I've participated in FF a few times and have, for the most part, enjoyed it. I've run across some really great blogs--ones that make me laugh or think.
On the other hand, I've run into a few blogs that just aren't my cup of tea. Without divulging specific names, let me explain why I don't love some blogs.
- I love to win giveaways as much as the next person but I really DON'T love blogs that do so much PR that the only reason they blog is to give stuff away (read: get free stuff in exchange for a good review). Constantly signing up to win one thing or another is a huge time suck. Ick. On a side note, most of the giveaways are based on the blog author writing a review of a product. I've yet to read a negative review (most likely because if the author is giving bad PR then PR will stop). This is fancy advertising--like commercials for blogs.
- Many bloggers want to be like Dooce and make so much money that they can blog for a living. To reach their dream, bloggers have ad after ad after ad on their sites. I'm not opposed to an ad here or there and I even love a site that does it well but when I get onto a blog that is more ads than substance I leave immediately!
- 2,368 followers. A blog-reader novice automatically assumes that the more followers you have, the better your blog must be. I've come to realize this is NOT true. I follow a few blogs with a small following and have a blog with very few followers. What I've come to find is that these blogs are by people who blog for their enjoyment and to connect in a community of readers. It isn't about money. It isn't about getting free stuff. It isn't about giveaways. It's about enjoyment and purity of the written word. P.S. There are some GREAT blogs with lots of followers because they are great blogs--not because they constantly review or give stuff away. Check out this one.
Blogs I love:
Frontier Kitchen--I feel like I plug this blog a lot but for good reason. It's simple, straightforward, and sassy. It's 100% true that Sarah is a friend (who brought her amazing hummus to mom's movie night last night and I ate way too much--again!) but it's also 100% true that she's one heck of a cook! This blog is about real food for real families who really don't like casseroles. Can I get an amen?
The Good Life For Less--I'm a woman who cares about how I look but I'm not willing (or able) to spend a fortune on clothes. On top of that, I might have fashion but I have no style. Enter TGL4L. This gal's got mad style. If you need an "outfit formula" she's got it. She'll even do a fashion consult!
Peace and Craziness--I just love the name of this blog. As the title suggests, you can expect random, fun, and emotional posts about everything from house hunting to Lindsey Lohan.
Where does that leave me?
My intent with Friday Follow was to find blogs to follow and find readers who might be interested in me. I've found some great ones, like Chapters of Me, so my mission is accomplished. I'll probably participate off and on to see who and what I find. But I won't go following every blog I find in hopes of building up a false "follower" base.
To followers who read what I write and comment or connect to what I have to say (and to my sister and husband for whom reading this is compulsory), please know how much I value our web-based relationship. And know I'm not going to throw you under the bus for a food processor and a new book (but if someone offers me a new BMW you can consider my site officially sold out!).
I will probably never make money from this blog. I'll probably never have Vera Bradley send me a tote in the old Java Blue pattern to review (but Vera if you're reading this, I'd take one!). Eventually I'll probably get blog-burn out and stop posting. Eventually you'll probably be tired of reading the rants of a Type-A with no boundaries.
But until then--challenge me to be like the quality blogs I love. That's all I've got to say about that!