Oh hey guurrl! You pose an interesting question, although unfortunately, I don’t really have a good or simple answer. TBH, I continue to be flummoxed by the fact that any peeps who aren’t related to me or don’t know me IRL follow my blog. I suspect it’s a bit like watching someone having a nervous breakdown in slow motion, which is totes tragic and horrifying, but you just can’t look away, know what I’m sayin’?
The short answer to your question is, I dunno. The longer answer is way long, so I’ll tuck it under the jump…[[MORE]]
I’ve been told that there are a few tricks to increase the visibility of your Tumblr blog, if that’s what you’re looking to do, although they’re not guaranteed to increase your follower count.
Like, you can use popular tags and stuff to get attention cuz apparently peeps search through Tumblr tags. Some peeps will do things like connect their Twitter and Book of Faces accounts to Tumblr to extend their reach, but that’s kinda sorta lame, IMHO. No offense if you do this. Others will create fan pages on the Book of Faces for their Tumblrs, which is also kinda sorta lame, but I plead guilty to this trick. So sue me, sheesh! It’s not like I’m gonna get my parents to sign up for Tumblr!
I actually don’t like to use searchable tags on my posts cuz the tags I’ve used in the past seemed to attract a lot of loons. No offense to the loons who have accidentally followed Lazy Dad’s Guide based on tags. Normally I just use tags to create an internal taxonomy so that I can find shizz on my own blog. I
hate absolutely can’t stand the “mumblr” and “parenting” tags, for example. No offense if you use these tags. They’re just not for me.
The better question to ask yourself is why you want followers. I think (some) Tumblr peeps get overly (and unnecessarily) obsessed with their follower counts. Between us Squirrel Friends, I can tell you that the number itself isn’t really all that important—or it shouldn’t be. Blogging isn’t a popularity contest—or it shouldn’t be. I lose and gain a dozen followers every single day. I think most of my followers are robots anyway, so whatevs.
I’m much more interested in the followers with whom I have developed genuine friendships and affection for, which takes time. But I’ll tell you what, I doubt I would’ve had the chance to meet some of these incredible peeps IRL, if not for Tumblr. Like, I get to check in on the adventures of some pretty awesome Aussie and Kiwi peeps (you know who you are, yo), and cool peeps in Europe and Asia and all over the States and Canada, too, eh.
Hopefully you’re writing a blog because you have something to say, and you would be writing and creating whether you had an audience of one or 1,000. If your work is true and good and authentic, peeps will follow. There are lots of hackneyed blogs out there, created by peeps who are just looking for attention and/or fame. No offense to attention-seeking famewhores. The attention is fleeting and being famous because of your blog is like being High School Prom Queen. It might be meaningful to a 17-year-old, but it’s kinda sorta lame when you’re a grownup. No offense to Prom Queens. Yer hurr did looks nice today.
I guess what I’m saying is that you should build your audience based on what interests you, not the other way around. In my nearly dozen years of blogging, I’ve realized that whenever I tried to write or create shizz to suit the tastes of others, I ended up hating myself and hating my blog. I’ve since realized that if something makes me laugh, it’ll probably make someone else laugh, too, even some peeps who aren’t related to me or don’t know me IRL. (Although, full disclosure, my blog is, like 300 percent funnier if you knew me IRL cuz I’m pretty much the opposite IRL of what I am like on my blog).
I dunno, that was probably way more of an answer than you were looking for, sorry. The management of Lazy Dad’s Guide to Everything regrets any inconvenience reading this TL;DR post may have caused.
BTW, I like your blog! You take purty pics! Peeps should follow you!