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losing followers: tips, advice, & encouragement ๐Ÿ’š

hi! welcome back to maggie’s doodles โœจ today i’m sharing some blogging advice! i was talking to my good friend diamond recently about losing followers, and i shared some tips and advice with her. during that conversation, i realized it would make for a very helpful post! so i’m sharing that advice with you today ๐Ÿ˜Šโค

one of the most challenging, discouraging parts of blogging is when we lose (or aren’t gaining) followers. we’ll try to figure out what the problem is, but that can be hard to do.

before long, you’ll feel disconnected from your content, demotivated, and you can lose connection in the community.

so i want to encourage you today! we’ll talk through different possibilities – what might be going on behind-the-scenes – and how you can work on your content to have the best blog you can have.

ultimately for me, blogging isn’t actually about the amount of followers, but the number of people you’re reaching. ๐Ÿ’– when you prioritize writing posts you love and that your friends enjoy, you’re doing the best you can!

let’s go! ๐Ÿ˜Š

reasons you might be
losing followers

  • spam accounts got deleted || there are some accounts on wordpress that are called ‘spam,’ which means they either don’t have a legit blog or they have a blog trying to promote a fake brand or product. when wordpress becomes aware of these accounts (usually because they’ve followed blogs/liked so many posts that they got banned), wordpress will suspend and/or delete them. if any accounts like this are following you, then your followers list might drop a bit. so that has nothing to do with you!
  • you started sharing new content some readers weren’t interested in || this one’s always a downer to me: i’m stoked about a new series, then 3 people leave. ๐Ÿ˜‚ but i get it, and i’ve done it too. if someone’s content changes a lot and it’s not something i want to read about, i’ve unfollowed people for that reason. i think it’s important to stay in contact with and support our friends, even if their content isn’t relevant to our life. but with bloggers we don’t know too well, this will result in unfollowing sometimes
  • you stopped sharing content some readers were interested in || some people come for one post or series, then head out once it’s over haha. they kind of treat your blog like an event or concert instead of… idk the podcast they listen to every day ๐Ÿ˜Œ (lol my analogy kind of dropped off) what i mean is they came for one thing they were interested in, then they want to be done following you. it is disappointing, and sometimes through an experience like this we’ll learn more about what our readers like to see!

evaluating your content is an important part of blogging, but it’s not always the best decision to change something for the comments.

  • some bloggers changed their mind || this one hurts, i know. some people will do a reader cleanse and update who they’re following so that the blogs they’re subscribed to are all the ones they want to be reading at the moment. there’s also a thing called ‘follow-back,’ where a blogger just follows you so that you’ll follow them back. when/if you don’t, they leave. (they can also leave after you follow them!!) losing a follower like that was probably never a reader/supporter of your blog in the first place. it’s just their method of trying to gain readers, so try not to take it personally ๐Ÿ’š
  • the reader glitched || diamond brought up this possible reason! there have been multiple times where i hadn’t seen a new post from a certain blogger in a while. so when i looked up their blog, i wasn’t following them anymore! so it’s very possible that you’ve lost some followers because wordpress is having problems and your readers don’t even know they’ve ‘unfollowed’
  • you share/d content that some readers disagree with || there’s always a chance that when we share our view or opinion on something, someone’s gonna disagree. it could even be a post that includes lifestyle choices you’re making that you don’t even realize could be something to disagree with! (like for me, i’ve shared before that after graduating high school, i haven’t gone to college to get a degree. some people think i’m making a bad decision, but i know what’s good for my life) with posts that could cause a stir, just please be wise. i usually opt for the non-controversial route, but there are also times when a cause is important to us and it is good for us to speak about it

reasons your blog
might not be growing

this next section has some things for you to consider to do a self blog evaluation! if it’s been a while since you got a new follower, or there’s more time in between when new people start following you, you can look at your content. determining what might be the cause of this can help make your content more reader-friendly.

  • the tags you’re using (are they relevant, to the point, and do you use at least 5 per post?)
  • how you title your posts (are they attention-grabbing, too long/too short, and reflect your personality?)
  • not connecting with the community (do you comment on others’ blogs, respond to comments, and create connections?)
  • the length of your posts (are they very short, very long, or have no pictures/lots of pictures?)
  • your content is repetitive (do you share a lot of the same content, or do you vary what you talk about too much?)
  • your posting schedule (do you post a lot, infrequently, or do you take unannounced/frequent breaks?)

thanks so much for reading! i hope some of my tips could help and encourage you today ๐Ÿ’™

what are some of the
best blog tips you’ve learned?

26 thoughts on “losing followers: tips, advice, & encouragement ๐Ÿ’š”

  1. I can definitely say Iโ€™ve had the follow glitch where Iโ€™ll check in on a favorite blog and find that WordPress had deleted them off my follow list . I do hope they fix this in the future . I like trying to keep up with everyone.

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