So if you didn't notice, I removed GFC (google friend connect) from my site. When I heard that it was going to be removed from all sites other than blogger, I was at first a little bummed. I am planning on moving to Wordpress (shout-out to ByAimee, my designer!) next year and obviously will be affected. Then I started thinking about it.
Why do I need it? So I can show everyone who comes to my site how many people are 'following' me? I bet that sounds so creepy to non-bloggers. It is a status thing, like I mentioned yesterday. The problem with this is that, like it or not, people (including myself if we're being honest here) judge bloggers by their amount of followers. Want to know something even more sad? The fact that blogs with followers over, let's say 1,000, think they are pretty hot stuff. They never respond to tweets, Facebook comments, e-mails. They are just too cool for school.
It makes me sad, really. The number one thing that I love so much about blogging is the community. It is the women I have met along the way. I have heard this from numerous people, as well, the feeling of having friends everywhere whom you have never met in 'real life.' The blogging community is truly a remarkable thing!
So I did it. I took down GFC. I was a little nervous, like will anyone ever come back if I take it down? And like a fellow blogger-friend mentioned to me, it is exciting to see the number go up and to watch your blog grow. It is, I felt the same way. But there were also times when I would think about it too much. And if it didn't go up, it bugged me. So in a way, it is freeing to not have those numbers anymore. I don't have to check it, I don't have to obsess. I can truly focus on content and networking, which is why I started this in the first place!
Please don't take this post as a 'if you still have GFC up, I think you're bad' kind of post. I would, however, challenge some bloggers to try to create a community whether or not that blogger is 'big' enough to talk to you. And can I make a point here, if I have ever, I mean ever, made anyone feel like that, please e-mail me and tell me!! It is never my intention as I try to respond to most every comment I get and visit your blogs as well.
Having said all that, make sure you follow me!
haha just kidding!!!!!