Do we blog to share or collect followers and likes?

Lately Suan and I had been scouring the wordpress reader to trawl through literally hundreds of posts that are shared by bloggers around the world. Using the search engine and a few tags to attempt some sifting, it was still a challenge as new posts keep popping up every minute or so.

When we started this blog, we intended it as a staging ground to share our writings and thoughts. If you had read our about us section, you’d know that we had been writing since the late 90s but had mostly kept it private. While we do not consider ourselves travelers (as defined today by some), we say it (traveling) matters to us.

Travel Bloggers
This one we lifted from the web…

For a time as we built content transcribing our offline material online (tougher than we expected), we were happy just leaving the posts there. If anyone cared, they’d read or liked it. Otherwise, life goes on. Like most folks our day jobs sometimes keep us up – burning the midnight oil (aka doing the graveyard shift) as they say here in this part of the world.

And then there is the ‘mundane’ stuff around the home. Busy lives, such as washing the toilet, clearing clutter at home, preparing meals…heheh…sounds familiar?

Then, when much (perhaps 40% at this point) of the offline content were transcribed we took a break from writing. You know the posts can be scheduled right? So honestly we had posts strung out on a schedule 3 months out!

Crickets’ are calling in the background. Did you hear that?

At one stage it felt like we had to go out there and draw in followers to read us and even to like our posts. Because suddenly it dawned upon us reading wordy posts may NOT be the ‘want’ of the audience. And the sheer number of posts that come online every minute does not help…

Blame it on mobile devices, folks today scroll with their fingers rather than flip pages. So it is scanning the headlines, peeking at the picture(s) and click a “like”. Read a long post like this one? Forget about it! Are you still reading this? We wrote recently about why we blog.

So are we just collecting followers and likes or are we seeking someone to really read and enjoy our literary work? Or should this whole blogging thing be about conversations with folks from around the world that you’ll probably never meet in person? What do you think?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

56 thoughts on “Do we blog to share or collect followers and likes?”

    1. That’s true. Out of many folks who follow, there seems to be only a small percentage who actually read the writings. That’s a shame, but hey! We’re reading you, and you’re reading us. That’s all that matters!

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  1. Very interesting post! My sister Ale and I started our blog to show our creations and we’re happy when people like them even if they don’t buy them! After one year we have only 59 followers but we don’t care about it and we don’t follow or like other blogs just to get likes. But I will follow yours because I really like it!

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    1. LOL many thanks for your support. We have to confess, we have not been reading back up folks who follow us…been rather busy lately. And we actually schedule all our posts! So what you read was scheduled in about 2 months ago!
      That said, our mission in the coming weeks is to read up all of our followers’ writings. It will be tough but we’ve just gotta do it!

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  2. Great post as always !! Whatever the reason is to start a blog, I think every true blogger is craving for and is exited by organic reads. Most of the time i see on my posts that not even half the number of people who have liked it have actually read the article 😦 .. and that makes me sad !! 😦 but, it is what it is! I just keep writing in the hopes that at least 1 person out there would benefit from my posts! I love blogging because it gives me a platform to talk excessively(!!) about things that i love and i get to connect, interact and hang out with like-minded people from all over the world like you! And as far as your blog goes i am in love with it, I make it a point to come back when ever i can and stalk all the new posts :P, i’v always admired how you interact with the community and how through your post you encourage interactions. Thank you for writing such a thought- provoking post!!

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    1. Thank you for your support! Yes indeed our purpose of blogging is the same – ie to share our thoughts. That’s what we cann musings…heheh.
      Interaction. Yes that’s definitely what we want! And do keep up with your posts! We sense you have not blogged for some time!

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  3. I think it depends on your motives, some people I read have amazing styles of writing that should be out there for everyone to access! 🙂 But I do love to open up the conversation and interact with others through blogging, there’s so many things I’ve discovered just through reading other people’s blogs. I love the content you guys put out, it really does make me think more about different issues, like this!

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  4. This is a long post? Do you ignore my long posts? Ha-ha! Kidding. It’s not a competition who can write the longest post with no one reading. Lol!

    While short posts are okay, I feel they are rather empty. They’re okay when I’m killing time. For a real connection, longer posts work better. I’m glad you guys blog for the right reasons. Not that making money out of blogging is a wrong reason; we must understand not everyone makes a helluva lot of money from day jobs – like you! Ha-ha! *wink*

    We have similar lives. I have a hectic day job (that gives me hypertension). I have a demanding toddler. Hubby now works over 100km from home. I have a business or 2 on the side. I have 2 blogs. I need/want/intend to include exercise in my life (doesn’t always happen). I have friends and must have a social life. I play PokemonGo and a couple of other games. I must sleep. Where do we find the time?

