Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Blogger Hop #14 / My Week In Review

November 5 - 8, 2010

Hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

*click on the title for the answer to this week's question*

"What are your feelings on losing followers?
Have you ever stopped following a blog?"
Hmmmm. I actually have two sets of feelings about losing followers - my initial reaction and the feelings I have once I've thought about it. This was something I tweeted about I think a month ago. I noticed that one moment my GFC said one number and then it would be different. My initial reaction was "OMG what did I do that someone doesn't want to follow me?" My mind would start going through the posts and reviews I'd recently done, thinking that I must have done something wrong. I LOVE Twitter because I got on and asked other bloggers what it meant and I really appreciated the replies I got. It's from those replies that my second set of feelings come from. If someone stops following my blog, it doesn't automatically mean that I did something wrong. In fact, it may have nothing to do with me and more to do with the follower. They may have stopped blogging, they may be sorting through their lists or even shock horror, they actually don't like my blog. There's loads of reasons. Although it does drive me nuts with not knowing, I try really hard to not let it make me doubt myself  or how I run my blog.  Funnily enough, just before I saw this question I saw that I lost a follower on my book review page. Of course first reaction was "Oh crap what's wrong with my reviews" but it was quickly followed with "Nothing Belinda. You write great reviews so don't let it bother you." People like what they like. If someone doesn't like my blog and decides to unfollow - I wish you luck and thank you for visiting. For those who do follow me - I really do appreciate your support. I love blogging and you guys make it fun :)

Do I unfollow? Nope. Do I visit everyone I follow? I try DANG hard too. That's part of why I love memes because it's structured in a way that I can visit and look around. Would I unfollow in the future? I don't know.

Week In Review

I bravely, with a huge dose of crazy, signed up as a participant for the NaNoWriMo challenge. I have no idea what's going to happen BUT I'm going to give it  my best and hopefully be that one step closer to completing the series I'm writing. So cross your fingers. You never know until you try right?

I'm also in the second week of my book buying ban and it's TORTURE. But for all the difficulty I have in not caving, the Book Gods have been generous and I've been receiving books from other sources. It takes the edge off. Now all I have to do is quit going to Walmart to look at the books :s

Book Reviews

Author Spotlight - LM Pruitt interview and reviews

Memes I took part in

In My Mailbox - Sunday
Teaser Tuesday - Tuesday (lol)
Waiting For Pay Day - Thursday (you can find that meme here)


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I hate to lose a follower, but I know it happens. :( Hopefully I get two or three after that, though, right? :) Here's my Hop: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Blog Hop...

Deepali said...

Maybe lots of followers just sign up because of a contest? That is my rationale :)
an old follower,
- Dee, hopping from e-Volving Books

Maidenveil said...

Good luck with your NaNoWriMo project!

Have a nice weekend!

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

Jamie said...

Dropping by to say HI! Have a great weekend! I hope you have great success with your NaNoWriMo project!

Julie said...

Hello! Saying hi! How are you doing on NaNoWriMo?!!

bookdout said...

Just following through on the hop :) Good answer to the question, it's not worth the stress :)

Jessica said...

I feel saddened when I lose followers, so I try not to ever unfollow a blog, even if I'm not a frequent visitor.

Here's my hop:

Selena said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, The Enchanted Book and following. Love your blog!

Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

The Enchanted Book

Shan said...

I feel the exact same way that you do! I think I would be really worried if I lost a large number of followers all at once, but one or two we can't worry about.

I can't get Linky's to work on my computer so I'm not on the list but my blog hop is here

Alison said...

Hopping back. I hate losing followers, but I figure it's not personal and try to forget about it.

Bookangel said...

Maybe in the beginning I cared about losing followers, but now it don't stress it. They stop following and that's their loss.

Howard Sherman said...

I'm always a little bummed when I lose followers but make every effort to
turn every lost follower into a learning experience so I can improve my

On the flip side, I only stop following people when they give me a reason to
such as being totally off message or being too controversial in an negative,
over-the-top way.

Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

Howard Sherman

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Well, I'm here to stay. :)

I'm already a follower and just stopping by to say hello! I hope your book buying ban doesn't get too horrible!

I Read Banned Books said...

Hopping by. Good luck with NaNo!

Jen @ I Read Banned Books.

Lisa_sps said...

I signed up for NaNOWriMo too! Good luck!
Sorry I didn't take part of Wanting for Payday the past two weeks, but last week was crazy and this week I was sick. By the way you forget to link the "here" to the post of Waiting for Pay Day.

thebookfairyhaven said...

I think I'd only be concerned if I lost a large number of followers all in one go - otherwise, I try not to take it personally as well. My take is that you just can't please everyone and if someone wants to unfollow you - it's their loss. On the flipside of the coin, I try not to unfollow bloggers - even if I don't get around to their blogs often.

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by to say hello...thanks for stopping at my blog again.

Love your answer.

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

I'm making my rounds on the Blog Hop and Follow Friday too say hello and share the love. I really try to be a faithful follower that visits often. I hope you have a spectacular weekend and Happy Reading.

I'm a old follower.

Romance Book Junkiesnonst

Claire @ YA Bookie Monster said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!Have a great weekend :)

Claire @ YA Bookie Monster