I've been doing this blogging thing for a while now and the last couple of weeks I have faced the same question that many of you have faced . . . to follow or not to follow.
I started this blog as a way for me to vent, discuss my sweet family, and to document our memories. Over time, though, I have realized that I could pick up a few dollars here and there just by putting all of my thoughts out there. To make money or to get chosen to write review and such you have to generate traffic. To generate traffic you do blog hops. To really generate traffic, you follow people in hopes that they will follow you back.
This is where I am in a quandry.
I think that everyone out there has something interesting to say. A story to tell. My problem is that I do actually read every single blog that I follow. I try to make comments and really be engaged in the lives of the people I follow. I feel like if I just follow to follow then this bloggy world that I have come to love will lose its flair for me. I will open up the Dashboard and be inundated with things that really don't interest me that much.
How do you guys deal with this? For those of you who are making good money or just any extra money, how did you deal with this problem? I know some of the people I follow have 1,000+ followers. I think to myself if those people follow back all of their followers, how do they keep up with everyone.
What do you guys do?