    We’re dong fine. 🙂 We blog because we want to write and share, and that’s good. If many appreciate what we do and we get followers, likes and comments, then blogging is even better. I don’t know if you already read Mike’s blog but there’s an old post of his that I found via Twitter last week and I must still comment as well. Check it out – https://senczyszak.com/2016/03/27/given-up-on-your-blog-yet/

    Keep blogging no matter what! 🙂

    PS
    Even when I seem to disappear, the email notifications remain unread so I can read all the “missed” posts when I get the time. And I shouldn’t be catching up with blogs tonight because I’m not done with my long Cinderella short story and tomorrow is the deadline. I think I might be procrastinating.

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    1. LOL, yes you need to complete the Cindarella story indeed! We don’t have a flair for fiction writing…so we wanted to stay out of it…to save ourselves from the embarassment…
      We actually only post something every 2 days… and some of them are short like the funny pictures…well because we actually juggle some other things too! lol. Just that its private *wink*…for us to know and you to find out. heheh.

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  5. One thing I’ve found is that many “followers” are anything but. They never hit the Like button and they never post a comment. So, I assume that they never read anything I write.

    Anyway, what I’m looking for is what most bloggers probably are looking for. Namely, a halfway decent number of readers.

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  6. I started to blog to share my story on how inspired I was after my first solo trip. I felt that I needed an outlet and blogging was the best option. If they liked it and followed the blog would be a bonus but getting people to be inspired to start on their own travel has always been the goal. Just like what others have mentioned, it is better to have a few thoughtful comments than a lot of likes but no engagement.

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    1. We wholeheartedly agree. The fun of blogging is in writing. We are grateful even for a simple comment, because it shows that someone had actually read the post rather than scrolling through!

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  7. It is always interesting to question ourselves why we blog. I think I did a post on it a long time ago. Maybe I deleted it. Not sure. Why I blog is simple . Just sharing my life adventures, mostly travels because this is what I like to do and what I can do now . I hope that my friends enjoy reading my blog. I know I have over 120 followers but I am not into trying to get more. I like to “relive” my travels and use my photos to describe my adventures. And you are right, I will probably never meet my readers.

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    1. We too are re-living our past travels by bringing up a post once every week on something we did years back. And as you might have seen, we started off with travelogs and a quarterly newsletter sent to our friends. We just like blogging and sharing via WP is better than FB.

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        1. Oh we have them all in our stories from our travel handprint drop down menu at the top of the blog. There are too many, so we categorize them by region and country….so corporate we might add! lol

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  8. A great post guys! I guess I personally like the connection with other bloggers, even if we don’t get to meet in person. Who knows we get to meet each other in Singapore someday, we never know 🙂

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    1. That’s right! The connection is sometimes what is needed for one may not get it back where we are. We used to have pen friends (duh), well Suan still have one who write regularly to connect. Mel just thinks its better the blogging way…

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    1. Oh yes digital diary! That’s a good point. We recorded our own travels initially many years back as travelogs. But they were private. Then we started newsletters in 2009 to share with friends. And last year we started transcribing our past travels into WP.
      We cannot be a travel guide, but we will share what we did and this we hope will inspire anyone reading to craft their own journeys. Its sometimes fun to satirize our own journeys!

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  9. Personally, I blog for myself. So I can become accustomed to writing, try out new styles, learn more things, etc. See what people like/don’t like, so I can use it in my future career to better myself. Also, I do love reading others’ work and talking with them – I’ve been so inspired by what I’ve seen other bloggers do and the places they visit, only good has come out of this experience and I’ve only been blogging for about 3 months. Don’t get me wrong though, I love when I get a new follower, haha. It makes me even happier!

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    1. That’s right. In WP one can easily try our new writing in ways one might not do at work. Mel would certainly find it hard to express his thoughts corporately in the same manner as we write here! lol. And followers, we intentionally hid the counter. Why bother with that?

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  10. I write for myself. To chart my growth and to map my life journey. I enjoy looking back at where I have come from. But I also blog because it gives me an opportunity to meet interesting people around the world and I have made some good friends along the way. It’s these conversations and reaching out over the vast distances that keep me blogging.

