You won't see me with a blogger bobble head.
What is a blogger bobble head, you say?
Oh you know. It's that huge head and obsessive thought process about how important they are because they have XYZ number of followers, or XYZ number of pageviews, or XYZ number of sponsors.
I won't become friends with someone based on the number of followers they have. I won't treat bloggers differently because of where they fall in my own personal "cool" ranking. I won't suddenly distance myself from blog friends because I am suddenly too cool from now having XYZ.
I remember my first comment from someone other than my family.
Marissa, I'm talking to you.
I remember the first "big" blogger who emailed me back.
Jenni, I'm talking to you.
The first "big" blogger who left me a comment.
Megan, I'm talking to you.
The first blogger girl I text...often. ;)
Lauren, I'm talking to you ;)
Talk about blog role models.
I also remember the first tweets and blog posts I saw about how there are status quos about blogging.
How bloggers change when they perceive they've suddenly become more important now based on numbers.
At 32 followers, I couldn't comprehend. My blog has grown since then, and I still can't comprehend.
Aren't you always important?
Aren't we part of a community?
I may not answer every comment, but I will make an effort when I can. I may always be polite and sweet, but I won't lie. I'm not ashamed or afraid to speak my mind. Even if it's on my blog.
I've seen this newfound sense of importance first hand with a few blogs I've followed for the past six months.
And I've seen it NOT happen with a lot of blogs I've followed for the past six months.
And I gotta say, what is the real reason you blog?
Is it for competition or is it to inspire?
Is it solely a business for you these days or do you still have the passion?
You can have both. You can be successful and humble. I want to have a successful blog but does that mean I will change my values to be in the "in" crowd? This is not high school, so no.
It doesn't need to be a competition.
There is room for EVERYONE, blogs of all sizes in this blog world.
There are enough readers for everyone to have xyz number of followers.
If you don't have passion for the beginning, the middle, and the end of this blog journey then...
Check ya self, before ya wreck ya self.
Your true self. The self that started this blog.
(While I didn't write this to offend anyone, I reserve the right to write about anything and I thought this was deserving)