who have ginormous followings are active on twitter, and I just don't really do the twitter thing well! That is my own bad.

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    1. That is an interesting way to look at it! I think you are right in some way. The amount of comments can get overwhelming. I always try to keep up with the comments too, but it can be hard :)

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  2. I don't follow a lot of big blogs, and by my definition that's a blog where the bloggers never responds to comments because they get too many. Now, there's popular bloggers that do respond, and then I follow. I like the interaction of blogging, so I look for that in the blogs I follow. I think a lot more people who have ginormous followings are active on twitter, and I just don't really do the twitter thing well! That is my own bad.

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  3. I'm in complete agreement with Anne about my definition of a "big blog." It's awesome that some people get so many comments that they can't keep up, but I'm looking for a conversation when I read blogs. If I know I'll never get a response, I'm quickly going to lose interest in reading that blog. I want my comments to mean something, and I want to get to know the blogger. It's definitely possible to be a "big blogger" and still interact with readers (Cait of Paper Fury is the perfect example), but it seems as if a lot of bloggers burn out by the time they get to that point. (Which is understandable, I think.)

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    1. Interaction with followers is so important, I agree :) Cait is a model blogger!

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  4. I agree with the above comments^^ to me, a big blogger is someone who has so many followers that they don't have the time to respond to them or interact with their followers. In that sense, I don't follow many of the big bloggers either. I look for interactions with the bloggers I follow. Like minded bookish people to share ideas, fangirl and discuss books. The amount of ARCs doesn't even factor into it for me.

    That being said: I agree with what you said in you post: blogging is NOT a competition. If someone wants to interact with me, I don't care if they have zero followers, or thousands. If we can be friends and talk books, everyone is welcomed :)

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    1. Talking with other people who have the same thoughts about books - or discussing about things you disagree, is the best thing about blogging :D

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  5. I do think there's a level at which somebody goes from being something, to a popular one of that something, and I think I've seen some people change when that happens, and it does feel suky being someone that's just chilling because sometimes I feel like I'm not good enough. I think when it comes to ARC's, Mishma did a fantastic post on them and popularity and you've just continued the trend of fantastic posts that make people think differently about them. I do still believe there will always a 'big and popular' bloggers and the others, but meh, can't win them all. Great post though Mel! :D

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    1. I still need to check out her (or was it Jillian who wrote it?) post about ARC's. Sometimes I also feel like I don't matter when I hardly get any comments, but then I remind myself it's not only about that :)

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  6. I agree with everything you said!! Followers doesn't affect if I'll interact with you or not. I love interacting we bloggers, period. I think by big bloggers they mean people who have publicist contacts, lots of followers via blog and social media, publisher connections, receive lots of review copies. I hate the disdain I see towards bigger bloggers sometimes and the avoidance and contempt I see towards some newbies. Big bloggers isn't synonymous to cocky and exclusive people who won't deign to talk to anyone "below" them. Quite often I see mean words directed at the "big bloggers," people not named, but still implied. That's just mean and a total generalization!! Sometimes people also look down on small bloggers (I've seen this too). It's like a bragging thing like "hey I've been here longer." This also bugs me so much. Sorry for this rant xD

    Bottom line is we're all bloggers, and why must we make such arbitrary distinctions?!

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    1. Someone could easily become your best friend, so it should not matter if it's a blogger with zero or thousand followers. It doesn't change the person behind the screen. Newbies are always more than welcome to me :)

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  7. Tbh, I HAVE NO IDEA. It always confuses me. I feel like a "big" or "popular" blog is one of those kinds that host lots of events and are really active everywhere and have a lot of followers. BUT. The longer I blog, I just have no clue. >_< Followers doesn't actually mean your blog gets a lot of traffic.
    And I think these sorts of things shouldn't affect how we talk to other bloggers anyway, either! Like I distinctly remember being a smallish, newbie blogger and trying to talk to, what I considered, "big blogs."... and being ignored. Only to get 1K followers myself and THEN have those blogs take notice of me. I mean, what??!?! Why would you do that??!? Numbers doesn't matter. The person and their content is what matters. *nods*

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    1. That is horrible! I feel like if you are a 'big' blog you should reach out to newbies and make them feel welcome.

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  8. I used to worry a lot more about such things: how to make my blog more successful (whatever that means) and more popular... and then at one point, I remembered all the things you just pointed out - that I'm in it for fun, that I've met some extraordinary people and that I have a house full of books. Things like unique visitors and arcs just stopped being important.

