A Note To All Of My Amazing Followers and Readers

I just wanted to say, first of all, a quick hello to you all – Hello! – and thank you all for your time, your follows, your comments, your likes and the budding relationships I am privileged to be forming with many of you.

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Let’s pretend we’re having a little chat while sharing a glass of wine, shall we!

 

I want to let you know that for every one of you that has followed me, I have followed you back. Over time this has resulted in my following 100+ of you, though many have quickly unfollowed as seems to be a tactic (or so I have learned from reading through some of your blogs) to increase one’s followers… though maybe some have just realized that I am not their particular taste. And either of those are A-OK with me. I am happy to have readers who enjoy getting to know me or appreciate or may learn from what I have to say.  But back on track, the number of you I am now following is resulting in my being slow to get around to checking out each and every one of your blogs, which is a goal I have set for myself, to return the favour to each and every one of you. So if I haven’t been a presence on your page, I am slowly working my way through and trying to give all of your pages the diligence they deserve, rather than haphazardly liking your latest post and moving on to the next one.  Some quick math tells me that if I were to spend just 5 minutes on each blog before moving on to the next, that it would take a solid 10-12 hours to get through them all.  Please understand that because you have so many wonderful things to say and so much content to share, that has taken you hours, days, months to produce, that 5 minutes is simply not good enough to do your work justice.

On a side, if you have followed me and found I have not followed you back, it is either because I am outside of my isp reach, or because I wasn’t able to figure out how to follow you back (I have a feeling this place will continue to confuse me for a long time to come!).

I may not always comment on a post, not knowing the exact right words to say, but if I have liked your post you can take that to mean that I have fully read it, absorbed it and appreciated it.  If I have simply liked it instead of commenting, even if it was a comment worthy post, it may also have been because I simply ran out of time but wanted you to know I was there and that I enjoyed what you had to say.  If I have commented, it is because a simple like just could not do it justice, or because I thought your take on a topic interesting enough to hope to start a dialogue – and because I had the time to do so. If you do not reply to me, my feelings are not hurt and I will not unfollow you because of it, as I understand that blogging and life and commenting take more out of your day and yourself than a casual onlooker might suspect. I know you all put your heart and souls into your pages, and I commend you all for it.

If I am taking too long to reply to or acknowledge your comments on my page, please know that I will get around to doing it eventually. When I do reply, and I always will (or will at the very least, like) it is because I want to fully read your comment, think upon it and give it the due diligence it is worthy of. The longer, more in depth or more thoughtful your comment is, the longer the delay may be in my response, as I may want to go back and read my own writing to pinpoint exactly where you had referenced, I want to think of the right words to say (I’m a word junkie), and I may want to visit your blog and do some more thorough reading in order to understand where you may have been coming from while posting your comment.

Keep in mind that I am a shepherd/rotti x mama, I have a regular day job that also requires me to fly out of town 1-3 times a week, I have a boyfriend, 11 immediate family members to keep up with, friends, hobbies and interests I can’t forget about and am the only person taking care of my own place.  Time is always at a premium!

If I am taking too long to write the post you have asked me to write (you know who you are!), then understand that I am honoured that you have made this request of me, and I am taking some time to think of the perfect angle to approach this post with and am trying out different scenarios and stories in my head, debating on how I can best convey my own take on a topic, while giving you the content you requested.

I am not blogging on a particular schedule just yet, as I am just still new enough here that I want to create posts that are meaningful to me, while giving you, my reader, enough content and diversity of it, which has resulted in me posting more frequently at the moment than I will in the future, so that should you find yourself enjoying your experience at thebrokegirl and want to stop and browse for a while, hopefully there will be at least a few different things that may make your stop worthwhile – almost like flipping through your own personal magazine. So I repeat again, while I will come up with a more consistent schedule and post less frequently in the future, for the moment I want to build up some content so that you know what to expect from me, so you can learn a little more about me, and so that there is enough for you to flip through should you choose to stay a while.

I admit I have been posting somewhat more often than I could be also because of the newness factor, and I just have so much I want to say and share, and such a plethora of ideas that some days it feels as if I can’t post often enough. Working on my blog and learning more about blogging is also my newest addiction, so if you see a little more from me than you would care for the meantime, please try to refrain from the eye rolls and groans on ‘yet another post’, and understand I will get better with time!

I would like to add here, as I draw to a close, that I am always interested in any comments, questions, criticism you may have for me. If you have tips for navigating through the blog world, trust that I have likely never heard them before, and would be thrilled to receive any advice and knowledge you may have to impart upon me. If you have suggestions for anything you would like to see in the future, I would be thrilled to hear them. If you have questions for me, I would be thrilled to receive them and will answer the best I can. If you just want to say hi and tell me a little more about yourself, I would be thrilled to get to know you a little better.

And lastly, thank you again for your time and for your presence here at thebrokegirl. I appreciate each and every last one of you xo

Author: thebrokegirlsguidetobetterliving

Welcome! I am "thebrokegirl", aka Mandy. And what makes me a broke girl? Being a single income household, living the best life I can alongside my big grumpy dog obviously, but also because I'm not perfect - I'm broke - I'm a work in progress, which is exactly how I want to stay! My passion for writing, research, trying new things and wanting to help and inspire others are what inspired me to start this blog. So what makes me an expert on better living? Nothing! I'm just a girl trying. And what is better living? It's mindfulness, small changes, simple acts, baby steps to help make your day, your health, your environment, your life just that little much better. I'm on a lifelong journey to level up my life, and invite you to share that journey alongside me!

