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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Some Things I’ve Been Wondering (About Blogging)


1. If I comment on a blog often and the blogger replies to me and we even write back and forth sometimes, but she never visits and / or comments on my blog, should I keep commenting on hers?

2. How do bloggers have the ability to give away such high value gift cards on so many group giveaways? I never know what to offer to give away because I can’t throw around $25 gift cards all the time!

3. Would anyone want to win a knit hat?

4. What’s with the big giveaways you see announcements for? They say free link with announcement, but then they list the “like on Facebook” links together, so I never bother to click through and like all of them. Does anyone? Is it worth it to participate in these things?

5. I mentioned in my June in Review post  that my followers amount has gone up. How does that translate to actual readers?


6. And how do people get 1000 page hits per day?

7. How do I get invited to Disney Social Media Moms?

Got answers? Leave them in the comments. What are you just wondering?


Munchkins and the Military said...

I'm about to stop commenting on the people who don't at least comment back occasionally.
2. I think they might actually make money blogging?
3. YES! I seriously love mine!!
4. I don't bother participating.
6. I had some 1000 hit days due to one of my images being pinned like 1000 times..
7. I JUST followed them on Twitter yesterday.. LOL hopefully my first step in getting invited..
Have a great weekend!! (:

Hannah @Supermommy!...Or Not. said...

1. I find it kind of rude when I comment on a blog often and the blogger neve bothers to stop by my blog. But that hasn't happened to me very often. If I really like their content, I'll keep visiting their blog, but if not, they're off my blog list.
2. I was thinking that they probably make money from their blogs and split the cost of the gift card. My sister and I are starting a review/giveaway blog so we're trying to figure this out :)
3. Yes :)
4. Not sure.
5. Not sure.
6.Still working on it. Gotta get "big and famous" I guess.
7. Never heard of them!

Lindsay said...

Blogging ended being this whole intricate little community I had no idea it truly was -- and it's so intimidating! I don't know the answers to any of these questions. I just write. Otherwise I go nuts. Keep writing. I love your blog! :)

This wasn't helpful, I'm sorry. Haha.

KC Coake said...

I love what you have been wondering. I think we all wonder many of the same things.
I don't know that I have many answers, but I can give you some of my speculations. I've noticed with the big $100 giveaway cards often there are 10 bloggers supporting it. Then it would only be $10 each. Or I've noticed that the big gift card giveaways are part of a sponsored post. It is being paid for. I'm not sure if this is what you are talking about, but there is something I have noticed.
I was doing a few giveaways for a while and haven't recently. I'm at about 1,500 to 2,000 pageviews per day and my numbers are smaller than yours. For my genre...pinterest in the best thing on the planet in terms of pageview. I've kind of gone against the grain in terms of followers. I haven't done a lot of blog hops and such and so on. I've followed people that I geniunely like and want to follow and have waited for my numbers to grow the same way. I think that even though my numbers are small I have a good 'fan/follower' base of people who really want to follow versus lots of people who are following me because we both participated in a blog hop. Not to say there isn't some great merit to followers and blog hops, etc. because I'm having trouble getting sponsored posts b/c I think they don't believe my numbers b/c my followers #'s are smaller than lots of people with less pageviews and tons more followers. I just don't have the time to do as much as is required for all of these I've just had to pick and choose.
If you find out about the Disney Social thing, please spill the beans....we want in! We just got to go to Busch Gardens for a blogger was great!
Take care and Happy 4th!

Rachel said...

Seriously, I won't read and comment blogs by people who won't take the time to show a little appreciation to the blogs of their faithful readers. That just doesn't seem like much fun!
To me, I can tell when my readership is going up when the amount of comments I get is regularly increasing. To me, that's the surest way, though I guess pageviews give some insight...

Breenah said...

I'd keep reading the blog because she responds to your comments. Some people don't read that many blogs or your writing just may not click with her. I try to check out everybody's blog who comments on mine, but I don't always have something to say and I'm not gonna leave a comment JUST to leave a comment.

Tamar SB said...

1. oo yeah that tends to annoy me! espesially when I think it's because the blogger has gotten to big for their britches, if you know what I mean!

2. no idea!

3. your knitting is always awesome!

4. giveaways are insane these days...the bigger they are the less I am likely to go in for them...

5. No idea! I'm happy if I get more than 7 comments on a post, despite "154 followers"

6. they visit it themselves haha?

7. whoa that sounds awesome!

happy 4th!

Another Clean Slate said...

I cross my fingers that even if people aren't commenting, they are still reading. I don't comment on every post I read, but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy them.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Are you a mind reader because I have been wanting to do a post like this! I don't know ho people do it, I mean truly. I can't participate in tons of giveaways because I just don't have the money to put in.

