When I was a kid I used to prepare for 'the Christmas card situation' with military precision. Large bumper pack of 50 cards bought by 0900 hrs 1st Dec. Sorted into good, very good, OK and bad designs by 2nd Dec. Written and delivered by 3rd Dec. Everyone would get one, classmates, teachers, dinner ladies. Not because I was a kind giving girl looking to spread some Christmas joy but because I wanted to ensure I'd get that many back. You see to the 9 year old me self worth was measured in cardboard and glitter, the more cards I got the more important I thought I was.
Today I got another 'like for like' request on Facebook for my blog. Campaigns have been popping up for the past month or so where if you have a blog you can like someones page and they in turn will like yours. And I get the temptation, you both get your stats up enjoying that happy little glow you get when you see your followers reach three (or even four) figures. A win-win right? Except it's not.
You see, it's a bit like me with all my Christmas cards. I didn't have 145 friends, I barely knew half of the names scrawled at the bottom of cards bearing robins and trees, the caretaker didn't really care that I have a jolly holly day. Like for like campaigns don't mean our blogs are successful.
Don't you want the people that 'like' your blog to find it interesting, go back to it regularly and basically ya'know like your blog rather than just be a number? Isn't your work worth more than a quick and dirty popularity fix? So while I understand those that are, I'm not getting involved with the like for like campaigns. I'll just stick to writing about things that interest me and make me laugh or think while taking photographs that I find artistic. And I'll be looking for blogs that do the same.
Hopefully I'll see yours there.