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  9. I TOTALLY agree. I'm not going to pretend that I don't check up on my stats or notice how many followers I have... BUT that's not why I'm blogging. It sure feels nice to see that number grow but I'm always doing this because it's something I enjoy and am having fun with! :D
    Hmmm I'm guessing most people judge who "big" bloggers are by followers, notoriety, and how many ARCs they get, just judging by the posts and comments I've seen floating around lately. I don't really pay attention myself but if someone says "big blogger" I do have a few people that instantly pop into my head that I would note as someone who could be put in that category........ But that being said, I don't think it really matters. I think numbers start to play a bigger game if you're in search of obtaining ARCs because that's what pubs look at -- simply because they need to send it to a blog who has a good audience. If you don't care about ARCs or have stopped caring, I'm sure numbers are far less prominent in that blogger's life! It's hard to say exactly what makes a "big" blogger but I also think their voice has a big part of it .... which is kind of also related to followers because that's how their voice is heard and spread around. I really think they're all connected!
    But when it comes down to it, the "big" bloggers are just people and I like to think we're all here to just gab about books and make new friends because of our fellow loves. I know that's why I'm here! ;D

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    1. Exactly! I think everyone looks at their stats once in a while, but it should not matter that much in the end. And yes, we are all in this together for one thing and that's our love for books :D (and make new friends who love the same ones)

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  10. When I first started blogging, I thought ARCs were amazing and everything. Now, though, I'd rather just read whatever I want and not care about release dates lol. It's interesting how your perspective changes the longer you blog. I think a lot of newer bloggers look at some blogs as big/popular because they're trying to find their place in the community and want someone to look up to. Plus, it can be hard sometimes not to compare yourself to others, even in blogging.

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    1. I see that change in a lot of bloggers who have been around for a long time. I guess the original joy and excitement wears off, because now you realize how much stress it can bring.

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  11. For me it's all about who makes me feel welcome, who I can engage with and whose posts I actually like. You can have a million readers and know ALL the authors but if I don't like or connect with your posts then none of that matters. When I first started blogging I did focus on 'popular' blogs and I was always trying to read the books that they read and all I wanted was arcs, arcs and more arcs. But now I'm bothered. I'd rather read a book that I know I'll like rather than read it because a million other bloggers have.

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    1. I agree! It's all about being able to connect with the blogger behind the screen, so it doesn't matter how many followers they have :)

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  12. I honestly don't really think much about my stats (though I do celebrate milestones when I notice I've hit them!). For me, blogging is about sharing my passion for books (and other things) with the world, and also a way to chronicle my own story. I love the fact that it's also become an avenue of communication! I love connecting with other bloggers, and that's usually the main thing that will make me want to follow a blogger - the possibility of becoming friends, and the general enjoyment of their content!

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    1. Those are exactly my thoughts Alexa. I love how blogging gives me the ability to connect with people from all over the world with a big possibility I end up with a new friend :)

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  13. See other than Xpresso Reads, Midnight Garden and Cuddlebuggery, I don't think there are any blogs that I classify as "BIG AND POPULAR". I agree with you in that I think all bloggers, n o matter how long they've been blogging, has something to add.

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  14. This post is stunning Mel. <3 Thank you so much for sharing :) I know that me and my blog is not popular. Which is a bit depressing. But I still love me and my blog, lol :D So I'm good. Next month is my 4 years of blogging mark, and I do not feel like stopping anytime soon. But aaaanyway. Popular blogs. I know of very, very many of those :) And I always get so jealous, lol. But so thrilled for them too. Like you. You are popular. You always get so so many comments, and that makes me a bit jealous, but you also deserve it the most, as your blog and your posts are stunning :) Anyway. You are awesome. <3 Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. It's all about how you feel about your blog and I think you are doing a great job Carina :) 4 years already, that is great! I would never think of myself as popular, but thank you <3

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  15. I have to admit that I think of blogs as "small and big", but I don't think that impacts my love for them. I always thought of the big blogs as having a large influence on the community, or the ones that have stuck it out and earned their stripes.

    Lovely topic! You are right about one thing: we really shouldn't allow this distinction to stand in our way, and really move away from this constant terminal idea about ARCs and such. It is getting very old and annoying.

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  16. You always have interesting discussions Mel! I have NO IDEA what makes a blog/blogger "big" or "popular" - I think it's actually very subjective. I mean, some people think Ash and I have made quite a name for ourselves - and I am proud of how far we've come - but we are still behind many others in things like page views, ARCs and Followers if we were measured on that scale. I am happy where we are though so I don't care whether we are big or small, popular or unpopular. I also agree that we place a lot of emphasis on ARCs which is funny because my reviews of older books get just as many page views. I think it's just fun to read books early sometimes - especially if it's a book you are coveting and I think many of us get caught up in that.

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    1. Exactly! As long as you are happy int he place where you are, it doesn't matter how someone would define your blog :)

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  17. This is a beautiful post Mel! This is something that has been bothering me for some time as well. Sometimes I wonder what actually defines a blog's "popularity" Is it their content? The amount of time they've been blogging? Their online presence? The thing is, sometimes I see "big" blogs which are honestly not that interesting and new ones with really intriguing content. It's sad to see that there is an unfair balance in the blogosphere when it comes to popularity.

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