I've decided to stop focusing on page views and numbers. I'm never going to be a famous blogger and I'm ok with that.

I've heard the Disney moms thing is a random selection, that so far the moms selected aren't always Disney blogs or even ever posted about Disney.

Melanie S said...

Great questions :)

Spunkee Belle said...

1. I think its very rude but I try to go through my Bloglovin' feed at least twice a day and comment as much as I can. I keep commenting because someone else will see me in their comments and click on me and hopefully I will gain them as an actual follower.

2. Giveaway what you can afford. I try to giveaway a gift card worth $10 at least once a month and other giveaways I participate in I give gift certificates to my Etsy Shop
or I find a cute accessory that I think would interest people.

3. I would love a knit hat.

4. This one has me stumped because I don't get the question.

5. I've figured out that a lot of people only follow because of the requirements for giveaways or because of the hop you're participating in.

6. I'm wondering myself.
I'm just shooting for 100+ page views a day!

7. What is Disney Social Media Moms??

Spunkee Belle // Bloglovin' // Twitter

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

For number 5 you might want to try Google Analytics. If you don't want to have to put code on your site though you could use It doesn't give you as much info, but it will give you a general idea of how many visitors versus how many pageviews in a month.

Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

I TOTALLY agree with you on most of these! My biggest blogger gripe is that I take the time to read/comment on other blogs that I like, and I get a response, but then that person never reads/comments on my own blog. Not cool.

For the giveaway question, I know a lot of bloggers ask their readers to participate by donating $5 or more depending on how many links in the Rafflecopter they want to have. But then I think this only works for bigger blogs. I don't know if I could get anyone to donate!

And for the most part, I think even if you get more followers, most of the time those people don't read your blog daily. I can tell that because even though my follower count increases daily on Bloglovin/Twitter, I still have the same page views per day. I don't know how to increase that!

And yes, you know I'd love a knit hat made by you!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

The comment thing I know I'm guilty of that and usually it's the fault of my iPad, bloglovin and the iPad are terrible sometimes it takes me 5 minutes to get a comment up that I give up. Lately with things going on at home I've found it hard to keep up my blog reading so I would say its a judgement call is she being rude or is it something that's happened just recently. If you've emailed do you feel comfortable just asking, or does that sound needy, not sure. Big giveaways for gift cards..if they were directly out of my pocket I could not afford that. Knitted hat are you serious? Your hand knits espeally the Disney ones are awesome yes you could, but why are you feeling the giveaway urge, from experience they raise follow numbers but not really readers. 1000 a day...if someone gives you the magic button for tat let me know :) the Disney stuff...totally no idea.

Holly Higgins said...

1. Depends on the blog. If I really like the content, then I'll continue

2. They probably make money blogging

3. I'm sure there are people out there that would!

4. Yes!

5. Not necessarily. I think you can tell by page views and comments.

Holly Higgins said...

6. If you ever figure it out, let me know!

7. I have no idea :(

Amanda said...

I wonder all these things a lot! I definitely don't have the $ to give out 25 bucks all the time. I'm more in the $10 range... As for group giveaways, I usually only get entries for the things I'm ALREADY doing. So, basically I don't really "like" or follow people just to enter the giveaway. Most of the time, anyway. I don't know blogging is weird. I love that someecard! I'm pretty sure I have 300 page views on my own blog for sure! :)

-TWE said...

Unfortunately I can't answer most of your questions because I wonder them myself. As for the bloggers not commenting back. I'd say give them a couple of chances before ditching them. I try to keep up with my comments but sometimes it's hard depending on what else is going on in my life. For instance, with school out right now and a very full summer schedule I've had a hard time keeping up my blog and the comments on it. However, in a month or so when the kids go back to school I'll be much more diligent and dedicated to my blog bc I'll have the time to devote to it. :->
Now, having said that...There are a few bloggers that have just plain turned me off though bc they have made me feel that they are just too "big" to reply to my piddly little comments. In those cases, I ditch them. Ain't nobody got time for that! LOL

Shoshanah said...

For a while every time I had a new follower I'd add them to my reader, and try to read and comment on their posts. But it got to be a little ridiculous and time consuming, and even though I've cut back on that, I'm still awful on keeping up, hence the fact I'm commenting on a month old post.

This is part of the reason I rarely participate in the following type link up. Yes you may wind up with a ton of new followers, but if they don't actually read or visit what's really the point.

And I think it's all about perspective too. Because I know I always see your number of followers and number of sponsors ads, and for that reason was surprised that your not going forward with Passionfruit. So I guess just because it seems like a blogger has crazy money for giveaways, it could just as easy be their own money.