On which I write about the books I read, science, science fiction, fantasy, and anything else that I want to. Currently trying to read and comment upon every novel that has won the Hugo and International Fantasy awards.
Book Blogger New Year's Challenge of 2014 - How Do You Plan on Getting More Followers This Year?
How Do You Plan on Getting More Followers This Year?
To be honest, other than participating in the Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alison, and the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Billy Burgess, I don't really do much to get new followers, and I don't really plan on doing anything new. I post links on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook, but that really seems like alerting people who are already followers to new content rather than an attempt to garner new followers. For the most part, I have built up what following this blog has simply by posting the best content I can on a regular basis and trying to keep the past posts organized and reasonably accessible for anyone who wants to go back and see old reviews and comments.
My philosophy is that it is better to attract readers with the quality of the blog itself rather than to engage in a collection of giveaways, contests, or other marketing efforts, and I am more likely to generate good quality content if I focus on that rather than ginning up follower totals. I suspect that those may generate some short term interest, but if the quality of the content is not high enough, you won't keep those new readers long. Like taping bacon to a cat, high profile posts that don't relate to the material you produce seem like they can generate a lot of hits for a day or two, but don't really appear to translate into long-term readership.
I am planning on going to CapClave again this year, and possibly the World Fantasy Convention, and if I get my act together, I may try to generate some readers while I am there, but that is a somewhat less than well-thought out plan at this point. I guess the short version of this post is simply that my plan to get new followers this year is to just continue doing what I have been doing for the last four years.