The More Followers I Have, The More I Get

As you guys have realized, I’m pretty open about my blogging stats.  I like analyzing them and hearing your thoughts on things like why certain articles are doing well or why traffic could be down in a given month.  But one thing has been puzzling me of late: followers.

You see, I was flipping through my ‘Trophies’ in WordPress (which is a feature that shows when you achieved certain milestones in likes, comments or followers) and saw that I had 200 followers on January 31, 2013.  That’s a year and a couple weeks after I started my blog.  I figured that was pretty good, getting 200 followers in only a year considering that I don’t blog on controversial things that get lots of clicks.

Then I noticed another trophy: I had 500 followers on September 26, 2013.  Less than 9 months after getting my 200 follower trophy, I suddenly had 500 followers.  That’s 300 followers in less than 9 months.  Considering it took me a little over a year to get just 200 followers you could say it took me by surprise.  Then I started thinking: the more followers a blog has, the more new followers it seems to get.  But why is that?

Is it because people seem more attracted to bloggers who look like they have their act together?  Or is it because they see a good commenting community?  Could it be because more people hear other people talking about the blog?  It’s hard to say.

What do you think?  Why do blogs with more followers have an easier time getting new followers than smaller blogs?

7 comments

  1. Jemima Pett

    It’s one of those mathematical things, although why it should happen like that I don’t know, since one follower doesnt tell a friend to follow you. The problem is, of course, that nobody knows whether your first followers are still reading your blog. I expect they are, if they’ve got any sense 😉

  2. Margaret

    I think it’s math, like Jemima said. While something’s in the middle of catching on, it tends to follow an exponential growth curve. I don’t know why, though.

  3. The Masquerade Crew (@MasqCrew)

    I call it the share effect. The more people you have following your blog, the more that will share it, which means the more that will see it and start following. I don’t know much about WordPress, but if it’s anything like Blogger, I would say it isn’t the WordPress stats themselves. Simply following a blog doesn’t naturally lend itself to sharing and growth … at least to my experience.

    Rather, it’s your reach on Twitter. In 2012 you didn’t have that much of a reach. Starting in December of last year, your reach started growing by leaps and bounds (we both know why). Though not all of those people read your blog, some do, and many others probably retweet stuff without even reading it on a regular basis, exposing your stuff to their audience.

    I also always share your rants and informational articles on Twitter, and although I can’t take sole credit for your success, when I share to my followers, you’ve told me you see an upsurge in traffic … and possibly more blog followers.

    Keep up the good work. I gladly support you. And not just me … lots of others, it seems.

    • Carrie Slager

      You’re too modest, Mark. You’ve certainly done quite a bit to help The Mad Reviewer take off and you’re right that it’s really happened since December 2012. I wonder why…;)

      Whenever I have an upsurge in blog traffic, I always get more followers. I seem to recall getting eight more followers the night Anne Rice herself did a Facebook post sharing my review of her book Pandora. And I received several when I had that author incident. So yes, I can definitely say you’ve helped me get more followers. Not all of them, but I wouldn’t have 570 followers today without your help.

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