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    1. Exactly. We wrote a reply earlier, and that was in the past we had pen friends that shared the most intimate secrets. Now we have friends sitting next to each other and focusing mainly on the mobile device…sigh. Perhaps WP is the new way to ‘pen friend’?

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  11. Really interesting post (and yes I got through ‘the long post’, and more to the point, really enjoyed it!)

    I started out with nothing more than an idea of writing a few tips and sharing some knowledge. It all started so slowly…and then suddenly without warning it explodes and you almost wonder how and why. I think as long as we enjoy blogging, we are on to a good thing. Numbers, likes, followers; it can get to be an obsession watching the numbers grow, but I truly appreciate the bit of contact I have with genuine people who show a real interest in what I write about. S x

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    1. LOL yes indeed. What we found was that by sticking with a post about 300-400 words in length and putting in a good punch in it, more folks will be engaged. The longer ‘posts’ for us are actually pages with a lot more details. So we actually have two approaches to writing on WP. The longer post for us is the original travelog adapted though…heheh
      So yes we agree that it started with transcribing past journeys and some random musings and it morphed into what we have currently just as your experience is!
      And just a comment here or there would make our day!

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  12. A really interesting post. In the last paragraph you mention having conversations with people from around the world that you’ll probably never meet. From my own perspective as a travel and food blogger (although it seems to be mostly food I’m writing about at the moment!) I am loving being able to connect with other foodies from around the world. Currently we’re in the height of summer in New Zealand so I’m cooking with summer produce. But many of my fellow bloggers are posting their winter recipes. I’m saving these for when our cooler weather hits. It feels like a community and I love it.

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      1. Hi Mary, that’s exciting. You’re coming to New Zealand at a great time – the weather is gorgeous and hopefully should last into April. Thanks so much for the follow. I’m looking forward to following you also. I absolutely love travelling – I think the world is such a fabulous place!

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    1. And we are right in between! LOL. Because its perpetually summer here…but that won’t stop us from having “summer” or ‘winter’ dishes!
      Suan: I cook a fair bit too but have so far not shared anything on WP. But perhaps that’s something I’d do. Mel’s been bugging me about doing it, well more like challenging me…

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  13. For me blogging started out as a kind of visual online journal, and it didn’t matter to me if I had readers or not. But then certain people, such as yourselves, started commenting and actually developing conversations on some of my posts. Those conversations, and the online friendships I have formed from participating in the ‘blogosphere,’ are why I continue to post. Yes, it would really be nice to have great numbers of readers and likes, but I value the few comments that I get so highly that the number game isn’t that interesting to me at all.

    Please keep up with your excellent blog, Mel and Suan! I for one (and I know there are many others) read every word and study every picture. I feel honored that you share some of your lives and travels with us. ❤

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    1. Thanks Timi! We hope our behaviour is a reflection of our actual attitudes in real life. Some people take on a different persona in the ‘virtual’ world. We want to continue being ourselves, reaching out and connecting. Encouraging and keeping positive! Thanks for connecting with us!

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  14. Personally, one of my main goals is to be able to share through my writing – not just the places I go and the people/things/animals I meet, but also hopefully my perspective to be able to shed a positive light on what I blog about. Sometimes the lack of engagement I get frustrates me, but I guess it’s a process to take slowly! And I find myself gaining immense satisfaction just from the fact of composing and posting a blog article anyway 🙂

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    1. Just remember this. Many a famous poet did not get immediate recognition for their works. And many a painter’s works only became valuable when they passed on! Of course we are not them. So its more about self satisfaction. Having readers and folks who engage in a conversion is a plus!

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    1. Absolutely true. But then we would never truly know isn’t it? The Stats are just that – numbers. Quantitative.
      The signature of success if we may, is how many people comment on the post. Because it means it had provoked some thought! Thanks for thinking about this!

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  15. When I started to blog almost a year ago, the reason was for me to exercise my brain. Now, I blog because I’d love to share my stories and hopefully inspire others. Another reason why blogging has become part of my life is I like the feeling of meeting wonderful people and read their adventures.

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    1. Wow how we are of kindred spirits! We too started out this way, as a means to exercise how we improve our writing skills and to keep records of our travels. And it was private. About a year ago, we started to transcribe the writings into WP. We will never be a travel or destination guide, and like you hope to inspire others to search up and create their own journeys.

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