I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "I'll follow you if you follow me" mentality. I've recently gotten a few comments that are really nice until you realise that the author has written the same thing on every other blog they've visited, in order to get followers. One in particular said something along the lines of "great blog, I've been a fan for ages and now I'm following you. Follow me back if you want!" At first I was flattered but then when I went to check out her blog I saw that every other comment she had was "thanks for your nice comment on my blog!" So I checked out their blogs and lo and behold, she had copy and pasted the exact same comment on all of their blogs too. Sigh. I unfollowed that particular blog and left it at that.
Am I silly to be concerned about this kind of thing? Keep in mind that I've only been blogging since July or August. Before then I'd been reading blogs for about a year, but never paid attention to the comments or amount of followers they had. I just read blogs that interested me, and I still do. My favourite blogs are the ones with a clear and professional design and layout, with a good balance of photos and text. I love reading about the lives of strangers (because I'm creepy), and this is made all the more better when I can get inspiration from their outfits or makeup as well. By having an active blog I guess I've become part of the blogging community, which means that I now have the opportunity to talk to people whose blogs I have followed before I started my own. And of course I've met people who are new to blogging, like me, which is great as well.
Of course I appreciate every comment, view and follow that I get, but I wish that they were mostly from people who genuinely like my blog, rather than trying to generate more interest for their own. I always comment back out of appreciation and general politeness, but I follow the blogs that I do because I am genuinely interested in the individual people behind them. I would hope that people do the same for me as well. Or maybe I've got the world of blogging all wrong, haha. I'd be interested to hear if anybody agrees with me, or can further expand on the subject.
Rant over. I like you all regardless and your hair looks very excellent today.