I see a lot of folks doing "follow for follows". I've been doing this as well, but what's the point? Is it just to get a lot of followers so when people go to your blog, they can see that you have a LOT of followers? Or is it really to find people who are interested in topics you write about?
I think if you let people choose whether or not they want to follow you based on the content you write about, then they will actually READ your posts from time-to-time and COMMENT. This is what I've found to be true.
With follow for follows, people really don't care what you write about. They just trying to help you (and you're helping them) increase their number of followers. Personally, I'd rather have people make the decision whether or not they want to follow me based on my content. What do you think?
Tina Martin from http://ibetterfindyourlove.blogspot.com/
Although I will start following people to help them out, the blogs I do read regularly and comment on are all organised in my sidebar. And funnily enough, I don't follow most of them!
In an ideal blogosphere, all our Followers would also be readers who care about our content; but the "Follow for Follows" culture is very embedded among book blogs, and since it is of value to many bloggers, it's here to stay.
Follow for a Follow does not bring you regular readers, it just ups your numbers so when people come to your site you seem more established.
Personally, I dont do the follow for a follow- I would rather see my numbers increase with people who genuinely want to check out what I have going on! I never tell people to follow me or promise a follow back. I only follow blogs I am actually interested in returning to.
I thought of that same thing, follow for follow, Are they really going to return to read my blog? However i think its a win/lose situation. There are followers who made the decision to follow you who don't follow you too. so, its a win/lose thing. i think a blogger would prefer followers that follow because they are interested but also followers that remember to stop by and comment every now and then too. for that, i take'em by all means. lol