18 thoughts on “A Note To All Of My Amazing Followers and Readers”

  1. And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. I loved your honesty with which you put forward your views. It’s high time that people should understand that It’s highly impossible to comment on each and every post that comes on their reader.

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    1. And with that in mind I very much appreciate that you took the time to comment on mine! In all of the reading I have been doing I have been uncovering many ‘unwritten’ rules of the blogging world and too many times to count I have stumbled across the same comments over and over again (ie, I will unfollow due to lack of interactivity, if you do not reply in time, if you do not like my posts back, etc, etc.), and quite frankly for those that are not full time stay at home bloggers it’s far too unreal an expectation. I also do not expect that simply because I wrote something, that my readers are expected to like or agree with what I have said, and I assume that if they’re reading and not commenting or liking maybe they are simply doing me a service by not picking a fight on my page, just as I would not on others.
      I generally only expect someone to reply to me if I have posed a direct question to them.
      And FTR, you are not obligated to reply to or like this either 😉

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      1. Well under no obligation and in due senses I testify that I love reading every post of yours. And the last line holds true to you this time 😉

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    1. Thank you Jo! I’m always amazed and delighted when someone likes or comments on my posts, and wanted to express that. And felt for those whose blogs I had yet to get around to and the very few comments I had left hanging in the lurch, they deserved to know why I was taking my time with them. I really appreciate your reading and commenting!

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  2. Nice post Mandy. You have been very supportive of my writing since day one, and I admire your genuineness and humility. We all have to cherish and build each other up, as we would not be where we are, whether big or small, without our readers and followers. Blogging is an arduous and treacherous journey, it helps to be grateful for the people who always have your back along the way. One Love.

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    1. Thank you ever so much! You have just the perfect way of wording everything, you really are an inspiration! Your writing is engaging, thoughtful, skillful and fun, and I think we have a similar attitude toward many things, which makes me enjoy your perspective on them. You are very supportive and attentive to your readers, and therefore they are in return, and so the cycle continues. It is appreciated!

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      1. I appreciate that 100%. We need more caring and sharing in the world, and I am happy for a platform like WordPress that allows us to do that through words. I think we do indeed share similar attitudes, kindred spirits alike. Keep up the good work. Blessings.

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  3. This is one of the aspects of blogging I’m having a difficult time wrapping my arms around. I love blogging for the community that we are able to join-and contribute to- but it becomes exponentially more difficult to stay as engaged as I’d like as our audience grows.

    I tend to focus my attention on those who seem interested in forming genuine virtual connections (rather than following to increase their numbers-which really is the pointless exercise you alluded to). Fortunately, we’re all in the same boat, so it’s easy to be understanding when life intervenes as we miss the chance to engage on a few posts.
    Glad to have met ya!

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    1. Same here! I want to be more engaged, but I also have many demands outside of my blog that take top priority, so I get around to things when I can. For some with thousands+ followers I am amazed at how many of them are interactive at all. Posting and responding, on top of reading and commenting on others work… superhuman or what I have no idea, but kudos to them!
      Glad to have met you also! I think we are going to get along just great!

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  4. I agree! There are days I don’t have the time, have pressing commitments, stuck – have nothing to write about or to be honest tired – worn out but that doesn’t mean I’m neglecting or ignoring my blogging friends. It just simply means we’re all human and have to do what takes priority at the moment. I use to try the scheduling posting but soon realized it was consuming me!! Continue to be yourself, take care of what’s important and blog for fun! Don’t make it a chore or “work”. xoxo

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    1. Well, I think you’re doing better than you give yourself credit for! I enjoy your blog for the stories when they come, but also for even just the images you sometimes post on your between days (I agree, never too old for Disney!!!), and you always take the time to acknowledge each and every person who stops by, on top of taking the time to read others blogs, and still keep on creating wonderful projects and decorating and whatnot. Definitely an inspiration! But if you were to disappear for a day or two or more to pursue other endeavours or to take a break, while you would be missed, it would be completely understandable! I am thoroughly enjoying this at the moment, but if it were to start causing me anxiety or impacting in a negative way on my mental or physical health and my relationships, it would fall down to the bottom of the priority list for sure. I thank you for the advice – sometimes we all need that reminder!!

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  5. There are no obligations but those that you make for yourself. Take your time and don’t worry about it too much if you cannot do/read/get back to as much as you would like. I know how you feel about this but there are only so many hours in the day – unfortunately, haha!

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    1. I took last night off actually 🙂 I really do appreciate your comment! Having insomnia growing up was fantastic – instead of sleeping I had energy and was always good to go, with a solid extra 8 hours of usable time in my day. I could putter, relax, cook, clean, work, play all in the same day. I miss my 20 year old body haha. I’m now exhausted and regularly googling tips on time management. My work and travel schedule can be all around encompassing, so I have to lump my interests in with my priorities, otherwise I would never get around to them sadly 😦

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